Friday, December 11, 2009

Earth-Friendly Friday

Make Monkey Memories and Warm Woolies for Christmas rather than buying needless things and trivial trinkets.

I made my daughter a monkey blanket. This is a useful gift-I hope-that will last for years.

We went to the fabric store and she picked out two fabrics: one side is monkeys and the other is striped - so the blanket is fun colored, cheerful and reversible.

But you could make a blanket out of old jeans, favorite shirts and skirts or any fabric you have around the house. If you don't feel ready to take on a blanket - and to be honest, it's kind of a two-person project because it's so big and heavy, it helps to have another set of hands to help feed the material through the presser foot. But you could always start with pillowcases. That's one project we used to do for Christmas when the kids were young. I'd take them to the fabric store and let them pick out fun fabrics and then we'd sew pillowcases that they still use today.

Gifts can be fun and useful without being wasteful and frivolous.


Bish Denham said...

The best gifts I ever got from my father were the ones he made for me. I remember all of them and wish I still have them.

Jen on the Edge said...

I've made quilts from old felted sweaters. It's easy and they're so warm!

Christina Farley said...

I just finished the Christmas quilts for my mom and mother in law. It only took me four years. :)

Janean said...

a monkey blanket is too sweet!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

My sons LOVE blankets--and monkeys. Very cool gift!

Rena Jones said...

That looks great, Kim!