In 2015, I had told myself that all gifts that came out of our house would be homemade. I really wanted to take the time and make each piece special, so that everything I gifted would truly come from a place of mindfulness and love. Not that a store-bought gift is devoid of feeling or intention, but I wanted to force myself to slow down. Well, life happens doesn’t it? And with all the unexpected news and the endless stream of appointments, evaluations, sessions we ended up with, most of my free time flew away. I did manage to make a few presents this year, but more than half of everything gifted was purchased. I was (and still am) a bit disappointed.
So I decided to pledge the same again this year. If anything, I see it as a way for me to make the time to practice my crafts, to get some half-done projects finished and to truly reconnect with my passion for homemade things.
So today was the first of I hope many homemade presents.
Oh how I love, love, LOVE a patchwork pillow! They are just my favorite thing in the world to make for kids. I mean, what kid do you know doesn’t like a large overstuffed pillow to crash into? And I find that disappearing 9-patches are just so much fun to work with for small projects like this. It was the very first quilting technique I ever learned (over 4 years ago) and I’ve been coming back to them all the time. They are wonderful for using up scrap fabric or for using leftover charm squares (5 X 5 inch pre-cut fabric) and really, the more random the better. I always back my pillows with flannel for that extra soft touch and make it an overlapping pillowcase so that the pillow can be removed and the pillowcase washed. I know my kiddos carry theirs everywhere so they get pretty grimy.
My daughter left for her little birthday party now. I’ve given many pillows over the years and although they are rarely the most popular gift in the heat of the moment, they seem to always be the ones that the kiddos hold onto the longest. I think that is what I like the most about anything homemade : they defy fashion and fads, they live on through the years. Some get passed down, some get given to loved ones. They are often reminders of happy memories… and isn’t the creation of a happy memory a wonderful gift to give?