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For the seventh day of A Gift a Day, I made some more jewelry for Winter. There will be more gifts in this series for her because she has a birthday close to Christmas, so some gifts will be for her birthday and some are for Christmas.

You can also swap the charms out for something else. Earlier this year, Winter and I made necklaces like these using Eiffel Tower charms.


Necklaces and Earrings

Supplies:

British Phone Booth Charm

Big Ben (Elizabeth Tower) charm

Arrow charms

4 6 mm jump rings

2 chains

2 earring posts (I purchased these at Walmart last year)


Tools:

needle-nosed pliers

Time:

It took me about 5 minutes to make all of these gifts today.

 

Cost:

$1.26 per necklace and $0.65 for the pair of earrings, which is $3.17 for all three, plus a small amount for shipping.

I spent more out of pocket for these items as I bought multiples of several things, but these will be used on different gifts.

I bought the charms this year, but I had purchased the chains and jump rings last year.

I purchased the chain and jump rings from Fancy Fab on Etsy. The Eiffel Tower charms also come from there if you want to make one of those. Winter made these for herself, her sisters, and her friends earlier this year (I made one for myself as well). These would be great birthday or Christmas gifts to make for friends. They also carry the same arrow charms. Do note the 10% off coupon at the top of her site.

The Phone Booth, Big Ben, and arrow charms came from Bohemian Findings on Etsy. I ordered these this year, along with another charm for another project that I will be featuring this week.

For both shops, I linked to individual product listings, but once those are sold, you should be able to do a search for those items on the shop's pages for a new listing of those items.
 
 
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A Gift a Day: Day Six: Scarves

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For the sixth day, I made two scarves. The pink one is for Liberty and the green one is for Winter.



Scarves

Supplies:

sheer fabric

thread

Tools:


scissors
sewing machine


I made these much like last year's scarves, but I made a slight change. I sewed a 1/8" seam all the way around the scarves first. The I used the seam lime to fold the fabric over before I stitched the edges. This made it much easier and faster to sew.
 



Time:

The total time for one scarf is about an hour.

Today I made two scarves.

 

Cost:

$0. I was given the pink fabric a couple of years ago; it was a leftover scrap. I decided to make a small scarf from it as it wasn't real long. The green fabric was part of a curtain valance that was given to me many years ago.
  
 
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For the fifth day of A Gift a Day, I made a necklace, bracelet, and matching earrings for Winter.

This is the same design that I used for Liberty's birthday necklace, which you can see in pink here.


Necklace, Bracelet, and Earrings


 

Supplies:

earring hooks (I bought these at Walmart last year, 42 in a package for $2)

earring findings (I bought these at Walmart last year, 100 in a package, for $2. There are two different kinds inside; I used some for the necklace)

beads (the green beads came from Michael's; the silver beads are garage sale beads but you should be able to find something similar)

chain with clasp (I purchased this last year from Etsy from this shop. You'll get the best price if you buy a package of 10. I've bought several wonderful items from that shop for gift making).

elastic bead cording (I found this at Michael's)

 

Tools:

needle-nosed pliers

wire cutters

scissors

A word about tools: Your husband may already have these tools in his tool box; mine does. He doesn't mind me borrowing the pliers, but for some reason he minds when I borrow his wire cutters. I bought myself a pair of wire cutters for $1 at a garage sale in October 2012. Garage sales are great places to find tools for very little.

 
 
 
The earrings are made by simply putting the beads on the head pin-looking finding. Thread the earring hook onto the finding as well, and bend it with a pair of needle-nosed pliers.
 


Use a pair of wire cutters to cut the extra wire piece off. Use the needle-nosed pliers to close the wire loop that you've just made, and you're done. It is that fast. (I made several pairs of earrings last year this way that you can see here). 
 
 
 
The necklace is made in essentially the same way. I could have used wire, but I chose to use earring findings to connect the beads. I used the ones that have a loop at one end.
 
 
 
I then lined up the center piece with the chain, and cut a small center section from the chain with wire cutters. I connected the ends to the chain by linking the wire through and closing it with the needle-nosed pliers.
 
 
 
The bracelet was made just like the bracelets that I made earlier this week.

 

Time:


It took me exactly one hour to make all three of these.

Cost:

$5.50 for everything. I bought everything except for the green beads and the elastic last year. I purchased the green beads 40% off months ago at Michael's.

 
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For the fourth day of A Gift a Day, I made felt Matryoshka doll (nesting dolls) puppet for Ivory. My other children have seen me making these, and all of them think they are really neat (even my 8-year-old son!) so I think these could be made for any age.

