Merry Christmas! I’m so excited to participate in Monday Memories! Thanks, Laurie, for hosting this party…I’ve already found some old online friends, an am looking forward to making new ones.
So, for the first several years of my married life, my husband and I were both in school (read “no time to sew”). So I don’t have a lot of sewing Christmases to draw from, but I’ll do my best.
Every year, I let the children open ONE gift on Christmas Eve. It always consists of NEW Christmas pajamas and they absolutely love the tradition. I love to sew and embroider, so usually I sew pants, then embroider tees. Last year, I digitized a picture from each child’s pants and appliquéd it on their shirts:
One year, I happened to find this awesome Star Wars fabric in flannel which was a big hit for the boys!
For my daughter I found some cute, festive Hello Kitty flannel. I digitized a present for her shirt:
Here’s a closeup of the applique:
It’s funny how much they LOVE opening the Christmas Eve present…even though they know it is PJs…the fabric is always a surprise!
Probably my favorite sewing project was making matching outfits for the children one year. I made a patchwork twirl skirt for my daughter:
For my sons, I took a ready-made vest and drafted my own pattern, then sized it down for the younger boy. I was SO excited to have success at this process that I stayed up late on the 23rd to make the boys ties so they could all match on Christmas Eve. I was SO PROUD of the fact that I had made them their outfits! I COULD NOT WAIT to see them all dressed up and take pictures!!
The next day, we were getting ready to go to church, and I realized that I had NO WHITE SHIRTS for the boys! They ended up going to church in red sweaters instead. The Lord humbled me that day…it was for HIM we were going to church, not to display my outfits. Without Him, I wouldn’t have had reason to celebrate and sew pretty outfits for the children.
Oh how I loved this trip down memory lane! I enjoyed digging through my old photos….so many treasured memories! Now I look forward to reading about YOUR memories! Visit Laurie’s blog here and join in the fun!