I love handmade things, I do. And so I thought I’d share some of my favourite gifts to make in case someone out there needed some inspiration.
1. A fishing basket:
This one is as easy as drawing a fish template and tracing it onto some scraps of felt. I embroidered some details on these ones and then decided to also make them “counting fish”. Notice the orange one has one bead, the purple has two, the green has three etc. Next, find a stick, tie some garden twine to it and secure a round magnet to the other end. Each fish has a metal washer in its “mouth”. Super easy and fun. Then find a basket and some blue fabric for the water and pack them up!
2. Wee Wonderful Dolls:
This one I made for Lil’S a few Solstices ago. We called her Lumina and still can’t get over her hair! I love it!
This one I named Joy and she was destined for my my niece on the east coast. I actually made her outfit and shoes whereas with Lumina I stole the clothing off of another doll’s back (there wasn’t enough time!). Making these dolls was so simple. I really barely knew what to do with my sewing machine at the time. I ordered and then downloaded a PDF from Wee Wonderfuls which included instructions for three darling dolls and their clothes for only $15.
3. French Press Slippers
Now these little lovelies I must confess I did not gift…they were for me! Oh and how I adore them! Actually I still can’t believe that I made these. You can download the PDF pattern here. And for $7.50 it is a steal. I’ve been knitting up a number of these in some pretty funky colours for Christmas presents. Now all I need is a trip to the laundromat to felt them in a top loader…
4. A Scandinavian Inspired Felt bag:
This will probably be the hardest gift for me to wrap up and give. I have wanted one for myself ever since I saw it on the cover of Scandinavian Needlecraft. It took me forever to source the thicker felt. In the end I bought the synthetic felt from Fabricland but I would have loved real wool felt. One day I’ll find a source (and if you have one that ships to Canada please let me know!). The bag was super easy to make but it did put a sizable dent into my embroidery thread stash.
5. A Knitted Snake:
The snake you see on the right is one I made for Solstice a few years back. “Snakey” as he is known has been well loved as you can see. The skinny unfinished guy on the left will be gifted away this season. The pattern can be found in the book, Knitted Toys. I love this book and have made a number of their knitted dolls and animals.
6. Even more slippers:
I love these slippers and they turned out even better than I expected. They are another project from the Scandinavian Needlecraft book I mentioned the other day. I used Sulky Solvy to trace the embroidery design on, laid it over the felt and pinned it in place. Once you’re done embroidering you simply run it under water and the Sulky Solvy dissolves!
These baby slippers are from the same book. The fleece on the inside is sooo soft. I love them but I admit, they were not as easy to make due to their size. They are en route right now to my new nephew in NFDL!
7. A Headband:
I based this headband on this tutorial at Heidi and Finn. I covered my elastic in fabric and made the band itself a little wider. I’m still tweeking this as I’d like the band to be longer but the standard sheets of felt are too short. I also had a hard time sourcing the pre-cut felt flowers. Instead I used felt embellishments that were intended for use in scrapbooking from Michael’s. I simply took off the sticker on the back, did a little hand sewing to reinforce them and sewed them onto the felt. I’m using up my scraps from past projects for the fabric backing. Lil’S has had many compliments on hers already.
8. Felt Animal Masks:
I made these for Mrs. Iverson’s birthday party this year. Instead of loot bags the guest were able to bring home a mask. I keep meaning to post a tutorial…one day…
9. Alphabet Magnets
Lil’S made these for Mrs. Iverson a few years ago and they are still a huge hit. Click on the link to find out how to make your own.
10. Homemade Playdough
This is always a favourite and it is super simple to make as well. I’ve used this as an add on to many gifts over the years. Click on the link and you’ll find my favourite recipe.