When You Don’t Finish Making Your Holiday Gifts

Dear Sewfie,

I wanted to have the perfect Handmade Christmas this year, but the problem is, I didn’t finish all of the gifts I had planned. Now that the holidays are over, should I finish sewing the gifts anyway and give them to people late or just give up and try to make good next year? I feel bad about not giving some people their gifts. What should I do?

-Unfinished

Dear Unfinished,

Let’s face it: you nobly (and perhaps all too ambitiously) tried to have the Best Most Crafty Handmade Christmas EVER – but you fell upon your proverbial rotary cutters. The best thing you can do at this point is give a Dunkin Donuts gift certificate to the people on your list whose gifts are still all over your sewing room floor and finish those gifts next fall… after the kidlets go back to school and before you get distracted with making Halloween costumes. You will already be ahead of the game because all the pieces are already cut out, right?

You could try to plow ahead anyway and finish your gifts now under the auspices of “better late than never”, but you’ve already lost the moment (Christmas is officially over… the curbs are already littered with discarded trees!) and the time you spend will just get you further and further behind in all your other projects that you were going to finish “as soon as Christmas is over”, remember? Projects such as: curtains for the Baby’s room… he is more than a year old now, you know!

Amy Butler’s Frenchy Bag was Sewfie’s “Go To” gift this holiday season

The final gift Sewfie finished this holiday season – the Sweet Slice pincushion by designer Cindy Taylor Oates made up in Kaffe Fassett and Philip Jacob fabrics… for a very special Christmas Birthday Girl!

Warm Stitches,


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What’s with the tomato?

Dear Sewfie,
Why are so many pin cushions shaped like tomatos?
– Kat

Dear Kat,
In many Renaissance households, people believed that placing a ripe tomato on the mantel when first entering a new home guaranteed future prosperity. Since tomatoes were not available year-round until recently, families moving into new homes often substituted round balls of red fabric stuffed with sawdust or sand. As the traditional held, these little red balls made a nice parking place for metal pins which were very expensive at the time and thus worthy of protecting. The tomato pin cushion is still in use today and has become iconic of the entire sewing community. The tomato pin cushion motif has made its way into many fabric designs, such as this Alexander Henry print – Sew Now, Sew Wow!, and you can even find the ubiquitous red tomato pincushion as body art.

Alexander Henry – Sew Now, Sew Wow!

Sewing Ink

Warm Stitches,


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