I LOVE Christmas! I have a feeling it will be even more fun now there’s a little one in the house (even if she’s heading for Father Christmas’ naughty list due to her current refusal to sleep ever). Of course I couldn’t possibly buy her a Christmas stocking so a bit of 3am pinterest pattern searching was in order.
I used this one for size and this one for lining technique.
And then I started taking
A couple of friends requested present sacks so using this tutorial, but the whole width of the fabric I made these.
I learnt a new technique too – french seams.
I just didn’t want fraying seams on something that will be pulled about by kids every year.
I hope everyone likes them!
So this is what we got up to on Christmas Eve!
Boiled sweet windows, After Eight roof tiles, Tunnocks caramel wafer chimney, Matchmaker doors and windowsills and a Cadbury’s chocolate finger log pile. I think Mr Han’s log pile is my favourite bit! It was a lot of fun to do and didn’t actually take that long, maybe 2.5 or 3 hours. Just need some help eating it now…
All the presents have now been given out so I can sort of assess the success of the whole project. In general I think people did like their presents, the moose hat has been shown off to many people certainly. I think the best way to round up is with photos and quotes.
Becky liked the gloves
The Gruffalo’s Child quite liked his toy bag
Everyone liked the monster bag
According to Facebook I make “a mean liqueur”
And shock of shocks….
The cat has been using the bed mat!!!!!
The Hoglet skirt was “particularly amazing”. Although she hasn’t tried it on yet so the jury is still out really!
I sent some friends home on a long car journey today with some sloe gin chocolate hidden away and received this text “just discovered the sloe gin chocolate, it;s fantastic. Officially I’m in heaven :)”
My auntie put her brooch straight on, the pear and fig chutney was opened the same day, the bag holder was in use by the next day and my dad liked his coasters “and they won’t break when your nephews throw them around”.
That’s all I know. If you have a comment about your present add it below! And only the bunnies unaccounted for. Bunnies don’t really appreciate a polished gift, so I made a treat dispenser for them out of wrapping paper roll inners. A little bit of environmental enrichment for the hutch, they got straight to work on it so it must be ok!
…Snow is falling, all around us… Well, actually it isn’t, it is a very unseasonal 10C. There it is though, I have done it. I made everyone at least part of their Christmas present. At this stage I have no idea what people will think – in the main. I was planning to do a photo of my dining table covered in all the things I had made, but of course I had to wrap and give away some of them early or post them so a lot had already gone before the great “Muppet Christmas Carol” wrapathon on 22nd. I know that Beckie and Kim put their brooches on straight away, and that Matt loved his Damson gin, but I’ll be finding out over the next few days what other people think. Of course no one is likely to say they hate things I’ve made, but hopefully I’ll be able to gauge reactions a bit.
I have enjoyed doing this challenge, it has seemed less stressful then going shopping (especially true when you are intermittently on crutches) and more personal and Christmassy than ordering from the internet. I’ve started to see myself as a really creative person too, which I never have before – the legacy of being bad at art at school casts a long shadow obviously.
I wonder if I will get any homemade Christmas gifts?
Thank you for reading about my exploits – there’ll be more updates after Christmas, hopefully with some pictures of people with/in their HANdmade presents. Have a lovely one!