These turned out to be a lot more time-consuming of a gift than I had planned. Had I left them just as they were in the pattern, I probably would have completed them in 2 hours. Instead, I spent about 6 hours researching pictures of real nesting dolls, picking my favorites, and designing the embroidery. I tried a few things that didn't quite work which meant time tearing them out and trying again.

And then I spent many, many more hours embroidering them.

In the end, though, I think it was worth it.

If I wanted to make these again, I would be able to significantly cut down my time, because I could copy the embroidery design that I did on these. If you like my embroidery, you can copy it too!




Matryoshka Doll Felt Finger Puppets

Supplies:

wool felt (search on Etsy for suppliers)
embroidery thread in colors to match what you choose
white pearl cotton in size 8 (optional, you could use white embroidery thread instead, which is also less expensive. I bought mine at Joann's with a 40% off coupon).
free pdf pattern

Tools:

scissors
sewing needle with a large eye for embroidery

Time:

Actual cutting, sewing and embroidery time: about 14 hours. If you don't do the extra embroidery like I did, 3 hours (allowing time for a few mistakes).




A few notes on the embroidery:


All colored stitching was done with 2 strands of embroidery thread. All white stitching was done with one strand of size 8 pearl cotton. If using white embroidery thread, I would use two strands.

The tops of eyes/eyelashes and mouth were worked in backstitch.

The flowers are lazy daisy stitch, except for the blue flowers, which are just straight stitches.

All lines were worked in stem stitch/backstitch.

For the French knots, I wrapped the thread twice, except for the eyes, which I wrapped three times.

For the leaves on the thistle, I sewed them using the leaf stitch. The stems were sewn using the backstitch.



If you're new to embroidering, don't be afraid! Check out my embroidery links here on my website for more information.

Cost:

These used very little felt and thread. If you don't already have felt and thread, you'll need to spend more to have these supplies. I bought supplies last to make felt paper dolls, so no out of pocket for this year. Calculating the actual amount of felt and thread used, these cost less than $1 for all three.


 
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A Gift a Day 2013: Day Three: Bead Bracelets

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For the third day of A Gift a Day, I made simple bracelets.


Bead Bracelets

Supplies:

beads

clear elastic cording (I purchased the smallest diameter cording; it comes on a small reel abouthe size of a ribbon reel)

Tools:

your own two hands

scissors

Ruler and measuring tape (if you don't have a measuring tape you can use a piece of string or even cut paper, measure the recipient's wrist, and then measure the string or paper).

Time:

The total time for one bracelet is 3-5 minutes.

Today I made three bracelets.

 
I measured all of the girls' wrists. I added a couple of inches in length to the piece of elastic that I cut. I knotted one end, leaving enough to tie the finished bracelet closed (about an inch). I then strung the beads on by hand. I added a few more beads so that the bracelet wouldn't be too tight, making it about 1/2" - 3/4" (1.5 - 2.0 cm)  longer than the person's wrist measurement. After that, I tied the end of the bracelet to the knotted end.

Cost:

The cost will vary depending on the beads you use and the price you pay. I bought new beads for all of these bracelets and new elastic cording. The cording should allow me to make many bracelets in the future as well.

I bought the beads on sale for 50% off at Michael's. All of these beads are currently available. Some strings were longer than others. I will keep any leftover beads to use in other projects. These cost me $1.60 to $3.10 each, depending on the beads.

 
 
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A Gift a Day 2013: Day Two: Apron

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For the second day of A Gift a Day, I made an apron for Cyrus in his favorite color. He loves to cook, and he is learning how to make new things in kitchen all the time.


Apron

Supplies:

1 yard of cotton duck fabric

thread

Tools:

scissors
sewing machine

Time:

The total time for one apron is about 3 hours, including cutting out the fabric and sewing it.

Today I made one apron.


There are a lot of free apron patterns that you can use to make aprons (such as these 40) and lots of fabric choices. I chose cotton duck because it is heavy and last longer than thinner aprons. I didn't use a pattern; instead, I copied an apron that I already had. I simply laid down my existing apron, and traced around it, leaving a 1/2" seam allowance around the apron.

It will be a big large on him, but because it is a heavy-weight apron, it should last him several years, during which time he will probably become taller than I am.

Cost:

$3.39. I ordered the fabric last year on Black Friday from Fabric.com. I ordered it with other fabric and since my order was over $35, shipping was free. The fabric was on sale plus I received an additional 15% off my order as part of the Black Friday special.

 
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