This Christmas the girls (Star especially) have been into making gifts for others. Star has gotten into sewing and is enjoying it and Sky has even been doing a little bit. We have the book Homemade Fun by Rae Grant and the girls have been getting ideas from there. It has a good section on hand sewing. (We have her other books Cooking Fun and Crafting Fun too and you can find many of her projects from here books at her website here.) We really enjoy her books. One thing though is they have no pictures of completed projects. This can be a good thing in that you are not comparing your craft to the picture perfect one in the book. However, when we first got these books Sky was not into them as she couldn't read much and without pictures she couldn't pick out what she liked. Star has always really liked them and I really like the vintage graphics in the books. So I would recommend these books for ages 7- 12 or so.
Sky made this purse for her cousin. She came up with idea, did all the stitching herself, and made a crocheted chain for the handle.
Star made this stuffed bunny for LK. She started this project when I wasn't even home. She traced the pattern onto the fabric and cut it out all by herself. Then I looked on YouTube to find a video on how to do a blanket stitch and she took it from there.
Now I realize that these are not works of art but they turned out pretty good for the girls having done most of the work themselves. In the past they would have wanted to make these things but I would have ended up doing all the work. This way they got to feel the joy of making something themselves and learned some handy skills along the way. If you notice both projects involved sewing on a button and that is a something everyone should know how to do. You never know when you will lose a button.
One other thing that Star made was this "I Spy Jar" for another of her cousins. It is simply a jar filled with rice and small "treasures" that you have to find in the rice by moving or shaking the jar. She just went on hunt for small items around the house put them in a jar and filled it almost to the top with rice (you want to leave some room so the rice can move around). You can find more pictures and instructions here.
So those are a few things that the girls have been working on this December. It has been a joy to watch them create things to give to others.