There nothing more thrifty than this year’s gift trend, “Do It Yourself.” Thrifty holiday shoppers are going beyond the mall this year and going homemade. It’s trendy, affordable, unique and eco-friendly. The talented group of craft experts who teach online classes at Craftsy.com show how to make some fun DIY gifts for the holidays definitely a great way to stretch the dollar.
Here are six unique handmade gift ideas with a homemade holiday twist:
Homemade Holidays: This year’s top Do It Yourself gifts from leading craft experts
1. Wee Ones Seamless Knit Toys | This is a great gift for a kid or kid at
heart. These amazingly cute and clever toys come from one pattern. Each toy,
a baby elephant, adorable bunny and winsome hippo, is knit from the top down
without any seams. Instructor, Susan B. Anderson, is a self-taught knitter
and former teacher who loves creating fun items for children. Her online
course shows how to use double-pointed needles to shape each toys head and
there¹s even a bonus itty-bitty striped sweater lesson.
2. The (Not So) Itty Bitty Giraffe | The kids will be running once they see
this cuddly gift under their tree this year. Best-selling author, Susan B.
Anderson, presents her soft 20-inch giraffe with quirky details. With this
course, learn to pick the perfect yarn and knit in the round on
double-pointed needles. Along the way, Susan also shares tips on how to add
details like a pompom, mane, perky horns, hand-stitched face and stuffing
secrets. This is a gift that¹s sure to be treasured for a lifetime.
3. Baby Cardigan | For those knitters who want to go beyond giving scarves
and blankets this holiday season, published author and crochet designer
Linda Permann, has some tricks up her sleeve and can show ways on how to
think outside of the box. Her baby cardigan makes a terrific gift for baby¹s
first Christmas. Additionally, Linda presents a helpful surface
embellishment technique used to make monograms, flowers or any shape to add
to the cardigan.
4. Hats Fours Ways | It may be chilly outside come holiday time, so this
season warm up loved ones with a unique styled homemade hat. Published
author and well-loved knitwear designer, Stefanie Japel, shares her wisdom
as she teaches three unique styles of hats. Learn essential information,
choose supplies and create the perfect hat for any size. Stefanie also has
tips on how to make cool stripes or cables, as well as ribbing, blocking,
making jogless joins and adding fun embellishments.
5. Project Upcycle | For those looking to go green this holiday season, they
should look no further than designer and author Betz White¹s sustainable
gifts. She turns everyday household items into a distinctive gift. Betz
shows how to finally take those old drab suit jackets and dress shirts and
turn them into something fun. For example, she uses menswear to make an ³off
the cuff² wallet and berets. She also turns vintage linens into flirtatious
wrap skirts and old sweaters into cashmere shrugs and felted totes.
6. Fab Felt Holiday Crafts | Instead of decking the halls with boughs of
holly, deck them with one-of-a-kind decorations. Betz White shows seven
projects that add the holiday spirit to a home and make for great gifts for
holiday parties. Whether it¹s origami ornaments, festive garland, tabletop
trees, and a gingerbread house for the home to a wine sleeve, slippers and
poinsettia brooch for holiday hosts. These projects make for a great family
activity for kids and parents to do together.