Holiday Gift Ideas that are Easy to Make

Happy Holidays SASsy Sewing Fans

Today I want to share some easy to make and very affordable gift ideas that are not only fun to make but fun to receive. Being that it is already December and we do not have much time left before Christmas day I browsed the wide world web for great gifts you can make in a jiffy.

Gift Idea #1

The first item is the amazing all zipper purse. If you have never seen one of these before it is definitely worth checking out. One way to make these purses even more fun is to use two different colored zippers of the same size and same size ‘teeth’ (I do not know if they call them teeth but you know the little guys that hold it closed). Buy at least 2 colors of the zippers that we have available by the foot at SAS Fabrics Superstore then unzip them all the way and take one of each color and zip them together so you have a zipper of two different colors. Then proceed to this great tutorial I found. Continuous Zipper Purse Tutorial  Enjoy!

Zipper Purse

Continuous Zipper Purse

Gift Idea #2

The next item I think you may like is the trash bag for your car. Sounds pretty easy to make. Customize it to match the vehicle or to compliment the personality of the one you wish to give it.

Click on this link to go to the instructions Vehicle Trash Bag Tutorial.

vehicle trash bag

Trash Bag for your Vehicle

Gift Idea #3

Okay, this is the last one for today. It is going to take more time to make than the other items here but I believe it will be worth the effort. This link takes you to a YouTube video that shows you how to make comfy warm moccasins or booties. You can find a great selection of faux fur at SAS Fabrics Superstore that would be perfect for this project. We also have a nice selection of leather if you are a brave adventurous creator. In fact we carry everything you need to do all of these projects.


Make Someone’s Feet Happy with these Booties

Be sure to visit SASsy Sewing for other Holiday gift ideas and Christmas Decoration tutorials.

Enjoy your Holidays!

Take Care

: )

Create a 2012 Memories No-Peek Calendar


Holiday No-peek Memories Calendars 

In my attempt to get the Holidays back to being about family, friends, memories and all that stuff that warms our hearts and best of all does not drain the bank account I came up with this idea. This is a project that involves every member of the family. It is a memory calendar.

What we will be doing is gathering pictures from this year only. Each family member will go through their phones, cameras, photo albums, facebook images, etc and pick out up to 30 pictures from the year 2012.  The pictures will represent each person’s memories of 2012. We will actually need as many as 31 pictures for each memory calendar but we can add pictures that will be taken during this Holiday season through 12-31-2012.  What we will be making is a no-peek daily family memory calendar.  Each person can do a personal calendar as well as participate in the family calendar.

What you will need:

  • 2 large pieces of fabric about 12 inches by 24 inches
  • light duty velcro
  • felt in a variety of colors (you can buy small +/- 8″x10″ pieces at SAS)
  • glue
  • embellishments; such as glitter, scrap booking do-dads, fabric paint, etc
  • Pieces of paper cut to the size and shape you want to use for each individual photo. These may end up being adjusted individually to achieve the desired result
  • prints of selected images (you may want to hold on printing until you decide what size you need of each.)
  • scissors
  • and of course a little creativity

Start by laying out the pieces of paper in a creative manner. Avoid using the standard 7 day week layout because each year the first will fall on a different day of the week. I like the idea of laying out the images so they read 2012 but stacked vertically like this:

layout idea

Adjust the sizes and placement until you come up with something you like. Remember you do not want it to become too large because ideally you will repeat this project year after year and eventually end up with a hallway lined up with years of memories to reflect upon. Each day of December you wake up and open the felt door for that day and reveal a picture that hopefully brings back fond memories of years past. I think it is OK to include a few of the not so great memories of major events.

Then cut out the holes where the pictures will be. Print the images to the sizes needed for your layout and glue them to the base piece of fabric. Once you have the layout all worked out and pictures glued down trace the layout onto the piece of fabric that is to be the calendar. Be sure it is correct then cut out the windows for the pictures. You may want to leave room for the last couple of pictures but not cut opening yet so you can use pictures from the last few days of this year. One option is to cut only 3 of the four sides so the fourth side is the hinge and not use the colored felt pieces for the doors. Another option is to use little pieces of colored felt or whatever to cover the pictures one by one. My intention is to give you the basic concept I want you to make it  yours by making it  and decorating it however you wish.  Glue the piece with the pictures on it to the back of the piece with the holes cut out.

The velcro will be used to hold the doors closed until the day it is to be opened. Remember do not peek it will take away the fun of anticipation. Place a small piece of velcro to hold the door closed as well as a piece to hold it open.

Decorate the calendar however you wish. You can add captions to the pictures before you print them if you wish (this may be helpful years from now when you are not sure who that is with your son).

