I guess I can be called a gift-giver because I really try to put a lot of thought behind the gifts I give and I appreciate any and ALL gifts! It stands to reason that I would embark on a homemade gift adventure this season. Unfortunately, I missed out on all my Christmas baking because I was up to my ears in fabric and yarn! But I wouldn't change it for the world. It was so fun!
Here is the bag I finished for my mother-in-law. It was very soft and squishy, and the kids loved it.
It was partially finished at this point but needed the straps attached and the liner sewn in.
I decided to make a bag very similar to my own bag, but just a little smaller since mine is so huge.
I also decided to try making a pocket on the inside liner so she could have extra storage in there!
My first attempt at a pocket actually turned out without any seam-ripping necessary. I felt like a superhero when it came out the first try! (Most everything I do has to be cut up and redone once or twice!)
And here is the final completed project!!!
With a pocket that I'm kind of proud of :)
Since I had enough time before the Christmas deadline, I decided to surprise some of the girls in my family with little purses! These are the three purses I sent to my grandmother-in-law and my sisters'-in-law!
It is all about a fun and funky liner!!!
These only take a few days to piece together and are so fun! I used this pattern I found online, but I adjusted the needle size and the length of the purse to fit a 7" zipper. And the crocheted flowers are from this Youtube tutorial!
With those mailed off to Texas and a few more days to spare before Christmas, I decided to spoil my 3 nieces with purses of their own for Christmas this year. I have so many nieces and nephews that I couldn't possibly buy gifts for them all. And the boys don't want purses so I think they'll survive...
They are still under construction here:
I made these three purses a little unique by adding something a little special to each one. But first we had a photo shoot...
Then I had to explain the gifts. (My youngest niece doesn't look all that enthused with a purse. But I know for a fact she loved it!)
To each of the purses, I attached a charm from my mother's charm bracelet. She collected a few charms as she traveled around the world and I found the bracelet when we were going through her stuff. I didn't know what to do with the charms and in a moment of pure inspiration (thanks Mom!!!) I thought of jazzing up the purses a little.
(L-R) Monica got a pair of dutch shoes, Leah got a grandfather clock, and Kathleen got a windmill.
The girls loved the purses. Leah already filled hers up with her Christmas candy stash. Now I wonder what project to work on next?!?!
Oh yeah...I'm having a baby in 7 weeks!!! Maybe I'll just kick my feet up and nap.