Making things for Christmas

Yesterday was Advent Sunday, which for me is the marker for the start of the Christmas season. This post is about things you can make as decorations for the festive period and things you can make to give as gifts to friends and family at this time other year.

Sadly, I was quite unwell yesterday,  so had to miss the Advent service here in Ramsgate. I was disappointed,  because three different congregations had joined together to celebrate. The church I go to (St George’s) is holding a Christmas Tree Festival (there is a long tradition of this, I understand) and I will be contributing a decorated tree. At the bottom, I will be placing one of my Christmas Tree Skirts.

If you want to make one yourself, you can do so with my pattern.  You can find it here

If you want to buy a ready-made Christmas Tree Skirt, in modern colours of white, dark green, pale blue and silver, there is one (only one) in the Amanda Handmade Quilts shop here

Another festive make is a handmade Christmas stocking and once again I have a pattern available. Buy it here

'Jolly Holly' Christmas stocking flat lay

How about something to dress your Christmas table? My ‘Presents’ pattern gives you all the information you need to make attractive place-mats, all featuring a wrapped gift. You can make an infinite number of variations of the basic pattern – or choose to make a set of matching place-mats. Find the pattern here

Cover photo for the 'Presents' table mat pattern by Amanda Jane Textiles

For a quick-make Christmas decoration, how about the ‘Holly Berry Christmas Wreath’. The pattern is here

There are also two do-it-yourself Christmas items available from my design studio on Spoonflower. Firstly, there is a drawstring bottle bag featuring a hand-painted candle design. Find it here

Secondly, there is a small Advent Calendar to make, with pockets just big enough for a sweet treat or tiny gift. Find it here

In both cases, you only need a fat quarter of fabric. The cyber weekend discount of 20% across the Spoonflower site ends today Monday 29th November 2021 at 11.59 Eastern Standard Time, so if you are quick you can catch it! The same is true of all the products in both Etsy shops.

You may of course have all the decorations you need, but like the idea of making homemade gifts so here are some suggestions.

The Lingerie Bag pattern is here

The ‘Pretty Pouches’ pattern is here

‘Pretty Pouches’ pattern by Amanda Jane Textiles

The Sunflower Pincushion is here

The Heart Brooch pattern is here

Amanda Jane Textiles offers unique fabrics for sale here, quilt patterns here, classes here and quilts for sale here

Cyber sales for quilt-lovers

Cyber sales seem to be everywhere in the e-commerce arena this month. ‘Black Friday’ seems to begin very early indeed in the month of November! Many Etsy shops are offering cyber week sales. ‘Cyber-week probably begins today, Monday 22 November.

As you may know, I am now the proud owner of not one, but two Etsy shops. So if you are a quilt-lover (in the broadest understanding of the word), this blog-post may be of interest to you.

  • If you like the look, the feel and the comfort of hand-made quilted items, head over to the Amanda Handmade Quilts Etsy shop where you will find prices marked down by 20% until midnight on 2 December 2021 (no code required). This represents a significant saving on all quilts, but you will notice it particularly with regard to the super-king quilts! Some items would make great gifts (not just for Christmas, but wedding gifts, new baby gifts and more). Keep checking back to the shop right up until the final day, as I will be continuing to add new items over the next few days.
A white and blue house on a red background with the words 'Amanda Handmade Quilts' - the logo of the Amanda Handmade Quilts Etsy shop

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  • If you like the look, the feel and the comfort of hand-made quilted items and love making such items yourself, head over to the Amanda Jane Textiles Etsy shop, which is full of patterns for you to use. All patterns are discounted by 20% until midnight on 2 December 2021 (no code required). Keep checking until the last day as I plan on adding some new patterns over the next few days.
aqua and pink shop awning over the words 'Amanda Jane Textiles' - the logo of the Etsy shop selling quilt patterns

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Amanda Jane Textiles

shop on Etsy,

click here

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