Monday, December 16, 2013

Handmade Gifts--the sewing edition

More handmade presents, this time from a sewer (don't look too closely at my seams, please!). Like Mary Sullivan, every year I intend to make everyone handmade gifts. Unlike Mary, I don't manage it. My gift giving list is never very long, but it's still long enough that I usually hit now (less than ten days before Christmas) and realize I've not made anything for anyone. (Seriously, Mary, I'm so impressed that you've made a scarf and hat and are planning on bracelets as well).

This year, I was better. I've made one gift! A friend of mine has a small dog (Dexter) and age has made Dexter more sensitive to the cold. Using my nascent sewing skills, I made a fleece lined dog coat.


What do you think? I think it's pretty cute, though I do need to tighten the straps a little. The fleece is from an old vest of Dexter's owner and I bought the fabric at a reuse store. There's a lot of love in that coat and not a lot of money. 

The reuse store where I bought the fabric has a sew night and we're making pot holders this month. So cute! Christine has such wonderful idea for reusing fabric and saving beloved items by re-purposing them into something you'll use and treasure. Better Homes and Gardens has even more ideas for me to forget about until December 24th, 2014. I especially like the fabric covered notebooks, which seem like the perfect gift for a writer.

If you're not interest in sewing, how about these gifts from one of my favorite blogs, Healthy Green Kitchen, one of my favorite blogs? When the post came through my feed, I promptly bookmarked it and then didn't make anything. Homemade marshmallows sound like one of the best gifts ever, though. Maybe next year. I will some more homemade gifts done (hopefully), to save for hostess presents and the like. 

Mary talked about giving, but what out receiving? What is the best homemade gift you received? What made it so wonderful?

I have a gift of my own to give out. I'll randomly pick a winner from the comments for a copy of A Promise for the Baby. I'll post the winner on December 28th.

16 comments:

Rahul Kesharwani said...
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Mary Preston said...

I love my craft work. I sew, knit, crochet & embroider and end up with quite a stash in the cupboard. Great for birthdays & Christmas & thank yous & just because.

My Mother always knits the new Grandbabies a Layette. Just beautiful. That would be my favorite.

kris said...

That little doggy coat is adorable!

I did get to make one batch of gifts this year - all the teachers will be getting little jars of homemade salted toffee sauce. But I'm making plans to have a knitted something for everyone next year!

Jennifer Lohmann said...

Kris,

Salted coffee sauce sounds so, so good!

Let me know if you manage the knitting for next year! I always have such good intentions....

Jennifer Lohmann said...

Mary,

I had to look up what a Layette was. What a lovely gift to give to people!

mary sullivan said...

Jennifer, Dexter's coat is incredibly cute, and so is Dexter! He must really like it. It's so great that you reused items! One of my pet peeves is how much stuff we throw away that could be re-purposed. Your local reuse store sounds awesome!

Thank you for the link to Healthy Green Kitchen. I hadn't heard of it, but love her gift ideas!

One thing I didn't get sewn this year were mittens for the family that I wanted to make using old sweaters I'd collected over the year. Guess I'll have to make them next year :-)

Jennifer Lohmann said...

Mary,

Mittens out of old sweaters is such a good idea! Do you have a pattern?

The Scrap Exchange is a the reuse store and I've gotten such great fabrics there. To brag on them...

http://www.scrapexchange.org/

Dexter is a sweetheart. He's a total companion dog and cuddler.

Mary Brady said...

Jennifer,

Fun post!

I love items with a history: a set of old book ends, a box that used to hold mail, a mirror that may have seen a hundred faces in its lifetime.

Jennifer Lohmann said...

Mary,

Items with history are nice. There was something on NPR on Sunday about best presents. One woman and her sister each got a necklace made from their deceased mother's favorite earrings. That was so a nice thought by their father.

mary sullivan said...

Jennifer, I found this pattern on the internet, but haven't tried it yet. I think there are more out there if you google something like mittens from old sweaters.

http://www.fivegreenacres.com/wp/2009/12/07/sweater-mitten-tutorial/

Kaelee said...

Love Dexter's coat.

Best homemade presents were the mitts my aunt would send us at Christmas when we were little back in the 1950's. She wouldn't round the ends of the mitts just made them long enough and then sewed up the top. She made them out of heavy wool so they were warm and big enough to go over smaller mittens. Loved to use them when we went tobogganing.

Jennifer Lohmann said...

Mary,

Thanks for the pattern link!

Kaelee,

I love how the story of your gift comes with more than just the object, but also a memory. That's the sign of a meaningful gift.

linda s said...

The doggie coat is too cute.
DH buys all his gifts from repurpose stores. My fav - a 10 piece set of everwear pots made by Alcan in the 1950s and sold door to door. They are the best pots and there is nothing like them for sale now. My mother had a set and I really wanted one too. It took him 4 years of searching to collect the set.

Laney4 said...

I have so many, I'm sure I'll forget some....
There's the crocheted snowflakes my sister made me for our tree ... the numerous items my kids made in their younger years ... and I can't forget my husband proposing to me in front of my parents after all the other presents were opened. My mother said I would marry him, and then I said I had to think about it for a couple of weeks - as we'd been dating since Labor Day a few months earlier, plus I was only 21 at the time, whereas he was 31, so he KNEW what he wanted in life and I didn't yet.

Colleen C. said...

I am the one that usually makes a homemade gift... necklaces, candles, etc... but one that I remember getting when I was younger was a handmade ornament from my grandmother... it is still one I cherish!

Jo's Daughter said...

The mini garland my mom made from the gingerbreadmen ornaments we (gran,mom & me) made together years ago. I always liked them but they are small and didn't stand out on the tree. So they lived in a box ;)

When we found out 10 years ago that my grandmother would not make it till Christmas, the next month, she quickly made it & hung it up in grans room. We thankfully could share many (holiday) memories together & on Christmas morning when we where sadly incomplete mom gave it to me. Felt really special!

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