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    mluckduck8@aol.com
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    I am really getting into making things myself and trying to get back to simpler ways of life. I would love any ideas you may have for home/hand made gifts. I am also just learning to sew. So, if it needs to be sewn it will have to be easy. : )

    Mary Moses



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    Angie Boettcher
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    Hi there, a homemade gift that I made once was I had glass cut into coaster size squares.. It's pretty cheap. Then I put pictures that were sentimental in between the two glass squares and sealed them together with metal (silver) tape. Electrical I think. I believe the tape strips were 1/8" wide all along the edges of the coaster. My Grandparents LOVED them. I got the idea from Martha and her Magazine. They held up really well. Angie

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    herberkids3
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    FLEECE HATS

    Items Needed:

    Tape Measure

    1/2 Yard Fleece Fabric (I stock up on fleece remenents found at Wal-

    Mart & Jo-Ann's, usually they are discounted quite a bit, and I get

    a great variety this way!

    Scissors

    Needle & Thread (Or sewing machine)

    1 - 6 inch strip of fleece



    First, use a fabric tape measure to measure the head you wish to

    make the hat for.

    Next, cut a peice of fleece 16 inches wide, and as long as the head

    measurement- PLUS 2 inches to allow for seams.

    Fold the fleece, so that the 16 inch edges are flat together. Sew a

    zigzag stitch with a machine, or a basic straight stitch by hand, up

    the side, leaving the top 3-4 inches unsewn. Turn inside out so the

    seam is inside.

    Roll the bottom edge up twice, so that the seam is hidden. You can

    do a quick stitch to hold it into place, too.

    Gather the top unsewn area and tie off with the fleece strip. You

    can leave as it is, or you can fringe it with scissors. I recommend

    fringing it before you tie it off.

    Alternative idea's:



    Sew two strips of contrasting fleece back to back, turning inside

    out so the seams are inside. Construct as mentioned above, for a

    contrasting color on the turned up side, and added color to the top

    fringe.



    Add buttons, fleece cut out shapes, ribbons and more to the turned

    up cuff for decoration.



    Use ribbon instead of fleece to tie off the top, or decrotive cord.



    Total time spent- about 10-15 minutes.



    This is a great craft for kids to help out with, or even do

    themselves.





    FLEECE SCARVES

    What you need:



    Fleece Fabric, 2 or 3 strips 60-80 inches long, 3-4 inches wide. Cut

    so that it is stretchy width wise, not length wise. I buy my fleece

    in remenents at Jo-Ann's & Wal-mart, and usually get it 20-50% off

    the price of buying the same cut from the bolt, and I get LOTS of

    patterns and colors to choose from this way.



    Sewing Machine



    Scissors



    What to do:



    Lay the fleece strips on top of each other. The edges do not have to

    match perfectly.

    Sew a zig zag stitch straight down the very MIDDLE of the fabric,

    not the edges.

    Use your scissors or a rotary cutter to fringe the edges. You can do

    it narrow or wide. Make sure you leave about 1/2 inch of space near

    the middle uncut, so the scarf doesn't cut apart!

    Decrotive Touches-



    Use contrasting colors & patterns for the layers to make a full and

    colorful scarf.

    Twist and pull the fringe to curl it.

    Use school colors!



    This project takes roughly 10 minutes, and can be done with help

    from little ones. Make sure to help them with the actual sewing!





    HEATING PADS

    What you need:

    Felt or Fleece remanents

    Grosgain Ribbon

    Uncooked, Non-Instant Rice

    Sicssors

    Thread

    Needle or Sewing Machine



    Cut a block shape or a tube shape from 2 peices of matching or

    contrasting fabric. Sew them inside out on 3 sides, adding the

    ribbon handle to one side (stick the two ends of the ribbn hanging

    out, with the "handle" in between the material). Turn it right side

    out, fill it about 1/2 or 2/3's full of the rice, then carefully

    fold the open end inward a bit and sew it shut. Make sure to go over

    the seams good.



