December 28 ~ Holiday Stitches

on December 28 | in Handmade Holidays | by | with 55 Comments

It’s like the gift giving is happening all over again on Flickr. We love the gift images popping up in the Handmade Holidays pool and the Sew, Mama, Sew! general photo pool. The care and time you’ve spent shows; it’s clearly evident in the great details on today’s hand stitched items in photos from the pools.

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Christmas Tree Crazy Quilt Detail
By Karen, Clever Karen

Karen recently started her blog, Clever Karen, and also completed her Christmas Tree Crazy Quilt. It took several years to complete and we can see why, with all of the intricate, hand stitched details. For a look at the whole quilt and more visit Karen’s Flickr site.

Hand Quilted Pillows
By Kayleen, Flour Clothing

Kayleen stitched these throw pillows as gifts for loved ones. Visit Kayleen’s blog, Flour Clothing, to see the quilt she made as a Christmas gift with her “blood, sweat and tears” (it’s lovely!) and the clothing she designs for children.

Handcrafters’ Holidays Meme
Julie from Willow Tree Creek Studios made lots of handcrafted gifts for the holidays like this penguin blanket (more pictures to come now that people have received their gifts!). Julie has fond memories of Christmas morning and writes, “As a kid my sister and I would wait on the stair Christmas morning while mom and dad ‘made sure Santa had taken care of everything.’ We would wait in anticipation until we heard dad call ‘Okay, girls!’ and we would RUN down the stairs. We did this every year even into our college years! My sister has a little boy now so maybe the tradition can pass on to him!” You might be able to turn Julie’s mother’s Christmas Punch into a New Year’s tradition, so check out the recipe on her blog and click through to her shop too.

Heather from Mini Memoirs of Mine shares her holiday traditions and gift giving ideas. She writes, “My kids really get into making things for other people this time of year. They take careful consideration about each persons preferences and try to make something that they would enjoy.” The family had Chinese food for Christmas dinner and had the “Best Day Ever” for Christmas, complete with sledding! Visit Heather’s blog to enjoy more.

Felt Heart Ornament
By Magda, Cherryskin

We love the beautiful stitches on Magda’s ornament. Visit her Cherryskin blog to see her new soaps, the start to a Granny Square obsession and more!

Want more handcraft inspiration? Visit the Handmade Holidays photo pool and don’t forget about our Handmade Holidays Tutorials.

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55 Responses to December 28 ~ Holiday Stitches

  1. Becca says:

    Love the pillows, love the ornament, love that sweet lil’ penguin!

  2. Tina says:

    Love the felt heart ornament. Definitely adding that to “the list” for next year. That would make great little gifts for friends. Hopefully I can start earlier next year! Like in February, LOL.

  3. Lynn says:

    The stitching on that tree quilt looks lovely.

  4. chelsea says:

    Kayleen’s pillows are so different and awesome. I would be proud to sport those. Very creative design.

  5. oh my! Some of the neatest creations yet!

    With friendship,

  6. The crazy quilt is gorgeous!

  7. Libby says:

    I am really loving all the handmade ornaments. I need to pick out a couple for my grandkids to make with me next year as a new tradition.

  8. Amber Smith says:

    I’m enjoying all the gifts popping up on Flickr, too. These examples are so inspirational! Thank you for creating this forum for us all to be inspired… Happy New Year!

  9. Christina says:

    Thanks for all the inspiration. Once again I in awe with all the wonderful projects going on all over and I’m aching to craft something…but perhaps I should finish up some UFO first?

  10. Claire says:

    The felt heart is absolutely gorgeous!

  11. The felt heart ornament is so cute!

  12. Pamela says:

    Very Pretty Crazy quilt! Yet another idea for my stash of scraps. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

  13. Mama (a.k.a. Andrea) says:

    I love the penguin- He makes me grin!

  14. Katie says:

    I love checking out the flickr pools of all the great handmade gifts…I need to get started on all the new projects I have picked out from all the tutorials on this blog!

  15. Mary Beth says:

    I love that heart ornament–such good inspiration for next year!

  16. Lyn says:

    those are fabulous. Thanks for the links to the blogs!

  17. Dana says:

    lovely stuff. i love the felt heart ornament!

  18. julie says:

    I just love that little heard. Must go make one now!

