I was feeling especially crafty and thrifty this year, so I was determined to make as many gifts as I could. Of course I bit off more than I could chew (which is a common occurrence with me) and didn't finish almost as many as I did! ;) But I always say that's what birthdays are for!
Here are Nicole and Alayna showing off the hats and mittens I crocheted. I still intend to add a bow to Alayna's "Hello Kitty" hat. I added their initials to the mittens so they could easily tell them apart. I'm really trying to be good and use the stash of yarn I have on hand.
Next I have them modeling some "dress up clothes" I sewed using fabric I had on hand. Alayna's cowgirl vest is made from old jeans and the lining is from one of my husband's old shirts. I made the pattern by using a washable marker and drawing a vest onto one of Alayna's older white t-shirts.
I wanted the dress to be usuable for both girls, so I sewed an extender for Nicole to use. The dress is a little long for Alayna, but I think I can fix that by adding some snaps to the bottom to make the hem adjustable. :)
I also dabble with making my own jewelry, and consulted my stash of beads to create a matching bracelet and earring set for my sister-in-law.
After a couple of weeks of practically non-stop crafting for others, I took a break and spent an evening crocheting a winter hat for myself. I used two strands of yarn and rather like the effect- especially the black & white "zebra" look.
Alayna had a blanket given to her for her very 1st Christmas at 6months old. After years of love, it started shedding on one side. Instead of throwing away her beloved blanky, I decided to give it a new life and cut it up. Sadly Alayna found her cut up blanket one night before I had a chance to sew it together into its intended puppy form. It was a pretty tragic evening with lots of tears shed.
I THINK she has forgiven me. Maybe... :P
I made a cat years ago for Nicole out of fleece. The pattern is from Simplicity Crafts, number 5310. The pattern includes 4 different "neck buddies": a dog/puppy, monkey, cat, and lion. I've made them all a bunch of times for nieces and nephews and have had great response :).
That dog is so comfy I just might have to make another for myself.... :P
I hope you had a great Christmas as well and maybe next year you can use one or more of these ideas for your loved ones. ~Happy crafting!~