Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Handmade Gifts (Part 1)

With Christmas just a mere week and a half away all of our 
Christmas shopping should be complete, right?

Well if most of you are like me you always leave a few to the last minute

This year I decided to save money (not time) 
by creating my own gifts

Lucy now has 8 cousins and 1 on the way so I needed something sure to please them all

For the 5 older kids I made these Art Kits

I first started with some scrap fabric
and made a mini version of the crayon roll
I have never made a crayon roll or even attempted to be honest
Its seems way above my sill level

I started by making a pattern out of paper

I first folded 2 pieces of paper in 1/2

I put the first to the side
The 2nd one was cut in 1/2 to a measurement of 5 1/2 inches
You can see where I folded the paper as if I were hemming it

I took the 2nd piece and slid it into the opening of the folded piece

Once I had the idea in my head, I was able to cut my fabric with the pattern
I sewed the first piece as if it were a pillow leaving one of the longer sides open
Folded it back to the right side

I then took the 2nd piece and slid it into the opening

 I then folded it leaving about 1 inch in the "pocket"
By leaving about 1 inch inside, it gave about 3 inches on the outside for the real pockets

I stitched around the entire square, then I made vertical lines to make the slots

With a little velcro, I attached it to the inside of the bucket

I also used a little Chalkboard paint on the outside to write their names

I put scissors, a few crayons, paint, paper, stickers, chalk and glue

Lucy made some candy and will put that in there too.

Then entire project cost $18 for 6 kits!!!!

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  1. that is such a great gift idea! come link up to handmade tuesdays if you get a chance! www.ladybug-blessings.com

  2. I'm so glad you linked up! I actually featured you :) If you want to head over and grab a featured button!

  3. Totally cute idea. As a former art teacher, this project jumped out at me!

    If you have a moment today, please link this up to Creative Juice Thursday!


  4. Very cute!!! I love anything that saves some moolah too.

  5. What a fun idea!

    Come enter for a free paper bead necklace from Heart Strings for Orphans!


  6. Love it! Some kind of genious at work here. :)

  7. This is so cute. I am making one for my niece for Christmas, and have been having trouble finding a container. Could you please tell me where you found the buckets?

  8. Hey Melanie!
    I'm so glad you like it! Dollar Tree (or any other Dollar Store) should have them.
    When I was planning the project I originally was wanting to use a bucket so that they could carry them around. When I couldn't find those I grabbed these.
    I hope you can find them! And thanks for stopping by!

  9. Thanks for linking up! You have a lot of great ideas...

    Following you now as well...


    hope to see you back soon!