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post #41 of 319
sarah bella, cute money!!!

I'm slowly making progress on my list. I ordered waldorf doll kits for ds2 and ds3, and got the quilt material ordered for ds3.

I *still* have no clue what to make for ds1. Any ideas for a 13-year-old boy? He likes Star Wars, video games, legos, and bionicles.
post #42 of 319
We've started...

For dd1 we're making a kitchen. Just finished her playstands, and the kitchen will fit nicely in them! And to go along with it I've:
started taping together old food containers for her "grocery store"
found a register to mimic (out of wood instead of plastic)
started felt food for her kitchen set

I'll also be making a grocer's apron and accessories for the kitchen. Her bday is Nov 30th, so we usually split the gifts between the two.

For dd2 (who will be 9 months) I'm making some simple chewie toys. She's easy.

Special blankies for each of them too

For the rest of the folks I got a bunch of stainless steel waterbottles in a coop I ran, and we're doing granola and pouches and making "hiking kits" We've got a HUGE family and we all love camping and hiking together so that will go nicely.
post #43 of 319
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Originally Posted by operamommy View Post

I *still* have no clue what to make for ds1. Any ideas for a 13-year-old boy? He likes Star Wars, video games, legos, and bionicles.
Wish I had a good idea for you.I have a 12 yr old boy on my list.He is very special to our family and I would like to make him something but I can't figure out what.For his birthday,I freezer paper stenciled him a ninja shirt.

I was thinking about making him a bag or case for his video games.I think he likes to bring games to play at his friend's house and I thought a special bag for that might be nice.My husband didn't think he would like it.I don't know.

I'd love to hear if you come up with something!

ETA: I'm thinking about a wallet or sweatshirt with Darth Vader or maybe a storm trooper?
post #44 of 319
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Originally Posted by jillybeans View Post
We've started...

For dd1 we're making a kitchen. Just finished her playstands, and the kitchen will fit nicely in them! And to go along with it I've:
started taping together old food containers for her "grocery store"
found a register to mimic (out of wood instead of plastic)
started felt food for her kitchen set

I'll also be making a grocer's apron and accessories for the kitchen. Her bday is Nov 30th, so we usually split the gifts between the two.

For dd2 (who will be 9 months) I'm making some simple chewie toys. She's easy.

Special blankies for each of them too

For the rest of the folks I got a bunch of stainless steel waterbottles in a coop I ran, and we're doing granola and pouches and making "hiking kits" We've got a HUGE family and we all love camping and hiking together so that will go nicely.
Really nice ideas!
post #45 of 319
12 year olds can be hard to please. He might like the game bag if you incorporate a favored video game character into it somehow.
post #46 of 319
I need to make up a list, so I'll lay it down here and then lurk for more ideas. Most of our gifts are for DH's cousin's kids (the "great-grand-kids" to his nunny)

So here is what I have:
Girl, 9 - A few outfits for her AG dolls
Girl, 6 - ??? ("Fashionable")
Boy, 5 - Superhero cape?
(My Niece, 5, also her birthday in november.) - I don't know! Likes dance, princess, and is practically my antithesis. I have knitted leg warmers for her.
Girl, 3 - ??? (Loves to read) - Eye spy bag?
Boy, 1 - Fabric activity book?
Girl, 1 - Fabric activity book?
(New nephew, due on christmas day!)

Last year, we got the girls who were old enough gift certificates for ice skating lessons, board books for the little 'uns, and some play tools for the boy.

Then there's the adults:
Mom & Dad
FIL
DH's Gramma & Aunt
My Mat. Gram
My Frat. Gram
Brother
SIL
My Aunt
My Cousin & wife
post #47 of 319
I've crocheted bags for most of the women in the family...I still have couple to go. I'm also crocheting and felting Klean Kanteen cozies for my younger siblings, neice, and nephews.
post #48 of 319
Wow, some of you must have families that really share your interests. If I made a water-bottle cozy for a relative, they'd look at me like I'd sprouted tentacles from my head. I am the only "hippy," "crafty," or "natural" member of the family. This makes it very difficult to make gifts for anyone but my own daughter!

Speaking of whom, I am planning on making her gifts mostly, and I just hope to at least buy hand made gifts for everyone else.

Here's my list of ideas:

-Wet-felted wool balls with needle-felted designs Pic of one I've just started(Noli LOVES helping me with this)

-At least one garment- probably a tshirt with an applique or something.

