Luckily, my kids are only 2 and 5, so their expectations for Christmas gifts are pretty low. Santa will still be bringing non-homemade presents, or at least the kind he makes in his workshop (ahem Amazon.com). I just finished the presents today, and thought that I'd share.
For my two year old, I made little placemats for the play kitchen. She is always getting my fabric napkins, laying them out, and setting out an elaborate meal, so I thought that her own set of placemats were in order.
I cut up an existing piece of pre-quilted fabric intended to be bound into a baby quilt. It had sweet little "blocks" just the right size for mini-placemats. The fabric is a stiff polyester, I think salvaged from my mother-in-law's stash. It was too stiff and scratchy to be used for wrapping a baby in, but perfect for making little placemats. After cutting rectangles, I bound the edges in bias tape (my first attempt at machine sewn binding), and called it good. I think my daughter is going to love these.
For my five year old, I made an apron. I had made her one when she was two using this awesome pattern, but it is a bit small for her. Besides, the little sister needs to wear an apron too. Since I last made the apron, the pattern has been updated to give a size for 5 - 8 year olds. Perfect! I used pink fabric from my eternal source (see here and here), and embellished with some retro Strawberry Shortcake pieces. I think this fabric originally came from our Grandmother, Mary Frances, but it came to me via Carlee. I am also sure that the new apron will be well-loved too.
What about you? Are you making anything for Christmas? What will it be? Do share! I am thinking of making one more small thing for each, but haven't decided what yet. Any suggestions?