Handmade Gifts for Christmas (or any time)
Nothing says “You are important to me” as a handmade gift. For my entire adult life, I have handmade Christmas gifts for every member of my family and a few treasured friends. Yes, it does take some time, time that you may think you really don’t have, but I assure you most of what I’m about to share with you is fast, simple and easy.
Let’s start with handmade Ornaments for Christmas. I’ve made a variety of them. Some are just a simple motif that I’d fussy cut, put batting in or stuffed, sewed a backing on and used DMC floss to hang. Easy and simple. But this is much nicer:
This was made out of 6 cardboard pieces (I used Shawn’s empty Lucky Charms), 6 squares of fabric and beads. If you don’t want to use beads to cover the seams you can hot glue some trim as I did in the last example. Here are a few more that were beaded along the seams.
As you can see, I made about 20 of them. The ooo’s and aaaah’s were worth the effort and time. You can embellish these to your hearts content using charms, buttons, ephemera, silk ribbon,lace and other doodads.
Next we have easy peasy 4 Patch Mug Rugs or Coasters:
I sewed some leftover 2.5″ wide strips of fabric together, cut those into 2.5″ long, then sewed opposite sides together. I used Eleanor Burns’s technique of opening up the seam on the wrong side where the 4 corners meet and made a little 4 patch with my iron so it all lays flat. I added batting and backing, put it right sides together, sewed all around leaving a small opening for turning. I then turned it right side out, hand stitched the opening then I top stitched all around. You can use the same technique to turn this into an ornament. Just add something for hanging.
Using another one of Shawn’s unhealthy cereal boxes I made some pins or brooches which are now for sale in my ETSY shop.
Again, easy. I grabbed some bits and pieces of Christmas fabrics and in crazy quilt fashion sewed them all together. I then used my fancy stitches on my Bernina and covered the seams adding some beads for embellishments when done. I cut out the desired shapes, added batting then cut the cardboard. This can be glued down or sewn using a gathering stitch to the back of the cardboard. To cover the back I cut a piece of felt and sewed a pin to it.
Now if you do have some time I recommend a fabric bowl made with Timtex. These were popular a few years ago when I made over 20. What’s still so great about them is they are machine washable so you can use them at the table as a bread bowl. Here are a few of mine:
They are also reversible. Think of all the different fabrics you can use for all the different holidays. Such fun!
One more to share with you. I have so many Jelly Rolls and I didn’t want to make a strip quilt. I decided to make Christmas gifts instead. Now these are not handmade except for the binding but they still are pretty easy. I saw a similar one in the store for an outrageous price so I decided to make my own. It’s a Hexagon Table Topper.
You do need to draft a hexagon (6 sides). I just Googled how and used a school compass. Took 10 mins. All those years of hand drafting quilt blocks on 12″ grid paper came in handy. I took the center hexagon and just kept adding strips till I had the size I wanted. I did quilt in the ditch on most of the seams. Not hard. Again, like the bowls, mug rugs/coasters and pins/brooches, you can use any fabrics for any holiday or season.
So there you have just a few of the gifts I’ve made over the years. I hope you find the time and are inclined to make some of your own. You can always ask me for more detailed instructions if needed. I’m here to share.
Daily Muse: A gift, with a kind countenance, is a double present. – Thomas Fuller 1732
Question – What handmade gift would you like to receive?