Giving Handmade Gifts

Back in April last year, I set myself a challenge of giving and making handmade gifts wherever possible. I am very pleased to say I’ve worked hard at this and I thought it was time I shared some of my makes.

My dear friend Collette (of the blog Crafty Glitten) celebrated her birthday recently. After seeing this deer cross stitch in a back issue of Mollie Makes, I knew I had to make it for her. I got a kit from this Etsy seller and backed it with vintage fabric and wadding so it could remain in the hoop.

I wish I’d pressed it before mounting in the hoop though, as that crease in the middle is bugging me!! I don’t think Bambi minds though 😉

Deer Cross Stitch Hoop

Next up was a crochet baby blanket. I made this with a DK weight yarn and crocheted a giant granny square with two strands together in cream and baby blue. I like the kind of swirly effect it has. After a quick #AskTwitter request, I determined the blanket needed to be around 30″x 30″ for a baby (I’m clueless about all things kid you see).

However, my friend’s baby arrived 10 weeks early so I had to finish it at the speed of light. I’ve never crocheted so fast! A quick scalloped border and it was done. Little Jackson was poorly at first, but has finally come home around 6 weeks after he was born. He is a real cutie!

Crochet Baby Blanket

Next up, some beaded jewellery for Mother’s Day gifts. I really like the colour of the delicate glass beads, especially the dusky pink. I might have to make some of the earrings for myself too. I am wondering whether to list them all in my Etsy store or just have an Instagram/Twitter flash sale, what do you think?

Mother's Day Jewellery by Claireabellemakes

Glass Bead Drop Earrings by Claireabellemakes

Finally, these fabric button rings and hairslides are for a top secret gift which I will reveal soon! I love finding different fabrics to use, especially polka dot and floral fabrics!

Fabric Rings and; Hairslides by Claireabellemakes

I hope you have enjoyed my ta-dah’s today! I can’t wait for Spring to come so we have better light for taking photos.

What have you been making lately? Please share in the comments below!