Friday, 18 March 2016

Ho, Ho, Ho and on We Sew - keeping it in the family

Welcome to another Ho, Ho, Ho and on We Sew Link Party, where we encourage each other to work on Christmas and Holiday related projects throughout the year to ensure a stress-free handmade holiday. Ok, maybe that last bit is stretching things a bit, but we do try to build up a stash of handmade gifts and Home Dec items that will at least give the illusion of a stress-free holiday for a little while :)

My Ho, Ho, Ho make for this month is a cushion for our youngest son, who loves nothing better than lounging on the sofa so is the perfect recipient for a new cushion!

The main fabric is from the Riley Blake line Rocket Age and the tweed check was bought in Latvia. I loved the Rocket Age line when I saw it first and bought a couple of FQ's with a vague plan to make something for our youngest son with it. Fortunately, he saw it in my sewing room one day and declared it "cool" so with that seal of approval I had to make him something with it, didn't I?

I used some denim-like linen and another fabric from the Rocket Age line for the hidden zipper back, which is again from the tutorial at Made by Chrissie D I really like how the tab becomes a design feature as well as hiding the zip. I think this may just become my finish of choice for cushion backs :)

So that's a gift for one member of the family done and dusted. Another member of the family is the guest host for this month's Ho, Ho, Ho and on We Sew link party which is over at Pesky Life, where Danielle, our daughter-in-law blogs. Danielle only took up sewing recently but has really taken to it with aplomb. My own wardrobe boasts a lovely new summer skirt and a very stylish wrap dress thanks to Danielle's efforts on her sewing machine, so I am really looking forward to seeing what she has come up with for the Ho, Ho, Ho and on We Sew archives :)

Of course it wouldn't be a Ho, Ho, Ho and on We Sew Link party without a giveaway and this month we have something a bit different for you up for grabs and not just for one but two lucky linkers courtesy of the lovely Nicole at Nicole de Bruin!

Nicole has generously donated 10 packs of her wonderful sewing-themed charms so each winner will receive 5 packs of charms. The charms would make great zipper pull, or how about an appropriately themed kilt pin or set of wine glass charms for quilty friends? I am sure that you can all come up with a myriad of uses for these charms.

The winner of last month's Christmas Decoration Kit was Sandra who is a regular Ho, Ho, Ho'er and the doyenne of novelty pouches! Congratulations Sandra!

To be in with a chance of winning this month's giveaway head on over to Pesky Life and link up your Christmas or Holiday makes from March. As ever the link party closes at 23.59 GMT on March 31st, so you have lots of time to get those projects linked up. No blasts from the past though, we are all about stockpiling throughout the year here so restrict yourself to links to projects you have worked on this month:)

Thanks again to our lovely giveaway sponsors who have been so generous in their support of the link party.


  1. I am very impressed that you are working on Christmas gifts in March. The cushion looks great!

  2. I'm afraid to say that I've not even thought of Christmas yet ... But I will soon!

  3. Ohhh, what a super 'man cave' cushion! I bet youngest son will love it xx

  4. I love working on Christmas projects throughout the year...makes it so much less stressful. I'll have to make note of your link-up for future projects. Thanks for linking up with TGIFF @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge!

  5. That rocket fabric is adorable - it takes me back to the time when Jetsons was futuristic and awesome :D You may have to hide the cushion away to save it for Christmas!

    Cute zipper pulls ... I mean cute charms ;) I got a new pattern to try out that I thought might make great gifts for some of the kids in the family - unsurprisingly, it involves a zipper :D Hopefully I can get cracking on it - we've been busy helping DS2 with his search for a house to buy (I'm sure he would use a different word than helping, lol) so there hasn't been much sewing going on.

  6. I agree with your son - the Rocket Age fabric is cool. Great idea to leave the fabric out so your son could see it. Not sure whether I'll make it in time this month, but hey - there's four days left.

  7. This will def be a hit but you've got me with the Rocket fabric - I used that collection for grandson Oli's first quilt so it's a pretty big favourite of mine - and pairing it with the tweed check is inspired. It goes without saying that I love how you've done that hidden zipper in the back ;D Thanks very much for the shout out - Chris :D


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