Make your own money or gift card holders

I’ll be the first one to admit that I like to receive gift cards, especially if it’s for things that we really enjoy, like for the movies or for restaurants that we like to go to.  Here’s a way to pretty them up!

On Monday nights, I’ve been getting together with some friends, and we’ve been making cards.  We learned how to make a gift card holder a few weeks ago:

I decided that I wanted to do some for Christmas, and now you can too!

Step 1:
Cut two rectangles of card stock measuring 5.5″x4.5″

Step 2:
Put the two printed sides together.  If using double-sided paper, put the two sides together that you want on the outside.  Cut a design on the top, including an indent for the recipient to be able to retrieve the gift card or money.

Step 3:
Fold the sides up until they cover the cut edge.  Glue the sides and bottom on the cut piece.  Do not glue the top, because that will make your pocket for the gift card or money.  **Side note** I bought this ginormous bottle of tacky glue at the Dollar Store for $3.  Glue both pieces of paper together.

Step 4:
Cut a contrasting piece of card stock 1″x6.5″ (you can probably get away with using 6.25″, if you wish) and wrap it around the holder.  Glue the paper’s ends together, and cover the seam with a sticker, if you wish.

Happy crafting!

Make a Tinsel Scarf!

I was at a store this morning, and the sign said “63 days until Christmas!”… but seeing as how today is two months from Christmas Eve, I think it’s actually 61.  Anyway, this means that I am going to start with the Christmas crafts.  I will be selling some things at craft sales starting on November 17th, so I have to get busy.  Anyway, I found this yarn at Michael’s a few weeks ago:

It’s called ‘Festive’ by Loops & Threads, comes in three colours (red, green and silver… maybe more, but all I saw was three), and it looks just like tinsel!  Ah… tinsel… the stuff that you’d cut and wear on your head so you could be an angel in your Christmas pageant.  Or you’d decorate a tree with it… 

However, this stuff is not at all scratchy like real tinsel, it’s actually pretty soft.  And it’s a breeze to crochet, and probably to knit, as well.  I’d recommend using large needles or a crochet hook.  I used a 10mm hook, and I would use at least that for knitting needles.  Here’s my crochet pattern (and please forgive me… I’m not great at patterns):

Tinsel Scarf – use one ball of Festive

Ch 9, skip three ch, and make 1DC each in next 6ch.  Make 3 ch, turn, and DC across.

Does that make sense?  In each row, there is the 3ch that makes 1DC, and then 6 additional DC, to make 7 all together.  This makes a nice long, but thin scarf, so you could wrap it around your neck, or double it and loop it like I did.  Enjoy the tinsel!

Note: for knitting, cast on 6-10 (depending on how thick you’d like your scarf), and knit across each row.

How to Make a Knotted Fleece Blanket

Our little guy will be turning 2 in under a month, so I was trying to figure out what would be a good gift for him.  I found a few youtube videos on how to make a knotted fleece blanket, and I thought that I should try it.  Fabricville also had their fleece on sale in September, so that helped.  I bought it and it turned out to be really easy!  And it’s going to be so warm on his bed, which is good, because his room can be a little chilly in the winter time.  Here’s what you need:

  • two coordinating pieces of fleece
  • scissors

Simple, simple!  For Davey’s blanket, I used 2m of each colour because I wanted it to cover his entire bed.  If I was making him a blanket for cuddling up while watching TV, I’d only use 1.5m.  If you are making it for a bed, make sure to add an extra 8″, because you’ll lose that for the ties.

The first thing you’ll want to do is cut off the rough edge of the fleece, about an inch on each side.   Match the two pieces together, and cut a 4″ square from each corner:

And then you’ll want to cut a fringe into the blanket.  Four inches long, and no bigger than an inch wide, but it is forgiving if you do.  The thinner the strips are, the better it looks.

The next thing you do is tie knots.  And lots of them.  Double knot each pair of strips.

And here’s close up of the finished knotted fringe:

And here’s how it turned out on his bed:

And now it’s packed away to be wrapped for November.  Hopefully he likes it and will be very cuddly underneath!