i sewed

Yep, I did.  It’s been a while.  Believe me, every night after I get the girls in bed I’ve thought to myself, this is the night.  But days and weeks passed.  Life happens.  You know the drill.

But last night I actually sat down, my handmade gift list in hand.  It’s long and ambitious, I’m 100%  sure I won’t get to all of it.  I looked through my fabric stacks.  It was fun, I actually hadn’t looked at them in so long, it was fun to see what I really had.

Topping my list was a long overdue request, kind enough to be extended until Christmas.  A pair of purple and blue zippy wallets.  Sweet and simple.  I used some precious scraps, one liberty of london purple flowery type print, the other a scrap of vintage barkcloth given to me by my friend Erica.  A couple hours later, one item off to check off my list.  Feels really good.

Now onto the rest, eek!  Hope your last minute holiday shopping and making are fun.

50 thoughts on “i sewed

  1. amy says:

    so cute!! so glad you got to sew! 🙂

  2. Emily says:

    These are darling! Glad you got to sew! 🙂

  3. Grandma G says:

    Very cute! Yeah, we CAN get things done when we put our minds to it! (<–That was a reminder to myself.) 😉 Now I’d better go put my mind to it…..

  4. gill says:

    These are gorgeous Anna!
    I’m glad you enjoyed making them!
    Take care

  5. Jeni says:

    Ooh, they’re so cute! Good luck with your holiday sewing! I need to get back to mine, eek! 🙂

  6. tinajo says:

    These are very pretty! 🙂

  7. Great wallets! Sometimes we just feel paralysed by the enormity of our ‘lists’, don’t we!! I know the feeling! Good for you for making a start!

  8. Kristen says:

    So darn cute! Thanks for sharing the tutorial on them, too.

    Beautiful fabrics also.

    I understand the yes, this night will be the sewing night and then it doesn’t happen. Yay that you did get a chance to do it.

    Now I’m looking at my fabrics with a new eye that might get me back to sewing instead of thinking of doing it. 😀

  9. Melinda says:

    I’m so glad to know I am in good company with that constant feeling that I should be sewing instead of sitting on the couch. And then the relief when you finally get to your sewing room and feel the true motivation to sew something. And to look through those stacks of fabric to refresh your memory of one of the reasons why you love to sew (working with beautiful fabric!). Last night was such a night for me too. I finally got around to reworking a scarf made from some Liberty fabric for a friend. This was on my to-do list for a year!! It felt so good to get it checked off. The final result was the figure-8 scarf from AMH’s tutorial on her website. It was not lined but looks great!

  10. Elena says:

    these little wallets are perfect!

  11. Carolyn says:

    I know the drill well…I’m pretty sure that there is a fine layer of dust over my sewing machine!
    Cute, cute, cute little wallets!

  12. I strongly believe that sewing mends the soul, so I hope it helped clear your head and made you feel better! They certainly are adorable!

  13. Cute wallets, I need to perfect my zipper technique.
    These are the count down days when the pressure is on.
    Good luck with the rest.

  14. Such cute wallets Anna, I am glad you got to sew yay!

  15. Susan says:

    Awfully cute! I’m still working on presents as well. I have two left to do and I’m putting them off until the last possible minute-Saturday! Sunday is booked with activities; they have to be in the mail on Monday.
    Your zippies are not just cute, they’re beautiful.

  16. So pretty…and functional what more could a girl want

  17. These little zipper wallets are adorable! I totally understand about not sewing for long periods of time. With 4 busy daughters, I find myself in the same situation. My girls have learned that if they give Mom time to sew, I’m in a much better mood!

  18. Lois says:

    It’s not surprising that returning to work full time means less sewing time. Glad you found some time to spend at your sewing machine again. Merry Christmas!

  19. LeeAnn says:

    They are so practical! I need to sew a few of those up to have on hand for impromptu gifts.

  20. Katy Cameron says:

    Love the scraps you chose! Good luck with the rest of your list…

  21. Sew Much Ado says:

    Cute! It feels so good to use up scraps, doesn’t it?! I actually sewed today too, and it felt good, haha!

