Monday, November 30, 2015
Christmas Gift Roundup
Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, the Christmas countdown can begin! If you're like me, you like to make as many gifts as you can--they're much more personal, and it's a much more pleasant experience than braving the crowds at the mall.
Since I began this blog almost two years ago, I've shared many projects that make great little gifts. I'm re-sharing nine of my favorites here that use a variety of techniques--sewing, crochet, embroidery, and paper crafts. Click on the name of the project below to visit its original blog post.
1. Tiny Tree Pins: These cute little Christmas tree pins require minimal sewing skills. They're a great way to use up felt, buttons, beads, and other baubles from your sewing basket.
2. Crocheted Bangle Bracelets: They look luxurious, but they're inexpensive and easy to make from metallic embroidery floss and thrift-store bangles.
3. Flowery Fabric Pendant: No fancy embroidery here. You just accent a pretty piece of fabric with back-stitch and beads, and then mount it in a pendant setting.
4. Crocheted Paillette Necklace: If you can crochet chain stitch, you can make this necklace. Just add pretty paillettes--which are oversize sequins--onto loops of chain stitch made from embroidery floss.
5. Felt Daisy Pillow: Probably the most challenging project of the bunch, but very much worth it if you like to sew. I keep this pillow out year-round because the color palette suits every season.
6. Crocheted Icicle Garland: Another easy-to-crochet project made from embroidery floss (probably my favorite craft supply). It's just a long rope of chain stitch embellished with "crystal" ice drops.
7. Upcycled Tablecloth Sachet: I made this lavender-filled sachet from a tablecloth my mother embroidered. You can make a similar design by upcycling any vintage linens you have on hand.
8. New Year's Inspiration Jar: I can't really call this a craft project, but it's a great gift for anyone of any age. It's a decorated mason jar filled with 52 printed quotes to offer a weekly does of inspiration in the new year.
9. Embroidered Pine Balsam Sachet: The tiny pine trees on this sachet are stitched on Aida fabric with wintry green embroidery floss. The pillow is easy to sew from felt (no fraying!). Pine balsam filling makes it smell like a fresh Christmas tree.
So there you have it--nine of my favorite gift-worthy projects. If you don't see something you like here, browse through the blog--there are dozens of ideas to choose from.