I hope I described this craft idea well enough for you to understand it and inspiring enough to make you want to start this calendar making a holiday tradition.

One last thing I want to share is another tradition I started with my family a few years back.  Each year on Christmas day sometime after opening gifts each member of the family writes a page or so that reflects upon what they are thankful for it usually includes a list of the gifts they received and which was their favorite. Then the pieces of paper are put into a small box with the papers from previous years. One box per person.  Then the box is wrapped and labeled with the persons name and put in the attic with the holiday decorations. You would be surprised quite often the kids want to open that box first. Oh yeah, we usually throw in a small gift for ourselves as well like a photo or small toy. It is fun trying to remember what you wrote or included in the box the year before; it is even funner when you actually see and read what was included in the box last year. Each box is opened one at a time and the note from the previous year is read aloud for everyone to hear.

Happy Holidays everyone. Remember the best gift of all is LOVE it is treasured by all and everyone can afford to give it.

Love, Laura  : )

Affordable Holiday Crafts for kids

Paper Towel tube decor

Here is an affordable way to spend time with the kids this holiday season. Plus when are done you will have some new ornaments to decorate your home with. This is also a ‘green’ project because you use empty toilet paper or paper towel tubes and toothpaste cartons. Be creative and use other similar items that you may have on hand.

What you will need:

1. empty cardboard tubes and/or boxes from paper towels, tooth paste and toilet paper rolls.

2. scissors

3. glue

4. paint

5. glitter (SAS)

6. plastic gems (SAS)

7. Creativity

What you will do is cut the boxes and/or tubes into  +/- 1/2 inch strips in the short direction so you end up with small rings. Next arrange your rings into shapes and use glue to hold them together.

Once the glue is completely dry you can paint the piece. Spray paint would be the easiest way to do this step. Or you can skip this step if you prefer.

Once the paint is dry apply a thin coat of glue wherever you want the glitter to stick. I did mine over the entire piece. While the glue is still tacky sprinkle the glitter onto it.

To give your piece the finishing touch glue a plastic gem from SAS Fabrics Superstore to the center or wherever you want.  Once everything is dry you can hang it as a decoration in your window, on a Christmas tree or wherever you want to add a little bling bling. Post images of your finished project for us to see, please. : )

Toothpaste tube decor

I hope this project will give you and your loved ones some quality time together and wonderful memories that last way beyond the life of the items you created.

Happy Holidays : )

How to Make a Button Elf Doll

Button Elf Dolls by Laura D’Angelico

These little guys are not only cute as a button they are also really quite easy to make.

What you will need:

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1. a pretty good collection of 1/4″ – 1/2″ diameter buttons* (maybe 40-50 per doll).

2. small piece of fabric*. One 12 inch square piece of fabric is plenty.

3. Strong thread* and a needle*. Make sure the needle will fit through the button holes.

4. a small foam ball for each doll head. I used 2 inch diameter. Dollar Store or Hobby Lobby & similar stores

5. beans and a small amount of soft material to fill the body and booties of the doll.

6. paint to create the facial features.

7. 3 small jingle bells*.

8. glue*

For the booties simply cut fabric in the shape of a bootie and stitch all around except the top where the leg goes in. Set aside.

Next separate your buttons to create two legs of equal length. I matched the buttons so that the legs matched in size & length. Repeat the process for the arms. The arms should be shorter than the legs much like those on us humans.

Thread the buttons using a needle and thread. Use a strong thread, ribbon, wire or fishing line and thread through from top of leg to the bottom and back up to the top so that at the bottom of the leg you do not have any ties or thread ends. Just as you would sew a button onto a shirt. Tie the thread at the top of the leg so the buttons cannot come apart.

Repeat the process for the arms.

Next make the hat. Simply cut a piece of fabric big enough to fit on the Styrofoam head. Don’t forget to add for the stitch allowance. The fabric will be pie shaped just like a Santa hat. Sew the fabric to create the hat.

Cut a rectangular piece of fabric for the body. It should be about 3.5 inches by +/- 6 inches long. Fold in half so the finished sides are not visible. The finished faces will be face to face and you will sew it inside out so it is about 3.5 by half of the longer side. Sew the longest side and most of one shorter sides. Turn it right side out and sew on the legs so that none of the loose threads are exposed. Fill the body 3/4 full with beans and the rest with soft material and/or scrap fabric. When you sew it closed sew in the arms so they are well attached.

sew except where dashed

Next you will paint a face on the Styrofoam head. When it is dry you will glue on the hat. Then attach the head to the body and if you wish throw a scarf on around the neck. Sew on the booties and finish it off with a little bell sewn on the tip of each bootie and the tip top of the hat.

Elf Button Doll 1

Elf Button Dolls