Hello my dears! It’s been a while, I know. As I mentioned before, by later this summer I will be transitioning to full-time writer/blogger, but until then I’m a lot short on time. I am not, however, short on inspiration or things to share — so I am really pleased to have found a pocket of time this morning to share this with you.
It began when I spotted a post on decor8 from Lisa of The Red Thread for the no-sew gift bags shown above. Lisa’s blog was one of the first I ever followed, and seeing that she is a new contributor on decor8 was thrilling — I couldn’t wait to jump over and see what she has been up to recently. And oh, my. There is so much goodness there I instantly knew I would need to share it with you. Plus, those little gift bags got my wheels turning…
After last Christmas, when I attempted to make as many gifts as possible by hand, I vowed that this year, I would begin thinking about Christmas in July. Because as any of you who craft know, beginning to create handmade Christmas gifts in October or November is a recipe for disaster. It’s time to get serious, people. My first bit of advice is to choose projects wisely. For me, this means choosing gifts that are not knitted, do not require a sewing machine, and are so awesomely adorable that I will be tempted to make extras for myself of every one. And guess what? The Red Thread has a ton of projects that fit the bill completely. Like those sweet no-sew (no-sew!) gift bags and the adorably squishy handmade coasters above, which would be perfect for tucking inside said gift bags, don’t you agree?
Then there is a gorgeous Scandinavian style macrame trivet and hanging garden, both lovely and doable no-sew projects. The macrame planters could be created in advance, and filled with small potted plants just before the holiday.
But even with less time-consuming projects, hand-making every single item on your gift list is a bit ambitious, don’t you think? Which is why I plan to fill out my list with a few customized and embellished gifts that are meant to be supplemented with a few lovely little store-bought items. An Ikea jar decorated with fabric and filled with fresh rolls of colorful washi tape; an embroidered pen cup filled with really nice pens; an embroidered and tasseled basket filled with beautiful stationary. You can find all of these projects (with full instructions) and more on The Red Thread craft page.
So…those are a few of the things on my list. What about you? Have you been giving Christmas any thought this July? Do you make handmade gifts? I’d love to hear about what has worked (or not worked!) for you in the past, and what you have planned for this year.
(all images + project ideas by Lisa Tilse for The Red Thread)