Sunday, January 17, 2010

Homemade Christmas Gifts

I made a lot of Christmas gifts this year. Technically I did it to save some money, but some ended up costing more than a bought gift. Oh well. Definitely worth it.

For my grandparents, who I really have no idea what to get for them each year, I made some adult bibs. I found the pattern on (#2687) and bought it for $0.99 at one of Joann's sales. I was planning on making a couple, but ran out of time. So they each just got one. I thought it would make a fun gift because my grandpa is always stuffing napkins into the neckline of his shirt. They are reversible, with a velcro closing. Here they are sporting their gifts:

For my mother-in-law, I made a Christmas card holder out of 16-gauge fencing wire, with soldered joints. I saw these in a Pottery Barn catalog years ago and decided to see if I could make them before I bought any. Unfortunately, I neglected to take a picture of it before I gave it to her, but here is a picture of a similar one that I made for my mom a few years back:

And finally, what I'm most proud of: the Elf costume for my brother Erik. Why an Elf costume? Because I loved the pattern (Simplicity #2542) when I saw it and immediately thought of Erik because he's the only one who's crazy enough to actually wear it. And he did. On Christmas Day. On a walk throughout the neighborhood. And boy did we get some funny looks. It was great. I also made a really cute apron for my sister for her birthday (days before Christmas) that doesn't look at all like an apron. But again, I neglected to take a picture of it. I'll post a picture as soon as I get it from her.
And for my mother I made a quilted tree skirt. It took a lot of time, used up a lot of my scrap fabric (thank goodness!), and she was thrilled to get it. She immediately put it under the tree. So I had ample time to take a picture of it, but never did. And when I finally remembered that I needed a picture, it was after Christmas and put away in storage. So you'll just have to imagine it.
I love making Christmas gifts, but I can't help but wonder if people actually like receiving homemade Christmas gifts. What's your take on it?


  1. i LOVE receiving homemade christmas gifts! (or homemade gifts at any time!) even if it is something that isn't exactly my cup of tea (which has rarely happened, because it seems if someone is going to make a homemade gift for you, they know you well), i still love it and really appreciate the fact that they took time to make something. :)

  2. oh, and i love all the gifts you made. eric's outfit takes the cake though! i bet he was a skippy little elf running around the neighborhood!