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Handmade for Christmas

I love to make things with my hands, and I’m very determined once I’ve set my mind to something.   I’ve always been like that.  I remember laboring over an old sewing machine when I was in Junior High, trying to figure out how to make it work.  Also as  teenager I tried quilting, crocheting, cross stitching,  etc..  I spent so many hours working on projects and creating things to give away as gifts. I still love to create things.   In college I took up scrapbooking – spending a lot of money, and huge amounts of time creating scrapbooks of my college/dating life, wedding, and then documenting my first pregnancy and 1st year of my son’s life.  (That was fairly short lived, as my zeal for scrapbooking faded…my son will be my only child with a scrapbook. :)). A couple years ago I taught myself to knit on a long  family vacation car ride.   I really wanted to knit tiny, soft little hats for my newborn clients.  They are my absolute favorite things to make!   Currently I’m trying my hand at crochet too…but that will probably never be something I do very consistently. Well, I have less and less time these days to do any of that…but, I always seem to end up making handmade Christmas gifts for family members.  Every year I tell myself it might not be worth the time, and I should probably just buy people gifts I know they will like.  But, it seems every year I come up with the next great gift to make.  :)

So, here are a couple gifts I made for people this year.  The first are Fabric Key Chains.  I found this pattern many months ago and thought it would be an easy, yet unique gift to make.  Well, they were more time consuming than I thought (not making them, but gathering the supplies)…but I think they turned out pretty cute! :)

fabric key chains

fabric key chain

fabric key chain

The next thing are Fabric Flowers.  I actually became a little obsessed with making them.   I didn’t realize they were so easy, and how many different ways you could make them.  You can put a flower on a hair clip, or attach it to a headband, jazz up a shirt etc.    Here are some of the flowers I made.

handmade flowers

crochet roses put on hair clips

handmade flowers

fabric flowers

handmade flowers

And tiny little flower headbands for my little newborn clients.  Aren’t they precious!

fabric flowers

Here are some websites I used if you are interested in making some for yourself!  I’ll warn you – it’s addicting! :)

http://madmim.com/tutorials/fabric-flower-tutorial-2 http://www.simplyvintagegirl.com/blog/index.php/2010/05/29/tutorial-how-to-make-lovely-fabric-flowers http://madmim.com/tutorials/fabric-flower-tutorial-8-the-burnt-petals-flower And, last but not least – here’s a couple pictures of Aiden carrying on in my footsteps. :)  He just recently learned to knit, and was VERY proud to make these dishcloths for his two grandmothers for Christmas. :)

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