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Finished my MIL crochet hook clutch! Its fabulous!

My sister is about to have a baby girl and I forgot to add her to the list. HELP! What can I sew her that isn't clothes? My sister is VERY picky with her littles clothing & wouldn't appreciate handmade clothes. Any ideas?
I've been keeping up on y'alls thread, but haven't posted yet I don't think.
Anyways, what about a diaper changing mat? I've seen really darling ones, sewn out of a full size towel (smaller one) and some fabric. Sew the fabric to one side, fold over the edges of the towel and sew to make some nice seams. Then fold the bottom up about maybe 6 inches and create pockets. (to hold wipes, cream, whatever). Then the whole thing folds up in halfs or thirds. It's so cute.

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Here's a link to what I'm describing:
http://www.cluckclucksew.com/2009/02...-tutorial.html

Only the one I saw the fabric was on the inside instead of the outside and the pocket had three divisions. But you get the idea.

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I'm serial posting this morning, forgive me. I've been lucky enough to take two months off from work (Nov/Dec) and have been crafting like crazy instead. It feels so nice b/c I just have not had much time this year to craft because of my business. But my goal this year was to use what I have to make gifts. I've done really good so well. (I've impressed myself) LOL

Here's what I've made so far:
Puppet doorway theatre- cost-less than $10
Rag quilt for husband (first quilt ever!)- cost-less than $10
Snowmen ornaments made from CD's and lids- Cost-free
Felt/fabric mailboxes -cost- $1.50
Store bought Halloween costumes on mega discount. They were all the wrong sizes, so I had to do some cutting and sewing so they'll fit my kids.
cost-$15 for 4 costumes
Crochet potholders- cost-free

Here's what I still need to make:
Puppets to go with theatre. I'm thinking about doing a couple of story themes. My son is really into the Gingerbread man story right now. Any other suggestions for a good story line?
Fabric postcards
These: http://soyouthinkyourecrafty-tuts.blogspot.com/
(those are for me
White spray painted pine cones made into ornaments. My Mil saw these in a magazine and would like some. They are cute, but spray paint is awful smelling, so I don't want any in my home. But she'll love them and I can always get pine cones for free and only have to buy spray paint, so that's a deal!
I need something for my Maillady, any suggestions?
I also need something for the three garbage men, also need suggestions.

Glad to finally join in. Y'all are doing such a great job and I've loved reading what you are making and giving! Such inspiration!!

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Finished my MIL crochet hook clutch! Its fabulous!

My sister is about to have a baby girl and I forgot to add her to the list. HELP! What can I sew her that isn't clothes? My sister is VERY picky with her littles clothing & wouldn't appreciate handmade clothes. Any ideas?
Hooded towel?Blanket?Some sort of snuggle?A fabric book?Cloth balls?or blocks?

I was determined to make something last night but I'm sort of at a point where I need stuff for any project that I have left.So I made a fabric bucket for my nephew.I have a felted ball for him but now I think I need to make some fabric balls to go in with it.

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Surprising the wait/procedure didn't take more then an hour total! So I didn't even p/up the needles! And we did get to see Santa! Hurt to be walking the mall but it was the only time dh could go w us unless we went on the weekend which is not my idea of a good time. There was only 8 kids infront of us they already emailed the picture and they did a video recording of dc sitting w santa...all for FREE!!!!
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I'm serial posting this morning, forgive me. I've been lucky enough to take two months off from work (Nov/Dec) and have been crafting like crazy instead. It feels so nice b/c I just have not had much time this year to craft because of my business. But my goal this year was to use what I have to make gifts. I've done really good so well. (I've impressed myself) LOL

Here's what I've made so far:
Puppet doorway theatre- cost-less than $10
Rag quilt for husband (first quilt ever!)- cost-less than $10
Snowmen ornaments made from CD's and lids- Cost-free
Felt/fabric mailboxes -cost- $1.50
Store bought Halloween costumes on mega discount. They were all the wrong sizes, so I had to do some cutting and sewing so they'll fit my kids.
cost-$15 for 4 costumes
Crochet potholders- cost-free

Here's what I still need to make:
Puppets to go with theatre. I'm thinking about doing a couple of story themes. My son is really into the Gingerbread man story right now. Any other suggestions for a good story line?
Fabric postcards
These: http://soyouthinkyourecrafty-tuts.blogspot.com/
(those are for me
White spray painted pine cones made into ornaments. My Mil saw these in a magazine and would like some. They are cute, but spray paint is awful smelling, so I don't want any in my home. But she'll love them and I can always get pine cones for free and only have to buy spray paint, so that's a deal!
I need something for my Maillady, any suggestions?
I also need something for the three garbage men, also need suggestions.

