I LOVE that Plain and Joyful Living is doing a weekly series on handmade holiday ideas and inspiration.
One thing we have been trying to avoid is the rampant consumerism that goes along with being parents...especially during the holiday season. We all know there is a strong movement towards "less is more" during the holidays...people are feeling the stress and the loss of the true meaning of Christmas!
The reason we feel inspired to do a series of posts on having a handmade holiday is because if you're truly committed to doing this, you gotta start soon! Christmas is less than four months away, and it will be alot less stressful and alot more enjoyable if you can start thinking about what you're going to do now, and work away at it bit by bit until the holidays hit! Last year I started embroidering! I should warn you, if you haven't done any yet, it can be addictive! There is a great book called Doodle Stitching which is well worth checking out if you're new at embroidery.
Here's a sweet gift idea for any grown up, (kid at heart). A gnome inspired tea towel. The embroidery pattern can be found HERE! There are many more wonderful and quirky patterns to be found with a bit of searching! The plain, flour sack tea towels are easy to find. Mine came from Sew Mama Sew, but I've also seen them at Canadian Tire, and really you could use any plain tea towels to embroider on!
Here's another lovely embroidered idea. I think it was Soulemama who made this popular! Take a piece of your childrens artwork, and embroider it onto a piece of fabric. You could do this as a gift for your child, (I know my daughter was mesmerized to see her drawn work of art come to life on a piece of fabric), or as a gift to a grandparent. These embroidered pictures could be hung in a frame, turned into a pillow or added to a quilt.