Friday, December 17, 2021

Quick Christmas Gifts / Beauties Pageant 156

One of my crafting specialties is making a small project into a big project. I mean, I truly excel at this. All I do is find a project that can be easily tackled in an hour or two—it could be a pouch or a tote bag or something—and then I make that project a half-dozen times. Or a full dozen times. Or if I’m experiencing serious delusions of crafty grandeur, say, 27 times!

Want to join me on this crazy crafting train? First, pick your own project. I recommend all of those pictured here, including tiny drawstring pouches, pin cushions, and tissue cozies.

Then write up a list of recipients—like a half-dozen new guild board members or a dozen elementary teachers or the 27 staff members at your kid’s preschool (true story). Now multiply that number by two ... just in case. : )


To be honest, I am not making any gifts for holiday giving this Christmas, but that doesnt mean I cant enable your frenzied, last-minute sewing and quilting! For more on the projects pictured here, including links to the corresponding tutorials or patterns, click below ...

Heads up: The following two Fridays fall on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, so I won’t be back until January with the next Beauties Pageant. Until then, fill us in on what you’ve been up to in this week’s linky. Wishing you all the loveliest of holidays!

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  1. You had me going there for a minute!?! Haha!!! Great job for Christmas's past!!!

  2. I was wondering if you were about to tell us about a huge batch of last minute gifts you were making! I have loved following along with your big projects made big in the past. :) Thank you so much for hosting the Beauties Pageant and Merry Christmas / Happy Holidays!

  3. What cute projects. Love seeing projects from the past. Great gift idea. Merry Christmas and look forward to visiting you in the new year.

  4. I know what you mean about making little gifties. This year I got a head start and make seven zipper pouches to give to people who do special things for me each year - give me a haircut, do my nails, lead my line dancing classes, and lead ukulele club (ukulele pillow shown in my Linky, above). I like ALL kinds of sewing, and enjoy surprising people with gifts. Thanks for all your great ideas!

  5. Very cute pouches. What a nice selection of little hand made gifts.

  6. Lol, small projects made big... I am more the "this will only take and hour or two" girl - when it is a 10-20 hours job of course ;) Have a Merry Christmas and all the best for 2022! xo Melanie


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