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Hi
I was just wondering if you could give me some inspiration to make some hand made gifts this year. Any ideas or things you have made which went down well?
Thanks

http://www.simplicitynewlook.com/index.php?main_page=page&id=16

I have made some lovely bags using this pattern (but not the foul fabric, obviously!!   :D)  If you add aplique shapes from pretty fabric scraps, you get a really personalised bag.  We were on holiday in Norfolk and I saw cloth bags of similar quality and size on sale for £13!!!!!!!!!!!  Have to say, I liked mine better!   ;D

Home educating Mammy to DD aged 13, DS aged 12, DS aged 10, DD aged 7, DD aged 3 and DS aged 2 weeks!!  grin
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Hello,

My two children like to make candles from rolled beeswax sheets, very easy to do  and they look really good and smell nice as well. You can buy kits but they can sometimes be pricey; however, I found some great kits on a beekeepers stall at a farmers market for only a couple of quid.  smile

I also thought I might make ginger beer kits for Christmas gifts-  i.e.  put the ingredients for ginger beer in a little bag made from some nice retro fabric, along with a  printed recipe (which you can find on the internet).

Might also dig out an unusual recipe for marmalade or chutney, put it into nice jars with handmade labels, and then make some covers for the lid with funky fabric.

I'm going to keep an eye on this thread, and hopefully pick up some more ideas!

i've made these too… so easy and fun… i found the cheapest place to buy beeswax sheets from is http://www.thorne.co.uk
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Hello,

My two children like to make candles from rolled beeswax sheets, very easy to do  and they look really good and smell nice as well. You can buy kits but they can sometimes be pricey; however, I found some great kits on a beekeepers stall at a farmers market for only a couple of quid.  smile

I also thought I might make ginger beer kits for Christmas gifts-  i.e.  put the ingredients for ginger beer in a little bag made from some nice retro fabric, along with a  printed recipe (which you can find on the internet).

Might also dig out an unusual recipe for marmalade or chutney, put it into nice jars with handmade labels, and then make some covers for the lid with funky fabric.

I'm going to keep an eye on this thread, and hopefully pick up some more ideas!

Thanks for the link, Mamaluke- what a lovely range of colours they do.

I like doing food hampers and 'smellies'.  Lots of homemade jams, chutneys, biscuits, truffles all go down well then I put little personnel gifts in of home made bath salts with dried herb/roses etc.

Last year my then 6month old dd got a handmade scarf from one of her little friends that his mum had made her, we both love it and I make little scented bags that to pput around both door handles so that doors cant be slammed onto little fingers and they make the house smell nice, good for everyone.

I like the bag Idea shall have to make to put my food in this year.

Hi
Go into "search" as there was several similar threads this summer- loads of great ideas.
I've been thinking allong the same lines as you all- making a load of Morsbags and using them as "wrapping paper". I just finished some natural building bricks from wood salvaged from out local nature reserve before it went through their chipper. The jam is made and fabric tops cut out, and Emily is currently trashing the dining table while decorating the cards with sparkles! I am gradually assembling a treasure basket too- adding to it on each charity-shop visit. I'm feeling all organised now ;D
I've dried some lavinder this year but don't know what to do with it yet….any ideas?
Gill

wow. what a lot of ideas to get me going. Thanks everyone. I like the idea of the door slam stops Muchu for myself!

Emily'smum, I've just finished a hot water bottle cover for a friend who is pregnant and having horrendous headaches. I sewed a pocket on the inside with some lavender and lemon balm in, and the heat of the water is warming the herbs.
For us, most of the family are getting sloe gin or candles, made in recycled nutella jars. We've etched the outside with glass etching fluid and the candles are a half and half split of beeswax and paraffin, with some e.o's added.

My Dad let my 15 month old DS help make sloe gin this week.  DS sat for over half an hour putting sloes into the bottles while his grandad made sure he didn't eat any, they both had a lovely time!  Funny thing was he kept sniffing the bottle after my dad had put the gin in and saying "Yummmm"!!  Instead of demanding "muk" (milk) all the time he'll be asking for gin next wink

Love all the present ideas everyone is posting.  I got a great book out from the library called something like the impatient patchworker.  It has some great gifty ideas if you have a sewing machine and scraps handy!

Felt making is great.  Its good for the Kids to do and you can then make some lovely gifts.

All you need is a bar of soap, unspun wool and muslin to start you off, theres loads of good books and website on felt making.  I learnt at Hatfield House Living Crafts earlier this year and it took the lovley ladies all of 20 mins to help us make a flower brouch
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I'm sure I've posted up somewhere with ideas for stuff for the kids to make.
http://www.butterick.com/item/B4209.htm?tab=crafts&page=2 is a fun pattern too - great idea for rainy days with older children too, uses up all the scraps from your fabric store.

Just spotted this tutorial on a blog and thought someone might fancy recycling their old jeans and making one for a Christmas present!

http://mybyrdhouse.blogspot.com/2007/09/september-apron-tutorial-jeans-apron-2.html


And if you don't fancy that here are links to loads of other ideas…

http://whipup.net/category/tutorials-patterns/

I love that second site; it is SO inspiring.

I would love to be a dab hand at sewing, but the needle and I just don't get on - I think it is the voice of my horrible needlework teacher at school who just took an instant dislike to me still in my subconscious  :'(

Anyway, I might just have a go at those cute daisies down the page, dd would love them and I think even I might be able to succeed.

Just in time for half term smile

Thank you!

Starchild x

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Me and the girls have been making peppermint creams and dipping them in chocolate for MIL's birthday present this weekend  ;D
When the chocolate had set, I packed them into a little chocolate box, that I'd kept from ages ago, and that the girls had decorated!

Ruth
HEing, BFing Mum to 2 gorgeous girls (K Oct03 and M June05)

I've never figured out whether you use essential oil (just thinking what peppermint oil feels like if you get it on your skin  :o) or whether you use some kind of essence.

What peppermint essence can you buy that is not chemical based?

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