This year I had the good fortune to have the time to make some gifts for family. It was so much fun to work on projects, have some cookies baking, the Christmas tunes blaring, and just get into the holiday spirit early, right after Thanksgiving. Being the multi-tasker that I am, I had my hands in a few projects at one time. I was crocheting, and sewing for most of the presents that were homemade.
Here’s a sampling of what I completed:
- Two stockings; one for Travel Man, and the other for my son Zach. I never made Zach a stocking and he’s 20. All the other kids had homemade stockings, had to get rid of the guilt’s.
- Then I fashioned some little letter pillows that spelled out Evan for the grandson. I have had this pattern forever, and it’s funny whenever you make these for someone you get lots of compliments on how cool they are.
- I had some extra fabric so I also made Evan a little personalized pillow. He thought they were all cool, and called them his safari pillows.
- Next I made a computer/messenger bag for my son, Bryan’s, girlfriend, Erica.
Here’s a few pics of the process and the finished product. Erica bakes and sells cupcakes, so the minute I saw this fabric I knew I had to make a bag for her. You can check out Erica’s custom cupcake creations at Everything Iced Cupcakes.
The last item on my sewing list was to make some kitschy little purses. I had some funky little pieces of fleece in my closet, and found a pattern to make these for the rest of the twenty-somethings in the family. They turned out really cool, and were enjoyed by all the recipients. I put some fluffy pairs of socks to complete the gift.
I have had so much fun putting all of these gifts together. It seems to make the giving just a little bit more “special”. I am looking forward to sharing Phase 2 of my gift giving which will be my crocheting projects. Lots of fun with those, and I have a story to share about Travel Man too.
Hoping you are all enjoying a wonderful holiday week with friends and family. there’s no greater gift in the world than some extra-special family time.