I love to make gifts for friends and family and this past Christmas was no exception. I made a start back in the summer before we welcomed our new baby but I also made quite a few bits in the early weeks when he was super sleepy (at four months old I can now confirm that he doesn’t sleep much in the day!).
Every year I like to make little hampers of preserves for family and friends and this year was no exception. I made marmalade, chutneys, jams and beetroot relish and wrote about a few of the recipes here.
I also explored some new crafts this autumn and made soy wax candles with essential oils and some goat’s milk soap using my homegrown and dried lavender. I was pleased with how these turned out and am enjoying using some of the soap in my own house. I didn’t end up making myself a candle but will put some together for myself soon.
Back in 2017 I made pyjamas from the Tilly and the Buttons book and in the autumn I hacked the pattern to make some short pyjamas for my sister and made a matching bag for them to go in. My sister loves little shorts for pyjamas so I hope these were right up her street.
I also made a couple of rope bowls throughout the year. One was gifted to a friend back in the summer for her birthday and the other was a Christmas gift.
Finally you might remember me making a massive denim quilt for my brother-in-law at the beginning of 2018. Well, he very unsubtly dropped hints that he would like some matching cushions so I drafted a pattern and gifted him what he wished for.
I hope the recipients all liked these gifts – I know I certainly love receiving a handmade gift myself.