2016 Christmas Presents – Part I, Accessories

Despite my usual insistence that making Christmas presents is for chumps, somehow this year I managed to make far more presents than I expected. I’ve split them into two posts: this first post features the presents I made for my childhood friends Alyce and Beth.

Much like myself, Alyce is a huge Doctor Who fan, so with the scraps of leftover fabric from an unblogged projectI made a knitting needle roll. This was a very scrappy project! The inside is made of chambray, interfaced and pieced, with two pockets layered on top (the middle pocket was also pieced). The outside was also interfaced, then the layers quilted together before being bound. I basically followed this tutorial but used smaller pieces due to fabric restrictions.

A Dalek print knitting roll.
I just narrow zigzagged the corner flaps because my slip stitches looked horrendous. Hey, it’s a design feature.


For Beth, I made these sweet little slippers. Aren’t they just adorable? The pattern is Amy March’s Slippers by Tiny Owl Knits, and you can read more notes on my Ravelry page. The yarn is Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky in the perfect blue shade called Yonder.

Handknit blue slippers with lace and ribbon trim.

The instructions are, IMO, a bit flowery and incomplete. They instruct to leave live stitches as loops to thread the ties through, which is a disaster waiting to happen, so I cast off the stitches at the front and back, then crocheted dc, chain 1, skip 1 st around (UK terminology) to create loops for the drawstrings.

The ties are wool, ribbon and lace as instructed, with 3mm elastic threaded through underneath, tightened and seamed at the sewing machine, so they stay on the foot but still have elasticity to take on and off with ease. These are seriously easy slippers that took me all of two hours to complete.

That’s it for accessories – next time I’ll share the clothing I made for Christmas presents.



Author: Siobhan S

20 something, living in country Australia. Spoonie profile: ME/CFS, dysautonomia, anxiety. All about sewing, knitting and food. Unapologetic feminist and disability advocate.

4 thoughts on “2016 Christmas Presents – Part I, Accessories”

  1. I sometimes feel like making presents is for chumps, but if people truly appreciate them its so worthwhile – I love the knitting needle roll (another Dr Who fan here) and those slippers are adorable. Well done you x

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    1. I think that’s the trick – make them for people who will appreciate the time and effort you put in. I’ve actually got a near-finished project and review of that Doctor Who fabric to post, but I’m still waiting on the buttons in the mail! Gah!


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