My mom started a tradition when my sister, brother, and I were young. Every year for Christmas she would buy us each a Hallmark ornament that was personal to us in some way.
We carefully packed the ornaments away at the end of the season only to unbox them the following year when we received another ornament to add to our collection.
When we became adults and moved into our first homes, Mom boxed up our ornaments and sent them to us. For each of us, our first Christmas tree was covered in 20+ ornaments that represented our childhood and were reminders of past Christmases.
Mom has continued the tradition, adding spouses and grandchildren as they joined our family over the years. Our Christmas trees are covered in Hallmark ornaments that bring back wonderful memories.
Recently, my sister-in-law started a group text with my sister, mom, and me. She sent a picture with one line of text:
What kind of insanity is this?
My mom replied:
“Christmas in July. Michelle went to the opening celebration at the local store and bought 10-12 ornaments already.
My sister Michelle’s response was:
The best kind of insanity!!!!!!
This group text made me realize Christmas in July isn’t insanity but brilliant. Especially if someone is a sewist and has a growing list of Christmas projects she wants to complete!
Christmas in August
Over the years I have collected Christmas ideas, patterns, and fabric. All with the intention of making the items but never actually doing it.
I’ve been on a mission to spend less time thinking about sewing and more time actually doing it. A solution to this problem was to create a Sewing Notebook.
The Christmas page in my Sewing Notebook currently has 11 ideas on it and I’m sure I’ll be adding more.
There’s no way I’ll be able to do all these projects this year. However, if I start in August and commit to completing one project a month, I’ll be able to cross off at least 5 five of them.
This “recipe” has been hanging on my sewing bulletin board for almost 5 years. This is one project I want to get done.
I’m not sure when I got Zakka Style, a book of sewing projects compiled by Rashida Coleman-Hale. But the copyright is 2011 and I’ve had it for years.
One project I’ve always liked in this book is the Patchwork Ribbon by Melody Miller. You use scraps to make yards of ribbon and can add embellishments like special stitches or buttons. The ribbon can be used as decoration for wrapped presents.
I’ve always wanted to add a touch of something special to gift wrapping. Usually, my husband and I are wrapping gifts on Christmas Eve night with only enough time to get paper on everything.
Not this Christmas.
Christmas gifts this year will be wrapped earlier and have handmade patchwork ribbon made with love by me.
We don’t get nearly as many Christmas cards as we used to but I still like the card catcher in Art to Heart’s book The Night Before Christmas featuring designs by Nancy Halvorsen. The copyright is 2000.
I’m not sure when I got the book, but the receipt with the fabric to do the project has a date of August 2004 on it.
I’d actually forgotten about this project until I moved my sewing room upstairs into my son’s old bedroom. The book and fabric were all in one bag waiting patiently to be done. I’d even gone as far as to label all the fabric. Hopefully, I’ll be able to decipher my handwriting!
Yo-yos are fun little circles of gathered fabric. I don’t know what it is, but I just love them!
A few years ago, I saw a yo-yo Christmas tree that was made into an ornament. I fell in love!
I purchased the ornament and wanted to enjoy it all year long. For the longest time, it hung on the knob of a floor lamp that sat by my chair so I could see it all the time.
When I moved my sewing room upstairs, I relocated the yo-yo Christmas tree to a peg on the bottom of the thread holder.
Yo-yos are fun to make. However, my mother gave me an entire bin of yo-yos and I have a pretty good stash, too, that I’ve collected from garage and estate sales.
This should be an easy project to work on and I can do it while I watch TV.
Vintage Felt Banner
This I love! A friend gave it to me but wasn’t sure how old it was. It belonged to her aunt and was never finished.
It appears as if markings were preprinted on it in order to put it together. Based on the marks that are visible, it doesn’t look like there is too much left to do.
I will need to do a little research to see some options on how to finish it.
What Christmas sewing projects have you been thinking about?
Is there something you started but haven’t finished? Maybe there’s a project that a family member was going to do but never got around to it.
What about ideas you have collected on Pinterest? Is there something you should start now so it is done by December?
August isn’t too early to start working on those holiday projects. If you have a bunch of Christmas ideas, try doing one a month so you can complete several for this holiday season.
I’d love to hear what Christmas projects you want to get done this year.
Send photos of what you’re sewing as well as any sewing questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.