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Sunday, November 27, 2011

It Is Christmas Present Making Time


I am one of those who believes in making her gifts and not buying them. These wreaths were made from scraps of fabrics I had for my quilting. They are so easy to make.  If anyone is interested, I will be happy to upload a tutorial. The first wreath in the second row is made from Mary Engelbreit fabrics, but all of the other are from Christmas colored ones. I have some blogging pals who adore Mary’s things, so I thought they could use the wreaths in their crafting rooms. Here is a list of what I used: circles cut from a roll of multi-purposed 14 gauge wire from Lowe’s, a wire cutter, florist’s tape, pinking shears, and rectangular fabric pieces folded in half and ironed. I tied the fabric around the wire circle in a 1/2 knot, pushed each really close to the one before, and this is what I got. So easy:-) The time consuming part was cutting the fabric and ironing it in half...the rest was a breeze. Not expensive even if you have to buy a 1/4 yard each of some Christmas colored fabrics...and the wire goes a long, long ways - it was $8.00 for the roll. The wreath fabrics are floppy so you can turn and squish them however you like. I have thought about brushing them with  fabric stiffener, but as yet have not had the nerve to give it a try.The countdown is on, so I am well on my way. Need to make another 6, but then I will be through. I have some other little goodies I have made, but I will save them for next week. They are easy, quick, and inexpensive, too.
(The ones in the upper left and lower right are the same wreath...oops...no one is perfect :-)






17 comments:

  1. Your wreaths are so lovely. What a nice gift, it is wonderful you are so creative. Beautiful mosaic. I hope you have a great week!

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  2. a beautiful mosaic. would make a great Christmas card, actually. :)

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  3. My favorite is the first one in the second row. (hehe) I just sent you an email.
    I am not feeling creative this holiday season. I am hoping that someone shows something that I can make and my mood will change. I'd love to receive something homemade than store made.
    Thanks my friend.

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  4. Oh Genie, your wreaths are lovely. I have spent many a night(that would be all night) making presents to give to friends. I love doing creative crafts too. I definitely will try your wreath. What size pieces of fabric did you use? Hope your Thanksgiving was enjoyable--now on to Christmas. Mickie ;)

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  5. I'm impressed that you make your own gifts. I think that's what gift giving should be all about.

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  6. I love the idea of what I call "heart and hand" gifts. Absolutely lovely!

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  7. Wonderful wreaths!
    Have a nice week,
    Markus

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  8. I love your wreaths - I too love to make gifts for my friends. There is a lot of warmth and love given with a home made gift - from the heart. Beautiful gift that you have.

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  9. It's very impressive to be making your own gifts! So much creativity and ingenuity!

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  10. The wreaths are each very pretty and make a colourful, festive mosaic.

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  11. These are so pretty Genie! And nothing beats handmade gift!

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  12. Awesome creations and great presentation ~ ~ Perfect for RT ~ thanks, Carol (A Creative Harbor)

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  13. Very pretty!

    Here's my Ruby entry, have a nice day! Hope you can join my giveaway also.

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  14. I am impressed, Genie! Very creative!

    A DAY WITHOUT SCARLET

    A day without scarlet, they say,
    Can color the soul ashen-grey;
    For if there’s no red,
    The soul feels half-dead,
    And has no incentive to play.


    © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

    Red blossoms here, red buds here

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  15. You are one smart and talented lady. I love things that people take the time to personally make. You have done a remarkable job on your wreaths.

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  16. lovely Christmas decoration..


    Visiting for Ruby Tuesday~ hope you can visit me too:)

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