elfing in the studio: handmade gifts


oh, it has been such a wonderful week full of baby goats & christmas cheer! we have been spending every extra hour outside cuddling the sweet kids (we're now up to 5 kids! 3 girls & 2 boys!). today i thought i would share with you what is happening inside our home in preparation for the holidays! a little elfing of sorts!


i really love wrapping gifts. i purchased some small bells from hobby lobby, collected acorn tops from around the farm & hot glued the tops to the bells. i also added string so that i can adorn them to packages easily.


i also made these very homemade tags with my little letter stamps (also found at hobby lobby) & vintage shipping tags.


there is a growing pile of drop stitch cowls (free pattern from spiderwomanknits) over here. i started on these when my mom was in the hospital & i am able to knit one up in about 2 hours now. a wonderful, quick & well-loved handmade gift idea!


i found some feed sacks back in october from a flea market for about $3 a piece. my grandpa grew rice for riceland for quite some time before he retired from farming (& became a home gardener! you really can't stop growing now can you?)


i knew when i saw the feed sack that i wanted to make grandpa a pillow for christmas. i found a pillow from the thrift shop for 50 cents & made a pattern from that. a super simple homemade gift idea for less than $5! vintage tea towels & fabric would be lovely options, too. 


i also made my first apron! i found this adorable fabric while visiting ashley & knew it would make the cutest apron.


i used some binding, pom pom trim (everything is better with pom poms... wouldn't you agree?) & a pre-made yellow fabric flower from hobby lobby. after an hour or so, i had an apron! i am quickly falling in love with sewn gifts for the holidays!


wishing you all a wonderful weekend just before holiday festivities! 

what are you making for dear ones this holiday season?
love,
natalie

4 comments:

I'm Sara. said...

I love these ideas! Each one is so thoughtful and creative....and beautiful.

This year I am giving several family members photographs I've taken. I suppose that counts as handmade :)

Merry Christmas!

Robyn Devine said...

Oh those drop-stitch cowls! I've already gifted two this season, am gifting one tomorrow, and then will be mailing off some more as belated presents early next week! it's truly one of my favorite patterns!

Aimee said...

love all of it!
I have made several Drop Stitch Cowls too...but I take 3 hours :)
I made many patchwork embellished kitchen towels as gifts this year along with handmade drying mats. Sewn gifts are definitely the most satisfying.

Katie said...

Your feed sack pillows will be such a special gift!

This year, we're making gift baskets out of mandarin orange boxes. I made several varieties of preserves in the fall. We're pairing them with fancy crackers, yummy chocolate, a tea towel, ornament, and candle and giving them as family/couple gifts.

It was my first time preserving and I was inspired by you and your blog! Thank you :)

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