Now that Halloween is over, it’s OK that I talk about Christmas, right? I don’t know how many of you are of the thought “Christmas should only be discussed AFTER Thanksgiving!” but I am all for busting out the Christmas decorations right after Labor Day. Sick, I know…
But it’s never too early to start thinking about and making Christmas gifts! We all know how long handmade gifts can take, so the earlier you get started, the better.
I’m sharing gifts that I made for my friends’ birthdays in October, but they are suitable for the holidays, too! I used the general idea for my Disney T-shirts and made a framed piece of [sewing] art that represented their interests.
Friend #1: Very artistic; loves photography.
A cool camera seemed like a good idea. I Google image-searched all kinds of things (DSLR cameras, camera clip art, camera embroidery, etc.) and came across this image. I love the “sketchiness” of it and thought it would translate well into free-motion embroidery.
The process was the same as the T-shirts. I traced the image onto tracing paper, then reversed the image onto stabilizer. Once the stabilizer was adhered to the fabric, I traced one line of stitching over the whole image. I flipped the fabric over to begin filling in the lines (shown above).
Friend #2: Also very artistic; loves manatees, cupcakes, and anything shabby-chic.
I found the image by Google image-searching “cute manatees” and this image of a manatee loving on a cupcake popped up. Perfect!
Since it was a fairly simple image, I decided to spice it up a bit by adding some fabric. The purple sparkly fabric is a scrap of knit from a circle scarf that I made a few years ago. I wanted the cupcake to stand out more since it was the same color purple as the manatee, so I colored it in with Copic markers.
So what do you think? I think it’s a great way to personalize a gift, make it unique, and use up some of that scrap fabric stash! The holidays are upon us and this is a fun and fairly quick gift to bust out.
Are you making any personalized gifts for the holidays?