Homemade Christmas Presents!

December 15, 2010 § Leave a comment


homemade present - gold leaf vases



This was also in the Real Simple issue and while I wouldn’t get that much of a kick out of these, I think my wife would dig them. Basically you can just find a few small vases from the thrift store and get a Gold Leaf Kit. From there you just follow the instructions in the kit – you can and should add your own creative flare…


The choice of yarn makes all the difference. Here, simple cowl patterns using a stockinette stitch yield three striking scarf alternatives.

For a multicolored piece, a base yarn is paired with a succession of bright strands. Another cowl uses a single yarn made with different-color fibers in daybreak tones. You can knit each cowl in the round, or create a flat piece with two straight needles and sew it together.

The cowl seen here is ultrathick and cozy. For a thick, textured look, this cowl uses three strands of yarn working as one. The finished garment is about 19 inches tall and 35 inches in circumference.

5 sts equal 4 inches in St st worked in the rnd (k every rnd) with 3 strands held tog. (Be sure to check your gauge.)

Pattern Stitch
K2, p2 Rib (worked in the rnd, multiple of 4 sts) Rnd 1: *K2, p2; rep from * around. Rep Rnd 1 for K2, p2 Rib.

beg = begin(ning)(s)
k = knit
p = purl
rep = repeat
rnd(s) = round(s)
st(s) = stitch(es)
St st = Stockinette stitch
tog = together
Pattern courtesy of Lion Brand Yarn,

Step 1With 3 strands of yarn held tog, cast on 44 sts. Join, being careful not to twist sts.

Step 2Place marker for beg of rnd.

Step 3Work in K2, p2 Rib for 3 rnds.

Step 4Change to St st worked in the rnd (k every rnd), and work until piece measures about 17 inches from beg.

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Step 5Work in K2, p2 Rib for 3 rnds.

Step 6Bind off.

Step 7


Weave in ends with large-eyed blunt needle.


Baker's Apron

This striped apron, made for Sarah Carey, is comfortable and festive. She is an exceptional baker as well as a chef, so I tucked the apron into a fluted ceramic pie pan and laced ribbon through some sweet cookie cutters.

Using the template, cut an apron form. With a disappearing-ink pen, mark 2 lines parallel to the bottom edge, as indicated by notches on template (one 20 1/4 inches from bottom, the other 16 inches above the first). Fold the apron so the vertical lines meet, creating a pocket. Iron in place.

Use the disappearing-ink pen to mark lines where the pocket will be divided into compartments (we drew 2 lines to create 3 pockets). Sew to the left and right of each line (about 1/8 inch apart) to create compartments.

Sew a 1/4-inch double hem on all edges of apron except bottom. Sew a 2-inch double hem along bottom. Add neck straps, as described for the gardener’s apron. Using the same method, add 2 long waist straps (each will start as a 2 1/2-by-34-inch strip).


Adorn basic headbands with beautiful feathers for a one-of-a-kind accessory.

Tools and Materials
Fabri-Tac fabric glue
Scrap of ribbon
Needle and thread
Plain headband
Hot-glue gun and hot-glue sticks
Feather pad (hackle) or selection of feathers to create one

Nonstick surface, such as a hot-glue mat or leftover label-backing paper

Fashion Headband How-To
To make a feather pad (hackle)
1. Select nice-looking feathers. Snip excess fuzz from around quill with sharp scissors.

2. Place a small dab of Fabri-Tac onto a nonstick surface. Arrange feathers with quills meeting in the dab of glue. Let dry for one hour. Peel feathers from nonstick surface.

To create a ribbon flower
1. Sew a running stitch on one side of ribbon with a needle and thread.

2. Pull thread while sliding ribbon down to create flower.

3. Hot glue button to center of ribbon flower.

To Assemble Headband
1. Look in mirror with headband on to determine placement of feathers. Mount feather pad to headband with Fabri-Tac or hot glue, and secure with clothespin until dry.

2. Add ribbon flower at base of feather hackle with hot glue and secure with a clothespin until dry.

All tools and materials available at most crafts stores.





me and my cousin are doing this…. so much more memorable 🙂



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