    These can be microwaved for up to 3 minutes (less for smaller ones),

    and are great for cramps, headaches, boo-boos, etc. They can also be

    stuck in the freezer for ice packs. My family asks for these every

    year. They cost me about $5 to make up around 5 or 6 of them.







    Now, aside from that, here's a few articles I wrote on Gather last

    year about cutting back the costs for Christmas gifts- most of the

    ideas could work year around, though!





    http://www.gather.com/viewArticle.js...81474976837591

    http://www.gather.com/viewArticle.js...81474976841070







    --- In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, mluckduck8@... wrote:

    >

    > I am really getting into making things myself and trying to get

    back to

    > simpler ways of life. I would love any ideas you may have for

    home/hand made gifts. I am also just learning to sew. So, if it

    needs to be sewn it will have to be easy. : )

    >

    > Mary Moses

    >










  4. #4
    Denise
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    Something we always give to coworkers and friends is baskets and tins

    full of homemade cookies and candies. For those with special dietary

    restrictions, we alter accordingly.



    In years past, we've included:



    Snowballs (aka Russian tea cakes, Mexican wedding cakes), Candy Cane

    cookies, Polvorones (anise-flavored, cinnamon-sugar covered little

    cookies that melt in your mouth), shortbread, chocolate

    dipped "oreos" with sprinkles or nuts, rum-balls, and chocolate

    covered cherries.



    Other idea are simple cross-stitch ornaments (may I suggest the

    blackwork archives <http://www.blackworkarchives.com/bw_flwrs.html>

    for starters, homemade jar candles (you can find all the ingredients

    you need at your local craft store), homemade soaps or lotions, or

    simple quilts.



    Wal-Mart and JoAnn Fabrics both have pre-done quilt-look material.

    All you need to do is find batting (a hint: old blankets from the

    goodwill work WONDERFULLY for this!) and a sheet or appropriate

    material for the back, stitch it together on the sides and do a

    little hand embroidery to keep the layers together.



    Good luck!

    Denise








  5. #5
    Angie Boettcher
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    Is there a way to alleviate all the replies to every single e-mail form one persons inquiry?

    Denise <denise.j.young@gmail.com> wrote: Something we always give to coworkers and friends is baskets and tins
    full of homemade cookies and candies. For those with special dietary
    restrictions, we alter accordingly.

    In years past, we've included:

    Snowballs (aka Russian tea cakes, Mexican wedding cakes), Candy Cane
    cookies, Polvorones (anise-flavored, cinnamon-sugar covered little
    cookies that melt in your
    mouth), shortbread, chocolate
    dipped "oreos" with sprinkles or nuts, rum-balls, and chocolate
    covered cherries.

    Other idea are simple cross-stitch ornaments (may I suggest the
    blackwork archives <http://www.blackworkarchives.com/bw_flwrs.html>
    for starters, homemade jar candles (you can find all the ingredients
    you need at your local craft store), homemade soaps or lotions, or
    simple quilts.

    Wal-Mart and JoAnn Fabrics both have pre-done quilt-look material.
    All you need to do is find batting (a hint: old blankets from the
    goodwill work WONDERFULLY for this!) and a sheet or appropriate
    material for the back, stitch it together on the sides and do a
    little hand embroidery to keep the layers together.

    Good luck!
    Denise




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    Herlean
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    I am trying to figure out what to do for my son's daycare center. He has several teachers and I want to do something for them. I have considered baking cookies or a cake for them to share during the day, then giving them each a candle or potpurri of some type. How do you make potpurri? Anybody know? Any other tips? I am looking at gifting 10 people here. For work, we always take days on the calendar and prepare meals that everyone gets to participate in. We have a slow cooker and we put out a nice spread with everyone bringing a portion of the meal. It is great. Herlean

    Denise <denise.j.young@gmail.com> wrote: Something we always give to coworkers and friends is baskets
    and tins
    full of homemade cookies and candies. For those with special dietary
    restrictions, we alter accordingly.

