So, what do I actually craft or sew when I need a quick gift? One of my 2 fall backs usually fits the bill, Rae's Buttercup Bag and Irene's Classic Tote (as seen on Sew Mama Sew). Serious, these 2 are so quick and easy I really don't need directions for either anymore. They are my old faithfuls, and while both were free patterns/tutorials I promise I make both more because of how happy they make me to sew, not because I'm cheap, er, thrifty! (Note:I think Rae's sells an larger version of the Butter Cup Bag pattern now that offers up a license to sell handmade Buttercups as well).
I made the Butter Cup bag for my sister in law's birthday a week or so back. She watches my monsters for me on days I work, and has since they were both born. She has the patience of a saint and I feel so lucky to have her in our lives. She actually deserves a small island, but I thought I'd start with a purse. I modified the pattern a bit by increasing the size by 30%, elongated the strap a bunch and I used the leftover decor weight fabric I have in the stash... so I did not have to face it at all.
Can you tell I have a blue/brown fixation? As a side note, I just bought Rae's Lickety Split bag pattern - a PDF download you can get here for a mere pittance (um, $6 that is, pittance, I tell you). Adorable. Rae writes things up so well and her directions are super user friendly...Can't wait to try this one out!
Next, I made a tote for my mother-in-law's birthday gift. I gave it to her this past weekend - a bit late, but better late... well, you know. I had recently bought the Jane Market Bag PDF pattern from the Posie Gets Cozy blog (love her blog too) so I ended up using some of the techniques from this pattern (pin tucks on the 4 corners and changed how I did the base by cutting out the corners before sewing) on the Classic Tote. Here is the tote.
I used thrifted fabrics and a vintage button and made a flower pin that can go anywhere on the bag (or anywhere at all, I guess, if you are feeling creative).
Last up, not sewing, but surely a staple in my craft arsenal. Rowan's school friend came to spend the day with us last week and the girls needed a quick craft to keep them out of trouble, so we made Freezer Paper stencils. Yep another "Old Faithful" that I love for their "Fast and Easy" factor. While I did not get a shot of Nicole's shirt before she left, here is Rowan's.
I found the unicorn stencil here...and the heart is just free hand (like you could not tell).