Friday, December 30, 2011

Handmade Christmas: My Gift Round-up

I hope everyone has been enjoying the holiday season!  Christmas was a success at our house, although I think I ended up unwrapping about the last 3 or 4 of the girls' presents.  They were pretty much over it.  Gift overload!  My husband and I hardly bought them anything, but Grandma is a different story :)  They are enjoying all their new toys and books, though.  They also got this ridiculously cute pink tutu skirt that I'm pretty sure my younger twin would wear every minute of every day if possible.  

Anyway, I said I would show you the gifts I made for the special people in my life, so here's a little round-up.  Some are from previous tutorials I posted and some were made from the wonderful patterns and tutorials that are posted on other blogs.  I have linked back where appropriate so you can make these treasures for yourself or your loved ones!

First we'll take a look at the girls new hair clips.  These were in their stockings!  I made a headband from Jess' great felt flower tutorial and gave each girl a poufy knit hair clip from my own tutorial.

     Rolled Felt Flowers

My mom had asked for a small purse she could take with her to choir practice and other places when she didn't need a big handbag.  I knew the sweet little Buttercup Bag from Made by Rae was perfect!  I picked a cute blue outer fabric and lined it with yellow (Mom's favorite color).  I also wanted her to have something zippered inside in case she had money to carry (Mom & Dad are the treasurers of their choir), so I made a coin purse using this wonderful tutorial I found at n'stitches designs.

           Buttercup Bag

            Coin Purse

Dad wanted a dust cover for his synthesizer.  I made one from a heavier weight, almost canvas-like fabric.  I didn't take a photo because really...when it's not on the keyboard, it looks pretty much like a big piece of fabric!  Ha!

I have two best friends and I made something for each of them that really reflects their personality!  For BFF #1, I made this shirt and I LOVE it!  I might have to make one for me!  It was an Anthro knockoff that I've seen pinned many times on Pinterest.  I'm so happy with how it turned out!  I just traced a shirt that fits her mostly for the armhole depth and measured for length and width and kind of winged it!

Again with my bathroom, LOL.  And apparently I suck at making decent faces for self-portraits.  Oh well.  For BFF #2, I made this adorable patchwork tote bag from these amazing fat quarters we found on Etsy.  Who doesn't love Etsy?  And she loves the tote!

I have 3 brothers and one came down for Christmas, which was awesome!  I hadn't seen him in almost 2 years, which is really sad :(  I was so happy to see him!  One of my gifts to him were the magnets from my glass bead magnet tutorial.

My final handmade gift has to be one of the funniest things I've ever made, but I love them!  Unless you live under a rock, I'm sure you've heard of Angry Birds.  Well, the adorable Care at Obsessively Stitching has tutorials for how to make plush versions of all of them!  How fun is that???  I made these right before Christmas, so I only had time for 5, but they were a huge hit!  The girls think it's hilarious to have them thrown at them, so we've had lots of real life Angry Bird games around here since then.  They were meant for the hubs, but the girls have pretty much taken them over.

Her tutorial spans several blog entries, but you can find the original red bird tute here and then link to the rest from there!

So there you go!  My handmade Christmas.  Did you all make gifts for the special people in your life?  I'd love to see!  Send me an email or link to your blog/photos in the comments so we can all share in the joy!  I hope everyone has a safe and Happy New Year!  See you all in 2012!

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