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cinnamon teal
« on: December 10, 2006 02:37:21 PM »

Handmade Christmas Gifts ::: 2008

This year I'm only making things for people who I know will appreciate the time it takes to make something.  I'm going for knits this time around.

Mom: bath mat and felted slippers
Sister: mittens and felted slippers
Brother: hats and maybe some sweat bands
Nephew: hat and mittens
Nephew's dad: Manly Mitts (Done!! picture here)
Mother in Law: lace shawl

My Dad loves handmade gifts, but he's way too hard to knit for, so he's getting the Omnivores' Dilemma and a donation in his honor to Heifer International.

Hubby... Is definitely getting something handmade, but I'm not sure what.


My big handmade gift list for 2007

It's that time of year again!  Here's my christmas gift plan for this holiday season.

My Mom: knit purse (brea bag) and some sort of jewelry
My Dad: knit sweater (Skye Tweed Unisex Cable Rib Pullover)
Sister and Nephew (3 1/2 years old): bean bag chair made from recycled jeans, painting of a helicopter carrying a jeep, and a bunch of organizational stuff from Ikea
Little Bro-sky (12 yo): Mixed CD of awesome guitar solos and a binder with tabs for each one
Nephew's daddy: knit scarf (exchequered from knitty)
Mother-in-law: not sure... maybe a photo calendar?
Hubby: knit socks (for snowboarding and/or just regular ones), an rfid shielding pouch (instructions here), and I'm not sure what else.  Maybe some art work or something.

Everyone else is getting store bought gifts.


This year I'm trying to go all handmade for Christmas.  I'm not totally sure about what I'm making everyone, but here's my list so far and I'll post pics of finished stuff as I get it done. 

Please let me know if you have any ideas for the people I'm unsure about!

1. my sister (27 this month) - jammy pants & an apron done! Smiley pics this page
2. brother (11) - jammy pants (pics this page) & knit hat
3. nephew (2.5) - numbers and alphabet for his walls
4. dad - elbow pillow (explanation later) (pics this page) and set of etched wine glasses (for mom & dad)
5. mom - knit bracelet (pics on page 2) etched wine glasses
6. father in law - jammy pants done!  Smiley pics this page
7. mother in law - knit bracelet done! Smiley pics on page 2
8. brother in law (25) - etched beer mug and shot glass w/ 6 pack of local beer done! Smiley pics on page 2
9. sister in law (16) - cute apron (she does a lot of cooking) (pics this page) and these slippers or some head bands
10. nephew's daddy (26) - etched beer mug and a knit hat
11. ace and kayla (a couple of friends) - probably a pair of etched beer mugs
12. earthy/nature loving aunt - crocheted welcome mat made from shopping bags

I also made my Christmas cards.  You can see them on this thread.
« Last Edit: October 31, 2008 05:25:37 PM by cinnamon teal » THIS ROCKS   Logged

cinnamon teal
« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2006 02:50:49 PM »

Here's the jammies I made for my sister and my FIL (modeled by me and my husband Smiley).  I use Butterick pattern #4358 for both of them.  For my sister I took off the fly opening, straightened the legs and patterned the waist line after low rise jeans.  I also tacked the elastic so that the front part lies flat.  I made my FIL's pretty much by the pattern, but I also added a snap to the fly.


cinnamon teal
« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2006 03:45:16 PM »

Here's the elbow pillow I made for my dad.  He uses hand controls to drive and somehow he ends up putting a lot of pressure on his elbow, against the armrest on the door.  It's just a little pillow that has 2 sections inside.  One is filled with rice or weight and stability and the other side has regular stuffing in it, so that it's soft and comfortable.  I made one of these for him years ago and he loved it, but it got really dirty and couldn't be washed because it had dried beans inside.  So this year I made a cover for the new one.  The pillow itself is made from denim from some old jeans and the cover is left over flannel from my FIL's jammies.  The stuffing and rice I had, so it cost me $0 to make!  Woo-hoo! Smiley

Anyways, here's the pics:

I made the back of the pillow case like a pillow sham.

action shot:

« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2006 04:29:08 PM »

Nice action shot!  Wink  How does the pillow stay on the armrest?  Would it help to put a chunk or two of Velcro on the pillow and the door, to keep it in place?

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cinnamon teal
« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2006 09:04:40 PM »

The weight of the rice should be enough to keep it in place and it makes the bottom half of the pillow pliable, so it fits the shape of the arm rest.  With the previous one, he would just put it on the seat when he wasn't driving. 

Velcro is a good idea, but I don't know if the idea of attaching it to the car would go over very well.

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« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2006 09:17:05 PM »

make some hats for the chicas that are cute so if they have to run an errend and there hairs a mess well they are coverd*

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« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2006 01:03:53 PM »

Here's an apron I made for my sister or sister-in-law.  (working on the second one right now)

Additional info and picture here:

*I just finished the second one.  so I now have one for my sister and sister-in-law, both!*
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« Reply #7 on: December 14, 2006 01:58:33 PM »

I love love love that apron!  Very cute!
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« Reply #8 on: December 17, 2006 10:38:53 PM »

Here's the jammies I made for my little bro.  I messed up making them, as you can see here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=139217.msg1367811#msg1367811, so I added the plaid side panels and then to bring in the color, I added the plaid to the cuffs and also on the inside of the waist band.  I used the same pattern that I used for the ones above, but made them smaller and again I added a snap to the fly.


« Reply #9 on: December 17, 2006 10:48:26 PM »

wow! all your gifts are so beautiful, and they're really considerate presents too.
i absolutely adore that aprom you make your sister, from the front it looks more like a dress than an apron  Shocked  Grin
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