Sunday, December 30, 2012

♥ Handmade Christmas Gifts

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As well as the Hello Kitty set & bear that I made for my cousins, I also made the majority of everyone else's. I didn't make anything for my sister, because she had declared earlier in the year that she hates (my) handmade stuff. I don't know, her loss I guess! I ended up buying her lots of cheap trinkets instead, but moving on... I made this lap quilt for my Mum with scraps of fabric I had.
 
My first proper quilt, & it's definitely not perfect, but she loved it! I don't have a quilting foot on my machine, so this took forever, haha, & instead of making life easier for myself & quilting from one end to the other in straight lines I decided to quilt each patch with a square. Not fun! I ended up finishing this the day before Christmas Eve. As you can see Button wanted to help me out with pics, but he's cute so I hope you don't mind :P
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I made these matching initial cushions for my Granny & Grandad. They were another long project, popcorn stitch is another thing I'm sick of now, haha! You can't see, but they are red & white gingham on the back & have feather pillow inserts.
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This was another gift for my Mum, I painted 3 illustrations of our little doggies, & then spent hours searching for & then eventually buying a frame that would fit all 3 of them. It's now hanging in the hallway, & Mum declared it her "favourite gift". Yay!
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For every other adult couple in the family I made them 2 jars of jam & packaged them nicely. My jam was also the main present last year, & everyone seemed to like it, so I made 2 pots this year, strawberry again, & "jumbleberry", which was a blackberry, raspberry, blackcurrant & redcurrant mix. I also painted the design for the labels, (this isn't the best pic), of a badger holding a basket of fruit.
 

♥ Georgina

46 comments:

  1. Georgina, I will loooove to receive all of that stuff! :D
    I LOVE the Doggies :) LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! :)

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  2. LOL Sorry, had to laugh at your remark about your sister "hating" your handmade stuff! I read her blog too, I think both you girls are great. It just reminded me how frontal me and sis can be about things sometimes ;)

    I think everything you did turned out wonderful! I've never seen a quilt stitched like that, very original!

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  3. So jealous of your talent! Id be pretty happy to get anything handmade from you as a pressie. I once gave my mum a flower I pressed... Not quite as impressive!
    Elle (The Elle Curve)

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  4. You're really creative! I really love all your handmade gifts!

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  5. Le sigh :P Too talented! Love everything you made :) I made oreo cheesecake truffles with white chocolate and peppermint candy cane! And some dark chocolate and nut fudge.

    Looking forward to see what you come up with over 2013! xxxx

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  6. I was really looking forward to this post when you said you would show us your handmade gifts. You are so talented, I wish you were my sister! I love the quilt but I think my favourite is the framed illustrations too.

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  7. lovely gifts! I want all of them myself :P<3

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  8. Wow, you're like a pink haired Santa! These are amazing! I wish I had your talent.

    Becky
    xx

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  9. I love the dog pictures I want some!!

    http://www.curvyguruceri.com/

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  10. That quilt is beautiful!

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  11. Such cute gifts! I am particularly smitten with that quilt. Those fabrics are gorgeous and they go together so nicely.

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  12. amazing items! you're so creative!

    http:// ANECIA WAS HERE

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  13. Amazing ! And I love Walter's face :D

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  14. You are such a talented artist. I wish I was in your family and on your gift list!!!

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  15. The doggy paintings are just the best!

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  16. Awww, those paintings of your dogs is so sweet. I can understand why its your mum's favourite. :)

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  17. Cute! :) I love handmade gifts :)

    add-fashion.blogspot.com

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  18. Wow you are so creative, you would be the perfect friend/relative to have over christmas!

    Sophierosehearts x

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  19. I would have loved to receive those gifts! Love the quilt!

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  20. You have real talent and a kind heart which shows in your gifts. Sisters can be pains so don't let it bother you. Stay sweet.

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  21. Aw, so cute & pretty~ The framed art is amazing~ You should open up your very own Etsy shop^,,^ I would def. purchase!

    xoxo
    EV
    eviiarty.blogspot.com
    Holiday Giveaway

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  22. amazing , ilove it !:)

    [ marikja.blogspot.com ]

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  23. Goodness, you are so talented!

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  24. Goodness, you are so talented!

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  25. Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?? How can anyone in the right mind dislike your handmade stuff??? YOU are amazingly clever!!!

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  26. These are the cutest gifts ever, I absolutely adore getting and giving homemade gifts. Happiest 2013!

    <3Honeysuckelle

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  27. Wow, Georgina! Your presents are really great!!
    I love the quilt best of all ~
    Could I ask you for a tutorial? Or, if you can't find the time, could you at least describe how you did it in a reply comment?
    I know how to sew the patches together and quilt the squares, but I don't really know how to do the back and the binding. I'd be grateful if you could help me out with that! =)
    Oh, and happy new year! ^^

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    1. Hi Anna,

      Once you've sewn together your squares, just cut a piece of fabric the same size & put face down on your worksurface. Then add the wadding & then finally add your patchwork piece face up. Then pin every other square (you can use quilt pins if you have them, I used normal pins) & make sure the fabric is smooth & even on both sides.

      Then quilt them, any way you like. My edges weren't perfectly even after doing this, so I trimmed them to make them straight. I then used bias binding & applied it like this - http://sewtospeak.blogspot.co.uk/2010/04/how-to-attach-bias-tape-with-mitered.html.

      Hope that helps! Let me know if you have any more Qs!

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  28. Ack! What a waste for your sister to have a sister like you! I wish you were MY sister instead, haha. Your gifts are all wonderful!! The frame with the dog illustrations is brilliant! I totally understand why it became your mothers favorite gift! :D

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  29. OMG, everything is great, you´re very talented!

    Hugs from Brazil.

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  30. How crazy is your sister? I'm with your mum, the framed picture of your dogs is awesome! Although the cushions are brilliant too, I always find shopping for grandparents one of the hardest things. I just got into hand-making gifts this past Christmas, just for a few family members - I made a couple of pictures with maps and scrabble tiles and then layered Christmas cocoa in decorated jars. It was pretty basic, but I enjoyed doing it and I think it saves money even if it's time-consuming. I'm going to start further in advance this year though... Like, in June.

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  31. AHHH! that illustration is the cutest idea ever!!!! could I have you do one of my cat and dog similar so I can frame it? EEEE that is the cutest idea ever. thank you for posting this! XOXO

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  32. These are SO adorable... I wish my sister would make awesome stuff likes this ;)

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  33. cute, lovely!
    Вы очень милы ♥
    У вас волшебные руки :3

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  34. I'll love to be in your family! those are the cutest presents ever!

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  35. ahh what amazing gifts! made a point of showing my boyfriend your blog to show him that anything like the pretty things you post i would love :) x

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  36. I am in love with your bed frame! Is it vintage?

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    1. It's actually pretty new, I got it mid last year from Next :) x

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  37. Absolutely beautiful, you're so talented!! Too bad for your sister indeed!

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  38. your sense is good!
    I also try make them
    I luv it♥

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  39. You are amazing! Good for you!
    And invited to enter my fashion blog too

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  40. pero que original y genial que eres maja!!!!!:)

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