Glad to finally join in. Y'all are doing such a great job and I've loved reading what you are making and giving! Such inspiration!!
Really nice!

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Here's a link to what I'm describing:
http://www.cluckclucksew.com/2009/02...-tutorial.html

Only the one I saw the fabric was on the inside instead of the outside and the pocket had three divisions. But you get the idea.
I really like this! I think my sister would love this too with the right fabric. Ill buy some spose & wipes to throw in. I can even embellish a travel case for the wipes. Something like this http://www.etsy.com/shop/KatiebugBou...ion_id=5710796
Any ideas on how to glue the fabric onto plastic?
I'd love to make her little an adorable cloth diaper & wipes to include but my sis just isn't into cloth.
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I really like this! I think my sister would love this too with the right fabric. Ill buy some spose & wipes to throw in. I can even embellish a travel case for the wipes. Something like this http://www.etsy.com/shop/KatiebugBou...ion_id=5710796
Any ideas on how to glue the fabric onto plastic?
I'd love to make her little an adorable cloth diaper & wipes to include but my sis just isn't into cloth.
Maybe modge podge would glue the fabric to the plastic?I also saw a pouch made from "oil cloth"for holding wipes.Super cute!

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BRR- how about a doubled flannel recieving blanket? I love mine (all 5 of them). All you need are 2 pieces of flannel (mine are huge and great for bfing- so mine are like 45" pieces). Wash to preshrink, then sew them together turn and topstitch with a cute stitch/contrasting thread/whatever. JoAnns has flannel for $1.49 on Friday- but even at the 40-50% price it is a pretty cheap gift.

I am going to do teh memory tile game and the bath paints. Those will be awesme. I finished up DDs mermaid- I want to keep it for myself though. It is so cute! I think I may need to make a couple of fish to go with it though.

I am also going to make my Cousins children some wool slippers- hardwood floors- brrr.

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So I went xmas shopping today...$35.00 at dollar-rama! OMG

Ds asked santa for arts/crafts supplies and tools. So I figured I'm getting off easy with the tools(F-I-L is making them) so I should just suck it up and buy him some art supplies(which he is quickly running out of!!)

I got
bucket to hold everything(can never have to much storage!)
3 packs xmas stickers
3D wooden farm stickers
250 decorative paper flowers
120 googly eyes
5 pack sparkles
100 pcs pompoms
96 xmas foam shapes
4 pack glue sticks
10 pack markers
wooden letter/number stamps
TOTAL WAS $12.75...

Then stocking stuffers for ds
border of letters/numbers to go around his play area(like the ones in schools)
high school musical microphone he's wanted a mike...thats the only one they had
blue feather boa(jealous of all his girl friends who play dress up)
dinosaur magnet paint set
backyardigans alphabet flash cards
caillou soap(god i hate that kid)
backyardigan kelidascope
TOTAL was 6.25
Stocking stuffers for dd(barely anything..but she's one so whatever lol
hair clips
sleeper
socks
TOTAL $4.00

Then a tambourine to go in the music box dh and I are putting together for her..she saw it and her eyes LIT UP!

I got some random things for the house as well..but it seems like I spent so much...is this good or did I totally suck at "buying"

ds is FINISHED...well I'm finished BUYING stuff for him...there's still some making to be done and the rest of dd's gift needs to be bought/a small toy for her stocking?

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caiesmommy, the music box sounds like a rad idea!
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beansricerevolt- I would just hot glue it (maybe with a low temp one?) When in doubt, I hot glue. LOL

So I had a question for the people on this thread. Reading through it, it sounds to me like you make all the gifts for all the people in your family..and that its a lot of people. And you do it every year. Is this true? How many people would you say you typically make gifts for? I make most, but our list is very small. Sometimes I can't believe you make cousins and extended family stuff! I'm amazed. My list is about 8 people and that includes couples; like grandparents usually get one gift. How do you do it? Do you start crafting mostly in November?Are your gifts always well received? I know a lot people complain that homemade is not well received, but I would guess your families are used to your homemade stuff and like it. And overall, is it more affordable? One last question: do you buy anything not homemade?
Okay, so that was a lot of questions. LOL But I'm just amazed at y'all and was wondering some things.

