"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those
who are willing to work and give to those who would not."
--Thomas Jefferson

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Christmas in July! Homemade Gifts for Children!

Today I'm going to give you a couple of ideas for some gifts that you can make for your kids. I'm sorry, but once again it involves sewing.
The first thing is this crayon holder.

I can't take credit for the idea. I found it on the internet.
I'm actually going to make a few of these and sell them at a local Farmer's Market (along with a some other things), when it gets a bit closer to Christmas.
Aren't they cute?

When you're done you just roll them up and tie them.
There are actually a few tutorials out there. Here, here and here are just a few!

The next little gift is soooo easy to make. 
They're bean bags!

I'm not crazy about the stitch I used to stitch the backing for the B but you get the idea.
You can personalize them or just use fun fabric. 

In order to make them more sturdy I double bagged them. In other words I used some ugly fabric (below) that I had gotten for free somewhere and filled it with the pinto beans then put that sealed bag in the ones you see above.

Here is a link to a tutorial. She made hers a bit different than mine but it will get you started and hers are REALLY cute.

The great thing about bean bags are that there are endless games that you can play with them. The latest and greatest is Cornhole. But just use your imagination and have fun.
AND don't forget to head on over to Kathy's blog to see what she's making today!

Don't forget to enter the giveaway on Monday's post!



  1. Hmmm, crayons are on sale this week at walmart. Those would be wonderful to make for my tribe here.

    Thanks for posting those

    In HIS care,

  2. great idea... thanks. Looking forward to your next idea =)

  3. Such a cute idea! Made me think of those corn bags too! We use our corn bags every.single.day! or night!

    Never thought of playing a game with them tho! Hmmm

    Have a wonderful day today

  4. Love the crayon holders, too cute!!

    What a blessing you are!!

  5. Kim,
    I just love these. That crayon holder is darling! I wish I could sew and be creative like this. Good for you!

  6. Wow! So cute! I love the crayon holder idea! I am a beginning sewer but I think I may just be able to pull it off. Thanks for sharing!

  7. ADORABLE. Yep, it's official, you impress me.

  8. I love the crayon holder. Very practical idea. And I love the fabric you used.

    Of course, I dont' sew, so I won't be making one...but maybe I'll buy one from you when the time comes that I again have a little one using crayons.


    PS You mentioned a tea book you just got. I have that same book....I love it. Aren't the paintings beautiful?

  9. Those are both great. You totally should sell them at the markets.

  10. Super cute my friend!! I have seen the crayon holder idea and it's just so cute! They would sell very well I think.

    Big can't-give-this-one-a-go-since-I-don't-sew-you-know size hugs to you! Have a great evening my friend!! Love you! :)

  11. I love the crayon rolls. We have been given a few but I am eager to make some myself. Thanks for sharing the how to links! HUGS

  12. Love it! Last year I made crochet hook holders for my stepmom, grandma and MIL and it is the same basic principle only bigger. I really need to make some of these this year for my daughter and niece. Thanks for the reminder!

  13. Those are so very clever! And a great idea to include, along with some beaded candy canes, in a 'needy child' gift basket. I'm pretty sure, though I have an extremely hostile relationship with beads, I can do the canes... and maybe even the bean bags. I might have to hit y'all up for some crayolls, though. 8-]

    Love ya loads, handy dandy!
    Have a JESUS-filled day! ^i^

  14. I love those crayon holders, but you already know that. :)
    Love you!

  15. That was a brilliant idea good that you shared this its gonna be a perfect gift ideas.Anyway,will certainly visit your site more often now.



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