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To make or not to make?

2011 October 21
by elizabeth_admin

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That is the question!

Sewing friends, I have made a decision of great import.  I, Elizabeth of SEWN, will NOT be sewing, making and/or crafting any Christmas gifts this year.  I know, I know.  You’re all thinking how could I not keep up the tradition of Christmas PJ’s that I started a few years ago.  You think I’m a Scrooge now, don’t you? 

But in my defense, I just have no time.  With my new-found social life and Jack’s every increasing activities, I have found that my sewing/knitting time has greatly diminished.  And whatever little time I have left to sew, I would like to sew selfishly.  I still owe Baby Chloe her birthday dress (I know…  I am soooo late with this gift!).  *hanging head in shame*  But beyond that item and finishing up the Fall knitting projects for Jack, I am not doing anything for anyone else.  Nada!

I have to admit that I experienced an intense feeling of relief upon making this decision.  The stress of sewing 5 pj sets and who knows what else had really started to weigh on me. 

What about you?  Are you going to hand make any gift items this holiday season?  Or are you going to make like Ms Selfish Herself?


17 Responses leave one →
  1. October 21, 2011

    I like your thinking! Selfish sewing is the best. I did a lot of not selfish sewing earlier this year, so I am not exactly feeling the need to sew Christmas gifts either. Maybe one or two that I have been thinking about for a while, but overall, no. Not happening. We need to form a League of Extraordinarily Selfish Seamstresses (LESS) to help us remember to sew less for others and more for us!

  2. October 21, 2011

    Ummmm that’s why I have a day job – to make money to purchase gifts! *LOL* Sewing is always about me!

  3. Lois permalink
    October 21, 2011

    I sew an occasional gift for a family member or friend, but I no longer try to make something for everybody. This year I have a quilt in progress for my niece. Once that is done I am back to sewing for myself.

  4. annie permalink
    October 21, 2011

    Been struggling with this for a couple of weeks. For me, it’s the psychology of a deadline. Otherwise I could probably get these quilts quilted!

  5. October 21, 2011

    Some days, making a decision like that is very, very good!

  6. Heather permalink
    October 21, 2011

    Actually, this is the first year in many that I WILL sew some Christmas presents. Just about everybody I know has a Kindle without a cover, so I plan to sew several M6477 from my stash – first up as a test will be for my own Kindle. The pattern just showed up in new releases, and McCall’s is 99 cents until tomorrow at JoAnn’s – sure hope my local has it in stock!

  7. Mae Wilson permalink
    October 22, 2011

    As always, I’ll be sewing for myself and buying gifts. One exception- The traditional matching dresses for me and my “baby” sister, who is past 50 but still a baby to me!

  8. Elaray permalink
    October 22, 2011

    I’m turning into such a scrooge! I don’t even want to BUY Christmas gifts, much less MAKE them! Seriously, in terms of time and money, I’ve scaled down my Christmas giving. And yes, it’s because I’m a selfish sewer.

  9. October 22, 2011

    I won’t be making homemade gifts this year. It’s just too much. I’m pretty sure everyone will survive just fine without them.

  10. October 22, 2011

    I’m Jewish so the question never occurs to me. I don’t think your selfish. I do make homemade biscuits for my daughter’s teachers, but that is all.

  11. October 22, 2011

    YEAH… way to go. Glad you could feel the relief. You know it was the right decision that way. I quit making Christmas gifts about twenty years ago and have not regretted it ever. Except for immediate family and very good friends, we don’t exchange gifts.

  12. October 22, 2011

    I personally have never ever made anything for anyone at Christmas (if you don’t count my DD’s Christmas dresses over the years). It’s way too busy a season to add I-have-to-find-time-to-sew-up-this-!@#$*(&#$-present stress to an already ridiculous list of things that are required for a Martha Stewart styled utopian sort of event. And no, you most definitely are NOT selfish. (And so what if you were?) 🙂

  13. October 22, 2011

    We don’t really celebrate Christmas, except for the presents, which are fun and also optional, so Christmas shopping has never been stressful… I’m making atleast one gift though, rather grudgingly, a few years ago, I promised my brother a t-shirt quilt. I’m cutting out the t-shirts now, sigh. But I’d much rather be sewing for me.

  14. Helen permalink
    October 22, 2011

    One Christmas I made all my gifts – it was so stressful and really not appreciated by the majority of recipients. Now, I have decided I will make something for my DD for each birthday amd Christmas and that is it! Sewing/knitting is my hobby, its how I relax. And when time is short, I want to make stuff for me!

    I don’t think that is selfish – in fact I cant think of any other hobbies where people expect you to spend your free time doing stuff for them. My husband likes to build computers, but his friends don’t expect computers as gifts…

  15. October 22, 2011

    I am barely sewing at all these days, and certainly not Christmas gifts. Too much pressure!

  16. October 25, 2011

    I applaud your bold decision. The holidays bring far too much stress with them, leaving us actually feeling about enjoying the time we have with our loved ones. It’s the NOW that matters… not what you’ve sewn. Time will surface later for your wonderfully crafted concoctions – but for now, you’ll enjoy Christmas far more by spending time with your men.

  17. October 25, 2011

    I’m in your camp too! No gift sewing! I have too many people and not enough time. Sign me up for LESS!

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