Saturday, November 13, 2010

10 Tips for Holiday Survival

I really like to give home made gifts. When there is time and forethought, this is what I like to do: create something special. But I don't have endless hours......Here are 10 quick and easy hand made gifts! Try one this weekend. These are quick and easy gifts.

Make one with your kids. They will remember the time you spend together more than the latest gadget they are asking for. Come visit our tutorials.....
1. Customize baby onesies! Buy a generic package of plain white onesides, and add some pizzaz. Time: 1 hour
2. Give cash in a hand made wallet! Perfect for the person who has enough stuff.
Time: 2 hours
3. Pincushion-quick and easy We used scraps-try a corner of a treasured but retired quilt.
Time: 1 hour
4. Use scraps to make a headband. Make one in every color to match your outfit!
Time: 1 hour
5. Make your own advent calender with activities for your family. This is your chance to keep it real, keep it simple, and focus on what is meaningful for you.
Time: 1-2 hours
6. Buy a dollar store planner and cover it with fabric you make from your scrap pile.
Time: 2 hours
7. Share your favorite recipes. Ask your aunties and uncles for their secret recipes, and record them!
Time: 1: hour
8. Put together a sewing kit for a girl in your life. Or an embroidery kit! Last summer I put together embroidery thread, scissors, an embroidery hoop, and large muslin squares into a wrapped box for some pint sized friends. They were given instructions not to open it until they were 1 hour into a 4 week road trip. The creations they came home with!
Time: 1 hour
9. Make your own lavender water for ironing. Or spritzing your house. Go to town and create special labels.
Time: 1 hour.
10. Finally, wrap it up! Make your own reusable, green gift wrap. I use orphan quilt blocks and leftover pieces of fabric. Give a gift and feel good about the wrapping. And, over the years, this will end up saving you lots of time!
Time: 1 hour.
And, of course, start early. We take our family photo in November, and try to send out the cards by Dec. Who has time to write? A picture says a thousand words.
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Sewing since I was 8...a friend of my grandmother's sent us a large box filled with fabric scraps. That was all it took!