Some years I have sewn a lot of gifts, but not this year. The only thing I sewed this year was a Christmas shirt for my husband. His Christmas shirt had to be Christmasy but not too cutesy, so the hunt was on for the proper fabric. Here’s what was eventually chosen:
It has a navy background so will work with his navy flannel shirt if it is too cold for short sleeves. I finished it up yesterday and hope to get a picture of it on him next week. While shopping for other novelty shirt fabrics, this one also came home with me:
Before I fell back into shirtmaking, I was busy making a handbag for my MIL. She had asked for one a few months ago and drew out the size she wanted. I managed to finish up the bag so that she could get it on her birthday.
Here it is half done. I put in lots of pockets and a zipper under the flap for safety. We measured the strap on her to get the right length.The bag is made of black denim, but I wanted it to be easy for her to see what was in the bag, so the lining is a light color. The pockets are lined with scraps from the Route 66 shirt I made my husband. I don’t have much of a picture of the finished bag, but here is one of my MIL carrying the bag downtown when we were on our way to the church Christmas concert: