So here we are at the end of November, and I am just now thinking about A Handmade Christmas! Wow, procrastinate much? I have already “bitten off” a lot more than I can probably “chew”. I am undertaking an 80″ X 60″ quilt for my Mom and Pops.
I started by doing a little research on what I found to be easy on the eyes and just plain easy. I discovered this beauty on an inspiring blog Quilt Story. There you will find an easy to follow tutorial done by Megan and Heather. Gosh, isn’t it pretty?! I believe mine will be a little bigger than theirs, and also a little different, mostly because as usual, I screwed up! 🙂
I wanted it to be large enough for both my parents to sit together under while watching television, and also if my dad takes a little snooze on the sofa, it will cover him from neck to toes. There’s nothing worse than having your feet stick out under a blanket just so you can cover your shoulders or covering your feet up and then getting the “cold shoulder”.
Here’s a quick look at what I have done so far:
Three blocks completed, each measuring about 20″, just to give you some reference to the scale of what you are viewing.
There are many resources available to all of us for creating a handmade Christmas. One thing I discovered the other day is something that came to me on Twitter. It’s called A Hip Handmade Holiday from Craft Pack.
This awesome pdf can be purchased for 10 US dollars. It consists of 18 craft projects that cost about $10.00 each to make. I have it, and will be crafting some of the items included in this clever magazine.
I am especially enjoying Creativebug at the moment. I have once again crocheted the one skein scarf, I bought 5 more skeins of yarn today to crochet more scarves! Creativebug has all sorts of paper workshops for decorative gift wrapping, party decorations and much ,much more. Really, you have to stop by and check it out.
Here is a picture of the One Skein Scarf.
My last resource, is Etsy. If I am unable to make it myself, then I will purchase a handmade item made by someone else. Why not? I think doing this, for me anyway, will make Christmas seem a little less overwhelming, (since crafting to me is therapy) and I love supporting my fellow artisans! There are some very talented and creative people on Etsy.
Another Item I stumbled upon on the internet was a paper pieced Christmas Tree. I saw one similar to the one here I have sewn up. I just drew up my own rendition of a tree and sewed it up. Really, it is very easy and I think if I make 2 of these they will work quite nicely for a festive table runner hmmmmm…..this might be a gift after all. Now I just need to figure out how to paper piece a Santa- I wonder if it is even possible?!
So, as you can all see, I am going to be a little busy, cheap therapy though, eh? Maybe you also may want to partake in A Handmade Christmas?
Have a great weekend!