  19. Jill says:

    This site is delightful!! I found myself checking in all the while & following other blogs for the inspiration & sheer joy of seeing others fantastic projects!! Thanks so much to all the creative contributers!!

  20. Alissa says:

    I am always impressed with people who keep at it after years and years of sewing beautiful things! I think I entertain too many “spurts” of creativity and burn myself out.

  21. Lyndsay says:

    I’m so jealous of that Christmas Tree Quilt. I would have lost interest after year 1, I’m afraid.

    It’s beautiful!

  22. Heather K. says:

    I love how creative you all are. It is inspiring. Thanks for all being who you are and being so darn good at it. 🙂

  23. heather w. says:

    I just cut some red hearts out of wool for a valentines day project. I think I made have to do some white embroidery on them…so pretty!

  24. Samantha says:

    I LOVE Karen’s crazy quilting- great job girl! It’s absolutely exquisite……………

  25. mama k says:

    sweet heart ornament! I think I might have to copy that idea for next year.

  26. Regina says:

    My to-do wish list for 2008 is already growing with great ideas and inspiration from everyone. I got 2 UFO’s out of the way today to make room for some new ones!!! Already counting the days!

  27. SED says:

    Such great ideas. I wish I had more time. sigh.

  28. i love everyone’s photos!! 🙂

  29. Julia D says:

    Such lovely things everyone has made!! Looking is as much fun as making. Thanks for sharing!!

  30. etk says:

    The detail on the tree quilt is amazing!!

  31. Samantha says:

    Love the red heart ornament! And I enjoyed reading about the hand quilting obsession over at Flour. Nice!

  32. Janice says:


  33. Trina says:

    I am moving next month, and can’t sleep nights thinking about curtains and paint colors and what I will sew to make my new place feel like home. Any chance sew-mamma-sew could do a theme of home decorating in the new year??? 🙂

  34. lindsey says:

    great ides! i was so thankful for all the crafty inspiration this year for gifts!

  35. Kathleen says:

    What a group of talented stitchers!

    I have pretty much given up hope for stitiching fancy things like this myself until my kiddos are all in school. Last time I tried to embroider something, my 3 yo took it upon herself to “finish” the project for me — not that she can’t stitch (pretty well for a 3yo, actually) it just kinda made it tough to fix and finish for me.

  36. I have difficulty staying focused on projects that take more than a week. I can’t imagine trying something that takes years.

  37. Amy says:

    All I have to say about Karen’s quilt is WOW…so beautiful!!!

  38. andrea says:

    such a sweet little heart!

  39. Heather says:

    I always feel inspired after looking at others’ work. Thank you!!!!

  40. Teddi says:

    Wow…I admire those that have the talent and patience to do such great hand sewing! Such lovely work!

  41. Ellen says:

    Love the crazy quilt and this blog! Happy New Year to all!

  42. Lorrie says:

    Lovely, talented women. I just love this way of connecting. Thanks for all the inspiration.


  43. Avlor says:

    I adore the circle design on the pillows! Will have to add this to my growing list of sewing projects. (Just started a otedama project for the next school class party. What was I thinking? Handsewing for 16 kids!)

  44. Michelle says:

    Wow, that crazy quilt is beautiful. I’d have to find a way to keep it out all year long…

  45. Hashi says:

    I cannot stop sewing! I am already onto the January birthday gifts. And I am the INCREDIBLY LUCKY recipient of a new Christmas sewing machine!!!! Yay, I am all smiles and stitches!!!!

  46. Lil' d says:

    What beautiful work

  47. tara says:

    Um, make that “SEWING” resource, not “swing.” Grrr.

  48. tara says:

    Inspring, as usual! Sew Mama Sew has quickly become my favorite swing resource on the web. Adding Flour Clothing to my favorites now.

  49. ooh that little heart is so sweet!

  50. Super-cute heart ornament! Well done, Magda!

  51. Kim H. says:

    oh wow, that quilt is amazing!

  52. Alisha says:

    The journals on Julie’s site are beautiful. I can’t wait to see the rest of her handcrafted gifts.

  53. Meredith says:

    I love the pillows!

  54. Carrie says:

    I love all the amazing hand stitching…that is something that I would like to work on this year. Thanks again for more great inspiration…keep it coming!!!

  55. Louisa says:

    It sure is fun to look through the handmade holidays photo pool. I love seeing the creativity!

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