more from the thrifty gift madness!
one gift i haven't photographed was a giant magnet/chalkboard for my brother sam. he just bought a new house and we salvaged the metal 'for sale' sign and painted it with chalkboard paint. i bought a packet of plain magnets and the girls drew little pictures which we varnished and glued to the magnets. he mounted it right onto the wall and will no doubt soon be covered with all kinds of bad words from his mates!
i made this basket for mick's sister (in his family we draw names and get one gift for that person), inspired by my crafty friend clare...i spied her gorgeous baskets while at her house recently and she explained how to make one - i've been hanging out to try it ever since and i think i am now obsessed!
with the most massive pile of weeds and grasses in front of me, i gathered bunches of them together and wrapped fabric strips around them - then coiled and sewed together as i went with a large needle and wool thread.
it's pretty big - about 12 inches wide and 4 inches high...clare has made small ones, tall ones, square ones...they look amazing on a shelf with treasures inside. can't wait to make more!
my dad is always a tricky one (aren't all dads?), i wanted to make him something special as he has done so much for us while we have been back here. he lives in a little granny flat bachelor pad behind our house (which is awesome by the way), so i knew his bed was lacking 'dad personality' with an old wool blanket on it. my dad's favourite thing is following my brother sam's mountainbike career, so i asked sam for a bunch of his old tshirts to cut up. i got a few signature shirts from my other two brothers as well - and we even found an old school uniform shirt! i cut all the tshirts into 12x12" squares and sewed them together. for the back i used an old beadspread of mine, cut it to size and sewed the two pieces right sides together. i flipped them around the right way, sewed up the top and then 'quilted' it by stitching through all of the seams. it's not exactly perfect, but i think its perfect for my dad - and he LOVES it, so i am happy :)
as for mick - well, we weren't supposed to get each other gifts but we did anyway (lucky!). again, using scraps of old clothing (mostly jumpers i've been using tp make banjo's nappy covers) i crafted a little crazy-quilted pouch for his palm to be carried safely in...
ii love the way it turned out and made my mum a laptop case using the same technique. it would be a cool ipod or mobile phone cover too! here's how to make one of your own...
(i forgot to say here that you do this twice - no, sadly they do not magically multiply!)
poor mum - ivy and i started making her a rag rug back in november (from some old sheets also found in the shed. do you need anything? come and look in our shed!) and at 11pm on christmas eve i was sewing up the piles and piles of braids we had made - my eyes were stinging so bad and the rug was only the size of a large dinner plate not a decent size rug at all! many more hours need to be spent on that bad boy, but luckily my mum is awesome and didn't mind at all. i love that she is a 'thought-that-counts' kind of gal, because there was a lot of thought!