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Thread: Do you make your Christmas gifts?

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    Super Member Zappycat's Avatar
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    Do many of you make gifts to give at Christmas time?
    Money is in short supply this year with my husband out of work for over a year. I have a handicapped daughter that goes to a special school, so each year I send gifts to her teacher, aides, and specials (op, pt, speech, nurses, etc) as well as the bus driver and aide (both men). Would love some ideas on what I can make for them this year. I have lots of fabric and a sewing machine at the ready.

    Also two older sisters, another daughter and son, both in college. I would love to make something for the kids that they would have handmade from me... but would need it to be something that they would appreciate and WANT to keep!! : )
    Any suggestions from you talented people out there? I'd love to hear your ideas! I just recently found this forum and I love it here!

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    pillow cases

    If you have heavier duty cottons/denims - barbecue type aprons.

    I think many people have been bagged/toted to the max.

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    I use to think that I had to buy stuff for my Christmas Presents, but I always had a quilt for someone in there too. Then about five years ago, I didn't "do" any hommade stuff for Christmas Presents and wow, did I get told that wasn't acceptable. Even my BIL made a comment about it, so now I try to do much more. The "quilt trash bag" (wrapping cheap) is the most sought after and the last gift given out. It never has a name on it, so the suspense is there till the end.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by merridancer
    . . . The "quilt trash bag" (wrapping cheap) is the most sought after and the last gift given out. It never has a name on it, so the suspense is there till the end.......
    You make a quilt for someone - put it in a trash bag (for "cheap wrapping") - and that is the last gift handed out?

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    Pillow cases and humbug type of zippered baggies went over well with the guys and girls. Everyone also seemed to like those little pincushion chickens. I fill them with Kaytee crushed walnut litter for bird cages. It makes the chickens feel like little bean bags and even if people don't sew they are nice gifts.

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    Yes, I have made pillowcases and I love them.... fun fabrics for the younger set. Good idea for the college kids.

    Aprons! Yes, good idea! I do love tote bags and would be pleased if someone gave me one, but maybe you are right, that most people have tons of them... still a good idea, though.

    And tell us more about the "quilt trash bag!!" I am so happy that everyone really appreciates your hand made gifts!

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    I have a cute pattern for a little lunch bag... pretty much looks like a brown paper bag, but in pretty fabric. I may make them. They can even be used as a gift bag....doubling as a gift and a wrapping! : )

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    Not related, but I love your avatar! I agree with pillowcases and the little zippered bags.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfkitty
    Not related, but I love your avatar! I agree with pillowcases and the little zippered bags.
    haha! Thank you wolfkitty! That is my cat, Zappy. He loves to sit in bags and boxes. I adore him! : )

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    what is a "humbug" zippered type of baggie?

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