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Looking back, Looking ahead

Sew, Mama, Sew is encouraging people to reflect on this past sewing year and to make some predictions for 2011.  I thought it would be fun to participate, and who knows, maybe a few of my predictions will prove to be true!

The Year in Sewing

Looking back on the sewing scene of 2010, what trends stand out in your mind?   Bags, and lots of them!  We also saw designers experimenting with different fabric types (voile, lawn, velveteen) and an increase in the availability of organic cottons. 

What were some of your favorite things?   The availability of the PDF pattern!  I love the convenience of being able to download a pattern right away and also enjoy supporting independent sewers and pattern designers. 

What was your very favorite fabric collection or print?   All of Anna Maria Horner’s “Innocent Crush” line, and also “Honey Bush Blue” which is part of the Tea Garden line by Dena Fishbein for Free Spirit. 

What was the best thing you made in 2010? Hard choice, but I think it was my Ruby Lou Doll.  She is the first doll I have ever made and I hope to make more!

What is one of the best things you saw that was made by someone else?  All of Elizabeth Harman’s quilts, she amazes me! 

What do you think 2011 has in store?  I think the PDF pattern industry will continue to grow and we will also see more designers printing on a wider range of fabric types.  I also think more and more people will take up sewing –  I have had 3 of my friends express an interest in learning to sew in the last two weeks!

What’s on your sewing agenda for 2011? What are you excited about? What would you like to learn more about?  I really want to learn more about clothing construction and pattern design and make more of my own clothes.  I am also excited about more and more people becoming interested in recycling and upcycling textiles and hope that this continues to grow.  I also want to expand my quilting skills and grow a sewing-based business.  It’s going to be a busy year! 

What about you, my readers?  What are your plans and goals for 2011?

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I hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas holiday!  Hubby and I packed up the car on Christmas Eve (and boy was it packed!) and headed over the river and through the woods (literally) to his parent’s house where we spent the holidays with all of his family.  It was a wonderful Christmas full of love, laughter and lots of good food, we certainly could not have asked for anything better.

One of my favourite parts of the week-end was finally being able to watch everyone open their hand-made gifts, and now that they have all been received by their recipients I am equally as excited to share all of my “secret sewing” with you! 

For Hubby I made him a lunch bag using this tutorial.  I toyed with the idea of making a number of more complicated insulated bags, but none of them seemed big enough for the containers we often use for lunches, and because he stores his lunch in the fridge the insulation seemed unnecessary.  Plain and simple won the day!

It’s lined with NASCAR fabric to jazz it up a little. 

For my sister-in-law I made a sewing set. 

The big piece of fabric is a sewing machine cover based on this tutorial.  I had lots of fabric left over so decided to sew up a few accessories. 

A little pin cushion

A needle book.  I have seen several of these on blogs over the years but couldn’t find a tutorial to make one so just made it up!   I’m really happy with the way it turned out.

And finally I made a gathered clutch to hold it all.   This tutorial was a lot of fun, I now understand why everyone seems to be making them.   This was my first zippered bag and I have to say I am no longer afraid of zipper installation. Yay! 

My sister-in-law had also asked for some produce bags (I use them in my fridge instead of plastic) so I made a set of those, too.

For my mother-in-law I rediscovered the joy of paper piecing.  I had forgotten how much fun it is (and also how time-consuming – I was still sewing on the evening of the 23rd – yikes!)  This is my first paper-pieced quilt with such tiny pieces and I am really happy with the way it turned out – and I think my mother-in-law liked it too!

For Hubby and my father-in-law I made personalized mouse pads.  The pads were bought blank and then I used an iron-on-transfer to decorate them with a photo that reflects their interests.   (The canoe is for Hubby)

And finally, I made some handmade ornaments for a good friend of mine.  She has a nativity-themed Christmas tree but happened to mention that she didn’t have any shepherd ornaments.  I can understand why when I tried to find some and come up empty-handed!  Not finding any tutorials on how to make your own shepherd (!) I had to improvise.  Based loosely on penny rugs I rediscovered hand-stiitching and made a felt shepherd and sheep. 

It was a busy week before Christmas (I know, I know, every year I say I am going to start earlier but there I was on December 20th just getting started!), but definitely worth it! 

Did you make or receive any handmade gifts this year?

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