I try my best to create as many handmade gifts as possible, and this past year was no different. Here are the big handmade items that I gave on December 25th!
My dad loves TAB, and my brother gave me the idea to embroider a can of TAB with a face. He loved it!
My baby sister received loads of tulle...in the form of a ballet princess skirt (idea found somewhere online!) and a mini canopy tent for her bed. (It's not hung yet, so no canopy pics!)
My brother loves drawing, especially designing little trading cards. For his handmade gift, I pre-cut cards for him to draw on, and wrapped pencils with his name on them. They are all in a stitched pouch!
My sister Anna is now the proud owner of these leg warmers. I rarely knit because of how long it takes me...these 24" ribbed tubes took around 25 hours. Ugh. She's yet to have worn them, but she had better soon or I'm taking them!
My 17-year-old brother was so smitten with this Chewy plush that he's asked me to make more characters. The pattern is from Draw! Pilgrim, so perhaps I'll talk her into making more designs...
But the real star of Christmas was this guy. Bat Cat. He's a character from in the Charlie and Lola television series, and my brother Max just loves him. He creates his own stories to go along with the character, and was completely stunned when he opened this gift.
There's no pattern for this, it was purely based on images from in the DVDs, and I'm quite proud of how he came out. There are some things I would do differently next time, and that may still happen. Why? Because would you believe that this little fella has only been around for a few weeks? Look closely and you'll see that his fleecy face is already well loved.
It does my heart good to see the handmade things I've worked on be loved and treasured. But even when they aren't (because we all know that happens sometimes), I'm happy to be putting time and love into the gifts I give.