I have my favorite mug from Joann’s Fabric that says the above, filled with piping hot tea or coffee every morning and through the day as I start on my sewing for Christmas gifts. Luckily my relatives don’t read this blog so I think I’m safe. Spoiler alert for Grandma and Siena!
This is the perfect example of how you can use PatternFile to inspire you for gifts for friends and relatives. Think of the tag fuction like the Amazon.com gift list. When you log a pattern in Pattern File, in the tag field, just type a persons name whom you think the project might make a perfect gift for in the future. Later, when you want to make that thoughtful special thing for a dear friend or relative, just type their name and all the patterns that you tagged their name will appear.
In the case with Grandma, I knew I wanted to make a vest so I searched the term “vests.” All the vests I own appeared in the results. Scanning through my collection on my screen, I realized I neither had a vest in her size nor in the the style I wanted to make for her. So off the Joanns I went to get the perfect pattern for her. I chose See & Sew B445. Now that I have it in my collection, I typed “grandma” in the tag field when entering the pattern and saved. This way if I want to make another vest for her, I can just search “grandma” and this pattern will appear in the results.
For my niece Siena, I totally did an impulse buy of material. I saw the cutest “woodland creature” corduroy material in which I plan to make a dress for her. I’ve been grabbing any toddler pattern I think is cute and adding it to my collection these days. As I searched “Siena” and scrolled through the results M5416 caught my eye of the right design for what I had in mind. I will be making view D but I might embellish it with the ribbon in view F and still going back and forth if I want to add the pockets that are in view C and G.