I’ve already blogged about my amazing #stitchingsanta , but I was lucky enough to receive a few other making-related gifts that I wanted to share with you.

My lovely friend Nat, appointed at school as an NQT at the same time as me, upped sticks and left for Alabama, all the way across the Atlantic, almost 18 months ago. We are in touch often, more than daily at times, but always at least every few days. We do, of course, exchange Christmas presents, and we dedicate at least part of these to sewing related items, similar to a not-so-secret #stitchingsanta.

Because I am hugely disorganised, unfortunately Nat hasn’t yet received her parcel, (fingers crossed it’ll arrive any day now) but below are some of the thoughtful items that I was lucky enough to be gifted.

Three beautiful pieces of fabric, all of which I love ~ Japanese style cherry blossom, cardinals (amazing) and brushed cotton animals, just beautiful.


A lovely new pattern for my collection – I have plans to make a lot of dresses in 2016.


Such a gorgeous reusable bag from Joann’s that I hear so much about:


The following gifts aren’t just from Nat, but I roughly grouped them together for photo purposes. As well as lots of pretty buttons to use, I’m looking forward to trying out the sewing machine foot that is supposed to sew circles and flowers!

IMG_6564A kit made by the lovely Donna Wilson.


Lastly, some gorgeous crafting books:

IMG_6558Plus there’s one extra that I treated myself to, ready to make gifts and decorations for Christmas 2016 (next year I WILL be organised…)

Did you receive any crafting gifts this Christmas that you are particularly pleased with and excited about using? Or have you since seen any that will make it on to your birthday, or next year’s Christmas list?