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Every year I make Christmas gifts for the family, usually on a theme. This year, I wanted to make a small difference in the amount of textile waste that accumulates in our nation. Rather than buying new fabric, I found some large men’s shirts at a thrift shop and used those as my source material. A few extra scraps were added in (like the red linen and Star Wars print), but the rest of the cotton and linen were repurposed.


Couples and families got tea towels made from the fronts and backs of the shirts. I played around with little Dresden plates to evoke snowflakes or poinsettias! The blue one went to my brother and comes from my late Grandfather. The linen shirt was first used in a quilt made for my son. I felt my brother would appreciate the sentiment and style. The other blue rosette went to my parents for a similar reason – and the contrasting “petal” was a scrap from my son’s outfit he wore home from the hospital!


I have a few unmarried brothers-in-law who I didn’t think would appreciate holiday towels. Instead, I turned a fine cotton shirt into bow ties for them! I almost couldn’t bear to cut into the shirt. The pattern matching and detail were exquisite! But I am glad I did – the bow ties turned out so nicely! My brother got one of these as well, and as he is such a sharp dresser, I also made a hand-rolled matching handkerchief (or pocket square). The brother-in-law who received the Star Wars bow tie had instructions to open it before going to see Rogue One. If we lived closer, I know we would have enjoyed seeing it together.

Being apart at the holidays isn’t our favorite, but I hope it’s made a little sweeter with lovingly made and thought-through gifts!

Hoping you feel loved and cherished this holiday season!

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I’m woefully behind on my wedding sewing reports.

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For example, bow ties for the men and ring bearer were completed months ago.

I am giving myself grace to let things slide, though. Things more important than blogging have taken precedence. Case-in-point: the gown.

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No, I’m not going to reveal it until the wedding, but it’s finally complete! And let me tell you, it was worth every hour. I have only a few more handwork details to finish. Thankfully, I have plenty of time for that! (Forty days, to be precise!)

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Having completed my gown, I’m free to move onto much more forgiving projects – like my bridesmaid bouquets! I also have the silk and muslin scraps from my gown to put into my flowers. I am gleeful about these colors!

Still to do: flower girl’s dress and crown (measured her yesterday); bouquets; hanging “vines”; table decor. The list goes on. But I’m so excited as each piece is completed and the reality sinks in – y’all, I’m really getting married!