So it is only mid-November, but the fire drill has started. Any crafter, or person who leans towards making holiday gifts, has been feeling the pressure for a while now. The list making, supply shopping, material gathering…. It starts early, even before the first holiday decoration goes up at Hobby Lobby, we crafters are planning for the holidays.
Crank the pressure dial up a notch if you are planning for one or more craft shows. Let the power sewing begin, and why didn’t I start working on this in August? The pressure increases exponentally when your closest family members have birthdays during the holidays. Gotta craft double time to show them the sewing love they deserve.
Today I worked on some really cheesy holiday fabric that I had promised myself that I would get to -at least a portion of -this year. Looking back it must have been double discounted when I purchased it years ago. Blue, lots of blue, blue ornaments with white deer on a blue background. Tiny white reindeer on a navy background, white snow flakes on a blue checked background. Azure dreidels on white. These had all been culled from the stash and cut into various squares.
With the promise of easy reusable holiday/birthday wrap, I used directions from a pattern I put together for an origami napkin. The plan was to use (really use up) some holiday fabric on one side, with a not so holiday coordinate on the other side. This way the wrapping could be used multiple times in a year.
These are like dinner napkins, but ginormous, over a yard across. Perfect for a table topper, or furoshiki. A great way to use some of that “what was I thinking” fabric, and turn it into something cool. Green to use what you have, and green to use it for more than one occasion and even greener to use year after year. Kind of like unpaper towels. You can find the free pattern in Stashed, here, and the really cool fabric for napkins here.
Hope I have inspired you to pull from your stash and make something green and cool for the holidays.