It’s been a while, but I am back and crafting. 2014 came to a very busy end, and while I did spend my lead up to the Holidays crafting, I couldn’t post any of my projects with out revealing some gifts before they were given. Thanks to some wonderful posts on Pinterest and the help of my Mom’s sewing tips, here are some of my handmade holiday gifts!
To keep loved ones warm and cozy, I made some neck warmers and little hand warmers.
I used a variety of cotton fabrics with cute patterns. I filled mine up with rice, they hold the heat nicely. I got the idea from these Pinterest Posts: Therapeutic Neck Pillow. These are super cute shaped like Owls: Owl Heat Pack. This link has great step by step instructions to make the square ones: Cozy Hand Warmers.
I also made some animal menagerie jars for some younger cousins. Primed the plastic animals before I painted them, it took a couple of coats but they turned out pretty good.
I got the idea from these posts: Animal Topped Jar. I used plastic jars for the younger kids.
My friend Kelly and I also had a crafting day earlier in November where we tried out making jewelry holders. Kelly did a great job painting them and we had a fun assortment of animals.
I also made my husband and I stockings this year, as it was our first Christmas as a newly married couple. We wanted to start some of our own traditions. In my family my Mom made us all our stockings, they are all in red velvet but have subtle differences (Mine has a lace heel and toe, one of my brothers has a bow tie etc.). As more family members came along we each got one that matched but had its own unique character. So I wanted to do the same with ours, we found some beautiful wool cashmere blend in my Mom’s fabric stash, and some lovely neutrals for accents. I also used my Mom’s original stocking pattern.
I also got a great lesson in button making from my Mom. We used some scraps from my Wedding dress to cover the buttons for mine, and we used some vintage wooden ones for my husband’s.
I was still playing around on adding some lace to the heel of mine, but I ran out of time before Christmas. So I’ll sleep on it til next year, and we’ll see how I feel about it next December.
Next we’ve got handmade tea towels!
Found some great ideas from this post: DIY Tea Towel. They show you how to do stencils with fabric markers. I did mine free hand, but did sew some fabric pieces on for added visual interest. Allowed us to personalize them and add some inside jokes.
I also found some great ideas for Christmas cards on Pinterest. This one in particular with the buttons I thought was super cute. I just sewed the buttons down to the card and taped the back to secure the thread to the card.
Finally, one of my most favourite and ambitious of my Christmas Crafting projects was a play mat for my 2 year old nephew. He loves cars, and the idea came from making him a car box (A wooden box full of small toy cars). Then I thought how cool would it be a have a play mat that could roll up and go inside the box that had roads and police stations and fire stations….It expanded from there. It ended up having velcro attachments for stop signs, road block signs, trees and even a black cat that looks like their pet Pippin.
It turned out pretty well. I used a mix of fabric markers, craft paint and felt. I had a lot of fun making it and I think my nephew is having fun playing with it.
Holiday Crafting Done!
Hope you’re having a great start to 2015!
Stay warm, stay inside and get crafting!!