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BYOC July – Show Your Work!

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Today’s the day – time to share how you responded to the July prompt.

July’s Prompt:

Make a gift for someone

The inspiration for this prompt came from the notion that many of us give gifts around the winter holidays or on birthdays when it is expected, so wouldn’t it be fun to make something for someone when it is completely unexpected?

How I responded:

I didn’t have any ideas going into this month of how I wanted to respond to the prompt. So I gave it a few days to see if an idea would just come to me. Didn’t happen.

Instead of trying to think of who I wanted to make something for or what specifically the gift should be, I tried something a little different. I made a list of possible activities I could focus on this month:

  • Knitting
  • Sewing
  • Hand-lettering
  • Card-making

From there I decided that it had been awhile since I sewed anything, so it would be a great way to challenge myself and get back into sewing. Next, I decided I would force myself to finish my project without buying any new materials. This is not as difficult as it sounds because like many people I have a decent size fabric stash as a result of not being able to pass up pretty fabric when I see it (even if I have no idea what I am going to use if for).

After going through my fabric stash, I decided on the fabric shown below. I absolutely love it. I bought it when I was pregnant with my daughter knowing that I wanted to make something special with it for her.

July BYOC - Make a gift for someone. Using this fabric, I made a gift for my daughter.

I spent way too much time searching on Pinterest for different ideas before coming back to what is very likely the easiest project to sew ever: a pillowcase! Not very exciting, but after giving it some thought, it made a lot of sense. It is not clothing that she will quickly grow out of, instead it is something we can pull out every Christmas and she can use for the full month.

It was an incredibly easy project, but one that I am happy with the results.

Once again, I am loving BYOC not only because it is a great kick in the butt to make my creativity a priority, but also because by creating/making one small project, I am inspired for a number of other projects – big and small. Since I had my sewing machine out, I quickly finished a few other small projects that I had been putting off for awhile.

**I didn’t actually give it to my daughter yet, because she is only 16 months and won’t know the difference, but I am excited to pull it out around Christmas for her to use.

Now that you saw how I responded to the prompt, don’t forget about these inspiring ladies who practice creativity in different and awesome ways, Be sure to check them out and see how they responded to the July prompt.

Jenn from The Spare Room Project: website; twitter; facebook.

Emily from Eltscott.com: website; twitter, instagram.

Julie from In Tandem: website; instagram, facebook.

Allie from Allie Explores: website, twitter, instagram.

Gabrielle from A Life of Gab: website; twitter; facebook.

Now it’s your turn. I can’t wait to see how you responded to the prompt and what you created. If you haven’t already posted, be sure to use #byocreativity.

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