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I make homemade gifts every year. I buy a couple things for each of our littles & dh too. As far as immediate family, its pretty much half & half. For my IL's & my mother, father, sisters, niece & nephew, friends, we make stuff for them as well and have every year for the last few. My side of the family gets handmade gifts only. But for the IL's (MIL, FIL & SIL), we usually buy them something extra. They are VERY into gift giving & one year we did a handmade gift for each of them & I felt like sh*t after. Only because they spent sooo much money on each of us. So now we do the handmade stuff & a little extra something.

Is it well received? For the most part. There are always a few who are NOT happy about their DIY gift. There were always a few who didn't like their bought christmas gifts too. I try really hard to make them something they would use, like, buy themselves.

Cost? I spend very little. I use up supplies that I have bought throughout the year.
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I make gifts for almost everyone on my list...and for the most part its gone over great. Last year the in-laws weren't to excited about there gifts..this year my F-I-L can't wait for his socks.

I start sometimes in July. It depends. I usually start whenever I get an idea for something I want to make. Last year it was a sweater for my aunt...found the yarn and went to it. BUT for the most part I buy all my supplies on sale/use what I have. And it doesn't cost that much. This year I got 3 500g balls of yarn for 12.00 and so far I've gotten 3 gifts out of the balls....and I could prob get one more gift. BUT to me they didn't really cost anything b/c I so badly wanted the wool anyways

I do buy for certain people that I know don't like the "homemade" gifts..and thats ok. I'd rather spend my time making for people who appriciate it

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I wish I could get started earlier on gifts. But I've learned about myself that I am not inspired, nor motivated to do projects until its time. It does not interest me in July as I wish it would! I like to think about what I'll make and every year I think I'll start well in advance, but I never do. It's like that with all crafting for all occasions. I just can't seem to get excited until I'm right on top of it. Sometimes that makes it stressful though. *sigh*

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I have made my family gifts every year since I was old enough to put glue to paper.There have definitely been years where I bought some presents.

This year the only bought presents will be for my daughter and one for my mother.I always make my daughter a present from me but I'm afraid she will recognize my work if I try to make something that is supposed to be from Santa.I wasn't planning to buy anything for my mom but I really wasn't happy with her made present and she REALLY wants a punching bag.So when I found one at half price I ordered it.

I'm not sure how the families really feel about it.My family is too sweet to let on if they hate the handmade.And my husband's family never seems to get too excited either way.

For me it's definitely more affordable.But I have a lot of stuff.I have a lot of stuff that has been given to me for free.I sew things made from sheets and clothes that other people didn't want.Or I made my sister a set of candles from these little green glass cups that a friend was trying to get rid of and some left over candles that I melted down.Free present.

I think there are about 25 people on my list this year.I started in July.My time for making is very limited.So instead of making myself crazy I started really early.

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I wish I could get started earlier on gifts. But I've learned about myself that I am not inspired, nor motivated to do projects until its time. It does not interest me in July as I wish it would! I like to think about what I'll make and every year I think I'll start well in advance, but I never do. It's like that with all crafting for all occasions. I just can't seem to get excited until I'm right on top of it. Sometimes that makes it stressful though. *sigh*
That is where this thread has helped me.Knowing there were other people out there working on stuff in July helped get me and keep me going.Being able to "report"back on what I had done was very helpful in my motivation.

And I just couldn't accomplish it if I didn't start that early.Too many people on my list.

