For a few gifts this last Christmas, I made some quick dish towels. Everyone needs dishtowels and I love that they are personalized, but useful. I decided on a little design for each of one and found sketch images on Google images or sketched it myself (the mountains) on Google draw. I printed out the sketches and then traced the back side with a transfer pencil. (See an example on the camera post.)
Iron transfer the images onto some flour sack towels. You can get a whole bunch on Amazon for a reasonable price.
Then start stitching! I just grabbed colors that I had around and did fairly loose backstitches. They were quick and made fun personalized presents.
I attempted to claim 2014 as the year of handmade. I made as many gifts as I could for birthdays and special occasions, but once I found a project that worked, I stuck with it. This meant that a lot of friends and family received a lovely market bag for their birthday. The easy project is very useful as more and more cities and counties have outlawed plastic shopping bags. I adapted my market bags from this tutorial and adjusted the measurements based on the amount of fabric I had.
Most of the time I could get 2 market bags out of 2 yards of fabric (1 yard of lining fabric and 1 yard of outer fabric.) Because of the layout of the cuts and the length of the straps, using only a 1/2 yard cut does not work well. I also made sure to reinforce the bottoms to make them a little more sturdy.
I had fun personalizing them with different fabrics and colors for everyone!
Double- sided strap with top stitch.
Attaching the bottom to the linking sides that have already been sewn together.
Continuing the year of handmade gifts, I decided to make these embroidered hangings for my brother and sister-in-law for Christmas. They both enjoy photographer and I thought it would be something fun for them! I found the sketches here as a starting point.
I saved the images and then resized them so that each could fit in a 6″ hoop. I chose just a simple neutral fabric and black thread for them. To transfer, I printed out the pictures and then traced the back side of the paper with a transfer pencil and then ironed the back side of the paper on to the fabric.
Embroidering the three designs did not take that long and made a fun handmade gift!
My best friend is having twin girls so I decided to make some burp clothes for the shower. I have been told that the clothe diapers are the best for burp clothes because of their absorbency. Just buy a package of cloth diapers (I got Gerber ones from Target) and 1 yd of flannel fabric. You can make about two clothes from 1/2 yd of fabric. Make sure to pre-wash the flannel fabric first! Pin the diaper to the fabric (right side facing the diaper) and then cut along the edge.
I then sewed along the edge with a 1/4″ seam leaving a hole to be able to turn it right sound out. After right side out, top stitch all around the edge with the 1/4″ seam and then follow the guides on the cloth diaper and sew along the two lines down the center. You have a easy personalized gift for a shower!
Just before starting my year of handmade gifts, I made some gifts for Christmas. These owls are a great gift for adults or kids. They only take about 30sec in the microwave and you have a wonderful heat pack to relax away a knot or for a kid to cuddle with. I found directions for the owls here. It was fun finding different colors to mix and match for the owls. I made sure to use only cotton fabric and cotton thread so it wouldn’t have any issues in the microwave. Also, I decided to make an inner bag to hold the rice by using the same pattern and then slipping it into the outer fabric so no rice would escape.