Since Christmas is all over for another year, I can now post about a few of the things I made for people. (I really wanted to post about them at the time, but just in case, thought I’d better not!)
First up, two gifts I made – one for one of my cousins, and one for someone I have never met, who doesn’t know who I am. (Secret Santa time!)
Since these two people have probably never met, and probably never will meet, I cheated a little and made them the same thing. 😉
A while back, I found this super-cute tutorial on the Made by Rae blog, for a Buttercup Bag. I’ve just been looking for an excuse to use it, really! I’m glad I found a use for it, as it made some rather cute bags (but then, I may be slightly biased since I’m the one who made them. Hmmm.)
So, first up – a bag for my cousin! This year, my extended family decided to do something a little different for Christmas. Traditionally, each branch of the family buys a gift for another branch of the family (the branches being defined at my mother’s generation. I.e. she buys a gift for her brother’s family, and vice versa). Since most of the kids in my generation have now left home, this whole buying-for-a-family thing isn’t really working so well, and it pretty much ends up with everyone getting a box of biscuits to share. Not very exciting, really. This year, we decided to try something a bit different – a secret-santa style Christmas! Everyone (from all the generations) had their name put into a hat, and who they were giving a present to was selected at random. Which I thought went really well, as many of us don’t know each other all that well (only seeing cousins at Christmas once a year isn’t overly conducive to knowing them well) and having to get a gift for someone is a good way to get to know a bit more about them. This year, I got to give a present to my 18 year old cousin Melissa.
Scarily enough, this made me realise how long it’s been since I was 18. Eek! What on earth do you get an 18 year old girl?!? The only hints I really got from Facebook were that she likes going out partying with her friends. Hmmm. Every girl needs a bag for going out with, right? (Yes?) Either way, she got a Buttercup Bag!
For Melissa’s bag, I used a bandanna that was a fundraiser for Canteen. I was never going to wear it as a bandanna, so it had been sitting around, waiting to be made into something else. Lots of little names and love hearts all over it, I figured an 18 year old girl who covered her Facebook page with lovehearts may like it. I used part of an old curtain lining for the trim at the top, and lined the inside with blue-and-white fabric that I’ve previously made a mens shirt out of. (I do like a little bit of clashing in my fabric choices – adds to the fun!) And here it is:
The second Buttercup Bag was for another secret-santa gift. This year, there was a New Zealand Twitter community secret santa. Lots of fun! You signed up, and got the name and address of a completely random person (or company) somewhere in New Zealand to send a gift to. 🙂 My surprise giftee was a lovely lady in her early 30’s (I think) who loves making cupcakes and is also into crafts. (Sounds a bit like my twin, now that I type that out. Hmmm.) So, she got a Buttercup Bag with cupcakes all over it!
This one uses the same curtain lining that was used for Melissa’s bag for both the trim and the lining.
And here’s a photo of me with both bags, so you can see how big they are: