Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Handmade Christmas

I'm just now getting around to decorating for Christmas, and while I have plenty of handmade decorations already, I always want to make more.  I haven't started any new ones yet this year, but there's still time, right??? I decided a while back that I wanted something simple for the dining room windows, so I made these simple valances.  

I just cut two width-of-fabric strips about 15" wide, sewed them end to end, and backed them with a solid white fabric.  As you can see, I just use those little rings with the clips to hang them.  My idea was that I could change them out for the different holidays.  Great idea, right?  Ha!  I have two sets -- This set for Christmas, and the other set for the rest of the year :) 

I made matching pillows that were super simple.  I found this great pillow cover tutorial by Jaybird Quilts on Sew Mama Sew and have used this multiple times.  The tutorial doesn't show how to make the patchwork, just the construction of the cover with an envelope back, and it gives the measurements for multiple pillow form sizes.  Oh, and don't forget to check out the Handmade Holidays at Sew Mama Sew!  
We always love to decorate with these beautiful ribbon pinecone ornaments that my mother-in-law used to make.  

I found this beautiful little tree at one of our downtown shops and it's perfect to hang them on.  I think someday I'll make some more of these to fill up the tree.  
I've been trying to not start anything new, but I recently found this really cool fabric star ornament so might have to try just one ;) 
If you're looking for some fun handmade items, be sure to check out Handmade Holidays on Sew Mama Sew

Happy Holiday Sewing! 


  1. I love your valances, and that you have matching pillows!
    Also, I remember those pinecone ornaments...

    I made a super-simple tree skirt a few years ago, and of course, I have my Christmas quilt, which is a major decoration around here. ;)
    Could use more, but I have to make a baby quilt before the January, so I'll be focusing on that, I guess. Oh, well, there's always next year! :)

  2. can we have a virtual sew-in soon to make ribbon pinecones?? i need to learn that. those are so cool! i love your valance!

    1. Um. I've never done a virtual sew-in, but I LOVE this idea!!


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