Easy Newborn Baby Dress

what do you get for a couple who already have everything they need?  Why not sew up a simple easy dress for the newborn. Add some t-shirts or hand-knit cardigan for a beautiful hand made gift.

In coordinating fabric, this dress is easy to make . Choose light weight cottons for summer or a mini corduroy for the winter. Worn over leggings or tights to make a whole outfit worthy to be called Sunday best.

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Holiday Gift Tags – a need or a want…… oh! a need……

There are so many gifts to give throughout the year; holidays, birthdays, anniversary, baby showers, wedding gifts… the list goes on. What makes each gift unique…. why a gift tag. and when you’ve either made it yourself or bought it, a gift tag just finishes off the gift by including some small message that shows the recipient how much you care. These are simple, wooden gift tags crafted using bought cutouts… but Shhhh! no-one will know

Gift Tag

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Silk Holiday Gift bag, with a Drawstring Closure

They say you can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear, but what about a silk purse out of a greatly reduced silk drape bought on special.


These pre-packaged drape sets make an economical way of buying fabric if you don’t mind spending time unpicking the seams. This 108 inch x 41 inch drape gives me 3 yards of Dupioni silk, plenty for some cushions or in this case little drawstring bags to fill with gifts. They make a special way of bestowing a loved one or family with little presents.

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Fabric Luggage Tag for the Traveler on Your Holiday Gift List

The start of the holiday gift making season is now upon us. I should have got started earlier but you know how life gets in the way. These luggage tags are perfect for the traveler in the family or for the friend at work who travels for business. They can be used to identify non-descript luggage in the pile of other ones or to add some contact information (although it’s never a good idea to put home addresses on luggage tags). Coordinate the fabric for a favorite color or theme.

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They are quick to run up in numbers when you want to coordinate a luggage set.

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Little hand made boxes; great for those handmade soaps

The holidays are nearly here. Black Friday will be upon us where we all spend hours either wondering around the shops, or on the internet trying to figure out what to buy for friends and family.

Handmade gifts for the holidays are always a great way to show that you appreciate and care. It’s not always the cheapest option but even wrapping some shop bought soaps up in their own special packaging makes them extra special. If you make your own soap (as I do, see this post) then make sure you leave plenty of time to allow the alkali and oils to fully cure and all the water to go before making and wrapping, (at least 6 weeks).

wrap the soap in paper to match

These simple boxes are a great and simple idea that means you can use any card-stock you like for each of your gifts.

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