It’s that time of the year again when unselfish crafting takes over and I turn my attention to handmade gifts for the holidays. Truth is I started thinking about this a few weeks ago and even came up with a nice list (surprise, surprise!) but I have not managed to cross out very many items yet. This, my friends, means I’m in trouble. You see, there are only five weekends left until Christmas and I have just realized that I will be away or entertaining out-of-town guest for three of them. That leaves only two weekends. I have the feeling my bed time is likely to get pushed back a bit over the next few weeks. The only gifts I’ve made so far are for the little ones in the family and since there is no risk that they are reading my blog (nor their parents, for that matter) I can share them with you with not a worry of spoiling surprises.
The recipients of these little bunnies will be a seven month old girl and a three-month old boy. I used linen from the stash for the bodies and fabric scraps for the ears. The eyes and noses are my sad attempts are embroidering, but I’ve convinced myself that they add to the handmade charm. What do you think, cute? If you don’t think these are cute I won’t be too offended: as a child I always found stuffed animals a bit creepy. In fact, it really freaked me out that dolls kept their eyes open at night so I simply banned them from my room and seldom played with them. Maybe that’s the reason I was a bit of a tomboy. Fast forward a ton of years and while I’m still not into dolls, I was certainly into making these. They came together in no time flat so I highly recommend the pattern for a quick and dirty baby gift.
For the two toddlers in the family I took some scraps left over from Luca’s quilt and using the same construction principles as for my knitting needle roll I made these crayon rolls. Each pocket is 1” wide and while the crayons could have fitted in smaller slots, I figured little hands needed a bit more wiggle room to play with. I’m also giving the boys colouring books to go with the crayons, as well as story books for babies and toddlers alike. One can never start a book collection too early, right?
Guess what I’m doing this weekend? And no, I won’t be working on this dress until I’m done all the handmade gifts. How is your own holiday crafting coming along?