By Jenn (TinyChoices.com) | November 17, 2009
It’s that time of year again– visions of Christmas are beginning to infiltrate our lives, even before Thanksgiving has arrived. And for those of us who tend to make the holiday gifts we give, instead of buy them, the mounting panic of “not enough time!” might be starting to creep into our thoughts.
So! Let’s head that off at the pass!
When I think about what to make for holiday gifts, I tend to lean towards things I can make a whole bunch of at one time– then I can get into a groove with the production, and churn out a bunch of similar things in one fell swoop. Last year I made sweet little zippered lined pouches (see photo on the left) using reclaimed fabric samples and this amazing tutorial– I made about 20 of them, and by grouping together the pattern tracing, cutting, pinning, and sewing, I finished in one long afternoon. Each pouch was unique and tailored to the recipient by fabric choice and machine-embroidered word patch.
Our dear friend Kayte Terry of This Is Love Forever has a fabulous new book out, titled “Appliqué Your Way“, and it’s inspired me to try my hand at some simple applique. I’m thinking of finding nearly-new tshirts and sweatshirts at thriftshops, and appliqueing appropriate designs for lots of people on my list. This would be great for kids and adults alike, and I love thinking about the perfect applique for each person– a sail boat for one, a rock climber for another…
Another super eco-crafty & super easy gift is DIY record bowls– although most folks I know have seen these/made these/have already received them as gifts from everyone under the sun, if your circle of friends has never seen the idea, you’ll be a crafty superstar!
So: what are your ideas for eco-DIY holiday gifts?
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