January 3, 2011

Homemade Gifts

This year, like many in the past, I made a lot of the gifts I gave out for Christmas.  I know I teased you a little with last week's post of all the wrapping I did, but I didn't want to give away any clues to my family in case they were reading!  So here are some of the gifts I crafted:

I started off with this blue box that housed something in it's former life, then sanded it and painted it black

I bought some pens

a booklight
(I stole borrowed his a couple of years ago)

and found some great printables online including library cards

and some cute little list books (this gal also has some super cute books for sale in her etsy shop!)

and put it all together to make a little library kit for my son:

He and I share a love of books and feel a twinge of sadness that it all seems to be going digital, so I thought he'd appreciate this for the books he already owns.

When my son was in town for Thanksgiving, we went to a craft fair and he saw a scarf that resembled this one, but it was grey and it was crocheted.  He asked me if I could make one like it in black; I told him I could try knitting one and see how it turned out.  He loves it!  I'm so glad- it looks great on him, too.  It's an infinity scarf, so he can wear it like a chain, or double it up to keep warm. 

I decided to "tea stain" some coffee filters and flour sack towels for a few projects.  I live in an apartment, and it was 30 degrees out, so I opted to dry them right there in my kitchen window.  Once dry, the filters flattened out nicely and held a little texture to make these snowflakes that I used for wrapping the presents.
 And with the flour sacks, I ironed them and used freezer paper stencils to make these cute little kitchen towels for my sister:

Other than that, I just printed out some other "freebies" I got off the web, cut them out accordingly, and packaged them as nicely as I could so they could pass for a gift:)

We hope your holidays were filled with warmth and joy and that this new year brings everyone great happiness.

Hannah moved to a new home with her fiance and son over the New Year's weekend and her sewing studio is no longer in the dungeon (the basement)!  She couldn't be more excited- so no more pictures with bad lighting- at least from her house.  I'm still a night owl, so I'll have to work on that!

Cheers to a great new year!


  1. Love everything you made! I want some of those towels to give as gifts!!!

  2. Love those towels, Emily! I employed the freezer paper technique for gifts this year as well.

  3. Emily, love the scarf and the towels. I will have to look up that pattern on Ravelry. Also, what is the freezer paper technique. Might be fun to try, especially with the group of friends I have we are always looking for more fun projects to try together.

  4. Shannon, thanks! Even though I complain about it every year, I really do find joy in making my gifts:)

    Maggie, thank you! What did you use the technique for?

    Val, thanks;) I'd just google freezer paper stenciling if I were you. It's super easy and fun to try it out on different things. Hannah and I made customized shirts and onsies over the summer!

  5. I made some t-shirts for my nephews featuring animals, rocket ships, and cars. I also made some tote bags for my nieces and stenciled a wolf onto one of them with silver. It turned out pretty cool.

  6. Mags, that is AWESOME! Did you get pics?