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Thursday, January 9, 2020

Make it a Handmade Holiday

Are you handy with a needle? Not a stranger to a hot glue gun? Do you know your way around a sewing pattern? Maybe you should consider putting those talents and skills to work and create handmade gifts to give for the holidays this year. There is a resurgence of demand for handcrafted items and people will appreciate your thoughtfulness and effort. Here are a few ideas that you might want to consider.

Just for Baby

A small floor quilt for a baby to play on when visiting friends is a handy item to keep in a diaper bag. With the huge variety of novelty flannels available, you could find just about any theme you want from licensed characters to polka dots and stripes to woodland creatures. Combine a couple of prints by putting them on opposite sides.

For Children

Make the little ones some little plush animals. You can easily find patterns at the craft store Long Beach CA crafters swear by. The fun of making them yourself is that you can customize the colors and prints as you wish and create a special little friend for your favorite or youngster to love.

For Teens

Even the teenagers in your life will appreciate handcrafted gifts when you stitch up a little backpack-style bag. Add a few pockets for cell phones and electronics. Add a drawstring closure for easy entry. You can get some fun results when you sew them out of an old pair of jeans or a denim jacket.

For Adults

Why not try some fun aprons on for size? Make a stylish barbecue-style apron for him and a cute vintage style with a ruffled hem for her. Add contrasting fabric pockets and grosgrain ties and you are all set. For added fun, make matching hot pads.
Whatever you choose to add your special touch to, your recipients will be flattered you thought enough of them to make it yourself. And you will have the satisfaction of sharing a part of yourself with your loved ones.

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