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Handmade Gifts are the Best!

Do you make gifts for your sewing friends? This collection of goodies might spark an idea or two for your Christmas list this year.

All of this handmade goodness was the result of a simple call out on Instagram about a birthday club.  Tara, aka @sewforshoes, wanted to share the gifting love and started collecting names for a birthday swap for Australian Instagramers who appreciate handmade. Within hours the lists were filling and by the end of the week four groups were formed – each with 12 members – one for each month.

Cyber stalking of Pinterest accounts, emailing and secret IG messages are all part of the fun as friendships are formed and talents are shared.  I was lucky enough to be the birthday girl for August – our kick off month – and here’s a look at what was delivered to my door. Prepare to be blown away by the creativity and generosity of the handmade community in Australia.

You need to check out these ladies on Instagram – so much talent!


From the lovely @spanzy I received a divided basket and matching zippered pouch as well as some fabric and chocolate.


@sippingteaquilts noticed my love of hexies and made a mini quilt. Paired with some fabric and chocolate – yum!


Hello Kitty liberty fabric (!!!), crochet coasters, a felted bowl and some lace trims from @bluebeehive.


Tara (the instigator/organiser) @sewsforshoes found some lovely Heather Bailey fabric I love and made a tote bag and matching purse. And the fudge was yummo!


Some good research by @belloquacity revealed my love of stationery. A covered journal, zippered pouch, coaster, drawstring pouch and a selection of paper goodies. And even a Hello Kitty figurine.


A sewing basket of my dreams – love it @clairebearquilts!


Did I mention I added some celebrities to my wish list? @scorpnac found a way to deliver. A purse, bee fabric, cake pincushion, piping and lace trims all in a HK gift box.


Chocolate, fabric, ribbon and a mini quilt – a perfect pressie from @onceuponadonkey


And the gorgeous mini quilt from @onceuponadonkey – love it!


A beautiful hand embroidered wall hanging and yoyo bunting from @coleandtaffy. She also discovered my love of washi tape.


More clever stalking from @rainbowkelf – Heather Bailey fabric made into a sew-together bag, a needle case and pincushion. Some quilting pens, HK fabric and chocolate.

thank you shequiltsalot

More Heather Bailey goodness from @shequiltsalot – four perfect placemats, a monogrammed coaster, tissue holder and pattern weights.

So have you been inspired to start that Christmas gift list yet? Or even start your own birthday swap with a group of friends.

I’ll share some more ideas and inspiration for you in a post next week so keep a look out for that. Maybe you’d like to subscribe and have the post delivered to your inbox. Just fill in the details in the box in the sidebar on the right.

6 thoughts on “Handmade Gifts are the Best!

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  2. Mums Take Five

    OHHHH MY GOODNESSS!! i am totally totally blown away AMAZING how amazing is that! thats more than i’ve got in the last 12 years of birthdays lol
    wow so many talented people such lovely talented people. must have been so exciting to recieve all these presents.
    thank you for sharing with us x

  3. Ros

    Wowsers what an amazing collection of gifts! I love instagram although it’s weird how it almost exists in a parallel world from blogging!


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