Monday, October 19, 2009

Handmade Gifts

Little Pumpkin's birthday was filled with lots of handmade gifts. I have already given a peek into this first gift. The older kiddos decided that they should make a dolly blanket for Pumpkin. We spent one day coloring squares of a thrifted white sheet using Crayola fabric markers. After you iron them they are supposed to be colorfast. I am not a quilter, although I would love to be, so I fumbled my way through piecing the kid's artwork with sashing. I have no idea if I did it right or not. We didn't add batting so we just sewed it right sides together and then turned it right side out and top-stitched around. Princess did the top-stitching. She is starting to get the hang of using a sewing machine and its fun to watch.

We added a label on the flannel backing with signatures of the artists.

I made Pumpkin a poncho which kind of reminds me of Sherlock Holmes in pink. I used a discontinued pattern and then altered it by cutting it up the front and adding three inches to each front piece to fold under to make a facing for the buttons/buttonholes.

Because the fleece was a plaid and I wanted the plaid to match up, I had to add three inches to the back also. I wasn' t really planning on that little detail so I was getting pretty frustrated (okay. . . extremely frustrated ), but finally decided to make a pleat in the center back to allow for the extra 3 inches.

I ended up really liking the pleat because it adds to the Sherlock Holmes look we've got going on here.

Pumpkin also really liked the drawing pad/ crayon holder. She was mostly quiet during church, and I think mostly quiet is pretty good. Hopefully it will continue. . .

What are your favorite gifts to make? I'm starting to think about Christmas and would love more ideas.


  1. Hi Jodi! You won the necklace from Pampering Beki! Yea! Will you email me so I can get you in touch with her? THanks! Shannon

  2. Whoo Hoo!!! I am sooo excited!

  3. I would love to make a quilt for each of the grandma's! You can print a picture on muslin right on your home printer! Spray it with a sealer and add it to a quilt, much you've done here. I made one for PaPa one year and he LOVED it!!!


  4. Melissa,
    That is a fantastic idea!!!


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