Planning for Mother’s Day

Easter is pretty early this year, and because, here in the UK, the date of Mother’s Day is calculated with reference to Easter Sunday, it means that we are going to be taken by surprise by Mother’s Day on March 6th. If you are thinking of handmade (and there’s nothing better I think) for your mum, mother-in-law, granny, then my fantastic sponsor, The Sewing Directory, has some brilliant tutorials that you might want to try. the sewing directory

For the geeks out there there’s a chance to combine a bit of sewing and circuitry – what about this quite fabulous make-up bag with mirror, and tiny LED lights to give that miniature Hollywood experience? The pouch itself is so pretty, but the technology definitely gives it an extra wow-factor:

Light up cosmetics bag to sew

If you  know you are going to be a bit pushed for time, but still want to do the personal touch that only handmade can provide, how about this simple notebook cover project. You could use it on a small photo album and combine it with some treasured family photographs perhaps:

Fabric book cover sewing project by Lynne Sharpe

I don’t think March 6th is going to be a great day for picnics (but with the crazy weather we have had this winter, who knows?), but if your recipient is a Prosecco fan – and who isn’t? – then this insulated bottle bag project complete with a bottle of fizz would make a lovely gift.

Wine chiller bottle bag sewing project

If your recipient loves her garden, and super-pretty sewing, and you are a whizz at free motion machine embroidery then this stunning appliqué cushion has got to be worth a go. Isn’t it just beautiful?

Free motion embroidery and applique cushion project

If these projects don’t quite hit the spot, there’s a brilliant page of free sewing projects available at The Sewing Directory, sorted by category, so it’s a great place to find something  just right for you to give with love.

Finally, maybe your mum, mother-in-law, granny, significant lovely female is a stitcher herself, whose ideal gift would be the delicious treat of the chance of learning new sewing skills? A stitching course or workshop would make a fantastic present. Forget just Googling for ideas and check out The Sewing Directory browseable list of courses and workshops available in your area. And you know, while you are there, you could always book yourself something, so that you can be even more ambitious with your handmade gifts next year!

5 thoughts on “Planning for Mother’s Day

  1. Thanks for sharing these great ideas. They are all great but I especially love the make-up pouch. I have some LEDs here and hadn’t decided what to use them on so that could be the perfect project to trial them on. Here in Switzerland Mother’s Day in May, same as the US I think, so it’s great to have the reminder that it’s much earlier back home. Time `for me to get planning and sewing!

  2. Hi Ali Thanks so much for putting these tutorials together, my to do list is getting longer as I would love to try them all. Doubt in time for Mothers Day and as I don’t have my mum now,perhaps something for my sister, however, they are things that would be lovely any time of year. Just love your blog and the relationship it has developed, so appreciated!

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