Ok – so for the sake of keeping it real around here I have to confess. I had grand plans for handmade gifts for Christmas.
Apparently – a little too grand for my (family’s) sanity and the amount of time I gave myself. When it came down to the choice between actually buying gifts and enjoying the holiday or running around like a crazy crafty person up until the last-minute and sucking the life out Christmas – I chose Door Number 1. And I don’t regret it one bit.
Well – ok. Maybe a little bit. :)
This year I am going to do better. I am going to make gifts ahead of time. I am going to plan ahead and create and not forget where I put them after I make them.
Which if you know anything about me – you will know that is not my forte.
But this year I have some grand schemes (along with some other bloggers you know and love) and so I am going to try to have all the gifts I am going to make done ahead of time.
So I can actually bake a Christmas cookie or two. Not just mooch off dear friends. (Though they were mighty yummy cookies Aimee., thank you.) :)
Enough with all that – would you like to see what I did make this year?? Hopefully I haven’t bored you to tears already.
First up is a Camera Strap I made for my sister. She got a new camera for her birthday and the strap definitely needed a little dressing up.
I didn’t follow any tutorials – though there are a bunch out there. I just made a casing the size of the strap, then added two layers of ruffles to the top piece before I sewed the front and back together.
I am so in love with these Amy Butler fabrics! They are bright and fun and cheery I think.
I have a sweet little niece who is in love with Giraffes. I went in search of a giraffe pattern and found Vogue Pattern 8349. Cute Giraffe – but it was a little too “serious” -being made out of actual giraffe print. I decided to do something a little more fun.
I’m all in love with her orange and pink color combo – and the pink pompoms down her neck. She also has a rick rack tail – which is hard to see in this picture. And it looked just a little too awkward when I tried to take a picture of her backside. Trust me though, it’s pretty cute.
I was not in love with how they did the eyes on the pattern – and I didn’t realize until I had already cut them out what they wanted. (Note to self: Read patterns through before going all Edward Scissorhands on the fabric). Instead of the ginormous buttons they wanted, I opted for safety eyes – and lots of eyelashes to cover up the random way they had me cut out the eyes.
I like her fluffy eyelashes though so it worked out. And her smirky smile.
Oh – I should also mention – she’s pretty big. Like 20ish inches tall.
My other niece is a little older – so when I came across the adorableness that is the ENTIRE Gingermelon Etsy shop – I knew I’d found the perfect pattern for her gift. After much debate I decided on her Woodland Stufflings patterns and made all three. I had a really hard time giving these away and I think I might make a set to keep. I have no idea what I’ll do with them but they are just too cute.
They are far from perfect – as you’ll see in the closeups below. My hand stitching still needs some work to get it all pretty and straight. But the wool felt is pretty forgiving and covered some of my wonkiness.
These guys are pretty tiny – the little owl measures about 4″ tall. She has a little lace scarf and a flower on her head.
The deer might be my favorite – though it’s a close call. I just love this pink felt and her little antlers.
So – even though I wasn’t able to make everything I had planned – I really enjoyed what I did make. And they seemed to be received well so that’s the important thing right? :)
What do you think? Did you make everything you’d planned to?