These simple gift tags were made by chopping up bits of coloured cardstock to gift tag size and running them through the machine using various decorative stitches in different directions.
They were lots of fun to make and a great opportunity to use those stitches that you never seem to use in everyday sewing.
The inspiration for this came from an old issue of Martha Stewart Christmas magazine in which a snowflake stitch had been used to decorate some gift tags and packaging. Alas, my humble Janome has no such stitch but I think these are pretty enough!
This is to show you what became of the work-in-progress in this post.
I used my Criss-Cross Dress pattern, shortened to make a thigh-length top as I didn't have quite enough (of the delicious Anna Maria Horner voile) fabric to make a dress.
Another variation was that I used bias along the neckline instead of a full contrast band of fabric.
If you click on the photo below left, you'll see that another AMH print in voile is peeping out from the reverse of the top. It's the one with the deers and berries and it looks really quite Christmassy. (And, btw, I've just come across this gorgeous summer scarf made in the same fabric on flickr.)
The dotty linen fabric (Echino) became some little shorts.
The voile was so lovely to work with and feels so soft next to the skin. I know lots has been said about how wonderful this line is but it's so true. It really is a perfect option for clothes making.
Getting....sleepier....OK I need a little lie down now....