I can’t leave the little ones out of my gift ideas! I love making handmade gifts for both Kieran and other children. In fact I think I’ve developed a reputation as “that mum” who gives the handmade gifts. So I need to make sure I have lots of ideas at my finger tips to call on when birthdays and Christmas are approaching. Here are eight of my favourites!
Granny Stripe Baby Blanket
Gifting a baby blanket is always appreciated, and what style could be more loved or classic than a Granny Stripe blanket? Change up the colours to complement baby’s room. The three-part tutorial at Maybe Matilda includes the pattern, tips and tricks, and finishing off with the scalloped border.
DIY Rock Crayons
Kids and crayons are synonymous right? Give your little artist a new approach with these marbled rock crayons from Say Yes. You’ll need to find the rock mould tray, but the process of making these is quite simple and quick.
DIY Wooden Toys
If you’re a woodworker or have one in your family, try these simple wooden toys. The tutorial at The Caldwell Project includes instructions for making the animal blocks, as well as the little boat. I’m not a woodworker myself but the clear instructions made these seem very do-able.
I love this sweet intellectual sock bunny from Sweet Paul. In fact I think I might make him for me! He’s made from a pair of white socks. The leather ears are attached with buttons, so you can change their position from pointing up to hanging down.
Nesting Crochet Bowls
I made these bowls for a sweet one year old this summer and he absolutely loved them! This is the perfect age for stacking and nesting and these bowls work up quickly, plus they don’t use a lot of yarn. And later on (after the mouthing stage) you can make the coordinating balls, and the game becomes a sorting game too.
Girl and Boy Soft Dolls
Get the pattern and full instructions to make these cloth dolls over at Make it & Love It. The detailed tutorial takes you through the doll construction from the topsof their heads all the way down to their sweet little feet. These will be loved for years!
Knitted Baby Booties
Speaking of sweet little feet, how about these adorable baby booties? The tutorial at Craft Foxes teaches you how to knit the cuffs and finish them off with an I-cord. You’ll also need to source the suede soles that the cuffs will be stitched to. Your baby’s tootsies will be so nice and warm in these!
Granny Square Cat
This cat with a Granny Square tummy was a big hit when I made it for Kieran’s friend this year. It’s pretty quick to work up, the most complicated part are the granny squares that form the body, but you can use any granny square pattern you prefer. After that it’s pretty much all tubes of single crochet for the limbs. It’s a great pattern for using up yarn scraps too.
Are you making handmade gifts for children this year? What are you working on?
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