Often times, I can and do. And other times, not so much. So I am jumping in on the fun over at “just a girl," where she’s collecting some great ideas from bloggers on creative things that can be made as gifts for the holidays.
My fun and sentimental contribution is making pillows out of baby or childrens’ clothes. I have made these as gifts many times, but shown are the two that I made for my little girls when they grew out of their first year clothes. I cut up some of their favorite tops and onesies that had material or prints that were colorful, and created freehand flowers to sew on to pillows. I am not the best seamstress there is so my creations go along with the hodge podge of the rest of my creations, but these little pillows, they are keepers. I love looking at them on their beds daily and can so vividly remember their little bodies in those clothes.
For gifts that i have made in the past, I’ve asked the mothers to give me a few favorite pieces of clothing that the kids have outgrown and then surprise them with the pillow. For my nieces, who are older, I created blankets out of their tshirts, using the trendy sayings that are on the shirts and jean pockets from their jeans. These would make great holiday presents and would certainly be cherished.
Its simple. It’s cheap. Well, really it’s FREE! The handmade gifts are the ones that are always treasured the most.
the backside of the pillow
(on this one i used the little ruffles that were on the behinds of their first swimming suits)
my someday goal, when i am not such a hodge-podge seamstress is to make 3 quilts for all of my daughters using their clothes that I've saved and to give them these when they are older.
someday...don't quote me on that one anytime soon please.
happy shopping, happy planning, happy creating, whatever you plan to do
and happy STEALING of all these creative ideas!!!