This year's Christmas gifts were about 50% homemade. Featured here are two of the gifts I made, plus our new Christmas/winter wreath. This was an old wreath that has been twice made over. It was first given to me at my bridal shower, decorated with jingle bells and bright red berries. Julia made it over the next year, just repurposing the jingle bells and adding other small touches. This year, 4 years later, the jingle bells were not so shiny and so I looked around for a few things and found an arrangement that I was constantly moving from Aaron's reach. It now has new life in our door ornamentation. I have a fall wreath that is on a grapevine base, so now all I must do is come up with a spring/summer wreath and my front door decor will have full seasonal rotation.
This was our generic gift of the year - bread in a bag mixes. I have tons of fabric scraps lying around, and for these, it took about 2 minutes to whip up 4 cloth bags, unfinished at the top. It would have looked much nicer if I had pinking shears, but I just pretended. Chances are that no one will be re-using the gift packaging. She recommended brown paper sacks, but I wanted it to look a little different than that. I used half unbleached white and half whole wheat flour. I was going to do dessert in a jar mixes, but then I got this great deal on flour and decided to do this instead. I ended up making about 20 mixes and clothing them in various colors.
This was my favorite gift to make this year - reusable shopping totes. I made 16 of them, using this pattern as my inspiration. (I lengthened the straps and widened the bag just a tad) I used fabric I had on hand, some of which was home decorator fabric, some of which was plain sturdy cotton. The checkered one is an old navy bedsheet with some heavy poly/cotton blend I almost made a skirt out of in my early college years. Thankfully I did NOT. It makes a much better shopping bag, don't you agree? This set went to grandma in OH. All the bags I made are fully reversible. The other photo shows the general structure. The pink/red set went to my mom. I apparently didn't get as many photos as I thought - like of my favorite color combinations - but you get the idea.
Stay tuned for volume 2!