Last of the Christmas gifts!

As you’ve probably figured out by now, my sister Anne is a prolific knitter. (Find her here on Ravelry!) She even had a pattern published in that beautiful Jane Austen Knits a couple years ago! It’s nice to have someone else in the family who is craft-obsessed! (This afgan and this silk shawl is only some of the lovely things she’s knit for me over the years!

For Christmas, I ordered a fat quarter of the cutest knitting-themed fabric from Spoonflower…

knitting portaits

… and made her some zippered pouches!

Knitting pouches by Gillian

I thought about making her some pillows, but, oh wait, I did that last year!  I figured instead I’d make something to make the other knitters jealous – Something she could bring to Knit Night!

Knitting pouches by Gillian

For each pouch, I used a zigzag stitch to applique the fussy cut onto some linen. One pouch is white, one natural, and one is leftover grey linen from the Cambie I made Anne this summer.

Each pouch has a different picture on the back!

Knitting pouches by Gillian

As always, I used Elizabeth Hartman’s Perfect Zip Bag pattern as the basis. Seriously, sewists, if you don’t know how to make lined zip pouch, spend $10 on that pattern! It really is great! 20 pages of colour pictures and clear instructions, and lots of pattern variations. A basic variation only takes about 30 min to sew, so it’s the perfect gift!

Thanks for taking the lovely pics, Anne… As I type this, I’m realizing how much our two hobbies feed through each other for reinforcement! Thanks for being my crafty buddy, always willing to talk shop or wear whatever I make!

Do you have a special crafty someone in your life? Who do you make gifts for that really appreciates them?


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