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Handmade Holiday Ideas For Gifts and Décor

(ARA) - As the calendar moves closer to the end of the year, gift lists are being made and checked twice. No matter who's on your gift list this season, the holidays are a time to show the special people in our lives that we appreciate them. Handmade gifts are a great way to add personality and charm that will be treasured long after the wrapping paper is thrown away.

"This holiday season's hottest trend is handmade gifts," says Susan Atchison, trend expert for Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. " We anticipate people unwrapping handmade gifts such as quilted iPod carriers with personalized word charms, warm winter fleece throws with one-of-a-kind appliqués and jeweled wine glasses with special toasts attached."

While it may seem time-consuming to create unique gifts, the reality is there are simple ways to creatively spread holiday cheer in less than an afternoon. Here are some fun ideas for crafters at any skill-level:

* Dress up one of the season's hottest gifts, the iPod, with a festive iPod holder decorated with brightly colored beads and ribbon.

* Craft a gift box candle holder by turning a small decoupage box into a gift package using festive scrapbook paper and colorful ribbon tied on top in a large, multi-layered bow. Safely secure a modestly-sized candle in the center of the bow and wrap the base of the candle with ribbon.

* Help kids craft presents for their teachers by cutting holly- and berry-shaped felt pieces and adhering them to a circular felt piece to create a wreath. Then attach the wreath to a long, narrow strip of felt that hangs below the wreath and use ribbon to create a display for holiday cards.

* Handmade stockings add a touch of whimsy and make gift-giving especially memorable. Ice skates, translucent or elf-themed stockings are a unique departure from the conventional.

* Use holiday sheet music as the background for handmade greeting cards. Apply miniature bells and music-themed embellishments for distinctive finishing touches.

iPod/Cell Phone Holder
Courtesy: Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores

* Warm & Natural batting approx. 6"x10"
* 1/4 yd. of 3/8" ribbon
* Assorted cotton quilting fabrics at least 6"x10" (reds, greens)
* 1/3 yd. of Rat tail cord
* Jo-Ann Scrap Essentials Word Charms
* Silver Head Pins
* Assorted small beads
* Small needlenose pliers
* Fabri-Tac glue
* Buttons
* Velcro fastener strips and dots
* 3" of 1/8" elastic
* Silver embroidery thread
* Basic sewing supplies

To determine cover dimensions for cutting the fabric, measure the iPod or cell phone from the center top to the center bottom and add 1/2" (height) and the circumference plus 11/2" (width). Example: If iPod or cell phone is 4" high and 5" wide the fabric measurements would be 41/2" (height) x 61/2" (width). All seam allowances 1/4".

1. For body of cover: Cut one each batting, lining (red), and outer fabric (green) using the above height and width measurements.

2. Place outer layer fabric on top of batting. Using silver as the top thread, sew straight stitches in wavy rows close to side edge of layered fabric.

3. Fold fabric in half, side to side and finger press.

4. For trim: Cut rat tail in half and place cord through holes on word plate. Place ribbon where desired on front of cover, ending at fold mark. Place word plate on top with cords to the side. Baste edge of ribbon and cord on fold mark and at edge.

5. Sew 2" Velcro strip on the fold (over ribbon and cord), starting one inch from top edge for the Ear Bud Holder.

6. For flap: Cut red and contrasting green fabrics into 3" square. Cut in half diagonally, discarding one half. With right sides of red and green triangles together, sew a narrow seam along one side and the diagonal cut. Turn inside out and press.

7. Constructing: Place flap right sides together on what will be the top back of the cover. Place the lining on top, right sides together and sew along the top side. Open and press.

8. Fold in half lengthwise right sides together and sew along bottom and the long side leaving the lining end open.

9. Turn inside out, tuck the raw edges in 1/4" sew and tuck the lining into the cover.

10. Add beads to the buttons when sewing on end of flap. Sew or glue Velcro under button and on cover to match for closure.

11. For Ear Bud Holder: Cut fabric 3"x 4". Sew other half of 2" Velcro strip near 3" edge of fabric. Turn under top 1/4" twice, slip elastic in fold and sew edge of fold down making a casing. Sew sides and bottom of fabric pulling elastic lightly to gather for closure. Turn and adhere to side of cover.

12. String beads on head pins and attach to hole in word plate.

Skill Level: Some sewing experience helpful
Approximate Crafting Time: 1 hour

Courtesy of ARA Content

EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to seasonal nature of project, supplies are available for a limited time only. Please read all instructions prior to beginning; read and follow all manufacturers' instructions for all tools and materials used. Provide adult supervision if children participate in this and all craft projects. Because Jo-Ann Stores, Inc. has no control over the use of materials and tools, nor surroundings, during construction of projects, Jo-Ann Stores, Inc. disclaims any liability for injury, damage or other untoward results. Content of this project sheet is presented in good faith, but no warranty is given, nor results guaranteed. Home Page
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