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For me it's definitely more affordable.But I have a lot of stuff.I have a lot of stuff that has been given to me for free.I sew things made from sheets and clothes that other people didn't want.Or I made my sister a set of candles from these little green glass cups that a friend was trying to get rid of and some left over candles that I melted down.Free present.
Same here. Many of my gifts this year are/will be made from felted sweaters. These were just nice sweaters that were accidentally thrown into the washer and are now fingerless gloves and embellished sweater vests Check out this sweater vest. Its not mine but im doing this same vest (from Warm Fuzzies) for DS http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2049/...194818002e.jpg
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same here. Many of my gifts this year are/will be made from felted sweaters. These were just nice sweaters that were accidentally thrown into the washer and are now fingerless gloves and embellished sweater vests check out this sweater vest. Its not mine but im doing this same vest (from warm fuzzies) for ds http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2049/...194818002e.jpg
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That is very cute!
So cool everyone makes so much stuff. I sincerely hope it is appreciated. I have had a couple of experiences where they were not as appreciated as I hoped, but I continue to make gifts. One, because I love to. And two b/c it is out of necessity. I also use stuff I have accumulated (not always, but def. this year I am). Being able to make many things for very little money is so awesome. I love upcycling and reusing too, so it makes me happy all around.
Onto some more things this weekend. I would love to see more FO's. I'll prob. post mine all in one shot. But I don't make as much as you do

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So cool everyone makes so much stuff. I sincerely hope it is appreciated. I have had a couple of experiences where they were not as appreciated as I hoped, but I continue to make gifts. One, because I love to. And two b/c it is out of necessity. I also use stuff I have accumulated (not always, but def. this year I am). Being able to make many things for very little money is so awesome. I love upcycling and reusing too, so it makes me happy all around.
Onto some more things this weekend. I would love to see more FO's. I'll prob. post mine all in one shot. But I don't make as much as you do
I have definitely had some bad experiences.One year I gave an aunt some napkin ring holders with some cloth napkins.She looked so horrified when she opened the present that there was this awkward silence in the whole room.She was a pretty yucky person all the way around though.

I always second guess myself but I keep going.I try my best to make thoughtful gifts and that's what it's about right?Being thoughtful.Plus I couldn't afford to buy all the gifts that I make.

I'd love to see more FOs too!

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My first christmas of crafting didn't go over so well. I made all the women in our family gift baskets with handmade soaps, a really cute felt pin and screen printed postcards with lovely art deco prints. I even packaged the soaps in beautiful ribbon & fabrics. Most of the women were grateful but I could tell they just weren't into it. When I handed out the baskets, they would say thanks & wouldn't even bother to look in them. When I gave my sister her basket, she asked if my DD made them
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My first christmas of crafting didn't go over so well. I made all the women in our family gift baskets with handmade soaps, a really cute felt pin and screen printed postcards with lovely art deco prints. I even packaged the soaps in beautiful ribbon & fabrics. Most of the women were grateful but I could tell they just weren't into it. When I handed out the baskets, they would say thanks & wouldn't even bother to look in them. When I gave my sister her basket, she asked if my DD made them
What is that about?I've been thinking about the subject a lot this morning.I guess I'm just dense because I can't figure out that reaction.I mean would it have been different if you went to a store and bought premade gift baskets?How is money better than time effort and thought?

I guess I'm also a bit dense because it never occurred to me to think about the presents I make as having monetary value.And it never occurred to me until this year that handmade = cheepskate and that's why some people don't appreciate the handmade.Uhg,my brain is spinning.I need to go make something.

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I have definitely had some bad experiences.One year I gave an aunt some napkin ring holders with some cloth napkins.She looked so horrified when she opened the present that there was this awkward silence in the whole room.She was a pretty yucky person all the way around though.

I would have cried! Seriously!
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Well shoot! I didn't mean to bring this thread down!! I'm so sorry. No more thinking about unappreciative people. We know the joy and meaning behind our homemade gifts. We know the love we put into them. And actually for me, after the first time I had a downer reception to my gifts, every year after things started to get better. I guess people expect if from me now? I dunno. But I haven't had a bad reaction in a long time.

Poo poo on me for talking such nonsense! Go craft something wonderful, come show us pictures here so we can ooh and ahh. Enjoy yourselves!!

Here are some of my FO's to get us back in the mood!!
http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j5...t/IMG_3397.jpg
http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j5...t/IMG_3395.jpg
http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j5...t/IMG_3393.jpg
http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j5...t/IMG_3388.jpg
http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j5...t/IMG_3399.jpg
http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j5...t/IMG_3398.jpg
http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j5...t/IMG_3392.jpg
http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j5...t/IMG_3391.jpg

There, that's all I got for now. Making more things soon.

