Last year, we had very little to spend for Christmas. We knew we wanted our children to have gifts under the tree, so I decided to do a handmade Christmas (well, mostly handmade, since you can't really craft Cars and Hot Wheels...). This year, I wanted to do another handmade Christmas. We just weren't as strict about it, so I only made a few items. I just really adore the idea of making things yourself. I feel like it's a chance to pour love into something and create an item that is personal and unique.
Here are some of the projects I completed for my boys, ages 4 and 2.
This one was a huge hit with both of my kids. They loved having a spot for their new Hot Wheels and a little road to drive on.
I found the tutorial here from My Little Gems. The only thing I changed was that had their names embroidered on the outside. (Thank you Lisa!).
*This would make a fabulous gift for a little car lover you know.
I found this idea here, but alas, no tutorial.
Enter talented husband, who helped me create a pattern to make one myself. This was so amazingly simple and only cost 75 cents!
Can't beat that!
Mr. One already has two of his own, but Mr. Two couldn't be left out of the fun.
Here is the tutorial that I used (Love, Love, Love this!).
Here are a few things I learned from doing three capes so far:
First, use a lightweight interfacing for the felt shapes and letters. I used a heavy duty iron-on kind for the first two and it was very difficult to sew on, and made the cape unneccessarily stiff. I ironed on the interfacing to the felt (make sure to trace your letter bacwards onto the interfacing, so when you cut, your letter will be facing the right way, felt side up). I then pinned and sewed my felt symbols on to the cape using a straight stitch.
I also don't like to round the corners of the cape bottom. I like the look of a straight edge (plus it's easier to sew...).
I bought 3/4 yard of my two colored fabrics. This was enough material to make two capes (although the second one will have a seam down the middle). Again, I have young boys, so you may need more fabric for an older child.
Did you do any handmade gifts for Christmas? Feel like sharing? I'd love for you to comment. If you blogged about it, could you include your blog link? I'd enjoy taking a peek.