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post #1 of 16
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I would like to make a thing or two for dh. I know how to do most crafts as least passably and have plenty of stash to pull from so be open in your suggestions.

He doesn't like

sports
TV
cars
fishing


He does like

books
chocolate
his motorcycle
video games
sci fi
music

Ideas? The less time they require the better as I've got several people to craft for this year.
post #2 of 16
My brother is getting a messenger bag. Obviously with more manly decoration than those. I'm thinking his initials. The bag will be chocolate corduroy with brown duck cloth lining. Since your DH likes Sci-Fi maybe something referencing one of his favorite things from that genre. For my DH it might be the outline of Serenity or the Millennium Falcon or something.

Since he likes books maybe a few fabric book covers in various standard sizes made of fabric that he'd like. You could applique his 1st or last initial or the outline of a motorcycle or something else he'd like to the front.
post #3 of 16
How about a lap blanket to use while he's reading?I made a very simple quick one out of flannel and fleece.It's really cozy.

A wallet that somehow incorporates his favorite band or sci-fi movie?I considered making one out of an album cover.

If he has an i-pod you could make a cover for it?
post #4 of 16
I am making my dh a pair of felted slippers, a crocheted afghan, and a bookmark. The bookmark is very cool, as it features the artwork of our oldest son! http://www.mothering.com/parenting/p...s-amanda-soule
post #5 of 16
I'm making my dh a hat that is 4.5 feet long....
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i'm making my dh a hat that is 4.5 feet long....
wow!
post #7 of 16
Freezer paper stenciled t-shirt of something sci-fi-ish, book or motorcycle related
visor CD holder for car
some kind of mini tool case bag or wrap for his motorcycle (does he have a storage compartment?)
bookmark (soulemama had a cute tutorial for an embroidered one using kid art). eta - oops see that linked above
Chocolate of the month club (make him one or two kinds of chocolate as a sample and then give him a new kind of chocolate treat on the 25th of every month)
hth
Karen
post #8 of 16
dh is getting pj pants (sahd, wears them a lot!) and fingerless gloves. i'm knitting his fingerless gloves / wrist warmers, but i've made some for myself by just cutting the sleeves off a felted sweater and cutting slits for thumbs - super fast & easy. dh is a smoker and my brother suggested a knit/crocheted lighter cozy. ridiculous, but it's also funny and could be super cute - so maybe a cozy for an item related to the interests you listed. bookmarks are always great too.
post #9 of 16
I'm knitting and felting some oven mitts and along w/ that will go three made by me spice rubs. I made them this morning, for three men. . . three kinds each and spent about $5 using jars I already had.
post #10 of 16
Handmade gift + Sci Fi = Knitted Dr Who scarf LOL

Here is a link to the scarf: http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting...whoscarves.htm

I am making 2 gifts this year that are suitable for men and women, but not sure your friend would like em:

Fire starter basket: small basket filled with wax dipped pinecones, bundled herbs, bundle sticks wrapped with raffia. Can be used in a wood stove or campfire

Hand warmers: Small fabric pillows (4x4 inch) filled with flax seeds (about a cup). Warm them in the microwave and put them in your coat pockets to keep your hands warm. I used scrap fabric I already had in cute and tame colours.

For chocolate lovers: Brownie mix in a jar!http://allrecipes.com/recipe/brownie...ii/Detail.aspx

Rhianna
post #11 of 16

Something for a pre-schooler to make

I have an almost 3 year old little boy and have been trying to think of something semi-useful he could make for daddy. I came up with a case for his glasses. Safety glasses, actually, because they get thrown in his back pack, usually in a sock. I'm planning to use felt. I figure I can help my son use a needle and embroidery thread to close up the sides, (or if all else fails help him use the iron to close up the sides with that heat bond stuff) and we can put on a pearl snap to close the top. After ds has had practice using the needle and thread to close it, I may just turn him loose to embroider a "design" on it, or maybe we can put some manly applique on it. Maybe "Dad" sewn on in buttons if nothing else.
post #12 of 16
Also, every Christmas I make photo calendars - great for grandpas. Michaels or Joannes usually has them for $1 and then I just put the photos in. I also bought a roll of those photo corner things so the pictures are just held in instead of glued down - then people can take the pictures out when the year is over.
post #13 of 16
I'm making my dad a felted beer cozy. I'm using a felted, thrifted wool sweater and I'm going to embroider I <3 BEER on it. I should actually go do that right now...
post #14 of 16
oops!
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I have an almost 3 year old little boy and have been trying to think of something semi-useful he could make for daddy. I came up with a case for his glasses. Safety glasses, actually, because they get thrown in his back pack, usually in a sock. I'm planning to use felt. I figure I can help my son use a needle and embroidery thread to close up the sides, (or if all else fails help him use the iron to close up the sides with that heat bond stuff) and we can put on a pearl snap to close the top. After ds has had practice using the needle and thread to close it, I may just turn him loose to embroider a "design" on it, or maybe we can put some manly applique on it. Maybe "Dad" sewn on in buttons if nothing else.
Really cute idea!

Having done something similar with little kids,I suggest you let him do the embroidery first.It can be a bit tricky for little people to not go through both layers(does that make sense?).And an embroidery hoop is really helpful.You could use a a big piece of felt to fit in the hoop and draw an outline of the case and ask him to keep the embroidery inside the outline.

Just thought I would share because I learned all that the hard way.
post #16 of 16
Thanks! That makes sense!
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