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Handmade Holidays

When I first joined up with The NewlyWoods Blog Party I thought that this week of Dare To....Give Homemade Gifts would be motivation to finish all the handmade gifts I was planning for the holidays.
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You know a little motivation not to procrastinate. My goal this year was to give almost everyone something handmade even if it was small. However, even though I have been spending huge amounts of time in the craft room there are still some works in progress.

I could not pick a favorite one to post stay tuned for a picture heavy post.

I am so also hoping that by posting lots of the things that family and friends that read the blog will not put together what they could be possibly getting. I am not aware of the recipients of any of the following gifts are readers. But just in case.....if you normally receive a gift from us-stop reading now.

Let's start with things that are completed.....the scarf parade. (Do you know how difficult it is to get a decent picture of a scarf.....especially since every picture with me in it made me cringe)

These are the two I "knitted"-

The pink one used furry thread that I picked up this summer on clearance at Hobby Lobby. Since I was not successful with teaching myself to knit using needles like a normal person, I use a loom like this-
It is so easy and there are so many variations that I want to try now that I have the basics mastered. You can pick up the loom at any craft store.

Onto to the parade of ruffle scarves. I love ruffles and I am seeing them everywhere in stores right now so of course I began to scour the internet for how to make them.

Currently there are three scarves completed with slight variations and in the coming days I have ideas for more variations. One thing they all have in common- they are all knit fabric (because you can cut the fabric and not worry about it fraying). They also are were super-cheap to make.

Ruffle Scarf #1-
This was by far the most time efficient and easiest (20 minutes from start to finish) of the bunch. I ruffled this one using elastic thread like detailed at Hope Studios.

Mine is not ruffled as much as theirs because of the type of bobbin my machine has self-corrects the tension. I messed with tension controls for a long time before figuring out that this was the best I was going to get.
Check out the tutorial over there because the ruffles are as easy as sewing a straight line.

Here is what the back side looks like with the elastic thread (I wanted to have all black obviously but I ran out since I used most of the spool experimenting....the future ones will have all black thread.)

Here is a blurry pic of me modeling the look (I swear it's difficult to hold a camera with one hand)
Ruffled Scarf #2-
This one took a little longer than the first but I love the more dramatic ruffles.....stay tuned for a tutorial because it was easy (and no I do not have ruffler foot for my sewing machine...I wish)

Ruffle Scarf #3-
While it looks similar to #2, it is very different. It is actually two ruffles sewn together which makes it very full, but it is not cut as wide. I made this one based on a pattern on Burda Style here.

Switching gears from scarves to a baby item- burp clothes-
Basically they are a cloth diaper edged with a piece of pretty fabric. They are simple to make but I love how they turned out. The only tricky part is making sure your seams are straight on the front and the back side.

OK let's take a break from sewing to move onto food gifts. This summer we had tons of jalapenos from our garden that no amount of Mexican nights was going to use. So I made Jalapeno Jelly (like described here). Since they are such a Christmasey color and we have tons of it we thought they would make an awesome gift.

I am not a huge paper crafter but I downloaded these tags from Martha (here). They are supposed to be for candles but they do dual duty. Then I used my lone circle punch and some red cardstock for the second circle. A little ribbon, hot glue and a gift card and these boys are ready to be enjoyed.

Okay now for the works in progress- the quilts.

I am not a quilter and have never 100% completed one. But I love reading blogs about modern quilting for inspiration and think I can do some simple ones.....eventually that it is. The first thing I learned about quilting is that it takes a very long time. I also learned that your cutting and sewing have to be exact otherwise you will have wonky lines. Let's just say the seam ripper and I have become fast friends as I am trying this for the first time.

So here is the first work in progress....a baby quilt that the colors were inspired by a fabric remnant for a couple of bucks and the design was inspired by subway tile. The quilt does not scream "baby" but this style totally fits with mom's and I hope they love it.
This quilt is basted and is just waiting for me to finish quilting it and then bind it.

The front-
The back-
Now for Christmas quilt #1-
Yeah the top is complete and that is about it. But I love how it turned out and I love all the fabric in it-

What about Christmas quilt #2? Well I would show you pics but right now it is just cut fabric (same as Christmas quilt #1) not sewn together.

I told you I have a lot of work to do. Maybe I need to stop blogging and start sewing.

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17 comments on "Handmade Holidays"

    This is allllllll amazing, seriously. The ruffled scarves are so wonderful, so pretty. I kinda want one. Okay, I really want one.

    And, the quilt. Be still my heart. I have the same fabric waiting for me to put it together into a quilt. But, this one is no gift. It's for us. =)

    Thanks for joining in. You are rockin' this party.

  2. Wow - I love it all! Especially the ruffle scarves and the christmas quilt. Great gifts!

    Thanks for entering my giveaway!

  3. You are so talented! My favorite is the ruffle scarf, specifically the green one, and the quilts are a very, very close second. Amazing!

  4. I really like your ruffle scarves. I am going to have to try a few of those myself.

  5. The ruffle scarves are SO cute. I can't wait to read a tutorial on those because I think I need one in every color, nevermind even more to gift.

    PS. the quilts look great. Have fun quilting them!

  6. Woo girl, you've been a busy elf! Your scarves are wicked awesome, and after seeing scarves at the mall today that cost a small fortune, I'm seriously copying you :) So many great gift ideas, and the quilts! Lovely lovely lovely...

    So glad you joined in the party at my place :)

  7. Wow! You have been busy, with impressive projects! I love the green ruffle scarf especially and the quilt looks amazing! Keep going...your recipients will love it!

  8. Wow! Nice! I loove that green scarf, can't wait for the tutorial! :) Your blog has been really great, I'm always excited to see when there's something new from you in my reader!

  9. Amazing. All that done in the same week. I keep looking for that elastic thread where did you find yours? I love the Christmas quilt the colors are great! Thanks for sharing with Made it Monday! Jules

  10. Wow, i love the ruffled scarves. My friend bought another friend one similar to Ruffle #1 last Christmas and I've been coveting it. Now I might just make myself one - and the rest of the women in my family. Thanks for propelling me through the last of my christmas gift needs!

  11. Those ruffle scarves are so cute! I really dig that yellow & gray quilt too. It's hard to find modern looking quilts.

  12. Love the ruffle scarves! You should be selling those on Etsy if you aren't already, and if you are, send me a link!

  13. Love the ruffled scarves!! I seriously want one now after seeing them! So cute!

  14. Wow! This knocks my socks off!

    Did you do any hand quilting on the quilts? I have one that's mostly finished, but needs hand quilting, which scares me.

    Also, ruffled scarf three is all kinds of fantastic!

  15. I love the ruffle scarves. OK I love them all but the ruffle scarves are my fave. Can't wait for a tutorial on how to do them.


  16. Okay you are officially crafty busy! what great projects. I LOVE the ruffle scarves!

  17. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the ruffled scarves! So chic! I will def have to keep the jalapeno jelly in mind for next year. We had pepper plants that produced like CRAZY this year. We made homemade pepper sauce with peppers and vinegar, but I like your idea so much better. Happy Christmas!