Thursday, January 5, 2012

Christmas Gifts I Made 2011

So I shared back in October that I was making a lot of Christmas presents this year. And I didn't get to share much else because I didn't want to ruin the surprise for those getting the gift. So, now that Christmas is over and the gifts have been given I wanted to show pics of them.

Here's the run down of what I made:
3 quilts
3 purses
baby leggings
6 heat packs

I made one for my bff "Mrs. K". I picked out fabrics in colors I knew she liked and opted for a simple design to keep it modern and more her style. It was probably the easiest quilt I've made so far and I love how it turned out. But most importantly she loves it too! I've named it Grey Poupon.

Trey's quilt, the Dr. Suess Quilt was by far the hardest and most time consuming quilt I've ever done and I won't be repeating this design any time soon. I posted about the process here.

David's quilt I decided on in November. I'd been thinking about it but didn't want to commit till I knew I could complete it. I finished the other 2 first, then started on his. He wanted a quilt but when we looked at fabric locally we couldn't find any masculine fabric. So I found a fabric bundle that was perfect for him online. I kept his a simple design as well, I really like the more modern quilt designs so that's what I made and will continue to do. His is extra long so he can cover his toes and pull it up to his neck, which is something he likes in blankets. I'm very happy with it and he LOVES it! We are calling it the Guitar Quilt, for obvious reasons.

I already shared about the baby leggings so I won't go into that again.

I didn't take a pic of the skirt, which I made for a little girl. It was pretty straight forward though and didn't take too long.

After seeing some heat packs at a craft fair, we decided to make some for ourselves. They were so easy to make so I made a bunch as gifts. Just a rectangle of fabric and some feed wheat or feed corn. I used the corn for my FIL and my dad's bags. Then used the wheat for my MIL, mom, "Mrs. K", and David's. I liked the wheat better because it was softer, but I don't know how durable it is long term.

And I've made 2 for myself as well. One as a foot warmer for my bed, made with quilting cotton. The other as a regular heat pack (for my back or neck or such) made with flannel. And OH MY GOSH, (sorry not trying to yell, just empasize) if you ever make one use flannel! SO soft and warm.

All the heat packs I made using scraps of fabric I already had so these were very inexpensive gifts as I just had to buy the insides. But everyone seems to be loving them, and we use ours daily.

I forgot to take pics of 2 of the purses which went to my mother-in-law. I made one for my mom which is the one in the pic. The purses take a few hours each to make. My mom's was pretty simple, since that's more her style. Both moms expressed a desire to have a purse after I showed them the one I made a few months ago.

All in all I had a blast making so many handmade items for Christmas. I'm really glad I started working on them in October because I made my last item days before Christmas. And I had to take a sewing break for a few weeks to recover. But I loved it and I'm pretty sure most enjoyed their gifts.

Did you make anything to give as gifts? What did you make? I'd love to hear about it!

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1 comment:

  1. You really went all out on the homemade gifts. All are very nice! Lots of work involved. I know your family and friends were very grateful!


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