Sunday, November 29, 2009

Homemade Christmas Gifts: Scrappy Bookmarks

Pssst....if you're a female relative reading this, and you don't want to know what you're
getting for Christmas this year, go read something else!

I like to mix store-bought gifts with more personalized homemade gifts.
This month, I'm on a roll producing simple, but heart-felt gifts for family.
I pretty much leave the boys alone but I do make gifts for the special women in our family.
I am blessed to have grandmas, aunts, my mom, mother-in-law, and a lovely sister-in-law to create for.

Many generations of women that came before me worked as seamstresses for their families, quilting, making clothing, mending, and sewing beautiful home made doll clothes.
Whenever I sit at my sewing machine, I feel a special connection as I think of these talented women creating for their families.

I also like to come up with gifts that are useful.
We are all voracious readers so bookmarks hit the spot this year!

My scrap basket still has bits of baby clothes left over from the memory birthday quilts I made for the girls this year.

I also have a nice stack of paint swatches sitting on my craft table (the perfect bookmark size if you ask me).

I combined the baby clothes scraps with scrapbooking paper scraps and machine stitched them to the paint sample cards to create these easy and whimsical bookmarks.

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