  22. Rosa says:

    Lovely.I`m happy you got to sew.

  23. Caity says:

    They are beautiful – and i totally know how you feel – i spend all day at work wishing i was at home sewing – then get home get the boy to bed and want to do nothing!

    P.S Love your blog – its inspiring

  24. Katie says:

    Gorgeous! Here’s to getting some things crossed off the list…better than none 🙂

  25. MaryAnnB says:

    Hi Anna! I have my handmade gifts for Christmas list too, and I’m lucky if I get half done! There will be a few IOU’s being given out, that’s for sure! Love the zippy wallets, yep, they’re on my list too. It does feel great to get back to sewing after a ‘break’, doesn’t it?
    What else are you making?

  26. I just love your little zippered pouch, and thanks so much for sharing your tutorial! I actually was thinking about making some cardholders for gift cards tomorrow, and I think these are the perfect holders. Cheers!

  27. Sally says:

    These little wallets are adorable! I will definitely be adding your tutorial to my list of things to be made!

  28. Vanessa says:

    These are just beautiful.


  29. hooray for getting into the sewing room, Anna. it is harder than it looks some days. or at least it is over here. getting sucked into flickr or pretty blogs is easier when i’m tired. take good care of yourself 🙂

  30. They are both so cute Anna! Special fabric really makes them a personal gift.

  31. So cute! Great fabric choices, Anna. And thanks for the reminder about this tutorial. I have someone on my list that might like one.

  32. mellissa says:

    Super cute, Anna! I particularly love the grey cross-hatch fabric used for the trims – are you able to tell me what that fabric is?

  33. N. Maria says:

    It is absolutely perfect! Love the way you can pick patterned material for your projects.
    I’ve made the boys wallet and now I need to make this!

  34. amy smart says:

    So cute. Sewing is good for the soul, isn’t it? I’m glad you were able to squeeze a little bit in. I’m sure it was cathartic and relaxing. Except for the part about having a Christmas list still to go. 😉

  35. kristin says:

    yay, you sewed! adorable pouches. sewing definitely clears my head, so i hope it had that cleansing feeling for you too. you’re back on the horse! 🙂

  36. Christie says:

    I’m also so glad you got to get some sewing in. How have you been?

    These turned out adorable–I love your fabric choices, as always:).

  37. Dahlia says:

    You’re awesome Anna. I gave up on giving handmade gifts because I never thought they were appreciated. Not a single thank you from family. Boo to them!

    At night, I feel overwhelmed with the next day and usually just waste time online (pinterest/facebook)…I’m glad you didn’t 🙂 love ya Anna!!!

  38. GNIST says:

    They are so cute and wery nice gifts! take care!

  39. Pam says:

    Love these!!!

  40. Rhonda says:

    Glad to see I’m not the only one who hasn’t visited the sewing machine in a while… great zippy wallets. You might be the inspiration I needed to jump start some last minute sewing!

  41. Mandy says:


    Just thought you should know that you are the person who inspired me to start sewing. I’ve followed you for a long time….

  42. Delia says:

    Beautiful. That purple flower print is my favorite.

    Glad you found time to sew.

  43. Mauri says:

    These are adorable. I have two of them on my christmas list that are probably not going to get checked off myself. I love the color combinations you chose.

    Random bits at the sewing machine are still beautiful times.

  44. nannergirl says:

    I’m glad you got some time to sew. And thank you for the reminder of your cute little pouches – they make such nice gifts.Wishing you joy (and more sewing time)

  45. pasqueflower says:

    Very cute and practical. Lovely gifts!

  46. Really pretty! It’s always lovely to come back to sewing after a long break from it, isn’t it.

  47. ayumills says:

    They are so cute, Anna! So glad you got to sew something 😉

  48. Beach Angel says:

    Love your little bags. Wishing you and your girls a wonderful Christmas and a Happy new year. I have company coming and am having sewing withdrawals as I share my sewing area with one of my guest rooms which will be occupied.

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