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I too, am feeling like it's a waste to spend a lot of time and money making stuff for extended family. So, we're working hard on things for our kids, helping the kids to make special things for their grand and great grandparents, and am just making loaves of Christmas bread to send home with everyone who comes for our Christmas Eve feast (aunt, uncle, many various teen cousins). Although, if I get the chance, I may be able to make some pretty toys, too.

But the big news is, someone just gave us a scroll saw for free! With only scraps in the garage I've been working for a week on amazing things for DS1: wooden animals (sheep, stag, and fox; holtzinger style) and wooden fish and a fishing pole, now I just need a magnet I can tie on a string and there's a fishing game, and the lime and oxides for my milk paints and shellac wax stuff to seal them.

I want to find some cherry or maple wood to make wooden teethers for DS2 like http://www.oompa.com/baby-toys/item/...ngle%20Teether or http://www.rosiehippo.com/p-1774-bird-teether-new.aspx

DH is building a train/play table, with drawers. It's really awesome and is going together quickly since our shop in a garage is well equipped now.

I sewed an elf doll for DS2 and when I get the chance while he sleeps, I'll sew a pig doll for DS1 (copied from his customized pet on an online facebook game).

We made ornaments of DS2's handprint in lightweight air dry clay yesterday and today, next we need silver paint and nice red ribbon and they'll be ornaments for grandparents.

We bought watercolor paper, I'll have DS1 make some nice artwork to send all the grandparents. That's about 7 households...my mom, my dad, dh's mom, dh's dad, my grandma, his grandma, his grandpa
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I would have cried! Seriously!
At the time(and for quite awhile)I felt really stupid.Not because it was a bad present but because I spent my time and energy making something for a miserable person.For me I feel a bit vulnerable giving someone something I made and I felt like I should have known better than to trust her with any of my feelings.I do think that was the last present I ever gave her and it was towards the end of our relationship.

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Well shoot! I didn't mean to bring this thread down!! I'm so sorry. No more thinking about unappreciative people. We know the joy and meaning behind our homemade gifts. We know the love we put into them. And actually for me, after the first time I had a downer reception to my gifts, every year after things started to get better. I guess people expect if from me now? I dunno. But I haven't had a bad reaction in a long time.

Poo poo on me for talking such nonsense! Go craft something wonderful, come show us pictures here so we can ooh and ahh. Enjoy yourselves!!

Here are some of my FO's to get us back in the mood!!
http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j5...t/IMG_3397.jpg
http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j5...t/IMG_3395.jpg
http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j5...t/IMG_3393.jpg
http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j5...t/IMG_3388.jpg
http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j5...t/IMG_3399.jpg
http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j5...t/IMG_3398.jpg
http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j5...t/IMG_3392.jpg
http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j5...t/IMG_3391.jpg

There, that's all I got for now. Making more things soon.
Nice pics!

You really didn't bring me down.Just thinking.Actually I was inspired to price the items I made.I looked on Etsy for similar items.It was sort of empowering.I would have spent $800 if I had bought all of what I made(and I priced things low).

Anyway here are some fabric balls to go in the fabric bucket and a silly monster shirt(although I think he might need some fangs).

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Nice FO everyone!

rere, how do you make your bucket & balls. I may do this for the new bean in our family instead of the changing pad & stuff. After talking to my sis over turkey day, she may not like the diapering idea
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Here is a couple FO.

My MIL crochet hook clutch. I have to redo the button
http://s209.photobucket.com/albums/b...t=IMG_7129.jpg
And the altered crochet hooks were done by an MDC mama. We swapped our crafty goodness
http://s209.photobucket.com/albums/b...t=IMG_7130.jpg
I have to admit that if I were to make another clutch, I would pick a smaller button. For some reason the button hole ended up being giant but I still love the look.

For my MIL from the littles. Not handmade by me but still handmade. I could have easily done this myself but got a steal (only $4!) & would have spent more money on the frame alone. I just wanted to share just in case you all are looking for some easy gifts for the grandparents
http://s209.photobucket.com/albums/b...t=IMG_7132.jpg

Im in the middle of a few gifts but will post more FO pictures as soon as they are done
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Rere, what a good idea to price your stuff on Etsy to see what you would have spent to buy the stuff! I want to do that, too. (Uh...if I ever get a crafting break!)

