Hi everyone! In this post I would love to show you three DIY projects that are perfect for spending time on during the cold season and/or giving away as presents. Right now it is december and, of course, Christmas time but these are not seasonal in any way and can be used all year round. All three projects do require some type of basic knowledge in sewing, knitting and crocheting, but nothing than cannot be learnt in a Youtube tutorials-time or two. I am honestly in love with all three of these items, and ended up keeping all of them for myself… Although they take a little extra time compared to the “quick and easy diy gift”- craft videos that are out there, the time and effort is all worth it as the end results are high quality and very useful. So, without further ado, here are the three ideas for DIY Christmas gifts this year:
Knitted wash cloth
With more and more of the mainstream focus turning toward sustainability, reusable wash cloths are yet another easy way to save paper and avoid using paper towel constantly. Made of 100% cotton, these cloths are a dream to use and afterwards to clean, as they go in the washing machine and dryer. As long as I can remember we have had a couple of these lying next to the sink, ready to dry off the counter or wipe away remnants of working in the kitchen. To make these you will simply need some yarn (i would recommend using cotton) and a pair of knitting needles (mine were 3mm).
Cast on 60-80. Depending on the size and stitch you want.
Knit until cloth is square.
The pattern I used is called a dot stitch and is achieved like this:
Row 1 (right side): Knit
Row 2: *Knit 1, purl 1. Repeat from * across.
Row 3: Knit.
Row 4: *Purl 1, knit 1. Repeat from * across.
2. Crocheted potholders
I think this project is my favourite of the three, not only because they were surprisingly quick to make (about 45 mins!), but the design is stunningly simple. They can be used as potholders, hotplates or decorative pieces in the kitchen, and can be crafted in a variety of ways. The color, crochet stitch and size are all thing you can customise, and adding the strap is also optional. This particular pair I am saving for when I move out myself cause I am completely in love with them.
You will need:
T-shirt yarn (mine is from Hoooked.co.uk )
A size 10-12 crocheting needle
leather or faux leather strap (about 1cm wide)
Sewing needle and thread
Chain 16 and go back through the second to last chain to create a single crochet.
Single crochet back and forth, flipping the piece each time you reach the end of a row. Repeat until square.
Finish off and weave remaining loose ends through work.
Cut a strip of leather (about 15 cm) cut diagonally at the ends.
Gather as shown on picture and poke four holes through both layers in a diamond formation.
Sew through crochet piece and the holes in the leather to secure tightly.
3. Handmade scrunchies
This DIY is mostly geared toward younger girls, but I still love rocking a high ponytail featuring a scrunchie if I’m having a bad hair day. This craft is the least time-consuming of the three, but they are just so freaking cute! To start this project you will need:
Needle and thread
Yeah, not much, and the instructions are almost just as simple:
Cut a strip of fabric that is about 10cm wide and 2.5 times the length of your scrunchie. Mine was about 10x40 cm.
Place the fabric right sides facing each other around the elastic and pinch at one end.
Start joining the two sides with a simple running stitch around the elastic forming a tube.
When you reach the end, feed the tube through itself so the right side of the fabric is facing out, whilst encasing the elastic.
Fold the raw edges on each end inwards and stitch together so the fabric is completely sealed around the elastic.
That was it for this post, I hope you enjoyed. If the instructions are gibberish try checking out my Youtube video about these crafts.