It’s beginning to look a lot like…gift giving season! Everywhere you go! And I’m thrilled that I am getting to do a little sewing this year for my gift giving.
I don’t think I’ve ever told you this, but I have a hard time telling people no. For just about anything. Acts of service are my way of saying I love you. Well, that means anyone who has asked me to sew for them, friends, acquaintances, perfect strangers, if they have asked me, 99% of the time I have said yes.
Notice that past tense there….well, a few months ago Josh and I sat down and came to the conclusion that I need to get better at saying no. A whole lot better at it. And that means that now, 99% of the time if I am asked to sew, I say no. Very kindly I say “I wish I had more time to sew for others, but right now my plate is awfully full!” And you know what, I have so much more time to sew things I have been wanting to sew. I now have time to sew gifts for others. No can be a pretty freeing little word, and I’ve learned it has now allowed me to say a whole lot more yeses. Yes I can sew that gift I have been wanting to give you. Yes, Sweet Pea, I can sew a dress for your American Girl doll.
I know this is amazing (to me it feels amazing)! Actually, from what my friends have said, I’m not alone in this aversion to saying no to others. Well, with practice, no has become a whole lot easier to say!
So want to hear about what I got to sew for a present. My mom’s birthday was last week, so I had time to sew her a Sew Together Bag. Have you seen these things? They are pretty neat…it’s a tiny little bag that packs a whole lot of organizational possibilities. And this is actually the second one I’ve made. The first one was gifted to the sweetest little three year old, you can see a little video of it here on my instagram feed.
This Sew Together Bag was made in the tiniest little remnant I had of some Amy Butler Fabric. I used Cotton and Steel fabric to make the binding, and snuck a little more Cotton and Steel inside the pockets. The lining is a brown twill I had in my stash. And I love that blue vintage metal zipper to tie it all together!
I have one more of these bags on my to sew list for Christmas this year. I think it would make the perfect little travel bag that you could tuck your odds and ends into while you are jetting around the world. My mom proclaimed it would travel with her laptop to hold her computer supplies. This Amy Butler fabric matches an ipad sleeve I had made her a few years back.
Have you been doing any sewing for gift giving this year?