I think one of the fun things about the holiday season is how much we can accessorize. Unlike most holidays, Christmas/New Years is celebrated pretty much throughout the whole of December and sometimes into January (depending on when you get to see your friends and family). And that is a lot of opportunity for making fun things for yourself.
I made this very cute Gingerbread Love Clutch, designed by Michele Cheong . The pattern is in the Festive 2013 issue of A Needle Pulling Thread, a wonderful Canadian magazine that covers all sorts of crafts. I picked up the kit from Michele at the Creativ Festival, so mine looks pretty close to the model in the magazine. Although I added a little gingerbread charm to the flap for a little bit of personalization instead of using lace like she did.
Although it isn’t really visible on the pictures, each little circle around the motifs is stitched around using pink DMC floss. Because the purse is lined with fleece, these little circles now puff out just a tiny bit. It is a really nice effect, and adds just a little bit of fanciness.
Be sure to come back tomorrow. I’m day 16 of Jo’s Online Advent Calendar, and I will be sharing a holiday project that I finally finished.