I got "hired" by an internet friend to make a few gifts, which I'm really excited about. I had most of the materials I needed for a lot of gifts, but I had to buy some stuff, particularly for the kids' wooden play kitchen. So we spent about $70 all together for all materials for everything. My friend paid me $60. (Actually, $45 plus a $15 gift and shipping for something I would have bought my daughter for Xmas.) So does this mean I spent $10 on all my xmas supplies?

Last night I made two felt poptarts and four fried eggs. Today I cut out and sewed on felt lettering for the four mailbags I'm making. Tomorrow I'm going to sew up the bags, and Sunday I'll make the felt mail envelopes to go with them, and then on Monday I'll make a dolly.

I have to re-do the bassinet I made for my DD. I tried to cheap out and use regular batting that I already had, instead of the high-loft batting the tutorial called for. It's so floppy it won't stand up at all, and looks terrible. On the plus side, it was super, super easy to make, I did it in just a few hours and I think the next one will go together even quicker.
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rere, how do you make your bucket & balls. I may do this for the new bean in our family instead of the changing pad & stuff. After talking to my sis over turkey day, she may not like the diapering idea
I started by tracing a plate to make the bottom.
I cut out 2 circles of fabric and one circle of batting.Sewed the batting to one of the circles.

Then I cut out 2 fabric rectangles that were 8"(the height I liked)by 26"(the circumference of my plate)and a batting rectangle of the same size.Sewed the batting to one of the rectangles.

Sewed the two rectangles into tubes.

Pinned each tube to each circle bottom.Sewed the circle bottoms to the tube sides.

Then I put the inside layer and the outside layer together right sides facing each other.The handles end up sandwhiched between the layers.Sewed them together along the top edge leaving a gap.

Pulled the layers out through the gap.Shoved it all together the right way.Ironed the top edge.Then top stitched all the way around the edge closing the hole.

For the balls I used a template that I found on line.


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Here is a couple FO.

My MIL crochet hook clutch. I have to redo the button
http://s209.photobucket.com/albums/b...t=IMG_7129.jpg
And the altered crochet hooks were done by an MDC mama. We swapped our crafty goodness
http://s209.photobucket.com/albums/b...t=IMG_7130.jpg
I have to admit that if I were to make another clutch, I would pick a smaller button. For some reason the button hole ended up being giant but I still love the look.

For my MIL from the littles. Not handmade by me but still handmade. I could have easily done this myself but got a steal (only $4!) & would have spent more money on the frame alone. I just wanted to share just in case you all are looking for some easy gifts for the grandparents
http://s209.photobucket.com/albums/b...t=IMG_7132.jpg

Im in the middle of a few gifts but will post more FO pictures as soon as they are done
Love the clutch fabric!

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Rere, what a good idea to price your stuff on Etsy to see what you would have spent to buy the stuff! I want to do that, too. (Uh...if I ever get a crafting break!)

I got "hired" by an internet friend to make a few gifts, which I'm really excited about. I had most of the materials I needed for a lot of gifts, but I had to buy some stuff, particularly for the kids' wooden play kitchen. So we spent about $70 all together for all materials for everything. My friend paid me $60. (Actually, $45 plus a $15 gift and shipping for something I would have bought my daughter for Xmas.) So does this mean I spent $10 on all my xmas supplies?

Last night I made two felt poptarts and four fried eggs. Today I cut out and sewed on felt lettering for the four mailbags I'm making. Tomorrow I'm going to sew up the bags, and Sunday I'll make the felt mail envelopes to go with them, and then on Monday I'll make a dolly.

I have to re-do the bassinet I made for my DD. I tried to cheap out and use regular batting that I already had, instead of the high-loft batting the tutorial called for. It's so floppy it won't stand up at all, and looks terrible. On the plus side, it was super, super easy to make, I did it in just a few hours and I think the next one will go together even quicker.
Wow!You're busy.It all sounds great!


I spent some time working on a calendar for my mom this afternoon.I'm about half way done.I need a break but I think I'll try to get back to it later tonight.

Tomorrow I'm going to my sister's house to start on my husband's present and help her figure out some presents to make.

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