Have yourself a Crafty Christmas

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  • craftingmad
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    Last year I bought a plain hessian stocking and decorated it with buttons and felt hearts for my mum, as she'd said the previous year that she'd never had a stocking :)

    this year I am thinking of getting one of these and decorating it with words or pictures cut from old fabric. she likes her tote bags when she's shopping and they'll come in handy now with the carrier bag charge



    Hi WeAreGhosts,


    Love the idea about shopping bags - I've got a couple in my stash somewhere so may pretty these up to make a couple of gifts.


    If you have a hobbycraft store near you then you may be able to get them even cheaper - think I saw them for £1 when I was in there last :)
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    meg72 wrote: »
    This is last years photo but am making the same again this year.


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    Love all of these - thanks you for the inspiration :)
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    JuzaMum wrote: »
    I look forward to seeing everyones ideas. I plan to make some reusable shopping bags, very handy now we are going to have to pay for carrier bags, something like a Morsbag (morsbag.com). I am looking for ideas for my childrens' school Xmas Bazaar. So far I have made some octopus' out of some wool I was given and some gnomes.

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    These are both so cute - is it wool you have used for the gnomes beards? I too would love patterns and instructions for them :)
    Thanks so much for sharing :)
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    nimbo wrote: »
    We often make thing for people to eat - and give hampers...

    I am however skint this year so will be trying to make some bits - from stash - i'm just very time poor at the minute too...

    I'm off to dig out a recipe for gingerbread from the other year as it was awesome I didn't have the right type of sugar so totally winged it using up random abgd of what whe ahd and it was super sexy...



    yum yum - I would love that recipe if you don't mind - :)
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  • WeAreGhosts
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    Hi WeAreGhosts,


    Love the idea about shopping bags - I've got a couple in my stash somewhere so may pretty these up to make a couple of gifts.


    If you have a hobbycraft store near you then you may be able to get them even cheaper - think I saw them for £1 when I was in there last :)

    thanks for that. i will look when i'm next there.

    i have found one on ebay for 99p - will see what the quality's like of those :)
  • PlymouthMaid
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    Last year I made boxes of biscotti and also woollen hats. This year so far I have made a cowl for OH and also picked a ton of sloes for sloe gin. I usually make some socks for my daughters but a bit behind at present.
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  • meg72
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    eres a link to my thread for some of last years makes




    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5061220
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  • Katiehound
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    edited 10 October 2015 at 6:51PM
    Last week in Aldi -in Ireland- they had calico bags @E1.......our shop doesn't open until later in the year so I don't know if they are selling them in UK... would think so.

    Could you not make bags out of plain sheeting or curtain lining and embellish? Or use fabric paint when they are flat and then sew them up?

    Different idea entirely
    Have you seen these really easy triangular boxes? You only need to be able to score 4 lines and punch 4 holes!! I made one out of A4 card and it just about held a pair of gloves and a pair of socks. Great for table favours or teeny ones with choc inside for a different type of Advent calendar suspended from a painted twig.(Put numbers on the front instead of flower etc)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34H4kAd4TKA
    I'm told they look very effective in vellum
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  • Jollymum
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    I've just made some chilli and tomato jam for Christmas presents, my relatives love it and it's lush with Christmas cheese :)
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