Why do I make gifts every year? Well, the most pragmatic answer is that my husband and I have lived in a perpetual state of broke since the first year of our marriage (he works in a family owned business...what are you going to do?). And the second reason, which I consider to be the most important, to me, is that I consider home made gifts more special than store bought ones.
So, this year, I figured I'd share a bit how I do the "Christmas Gift Making Rush" as I call it (and this year it has been a rush for me because I procrastinated starting gifts, pure and simple) and share with you some of the gifts I make. A lot of them, if you have basic skills like knitting, crocheting or can run a sewing machine, can be made relatively quickly. And, if you buy materials used (which I do as often as I possibly can), or buy things with coupons at the fabric store, you don't have to invest a lot of money to make a gift that won't look the LEAST bit cheap, I promise you. I'll even provide cost breakdowns for the gifts I make, to give you an idea of how buying used (or really cheap new) can help you.
So, stay tuned as I share "A Gift A Day" on the blog here and hopefully inspire a few people to maybe make a gift or two for people this year to make the season that much more special. Without worrying about how much it will cost in the end.
List of Projects for 2014:
- Gift One: Summer Scarf
- Gift Two: Tool Roll
- Gift Three: Plush Children's Book (Panel Project)
- Gift Four: Brimmed Hat
- Gift Five: Camo Scarf
- Gift Six: Dexter the Baby Dinosaur (Panel Project)
- Gift Seven: The Striped Scarf
- Gift Eight: Plush Unicorn
- Gift Nine: The Cotton Candy Scarf
- Gift Ten: Texture Pillow
- Gift Eleven: Sleep Pants
- Gift Twelve: Pot Holders
- Gift Thirteen (and Fourteen): The Quilts
- Gift Fifteen: Furry Slippers
- Gift Sixteen: Ballet Slippers