Ideas for DIY Christmas Presents

We've arrived at that time of year when Christmas adverts are popping up on TV and the shops are starting to stock Advent Calendars. I love Christmas and enjoy making presents to give to family & friends. Over the years I've gifted homemade bags, clothes and accessories and I've started to think about my DIY plans for this year. If you'd like to make some gifts and are wondering where to begin I thought I'd round up some ideas to get you started!

Kindle Cover

I'd hazard a guess that the majority of people who commute to work probably own an electronic book reader. This free tutorial to make a cover isn't too complicated and only uses one fat quarter of fabric. There's a pocket to slide the Kindle into and the little fabric triangles help hold the reader in place.
http://whip-stitch.com/kindle-cover-tutorial/ I made mine using this crazy cute cat fabric from The Eternal Maker

Home made kindle cover

1950s Sewing The Scene Jacket


You may recall that I'd decided to have a go at sewing a 1950s Swing Jacket in the style of one worn by the character Bel in BBC's The Hour. Here's a reminder of how it looks.

1950s swing jacket

The Great British Sewing Bee Live.


I thought I’d give a quick snapshot review of our day at The Great British Sewing Bee Live which was held at the Excel centre last week. When the event was first advertised, I was a little unsure on how well it would do, coming the weekend after The Handmade Fair and only a couple of weeks ahead of The Knitting & Stitching Show. Would it be successful sandwiched in between two well established events?  

Patrick Grant and Esme Young are interview by Jenny Eclair

Plans for Sewing The Scene Challenge - 1950s Swing Jacket

I like to watch DVDs while I sew, usually programmes that I’ve seen before which don’t require too much concentration to keep up with the plot. I tend to watch lots of 1940s/50s dramas (Call The Midwife, The Bletchley Circle, Murder On The Homefront, Partners In Crime etc). So when Jo at The Unfinished Seamstress  posted about the ‘Sew The Scene’ challenge I knew it was one for me!
1950s TV drama

Sewing The Scene challenge

Allied Inspired Buchanan Dressing Gown


Have you seen the film Allied? If you’re a fan of 1940s fashion then you really ought to check it out. Set in 1942, it stars Marion Cotillard and Brad Pitt as a Resistance fighter and Intelligence officer and is full of intrigue and tension. The plot really has you guessing until the end but it’s the clothes, worn by Marion, which stole the show for me. The costume designer, Joanna Johnston, modelled the designs on original vintage pieces.

Allied Film costumes


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