This year I made my daughter a reusable grocery bag. This was really a last-minute thing (I mean it... we were joking Christmas Eve morning about her being a "starving college student" and immediately a design popped into my head, and that afternoon I started work on the embroidery design, and I finished the bag at about 11pm.
I received several sewing related gifts, too. From my son, I got two fabulous sewing books. I had never heard of either of them, but he took the time to go to the bookstore and find two books I actually did not have in my library!
Hand-embroidery is something I've never really gotten into, mostly because all the design books I've seen are heavy into the old-fashioned styles and designs. Not this one! There are some really funky designs, and they even include transfers so you can create your own embroidered masterpieces.
This is another really cool book, with instructions and inspiration for painting, dying, stamping and printing fabric to create your own original designs. I've always wanted to learn silkscreening, and the book has instructions for it (and it'll be cheaper than buying a Yudu machine at Michael's).
Finally, my wonderful husband gave me this:
This tool is simply fabulous:
I hope all of you who celebrate Christmas had a wonderful day!