Sunday, September 27, 2009

Handmade for the Holidays

The Conscious Shopper aspires to be a crafter extraordinaire.

Inspired by Kellie's post about thinking ahead for Christmas and Crunchy Chicken's "Buy Hand for the Holidays" challenge, I've been on the lookout for patterns for handmade gifts, and I wanted to share a few of my favorites with you.
  • Another tried and true creative inspirer is SouleMama. Any of these projects from her new book, Handmade Home, would make terrific gifts.
  • I love the Purl Bee - especially anything in the Molly's Sketchbook section. I also like these crocheted linen grocery totes. I've been wanting some of those - why not make my own! (Oh yeah, I'm supposed to be looking for Christmas gifts...)
  • This Notebook-&-Pencil Holder from One Red Robin would make a great gift for your favorite writer/artist. I've also been thinking of modifying a pattern like this to make utensil kits for picnics and eating out.
  • These school bags from Make It Do are probably a little more work than some of the other projects, but they're oh-so-adorable.
  • This fiesta bath mitt in combination with a bar of soap would make a lovely gift.
If none of these suggestions inspires your crafty side, I recommend subscribing to They glean the best handmade projects from around the web.

Have you found any great handmade ideas for the holidays?


Green Bean said...

Love this list. I'm thinking of the same things these days too. My oldest has requested a handmade "stuffie" for Xmas and just last night he was bemoaning a stuffed skeleton that he had that fell apart and couldn't be fixed. I think I'll make him something like this or this. Pretty easy to do something like those without a pattern. As to the little guy, I can't make something for one and not the other. I saw this super cute truck pillow over at Sew Mama Sew which fits the bill.

Condo Blues said...

I'm making Buttercup purses for the ladies on my list who liked the one I made for myself. I'm making fleece chewies & treats for the dogs. Candy and sugar scrubs as stocking stuffers. I'm having a hard time finding something to make the guys on my list. Any ideas?

The Mom said...

Thank you! I am going to make the knitted version of the shopping bag for christmas presents (and myself!). I'm also making barbecue aprons for the men. My daughter will get doll clothes and my son is getting a lego table built by my neighbor. This is our second handmade Christmas and we love it!

Kellie said...

Thanks for all of the great ideas! I keep meaning to go and join Crunchy's challenge. I will do that today. Can't wait to get sewing. Is it wrong to lock the kids outside today?? ;)

Daisy said...

These are lovely. I usually buy crafts; I'm not handy with a needle and thread. The soap and mitt idea is great.

organicneedle said...

If you are not too crafty, there is always the flavor infused vodkas. Soooo easy and sooo appreciated when the in-laws hit town. :)

Erin aka Conscious Shopper said...

@Condo Blues - Regarding handmade gifts for men, my husband says to make them lingerie, lol! But most men I know are happy with food. :)

Anonymous said...

Great list! I'm totally making those elf slippers for my nieces and nephews--thank you for the link! I'm going to include a little fantasy story (they are all under age 7) about how I work with elves and these slippers came out special. Thanks again!

Karen Moser-Booth


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