Gifts to treasure
Who doesn't love a homemade gift? Creating something as a gift is wonderful for everyone involved, and it doesn't have to be expensive or take all day either. The next time you are going to give something to someone special consider crafting something that is one of a kind, and that is sure to be a gift to treasure. Three Fiskars design team members have joined us today to share some ideas-
Hand Puppets by Kelly Purkey:
Give the gift of fun with these easy to make hand puppets! Even for someone like me, who uses their sewing machine mostly with paper, the puppets are simple to stitch together. And any mistakes made just add to the charm of the handmade gift. By using terrycloth, they’re perfect pals for bathtime too.
Fiskars: 94457097 Fabric Pinking Shears
1.) Fold a 2 ft. (can be smaller depending on hand size) piece of terry cloth in half and cut out body shape using rotary cutter.
2.) Use fabric shears to cut shapes out of felt and stitch onto one piece of the terry cloth body.
3.) Pin the two pieces of terry cloth body together and stitch together, making sure to leave the bottom open for your hand. Add google eyes and any other embellishments.
Wedding Album by Lisa Storms
This wedding album would be a beautiful keepsake for any bride, though it could easily be modified for a baby album by using blue or pink and a graduate album using school colors. Here I used the wedding colors for this couple, but the main album is white. Layers of white decorative edges add a surprisingly dramatic effect when layered. The already popular Threading Water punch now finds a new use by using the scalloped holes to bind the album together and to create pockets inside for hidden journaling. Every other page is formatted with a corner border punch layer so the bride can slip in her photos easily. Other special touches include stamped images accented with Rain Dots for sparkle and two loose-leaf binder rings symbolizing the couple's wedding rings.
1. Trim two pieces of chipboard to 9" x 6.5" and cover with white cardstock to form front and back covers.
Baked goodness by Stacey Kingman
A fresh loaf of homemade bread wrapped in a pretty kitchen towel can say so many things and “hello” is one of them! “Hello” can be for a new neighbor, a new baby, a teacher, a friend...this is a very versatile gift. Make at least two – you’re going to want to keep one! TIP: Pick up kitchen towels on clearance when you see them so you’ll have a variety of colors and patterns to choose from when you want to do something quick but special like this for someone.
Everyone gets that “empty” feeling sometimes – especially when it comes to needing a cookie or three. This little bucket of cookies is cute, fun, easy, and refillable. The lil davis stamps and epoxy stickers worked great for my 'on empty' theme. On the inside of the card, tell your recipient that you will bake more cookies for him or her when these are gone – it’s the gift that keeps on giving.
For any age or occasion a hand crafted gift made with love will please anyone, and it's as much fun to make as it is to receive!
By Fiskars Design Team
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