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sarahhenrystewart
« on: August 23, 2010 01:10:09 PM »

I need to handmake/sewing machine make pretty much all of my baby's Christmas gifts since due to an emergency situation, we had to spend the Xmas money we had set aside to buy him a new crib.  He is obsessed with a stuffed koala and a stuffed very hungry caterpillar.  Does anyone have any suggestions that do not involve blankets?  I already plan on making him a little outfit and some pants.  He's about 11 months old right now.
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Asya646
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2010 04:17:14 AM »

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I think it's lovely that you will be making all the gifts, I remember quite well Christmas's when I was a lot younger that my mom would handmake things for us to use on the tree or to decorate around the house. My mom was really an avid crafter and super creative and now that she's gone I have very fond and happy memories of those special gifts she made for us, as I am sure your children will some day as well.

So anyways on to my ideas I am not going to have a lot of good explanations of how to do this but I am imagining that anyone crafty could probably figure it out. My niece had a very hungry caterpillar birthday party in January, really super cute idea for a baby. I was thinking since at this age they are just starting to recognize shapes and colors you could do things like:

* A felt board with animal pieces or a Velcro board whichever is easiest for you
* Magnets for the fridge made from felt or homemade playdough dried
* A felt book personalized to your child in the style that they prefer
* Finger puppets made out of felt


Hope these ideas help, I know I am being vague, it's early in the morning. If you need help figuring out how to actually make any of the above things I would be more than happy to give suggestions but I don't actually know how to make them myself, they were just kinda off the top of my head suggestions. Good luck!
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sarahhenrystewart
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2010 07:24:16 AM »

Those are wonderful ideas!  Thank you!  We're actually doing a very hungry caterpillar party for his 1st birthday, also.  I am definitely going to do the felt book, that's an awesome idea.  The magnets and felt shapes will probably have to wait until he's a little older.  He's one of those babies that shoves everything, I mean, EVERYTHING in his mouth and I would be afraid that those would get eaten. LOL Thank you! Smiley
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