Nothing says Christmas like handmade goodies. (Ok, a few other things do too … but handmade treats are in the top 5). And every year, I try my hardest to make at least one handmade gift for everyone on my list. It isn’t easy … and sometimes I fall short … but I try. This book has helped for several years now … and though it is out of print … I highly recommend you get a used copy via Amazon asap …
The projects are so simple yet so beautiful … and you don’t need any major sewing skills. If you are skilled, then you can just amp up the projects in your own special way. I made the following goodies so far for this year’s gift giving …
Mom asked for a handmade tablecloth … and she is all about the plaid lately. The squares were from my Mother-in-Laws collection of fabric that I inherited 5+ years ago … and I backed it with some jean material leftover from another project. Cost = $0.00! So, I made a matching chair pillow for her as well … again with leftover materials and I pillow form I found new at Goodwill for $.99. So, both projects cost me less than $1. And they are so beautiful 🙂
By the way … the tree on the pillow is not in the aforementioned book, but was an applique from another project book … but so long as you have fusible webbing … you can put anything you want on any pillow/project you want 🙂 Easy peasy.
I am not sure how well they show up in the above pic, but I also made a few wallets for the kiddos, and some pot holders for the grown-ups . Not exactly sure who they are going to as I am making more and will decide who gets what when I have a whole bunch to choose from. That’s how I roll 😉
I LOVE these potholders as I don’t put the traditional “hanging loops” on them … so they can second as mats for placing under potted plants … and/or for placing under hot food at the dinner table.
Want some inspiration for your own handmade gifts??? Of course you do! Here is where I go when I get a bit stuck … the Sew Mama Sew Blog. It is chock full of goodness if you are willing to hunt a bit. And right now they are hosting loads of giveaways … so check it out.
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Jodi is a homeschooling Mom, a photographer, a wife, and a proud resident of the city of Bangor. She spends part of her time working at a locally-owned shop in the downtown area, part of her time homeschooling her favorite young man, and most of her time behind a camera lens. She often writes about adoption, family life, homeschooling, and community.