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.
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:
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:
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.
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?
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!