    In years past, we've included:

    Snowballs (aka Russian tea cakes, Mexican wedding cakes), Candy Cane
    cookies, Polvorones (anise-flavored, cinnamon-sugar covered little
    cookies that melt in your mouth), shortbread, chocolate
    dipped "oreos" with sprinkles or nuts, rum-balls, and chocolate
    covered cherries.

    Other idea are simple cross-stitch ornaments (may I suggest the
    blackwork archives <HTTP>
    for starters, homemade jar candles (you can find all the ingredients
    you need at your local craft store), homemade soaps or lotions, or
    simple quilts.

    Wal-Mart and JoAnn Fabrics both have pre-done quilt-look material.
    All you need to do is find batting (a hint: old blankets from the
    goodwill work WONDERFULLY for this!) and a sheet or appropriate
    material
    for the back, stitch it together on the sides and do a
    little hand embroidery to keep the layers together.

    Good luck!
    Denise



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  7. #7
    Bron Gibson
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    You can also make fleece blankets; hubby and I made these one year for everybody, kids and grownups both, and they were a BIG hit. :>) Just measure how big you want your blanket to be (like for a couch size lap quilt), buy two lengths of fleece, either the same or contrasting colors, with about five inches extra all around. Lay your fleece pieces (oooh, sounds like Reese&#39;s Pieces! LOL), one at a time, out on a big surface--we did ours on the floor--and mark with a pencil the five inches, in about 2 inch increments, from the outside of the fleece in. Cut these and make a fringe with them. Do this for both large pieces of fleece, and then lay them together, stacked one on top of the other, everhow you want the blanket to look. Take each piece of fringe from each large fleece piece and tie them together in a knot, pushing the knot as close to the end of the fleece as possible. Continue around until all the fringe pieces are tied together. Wash the blankets; that makes them softer and more fluffy. And then you&#39;re finished!! VOILA!


    HTH,
    Bron


    On 8/14/07, Denise[/b] <denise.j.young@gmail.com> wrote:







    Something we always give to coworkers and friends is baskets and tins
    full of homemade cookies and candies. For those with special dietary
    restrictions, we alter accordingly.

    In years past, we&#39;ve included:


    Snowballs (aka Russian tea cakes, Mexican wedding cakes), Candy Cane
    cookies, Polvorones (anise-flavored, cinnamon-sugar covered little
    cookies that melt in your mouth), shortbread, chocolate
    dipped "oreos" with sprinkles or nuts, rum-balls, and chocolate
    covered cherries.

    Other idea are simple cross-stitch ornaments (may I suggest the
    blackwork archives <<a href="http://www.blackworkarchives.com/bw_flwrs.html" target="_blank">
    http://www.blackworkarchives.com/bw_flwrs.html</a>>
    for starters, homemade jar candles (you can find all the ingredients
    you need at your local craft store), homemade soaps or lotions, or
    simple quilts.


    Wal-Mart and JoAnn Fabrics both have pre-done quilt-look material.
    All you need to do is find batting (a hint: old blankets from the
    goodwill work WONDERFULLY for this!) and a sheet or appropriate
    material for the back, stitch it together on the sides and do a
    little hand embroidery to keep the layers together.

    Good luck!
    Denise

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  8. #8
    herberkids3
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    Even easier- buy 2 of the cheap fleece blankets Walmart sells at

    holiday time (usually around $3 each), and it's pre-measured. I did

    this 2 years ago with a green/red plaid for 1 side, and a red with

    large white snowflakes on it for the other side. Nice and warm, and

    just the right size. It can be hard to find fleece for sale as wide

    as I want it. It comes out a bit too narrow to use for a regular

    blanket.



    --- In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, "Bron Gibson" <mrhenrysir@...>

    wrote:

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    > You can also make fleece blankets; hubby and I made these one year

    for

    > everybody, kids and grownups both, and they were a BIG hit. :>)

    Just measure

    > how big you want your blanket to be (like for a couch size lap

    quilt),






 

 
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