Happy Holidays! I meant to get back here sooner, but Christmas came and just took over. Family in town, making gifts, a bit of snow and actually too much sleep. But I thought I’d catch you up on our handmade gifts. While both girls ended up with a doll house made in a faraway land (my younger daughter thinks China is like Santa’s workshop), there were also some handmade gifts.
I made this iPad case for my mother (pictured above), based on this pattern with a few adjustments. It should be noted that this pattern requires making cuts to masonite with a saw, so if you’re not handy with tools, you may want to substitute with another material or enlist someone’s help. I’m lucky that I made it without a trip to the ER after testing out my new hand-held jigsaw tool. I risked life and limb to make this gift for my mother! I used a Liberty of London wool print and Japanese embroidered cotton, both from Purl Soho.
I also made a simple net book sleeve for my husband (and the computer that we share), made of 3mm wool from Felt-o-rama and Filz Felt. And I’ve been re-living my childhood while scanning in photos for a family album to give to my father and brother (still a work in progress).
Then I made this simple dress for an American Girl doll, made from the sweet roses fabric by Heather Ross. There’s clearly no time for an iron around here. And yes, soon I’ll be making Barbie clothes — just trying to please my discerning audience.
I also made a wrap from this peacock Liberty of London fabric for my mother-in-law and I monogrammed some pillowcases and hand towels. And of course there were handmade gifts from our crafty venture in November. I also bought handmade gifts for the kids from Rabbit! Rabbit! Softies, Nest Pretty Things Kids, Bread and Buttons and a beautiful ceramic piece for my mother along with some handmade baby gifts from the beehive right here in Atlanta.
I hope you’re having a relaxing holiday!