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28 September 2008

Ideas for Hand-made holidays

Hello ladies. I will be posting more of our swap photos tomorrow. Today I would like to give you links for more ideas for making holiday gifts for our friends and families. Making gifts is about putting a little of yourself into something that you give to your friends and family; it is one of the best things you can do for the holidays. You save money, maybe recycle fabrics or remake things, but still give great gifts all the while giving a piece of your heart to the recipient. I have a few more links with great ideas for gifts for everyone in the family. One site I love is Burda Style. You can download free patterns (over 128) for all ages and sexes, and they also have great how-to's- photo tutorials to walk you through step-by-step sewing techniques that can be difficult or confusing; http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns look through the patterns and click on the how tos for help. Recycling old doilies into useful bags is another idea that is fun with great results: http://scrumdillydilly.blogspot.com/2008/09/dilly-doily-bag-tutorial.html
Pink Penguin shows us how to make a pretty patchwork bag: http://ayumills.blogspot.com/2008/09/tutorial-reversible-patchwork-bag.html
Ricrac gives us a how to on recycling an old sweater into a softie for a child (not too young unless you are careful with the eyes!) http://vintagericrac.blogspot.com/2008/09/racing-snail-tutorial.html For the crocheters out there My Picot has free patterns to make all sorts of pretty things: http://www.mypicot.com/index.html including tutorials explaining techniques.
Oliver and S gives us a tutorial for simple skirts for the little ones: http://www.oliverands.com/patterns/Oliver+SLazyDaysSkirt.pdf and finally I will leave you with an embroidery post that shows you how you can change a design by stitching it in different ways: http://www.craftstylish.com/item/9811/how-to-use-one-pattern-three-ways
I will be posting photos on our flickr site tomorrow and will be back again with ideas for the holidays and the changing seasons next week-end.

ADDITION: Lots and lots of handmade toys.

8 comments:

  1. i made the pink pengiun basket and the lazy day skirt yesterday and the day before
    they were on other blogs i visit too, in fact my daughter wore her skirt for two days! she wouldnt take it off, i put it in the laundry and then turned around and there it was back on her again lol
    both were easy as!
    my versions r on my blog

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  2. Thanks for all the great blogs you gave us to look at for great Holiday Ideas.
    Beth

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  3. Those are cool links. Thanks for posting them.

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  4. Thanks for organizing all those links - I will definately take a look!

    Manuela

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  5. Hi Rhoinda Jean,
    Thanks for the sites.I am about finish with my gifts but never too early to start for next yr. or birthdays etc.
    Have agreat day!
    Blessins',Lib

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  6. Thanks for posting those links! I can't wait to check them out. I also wanted to mention that marthastewart.com has tons and tons of ideas for quick projects as well.

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  7. Skip To My Lou has Oven Mitt Pattern up in a nice Christmasy fabric. It would make a nice home make gift I think.

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  8. Oh thank you, thank you, thank you! I've printed off the pattern for the lil girls skirts and as am in the middle of making a skirt for me have just enough fabric to make matching ones for the 2 girls!

    You've made my day, once again!

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