Handmade Christmas 2013

This year I managed to create more handmade gifts at Christmas time, and over the year for various birthdays. The idea is for me to replace a gift I would normally have purchased (using a budgeted amount) with a personalised hand made item. I have a lot of nieces and nephews to buy for, and although it can be easier to go into a shop and just plop down some cash, I find I want to avoid gifting gifts made from plastic, or with batteries, or that just add to a meaningless pile of junk that goes in a drawer, or a pile under the bed.

So, sounds great in principle, but the first year I tried this, it was harder than it sounds! At least, for me. I spent the last week before Christmas madly sewing and stuffing toys, but I managed to give one softie to every niece and nephew on my list!

This year I started earlier, and avoided (some!) of the craziness. These are some of the projects I completed for various people. All of these I am very pleased with, and I think they were well received. Evie loves her lap quilt! And I totally desire Izzy’s pincushion and needle book. It was quite hard to give that one away!

4 thoughts on “Handmade Christmas 2013

    1. Hi Susan! Thanks for visiting, and your lovely comment. 🙂

      I didn’t use a pattern exactly, but was inspired by images of superhero capes and knew I could make my own. I might make a tutorial for a simple quarter circle cape, since that’s basically what it is! I stuck a felt circle with a felt lightning blast sewed on it to make it “Super!” 🙂

      The cuffs were inspired heavily by a tutorials I found: http://lolanovablog.blogspot.be/2011/06/feltycuffs-tutorial.html

      How awesome are these?

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