I know, I know, Halloween just ended and already I’m talking about Christmas. I hate going into a store in September to see Christmas items for sale (yes that really happens here) but when you give handmade gifts you do have to start early.
Since the gifts I make are the types of crafting I enjoy I work a little at a time year round on making them. I know many of you also make gifts to give each year so from time to time between now and Christmas I will be sharing ideas for making lovely gifts from scraps you probably have around the house. Today, I’ll share a few of the gifts I’ve made from my scrap drawer.
A few years ago I spotted a bag of aida cloth (designed to cross stitch on) at a yard sale. I grabbed two gallon sized plastic bags full of aida cloth. I’m still working my way through it and today only have one very full bag left.
What do I do with small pieces of fabric? I make ornaments to give. I give one to each of my grandchildren which I attach to their “fabric” gift wrapped packages and give a couple to friends.
The stuffing I use comes from many different sources. This year I used polyfill left here by my daughter-in-law after making unicorn headbands for a birthday party. Other years I’ll cut up fabric scraps really tiny or wash stuffing from old pillows that have seen better days.
The ribbon I use for the hanger was given to me by a friend who was cleaning out her craft closet.
Not all the ornaments I make are mini pillows here’s a door pull I hope one friend will love.
The backs of the mini pillow ornaments are also scraps that were in the fabric drawer because I can’t bring myself to throw out the end cuts from other projects.
Old PJs from my son that were too worn to keep wearing were used on a few.
A while back I trimmed down a set of curtains for my son’s family room, his wife told me I could do what I wanted with the excess fabric. You guessed it, they completed a couple more ornaments.
Sometimes you need to think outside the box. A friend had offered to let me go through some maternity clothes she was throwing out. I spotted a red jersey knit top and while I will never be pregnant again, the fabric has gone to good use. A small scrap was used on one ornament.
Turning from ornaments to actual gifts, I began with this piece of 1 by 6 pine board, an end cut from the pantry shelf I built for the kitchen.
I gave this a quick painting with a tablespoon of leftover milk paint and then added a stencil.
I wish I could show you how it turned out but I can’t as I want to protect the privacy of my family member’s names. This is a joint gift for my son and granddaughter. My granddaughter has for the past few months taken a shine to drawing pictures for her dad which are then taped to his home office wall. I wanted to give them each a prettier way to display the art pieces while giving my son some way to limit the number of pieces up at any one time.
This is where the idea came from
Instead of purchasing letters to spell out my granddaughter’s name I decided to use what I had which was wood and stencils. I don’t have any clipboards so I’m considering using clothes pins to hang the art pieces.
One granddaughter asked for a crochet blanket. Yes, I had to purchase the pink yarn but she also asked for blue trim, that I had leftover from a baby blanket I made a year ago.
A few weeks ago, my daughter-in-law showed up with fabric and supplies and asked me to help her recover her desk chair. When finished she looked at the scrap of fabric and wondered aloud what could be made from it (I love that the first thought wasn’t to throw the scraps out). Anyway, she mentioned a Barbie doll couch for her daughter. Since she left a bag of polyfill here back in February I knew I could pull this off.
The tiniest of scraps I could still work with were used by creating throw pillows for the couch.
Finally, for today, how will I wrap these homemade gifts? I have not used paper in years. I have plenty of reusable holiday gift bags I’ve made over the years but this year I’m doing something different. For each of the children I am making them a pillowcase to hold their gifts this way the gift wrap has a purposeful use.
This particular pillow case is made from a holiday fabric from my good friend Marlene and more of the maternity shirt I saved from the trash.
I’ll have more for you as we get closer to Christmas but for now I’d love to hear about your gift giving or recent craft projects.
What is your favorite type of gift to receive, and to give?