Handmade Gifts

Handmade Gifts

Six days until Christmas!  It has been as busy as Santa’s Workshop around here lately, and unbelievably I only have TWO gifts left to make!  Way ahead of my normal schedule.  I’ve been making Christmas presents for my family and friends since I was a kid, it makes the holiday so much fun, really.  I truly enjoy coming up with fresh ideas, and spending some time working on gifts for the people who make my life such fun.  Of course I’ve done some knitting, 3 doggie sweaters for 3 precious doggies.  The pattern is Dandy Dog Sweater from Fiber Trends, it is a great pattern with 3 variations.   Here is the lovely Rosie modeling her’s.


Several hats, cowls and mittens.  I’ve linked to my favorite freebie patterns, just click on the word to go to the Ravelry pattern page(s).   The mittens have been such fun to embellish, these are for 3-year-old Hank.



I also embroidered more than a dozen Ikea kitchen towels with a Christmas-y pine sprig.  A simple, but practical gift for some dear friends.



My darling daughter, needed 4 gifts for her ‘besties’ from school.  We decided on monogrammed hand-warming packets.  They are about 3 inches square, made of felt and filled with rice.  After microwaving for about 30 seconds they’ll stay warm for several hours.  The girls loved them, and Caroline is indebted to me for life, a couple of days, at least!



And I tried my hand at wood-burning as an embellishment to some bamboo cutting boards.  I used a mason jar to trace on a circle, then penciled in a script letter and the year of marriage of each couple receiving the gift.  Next came the burning.




This was my first ever attempt at wood-burning, and I am so pleased with how these turned out!   It was so much fun, and fairly easy, my head is full of ideas for more.  The wood-burning tool belongs to my 10-year-old son, so he is taking partial credit for these!



It’s been a busy week, a friend told me today, “You know you could start making gifts a month before Christmas?!”

What would be fun about that??

Have you made anything fun for a gift this Christmas?  (I’m looking for ideas!)


13 Responses

  1. Dana Silver
    Dana Silver December 19, 2014 at 9:01 pm | | Reply

    Love the doggie sweaters

  2. Cheryl
    Cheryl December 19, 2014 at 9:57 pm | | Reply

    Love the cutting boards and wood burning initials.

  3. Bonnie Rosenmeier
    Bonnie Rosenmeier December 20, 2014 at 8:53 am | | Reply

    Love them Claire…so motivating…miss you!!!!

  4. Karen H.
    Karen H. December 20, 2014 at 9:35 am | | Reply

    I love all your ideas! This year I made an amish puzzle ball that looks like an airplane (my madeup pattern) for my grandson after buying the book by Dedri Uys (ravelry). His initials spell JET so an airplane was quite fitting for him. My husband is working on taking a book and cutting the center out, etc. to make a hidden space for valuables in a book (pinterest) . All the men get that. I also found a wonderful recipe for a natural bar lotion that uses almond oil (edible), coconut oil, and beeswax. It’s the best thing for dry hands! The girls will get those plus they all have long curly hair so I made t-shirt hair towels cuz those are best for long, curly hair. I would have made more but I got very sick this week and haven’t recovered yet. I’m hoping I’ll be well on Christmas since I’m hosting everything!

  5. Ann Arabian
    Ann Arabian December 20, 2014 at 10:47 am | | Reply

    Yipes, after looking at all you have done, I will be taking a nap! Blessings, Ann

  6. Brenda Cooper
    Brenda Cooper December 20, 2014 at 9:41 pm | | Reply

    Claire, I really like your cutting boards and have several wedding gifts I could do like that. My question, did you make the cutting boards or buy them ready made. Also, did you seal them after doing the wood burning. Thank you, Merry Christmas Brenda

    RITA BHATIA December 20, 2014 at 11:09 pm | | Reply

    Good Evening,

    I recently participated in a Christmas Card Fabric Swap of 5 inch squares. I was wondering how your hand-warming packets work? Can these be sewn by hand? Does it work with rice?

    I am a Beginner knitter and I have never sewed but I like your idea. Will my squares work? I don’t own a Sewing machine.

    Thank you and Happy Holidays!!

  8. Janine
    Janine July 15, 2015 at 10:13 am | | Reply

    Hi Claire, love the purple dog sweater. Can I get the design somewhere? Thanks.

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