A little bit of this and, a little bit of that, makes a little bit of me.

We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.~~Aristotle

Are your sewing machines humming along yet? Unfortunately, I haven’t managed to get my sewing machine engine revved up yet, but later in the week and next week, I hope to spend some quality time in reorganizing the master bedroom…making room for sewing/quilting sanctuary. I really need a little sewing therapy right now especially after seeing what my inspiring friend has created.

While I have not been productive in the sewing arena, both of my daughters have been busy prepping for upcoming 4H Fashion Revue and Deschutes County Fair in August.

Robe with matching boxer shorts and pajama pants makes wonderful gifts. These can be sewn out of many kinds of fabric…and they’re really very easy to sew. Sew News has a free downloadable shorts and pajama pants pattern.

These may look simple but DD#2 worked hard to get it completed. It is elegant enough to wear around town…not only for bedtime.
If you are sewing flannel pajama pants or boxer shorts for gifts, it might be fun to sew a matching flannel robe. Robes are not hard to sew, but they are more time consuming than other quick gift ideas. Other than the shawl collars, they should be fairly easy for beginners to sew. DD#1 complained pockets gave her most headache because they kept getting undone during sewing.

One of DD#1 Favorite Projects of the year
If you decide to sew boxer shorts, pajama pants, or robes for gifts, remember that pattern sizes and ready-to-wear sizes are not the same; patterns should be bought according to body measurements. (When I’m sewing flannel robes, I buy ½ yard to a yard–or sometimes two yards–more than the pattern calls for because flannel tends to shrink quite a bit…extra fabric is handy in case I run into problems when cutting out the pattern.)

If sewing with flannel, a fun fabric to sew with, you should wash it before sewing so it may be pre-shrunk. According to More Fabric Savvy by Sandra Betzina, you should use a size 80/12H (universal) sewing machine needle when sewing flannel. Sandra recommends a 2.5 stitch length, using a standard presser foot and a fusible tricot interfacing.

One quick sewing project that could be a nice gift is a set of coasters. This could be one way to use up some scrap fabrics. Coasters could be sewn in any shape, although squares would be the easiest shape to sew. A set of coasters could be made in holiday fabrics…could be reversible if you used two different prints…with or without thin or thicker interfacing. You may embroider, by hand or machine, inspiring words on the front. It is fun to experiment with different techniques for sewing coasters! Stay tuned for more in coming months.

Sewing for the holidays is one of my favorite things to do. Maybe I can start early enough this year to avoid undue stress and crunch. Of course, I have to be able to sneak in some quality sewing time first! I’m trying…

Happy Sewing and creating!


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