-Finish repairing various clothes that have been in my sewing pile forever, before she outgrows them!

-Gnome home made of recycled sweaters, felted- I have the materials but I need to sit down and make myself a pattern or outline or something before I start cutting.

Oh, and for DP I'm supposed to fashion some sort of cover for his leather guitar strap, but he needs to pick out the fabric. This isn't for Christmas, though.
post #49 of 319
Oh I forgot to thank you, Flapjack, for your help with dyeing. I ended up washing and rinsing all of it just in case.
post #50 of 319
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Originally Posted by Kama82 View Post
12 year olds can be hard to please. He might like the game bag if you incorporate a favored video game character into it somehow.
Thanks,that's what I was thinking.
post #51 of 319
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Originally Posted by CalaRei View Post

So here is what I have:
Girl, 9 - A few outfits for her AG dolls
Girl, 6 - ??? ("Fashionable")How about a cute little bag?
Boy, 5 - Superhero cape?
(My Niece, 5, also her birthday in november.) - I don't know! Likes dance, princess, and is practically my antithesis. I have knitted leg warmers for her.Maybe a tutu??or a felted crown?
Girl, 3 - ??? (Loves to read) - Eye spy bag?
Boy, 1 - Fabric activity book?
Girl, 1 - Fabric activity book?
I think felted or fabric balls are also really good for this age.
(New nephew, due on christmas day!)
Maybe a simple blanket or painted onsies?I made some wood ring teethers that were fun and easy.


Then there's the adults:
Mom & Dad
FIL
DH's Gramma & Aunt
My Mat. Gram
My Frat. Gram
Brother
SIL
My Aunt
My Cousin & wife
The adults are where it gets trickier for me.
Can you do any baking for the adults?
post #52 of 319
I've already made:

For DDs
hat/mitten/scarf set
sleeping bag

I'm working on:

For nephew (almost 2)
dinosaur tail (fastens around the waist with velcro)
dino socks (added stuffed felt toes to socks)

For DDs
nightgowns
matching doll nightgowns
post #53 of 319
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Originally Posted by Stacey247 View Post
I've already made:



For nephew (almost 2)
dinosaur tail (fastens around the waist with velcro)
dino socks (added stuffed felt toes to socks)
HA!HA! What a great idea!
post #54 of 319
subbing!

After DS's birthday this week, Ill be sitting down and putting together a list of things to start crafting.

I found an awesome tutorial in warm fuzzies that I think will work well for the adult males in any family. Its called the boyfriend scarf. The bomber hat
would be great too.

I know im going to make DS a robot vest using that book and theres a hat in that book DD would love. There are cute cupcake pin cushions too that Im want to make for SIL.


Im also going to make both DD & DS a doll. In toys to sew they have an adorable pirate doll and ballerina doll tutorial that ill use. Ill probably make a few outfits for their dolls too. I so want to make them a Waldorf doll but I don't have the supplies to do that. I have all the stuff to make the other dolls.

MIL will probably get an apron. I have the perfect fabric for that! I swapped an MDC mama for retro kitchen print fabric
post #55 of 319
turtle and I are doing a combo of crafting and swapping for crafted stuff for gifts this year. I'm placing a big order with Dharma this week for blanks. Some people aren't getting crafted stuff--for those who will, the list follows:

frog's mom
Hand-dyed silk velvet scarf (by frog)
Tie-dyed apron (by frog)

frog's dad
Half a dozen hand-dyed handkerchiefs (by frog)

frog's grandma
Necklace and bracelet set (by turtle)
Tie-dyed apron (by frog)

turtle's mom
Tie-dyed kitchen towels with coordinating apron (by frog)

The Small Friends
Hand-crafted ornaments (some by us, some swapped for)

Small Friend C (13, girl)
Dip-dyed purple and black silk tie (by frog, by request)

Small Friend O (9, girl)
Necklace (by turtle)

frog's niece (will be 15 months at Christmas
Tie-dyed something (by frog)
Super-hero cape (swapped for)
Snuggly knitted thing (swapped for)

I'll post photos as we complete our projects.
post #56 of 319
rere, freezer paper stenciling might be a good idea. He loves hoodies, so maybe a black hoodie with Darth Vader on it.

The year before last I embroidered a pillow for his bed with Boba Fett, and that went over really well.

