Again this year, most of my gifts given were handmade. This was due in part to budget constraints but mostly because handmade trumps store bought. The only thing I bought new were the sock yarns. The dish scrubbie yarns, the vinyl and zipper and faux-linens were all hand-me-downs from my stash. In regards to the clear cosmetic bag: My Mother used a sandwich bag to hold her make-up because she liked to be able to “see it.” I was glad to upgrade her, even if vinyl is horrible to work with! Eventually, I decided to let it be a exercise in the theory that the less you fight with something the better the outcome.
Quick tip: put some tape on the bottom of your presser foot to make vinyl (or other sticky material) glide easier through your sewing machine.
Two pairs of socks. (Only one was photoed, pattern can be found here.) Two dish scrubbies. (Pattern here.) A clear vinyl make-up bag. (Notes on my cloth version here. Original tutorial here.) Linen-look crochet lace trim hankies. (Tutorial here.)
Two (secondhand) books on Icelandic Sagas. One bottle of Belgian beer.
(In the first photo, you can see the ‘mock baker’s twine’ I made to wrap my presents. You can find the how-to here.)
What gifts did you make this year?