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.



  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

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

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

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


  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!

  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.

  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.

  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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