Yes, I’m thinking about Christmas already. In fact, I went into Lowe’s two weeks ago and saw fake Christmas trees! This year, I am endeavoring to go as homemade as possible. Remember how a handmade shirt or scarf used to be a wonderful gift to receive?! I don’t, but I’ve read about those days! I confess that I’m a child of the Y2K generation, and I find it quite easy to overlook the simplicity of a homespun treasure. However, with 8 people in the family now and limited funds (due to a refusal to use credit cards!), the handmade Christmas gift is making a comeback in this house!
Besides, I want my children to grow up treasuring those gifts into which someone put so much thought and effort. I don’t want them to give any thought to a price tag, but to appreciate the uniqueness of their new playthings.
Now, don’t get me wrong- if I open up a pair of diamond earrings Christmas morning, I’m not going to tell the hubby to take them back and make me a mixed tape! I’m not that into homemade!! Hee hee… We will probably still buy things from the store for each other- just not much, not this year.
Tuesday night I worked on the first of the older boys’ Christmas presents. I made super hero capes. They love to dress up and put on ‘shows,’ and my fingers get tired from tying their blankets into knots! So I thought they would love these:
Please ignore the wrinkles!
I only used what I had on hand: material I’ve had for years, ribbon I was given a while back, standard white thread, and scraps of fusible webbing I used for a craft 6 years ago!
A simple hem around the sides and bottom (I used a zig-zag stitch on everything for detail) and a wide hem at the top to string through some ribbon is all it took. I added a strip of ribbon near the bottom for ‘decoration’ (I’m sure boys don’t like to use that word):
Finally, I added their initials so no one can mistake their ownership and/or super-identities.
Things to think about:
- I just used what I had, but this fabric is going to be a wrinkled mess all the time! Next time, I’ll consider buying a knit fabric that will look nicer.
- I’m not sold on the zig-zag stitch, but it’s better than straight, and I’m just not a very skilled seamstress yet.
- There are plenty of areas that just don’t look too great (see above disclaimer), but thankfully, the boys will never notice these, and I can pretend they’re not there…
- I did sew the ribbon tie to the cape so it would not slide out, but I think a wider ribbon would have been better. I’m also considering putting some velcro on the ends so they don’t have to bother tying them.
One (two?) down, how many more to go…? I’ve got one idea for the Minions, and I’ve made a start on Sweetheart Girl’s, but I’ll wait to post until they’re done. If you have favorite, easy project ideas, pass them along, please!!