Monday, December 28, 2009

Handmade Christmas in Review

Now that the big day is over, I can finally share with you the thrifty gifts I made for my own family and friends. I guess this could be considered part of the Thrifty Gifty series.

First off, my kids wanted Snuggies. Now, they are not terribly expensive, but 1) I still knew I could make them for less, and 2) Firstborn particularly wanted the free booklight that comes with it, but that only comes with the adult sizes. When I started looking into making them I also discovered that the back is open, which neither my kids nor I knew. Since they are just as likely to lay on their stomachs reading as they are to sit on the couch watching TV, I knew this wasn’t ideal for them.

I looked for fabric to repurpose at thrift stores, but didn’t find anything suitable. I ended up getting fleece throws at Walgreens. They were on sale for $1.99 each for a 50”x60” throw, and I needed two for each Snug-EEE (my version).

Basically, I put the two throws together and sewed a T shape, leaving an opening for the head and cutting away the shaded areas (also leaving the ends of the sleeves open, of course). I should have had her stand with her arms stretched out, but wasn’t thinking ahead.IMG_5035b

I left them long to keep feet covered up, though I probably should cut a little length off since they’re tripping over them.

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As luck would have it, I found book lights at Dollar Tree. I decorated the outside of the box, so they would “get” it. Cost for each Snug-EEE/book light set: $5.

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For Craig, I made a felted hat from a $1 thrift store sweater, using this tutorial. It is grudgingly modeled here by Skippy.

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For the kids’ teachers, I made the salt scrub. Hobby Lobby had scenting oils for body products in the soap making section. I did a peppermint-vanilla combo. Including jars, gift bags, etc, this came out to about $5 per teacher (plus I have lots of supplies left over). The kids didn’t really understand what was so great about salt scrub; when I told Skippy to write a note to his teacher on the card, he wrote “Mrs. B, this is some kind of salt”.

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And for Dixie, who at Thanksgiving kept hinting that she was jealous of my sweater pillow, I made three similar ones, again from $1 thrift store sweaters (but I forgot to take a photo). I already was planning to and had the sweaters at Thanksgiving.

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For me, Dixie made this adorable felted sweater pincushion, Betz White -style! I’ve been wanting one for a while, and then a few months ago the dog chewed up my old tomato pincushion, pins and all, so I really needed one! The dog, btw, showed no ill effects whatsoever.

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It was a good hand-made Christmas!

13 comments:

Linda said...

WOW...now you are the "THRIFTY QUEEN"...great gift ideas! Hope you have a HAPY NEW YEAR!

Blessings,
LINDA

Christi said...

Great job! Your family is very lucky to have such a thrifty and crafty mom!

Meg said...

Girly, you are so talented! I got a snuggie for Christmas, it's fabulous because it is Florida Gators, I am sure it was pretty easy for you to make! It looks like your DD loved it! The pushpin is adorable! Granted I have a huge sweet tooth, so a cupcake anything works wonders for me. :) As for the sweater pillow...I want one! I really need to figure out how to make it! :) You rock.

Mandi @ Finding Home said...

What great ideas! I loved that you made your own Snug-eee's. I had never wanted one before, but seeing your kids all cozy in theirs made me want one, lol! I love that you made a sign to go with them.

Country Dreaming said...

Cool ideas. I love thrifty.
I bet the kids really like their "Snuggies."

Melinda

Sheryl said...

Holly, I love all your handmade gifts! Last year I was so good...this year not so much. I hope to make more for next Christmas. Thank you for your inspiration.

Tricia Anne said...

Your handmade gifts are great!
I love your pillow!
I have a sweater that I am looking forward to creating into a pillow.
Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

Rosaline said...

I never liked snuggees BECAUSE they are open at the bad, but I LOVE your version. You need an etsy store to sell these. Your son demonstrates the snuggee really well. Regarding the length, that's a tricky problem; I agree with you re having enough fabric to tuck in your feet, but as you said this causes tripping problems when walking. Knowing how creative you are, I bet you can solve this - let us know when you do.

Rosaline said...

Oops - I said "bad" in my comment when I meant to say "back". Major typo.

Rambling Girl said...

Great stuff...gotta try the salt scrub. I think I will have to do this for a Valentine teacher gift.

Molly said...

Great ideas. I plan to start early and make gifts all year this time. Funny about the pin cushion. I have a cute piggy one made by my MIL. My dog stole it and plucked about 100 pins out. he seemed quite proud of it too.

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

I loved your thrifty gifty series, Holly, and I am all set to participate next year. :) I made sure to take pictures of my projects this year...I was thinking like a blogger. ;) You had some wonderful, fun ideas!!

gina said...

Oh, my girls wanted snuggies- this was a good comprimise you came up with!! My mom had a tomato pin cushion. :) I love your cute new one!! The sweater pillow IS pretty fabulous!