Thursday, December 1, 2011

handmade Christmas 2011

As you may recall from last year, I really enjoy making hand made gifts for my family. I don't go quite so far that all of the gifts are handmade (for example, crayons are pretty hard to manufacture at home...), but I do like for everybody to have a handmade gift or two.

This year I began my Christmas craftiness with gifts for my three-year-old niece. A few months ago, her mom saw a tutorial for little ruffle backpacks, loved the idea, and sent it to me (I'm the only sister-in-law who sews), so my choice for her gift was easy. I deviated from the tutorial, but the idea is basically the same.

My little niece loves pink, so I went all out, using three different shades. I like how it turned out even though the effect is rather riotous.

Inspired by a Pinterest find, my second gift to her is a store bought turtle neck embellished with my own pink and green ribbon Christmas tree applique. This was my first applique onto knit fabric. I was delighted with the result and am sure I will be doing more of it!

I'm eagerly looking forward to packaging these up and sending them to bring Christmas cheer!


Tammie said...

sweet gifts.

Katie said...

Cute gifts! The ruffle backpack is so fun. I can just picture those ruffle bouncing up and down while the little girl runs around. Positive crafting vibes back at you! Thanks :).

Jennifer {Studio JRU} said...

Too cute!! The little girl in my would love to have a backpack just like that. Love, love, love it!