I can't believe how many people some of you mamas are able to craft for! We do a gift exchange with dh's family, but most of them aren't into handmade stuff.
post #57 of 319
Here's my "to make" list:

Lydia:
Play food (partially done and will be getting a lot from the playfood swap)
Play silks (dyeing them myself)
Ribbon wand
No-sew tutu
Play money (almost done)
Art tote

Phoebe:
Play food same as Lydia
Play silks
Ribbon wand
No-sew tutu
Art tote
Felt board or playmat

I'm also making them a play fridge out of an old cabinet for them to share
DH:
Freezer stenciled shirts and maybe a hoodie
Fruit Liquor (not to sure how to say this or what it's call, but it's where you leave fruit in some vodka to ferment for weeks
Skull and crossbones scarf

I would love to make a couple of pairs of felted wool slippers for my mom and aunt, but we'll have to see about that.

Everybody else will be getting a calender that dh will be making and homemade fudge.
post #58 of 319
Ok here's my list(maybe it will help me get in gear):

Mom:scarf(finished) , collage calendar and wool dryer balls(finished) (also a gift certificate to kiva)

Mom's husband: photo on canvas(finished)

Brother(40 yrs old) : pajama pants(finished) with an appliqued t-shirt(finished) and t-shirt pillow(finished)

Sister(27 yrs old):scarf(finished) ,desk stuff(finished) rice bag(finished)Homemade pickles(finished)belly band(finished)

Sister's partner:lemon vodka(finished)

Male cousin(26 yrs old):lemon vodka(finished)

My husband: t-shirt and...???

My daughter(4 yrs old): fairy family(finished),chef hat(finished),ribbon ring(finished),maybe a fishing game...

MIL: calendar(finished) and lemon vodka(finished)

Husband's uncle: food kits(finished)

Husband's uncle(he had a brain injury as a child which stopped his development.always a challenge to find a good present idea for him): calendar of pics from our family(finished)

12 yr old boy friend: t-shirt pillow(finished) pj pants?

9 yr old girlfriend: pj pants?desk stuff(finished)

Funky friend:felt bracelet(finished) and matching bag(finished)

Funny friend:skirt(finished)

2 yr old boy friend:hooded towel(finished) and soap scrubbie(finished)

2 yr old cousin:hooded towel(finished)

Friends(a couple):a picnic blanket(finished)

4 yr old girl friend:hooded towel(finished) and soap srcubbie(finished)

twin babies : ??dolls? and felt balls?slippers?

Crafty friend : Christmas decoration(finished) and rice bag(finished)

The cats:Uhhh...don't know what to call it but it's finished!

And 8 more scarves for ladies in my family(finished )

And maybe something for the lil' girls who live behind us

Uhg! I need to get to work!
post #59 of 319
I have all my gifts planned. I'll only be making about half of them, getting the rest from ETSY.
For my nieces (9,8,5,3) I'm making felt/fabric heart cutout pendants stuffed and initialed.
I'm making a cape for my nephew (2) and a large upholstered initial hanging for my baby niece.

How do you make chew toys for babies??
post #60 of 319
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Originally Posted by rere View Post
Can you do any baking for the adults?
We usually do bake, but since we're such a small family, it doesn't feel like enough.

For my aunt, who gardens and is obsessed with birds, I may make her a sunhat and garden tote.

DH's dad collects Christmas things, and has recently gotten into video games. We may not make him anything this year and opt for getting him a new computer monitor.

DH's Grandmother and aunt... I'm thinking about putting together a base scrap book that they can just paste 3x5 photos into. No theme, just nice colors. She showed me her photo album the other day, and it's a muss, with photos just layed between pages, ranging from (literally) around 1920 to last year. I'll leave little areas where she can note who it is, and then at least we'll have records of things.
His aunt lives there, but its hard to tell what she'd like. Sometimes we just get her a bottle of good wine.

Cousin and wife just bought first house. Might steal from an idea further up the thread and make placemats and napkins, once I actually get into their house and see their style.

My brother's tough. He doesn't have many hobbies, and works as a bricklayer, and lives at home. One year, I etched some custom bar mugs for him. Not sure about this year.

My one grandmother does line dancing and LOVES it. I think maybe a dancing bag for her, embroidered or otherwise decorated. So she can take her water bottle and shoes in it. Any other ideas here?

SIL lamented to me the other day that the necklace I gave her as a thank you for being in our wedding broke, because she WORE IT EVERY DAY! It was pearls spaced out on a chain. I may get a few pearls and string her a nice new necklace to replace it. It makes me so happy that she wore it so frequently.

I'm sure if I sit down and think about it, I can come up with other things, too.
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