After all, I have to invest in a new laptop ....the screen on this one keeps falling off and, despite my best efforts, there is a bug in my system that will not let me load any security updates...or I could quit my internet playing cold turkey. NOT!
And before you ask... yes, I can access the internet on my iPod and on my phone but teeny tiny screens and keyboards are not condusive to semi-regular blog updates.
Back to business.
So I am feeling broke this year but I have several obligations that I feel I need to fill.
First the knitting club kids should get something. If them, then so should the sewing kids. If them then a couple of dear friends who keep me from slitting my wrists. And last but by no means least there are a couple of folk out there who will give me something and I must reciprocate because they are just such good people.
Where am I going with this?
Well, note the first layer of the list above... the knitting club kids. I really want to give them something for being such good sports the last few months. The last time I did this I made them knitting bags and gave them needles, scissors, needles and stitch markers.
Since they already have bags (courtesy of an unknowing quilt guild member) I needed to come up with something else AND not spend money.
It turns out that I have a bunch of old woolen sweaters that I will never wear again, if I ever wore them in the past.
Taking a cue from someone who makes great felted accessories I came up with twenty of these little gems:
The process couldn't have been easier:
- run old, wool sweaters through one hot wash cycle.
- lay them on a fat surface and let them dry...it may take a day of two.
- cut up the sweaters discarding the cuffs, waist bands, button plackets and anything else that is not a nice flat piece of felted wool.
- cut up the flat peieces into rectangles like 5" by 15" or whatever size will work with your felted wool.
- roughly fold the rectangles into envelopes with about one quarter of the length as the flap and the rest as the body of the envelope.
- cut a slit in the flap as a button hole.
- sew up the sides of the body of the envelope on the machine or by hand.
- run through another hot wash and also through the dryer to felt your wool even more to hide the stitching and to generally beef up your fabric.
- sew a button on the body of the envelope to match the button hole.
- steam press to get any kinks out that may developed in the wool.
- enjoy your creativity!
That's my christmas gift making for this year. I think I will give each of the kids one with some seasonal candy in them while the adults may just have to make do with a new little pockets for their own stuff.
If you are stuck on a gift with a little handmade flair try these out.
BONUS: I got to use some up some of my stash of old sweaters and some buttons that were looking for a good home.
Have a great weekend!