Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Handmade Gifts

It's going to be a handmade Christmas this year in our home.  We're a little short on cash (who isn't these days) and I have a huge stash of fabric in my closet.  I saw this adorable fabric bucket on Lotta Jansdotter's site and thought I'd try it out.  They'll make great gifts and can be used for just about anything.  I'm not a seamstress by any stretch of the imagination, but I can sew a strait line and do some minor pattern making.  So, here are some of the gifts I'll be stitching up this year.


Fabric Basket
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Reusable Napkins
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Zippered Pouches or Clutch
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Place Mats
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Tote Bags or Market Bags
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Monogrammed Computer Sleeve
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Coasters
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Up-cycled Tee Shirt Necklaces
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...and since I'm using a lot of up-cycled materials to make green gifts, I might as well save some money on the wrapping too.  I've got lots of brown paper bags and a stack of old copies of The Times lying around.  They'll be perfect for wrapping supplies.

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Are you making Christmas gifts this year?
Tell us what you're doing to cut costs and go a little bit green this holiday season!



P.S.  Don't forget to enter our current giveaway from Shabby Apple!

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8 comments:

Tereza {Drastic Plastic} said...

I'm not making gifts, here, in Romania, to make your own gift is way expensive than buying something new.

Miranda said...

I was also thinking of making many gifts this year (papier mache, mosaics, collages, home-baked goodies in vintage tea tins, etc.)...

The people on your gift list are lucky indeed!

G Brookes said...

Some great ideas here! My favourite has to be the screenprinted table mats. These could easily be made into promotional gifts if you wanted to promote your business for example.

Tanya from Dans le Townhouse said...

I love homemade gifts, in general. So much more thoughtful.

It is my first blogiversary today and I'm hosting my first-ever giveaway (and it is handmade!):

http://dans-le-townhouse.blogspot.com/2011/11/blogiversary-giveaway.html

Kerry @ Design du Monde said...

We make hand dipped chocolate pretzels. I have made coasters as gifts and even special gift bags out of my fabric stash.

Jean @ Flower Hill said...

Hi Sarah,
I can't wait to see the tote bag! Thanks for visiting my site and joining my giveaway!

Jean

Danya said...

I love your ideas, I may just have to follow your lead! I've been making sets of lombard pillows and crocheting cute little coffee cozies this year. Thanks for sharing!

-Danya @ PinkPeonyStyle.com

Mindie Hilton said...

Thanks for sharing at Bacon Time, great gift ideas.