Christmas opening hours and the January SALE

Hello again – and Happy Christmas.

We are in December so I hope you will let me say that! Now the time will fly until the Big Day. I’ve just worked out that there’s only about 20 sewing days left.

You have even fewer shopping days left as The Corner Patch will be closing its doors for Christmas at 5pm on Saturday 18 December; I think the girls and I all need a good break. No internet orders will be dispatched from that date either, as I will be away until after Christmas. We are visiting my daughter to celebrate her birthday on 21 December, and then seeing some other family before New Year.

As husbands and partners have a reputation of leaving their Christmas shopping until the very last minute, if you are hoping for something crafty, or involving fabric, you might like to let them know we won’t be open after 18 December.

We will reopen on Wednesday 5 January with a shop-wide SALE. This will run both online and in the shop until Saturday 15 January with 10% all stock (excluding classes and gift vouchers) plus lots of further discounted fabrics at up to 50% off.

This will make some room on the shelves for all the exciting fabrics expected later in January and throughout the year – I can hardly wait to show you what I have on order!

I can’t show you much either of what I’ve been making this month as I have been making a start on my Christmas gifts. I’ve still got four items to make, and then I will be starting on the gift bags. I will show you some of the makes next month when they will have been gifted. I do hope the recipients like what I’m making.

I decided last year that I would not use Christmas gift wrap any more – much of it can’t be recycled as it has glitter or a coated surface, and it is so wasteful. I did manage to make quite a few gift bags last year – and those gifts that I hadn’t made a fabric bag for, I just used brown paper and string. I have to say those parcels looked quite good with a rustic charm, and were so easy to write on with colourful felt pens – plus brown paper can go in the recycling bin.

If I had made a fabric gift bag I asked the recipient if I could have it back to reuse, so I do have some already, but more will be needed. I have my eye on some of the fabrics from the Moda Hustle and Bustle collection. I think of these as ‘grown-up Christmas fabrics’ – they include some foliage designs, street scenes and spots in Christmassy reds, greens and cream, but they are selling fast so I may have to choose something else. Luckily I have a lot of choice!

The last two weekends I haven’t got much sewing done so I really do need to get on with things now. We had a weekend away in Yorkshire babysitting for the two youngest grandchildren while their mum and dad partied at a wedding. My daughter-in-law had booked us a lovely Airbnb, we picked up the children from the reception at their bedtime, and had a lovely morning with them until they were collected back for the long journey home to Kent. We stayed another night to explore the local area, but unfortunately by the time our babysitting duties were done the Harrogate Knitting and Stitching Show had finished. Perhaps I will get there next year.

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