We're on the downhill run now!
Things are a little tight in the Fielke household for Christms this year one way and another, and so I've decided that where possible I'm making everyone's gifts. (Pause here to laugh hysterically and tear my hair out in clumps.) This is a relatively easy task in terms of materials - after all I have a vast stash of fabric, a cupboard full of baking materials and a festish for ribbons and stationery. It's been fun figuring out how to make a budget Christmas just as beautiful as a lavish one!
First up I wanted to make some little gifts for some of my students, and for the wonderful ladies in the beautiful patchwork shops I work in regularly in Sydney. I tootled around the internet until I found these:
What are they? Does this help?
Cute huh? Can't you see those with a little summer dress? I found the tutorial here, along with a couple of other great Christmas gift ideas I'm going to try. I particularly love the balloon wax candles, and I've already made some labels for the jars and pots of things I'm baking and cooking using Wordle as they suggest. What fun!
The tutorial suggests using cut up knit or jersey for the bracelets, but lucky me already had about 6 cones of Hoooked Zpaghetti that I was given.
This fabulous yarn is made from offcuts from the fashion industry - making it re-purposed as well as fantastic! You will need at least two colours to make a set, I have two reds, an ecru, a pink and a purple so I can make different colour sets for different people. I think they look lovely all stacked together.
Next I thought about the littlies in our family - there are a few and I also have several god-daughters and friends kids to think about. Instead of getting them all one thing this year, I thought I would make them all up a little Santa-sack with their initials on.
Inside is chocolates, hair ribbons and nail polish and pretty stuff for the girls, and chocolates, little notepads and bouncy balls etc for the boys. I think they'll have fun unpacking the bags to see whats inside, it was much less expensive for me to fill the bags than buy them all something seperate, and plus it was fun thinking little things to go in each bag for each child!
You might notice my gift tags and wrapping paper - plain brown paper at $2 for 10 metres is a load cheaper than shiny gift wrap, and I think the tree looks lovely with all the presents wrapped in brown, with green and red ribbons and luggage tags for the gift tags. Again, very inexpensive and I made them Christmassy either with bit of fabric stuck on and decorated:
Or with these little paper shapes stuck on. $2 for 100 little Christmas trees! I either drew details in or let them be cute on their own:
Don't worry I'm not done yet - there are tons more gifts to make and some great tutorials too, so hang in there and I'll share in case you too want to make some pretty things for Christmas. In the mean time I have to finish quilting this:
On a severe deadline for Quilter's Companion for next year, hand quilted and four more borders to go! Phew...