A Gift A Day

A Gift A Day

A Gift a Day: Day Eight–Ballet Slippers

For the fourth day of A Gift a Day, I made ballet slippers for my two-year-old. Ballet Slippers Supplies: satin fabric for outside fabric for lining (I used fleece)fabric for bottom of the slippers (this can be anything; last year I made the outside bottom in satin as well, but this time I used ultrasuede)elastic (I…

A Gift A Day

A Gift a Day: Day Seven–Embroidered Socks

There are lots of tutorials for Pottery Barn knockoffs, and some for Anthropolgie knockoffs. For the seventh day of a Gift a Day, I am bringing you a very simple Janie and Jack knockoff. Today’s project: Embroidered Socks I embroidered both the flower and the leaves using three strands of floss. I did a three…

A Gift A Day

A Gift a Day: Day Five–Pajama Shorts

For the fourth day of A Gift a Day, I made pajama shorts. It’s warm here most of the year, so comfortable pajama shorts work well for about 8 months of the year.In fact, today was really warm, so these would have been appropriate for today.   Pajama Shorts Supplies: fabric matching threadelastic Tools: scissorssewing…

A Gift A Day

A Gift a Day: Day Four–Tie

For the fourth day of A Gift a Day, I made a gift for my son. His favorite color is purple, but he doesn’t have a lot of purple in his wardrobe. I received some fabric from a friend of my mom’s in September. Included in the bag of fabric was a piece of thin purple fabric. I…

A Gift A Day

A Gift a Day: Day Three–Earrings

For the third day of A Gift a Day, I made earrings. Earrings Supplies: earring hooks (I bought these at Walmart, 42 in a package for $2)earring findings (I bought these at Walmart, 100 in a package, for $2. There are two different kinds inside.)beads or past pieces of jewelry that you’ve taken apart (You…

A Gift A Day

A Gift a Day: Day Two–Scarves

It’s only the second day of official Christmas and birthday gift making, and already I am feeling such a thrill of knowing that I have presents that are completely done! For the second day of A Gift a Day, I chose to repurpose some hand-me-down curtains to make a scarf. I cut a piece of sheer…

A Gift A Day

A Gift a Day: Day One–Flower Barrettes

   For the first day of A Gift a Day, I chose a really simple gift that’s super-quick to make. Flower Barrettes Supplies: inexpensive polyester satin (You only need a tiny amount. so if you’re buying some, you can buy 1/8 of a yard and be fine). embroidery thread (yellow and black) 50 mm barrettes (I…

A Gift A Day

A Gift a Day

Each weekday in November (except for Thanksgiving) I will be making one gift a day for my children and writing about it. I am focusing on quick gifts during the weekdays, that can be done during afternoon naptime or at night after the children are in bed. On Saturdays, I’ll be working on other gifts that…