I love craft bloggers.
Between craft bloggers and my own chaotic little brain, I end up with scads of ideas, some of which I carry out, and others I just bookmark and look at now and then. I am continually impressed at the endless ingenuity and creativity of our human race!
I also love giving gifts. It’s really hard to wait for Christmas to arrive, particularly when we plan some really great handmade things for our loved ones, and are aching to see them enjoy each precious thing!
So, combine handmade gifts with blogging, and you get some really great brain-candy. Combine handmade gifts with generous, creative bloggers, and you get some fantastic linked up sites to celebrate a handmade holiday.
The women’s auxiliary at church has a cookie exchange each year. Somehow (I’m not quite sure at this point… things get a little fuzzy, but I’m quite confident it will all work out fine) I volunteered to put together a display table of fairly simple handmade gifts that a person might reasonably accomplish in the last few weeks before Christmas, or else stash the idea until a gift is needed in the coming year.
so tight with money that the Lincoln on the penny cries tears of blood… erm, frugal when it comes to Christmas, I didn’t even make photocopies. Everyone gave me email addresses, and I sent them pdf instruction sets. But, since not everyone can make it to Eastern Idaho for this one cookie-exchange event, perhaps I’d better share them here, too.
(Just please don’t be a jerk: everything is offered in good faith that you will use the directions and templates for your own handmade gifts, and will neither sell the instructions, nor the templates, nor the finished items. Links and addresses to external tutorials contain contents copyrighted to their individual authors; my own sets are copyrighted to me. It’s important not to be a jerk at the holidays, particularly. Bad, bad karma.)
- Baby Burp Flannels (raw edge or topstitched)
- Simple Baby Blankets
- Fancy-Edge Baby Blankets
- Easy Baby Shoes
- Simple Embroidery & Embellishment Ideas
- Bean Bag Shapes (including ideas for textured bags, ideal for increasing sensory stimulation!)
- Frog Toss Game (for Princes, Princesses, or People Who Like To Toss Frogs!)
- Machine-applique Play Mats (lots of variations…)
- Customized Memory Games of all sorts
- More hand-made playthings, including cool fridge magnets, and Big Deep Homemade Watercolor Paints. I think I am in love.
- Decoupage Decor Plates
- Paper-Free Kitchen Napkins
- Paper-Free Kitchen Towels (bar mops with fabric stripe)
- Found Jar Organizing and gifting ideas
- Gifts for Foodies
- Gifts for Gardeners (or Wannabe Gardeners)
- Ouch Pouches (a rice pack you keep in the freezer for those little injuries that don’t medically need something, but do emotionally need something!)
- Aromatherapy Bags (I seriously toyed with calling these Rice-Aroma Therapy Bags. Please admire my restraint.)
To get any of these sets, click the set titles and download your free pdf.