Happy Week before Christmas, dear friends. I am still in the thick of making gifts, working on projects, and baking! I took some time to create a few of those fabric buckets we talked about in an earlier post. I really love the way this one turned out!
Here are more of those last minute quick gifts that we love to make, and they love to receive! We have found some clever ideas, fast fixes and even some projects that could include the whole family.
I am focusing on the quick, functional, and fun to complete. I hope that you are able to give at least one project a try. They are sure to be favorites, and perhaps even become a tradition!
How about a gift to make with children? This fantastic star ornament not only uses little bits of fabric scraps (or just a few fat quarters) but – much like a 24 piece puzzle – it is child friendly. Here is a picture of my “practice” ornament. It is not perfectly measured but it still turned out well.
My tips for making this with children would be to use higher contrast fabrics. My fabric choice for the green center has too much white in it for my taste, and so I think that takes away from the graphic effect of the star shape. In addition, I would recommend using a glue stick, instead of the interfacing that is recommended in the pattern, to hold your fabrics in place while working. It is important to keep the points in place while working on a whole bunch of these guys before stitching.
Kids also love to cook, especially around the holidays! We made Cracker Candy from this Rachel Ray recipe last week. It was easy, and so yummy and fun to make! The girls loved it, and so did I!
Coasters are the perfect on-hand gift for the folks or events that sneak up on you in those last holiday hours. Impromptu cocoa parties or visiting that aunt that you so rarely see would be perfect occasions to pull out these little guys.
This free pattern on Ravelry just couldn’t be simpler. Just Knit, Felt and Repeat. Using a color changing yarn like Casablanca or Berroco Lodge would be wonderful and add interest to these coasters.
I have a long-standing tradition that I knit hats on the 23rd and 24th of December. They are my go to gift for my dad, brother and sister-in-law. This is really a last minute gift if there ever was one, but there is something so comforting about knitting a gift at a specific time that I know will be done in just a few hours and takes absolutely no finishing or blocking. Last year I knit the Winschift Hat by Steven West. The year before that it was a series of hats from Hat Heads. And the whole thing kicked off by knitting the Turn a Square by Jared Flood. That year even darling husband and his brother recieved hats!
This year I have picked the Barley Hat from Tin Can Knits. I love the basic design that is going to let me pick the recipients favorite color and knit an interesting but basic hat just for them.
Everyone loves tree ornaments. What about whipping up one of these adorable little ball ornaments. Using scraps or perhaps even some color coordinated skeins of Cascade Longwood from The Crooked Stitch you could work up one or two of these in just one evening. Don’t forget we also stock Fiberfill at The Crooked Stitch for all your holiday crafting needs!
Do you have a family tradition for Christmas morning? Our Harmon family tradition is matching pajamas. I love a good comfy pair of pajama pants. This pattern is a great one, it shows how to cut up and sew a pair using that favorite pair you already own. Using a drawstring makes this an easy to care for and easy to sew pair. I think they would be fantastic in the Elf on the Shelf Fabric we stock.
Your Own List
How is your holiday list looking? Have you got all the egg nog, tinsel, and fruit cake you need? Don’t forget to find time for some of these last minute holiday crafting adventures. Let us know what last minute gifts YOU put together for loved ones!