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Handmade Occasions – Week 4

September 24, 2013

Last week was the first week of my fall term, so I decided to take a week off of the Handmade Occasions posts. One of the reasons that I wanted to start doing these was because I still owe a few gifts from previous years. Promises that were made and not quite kept. Most of them I even have the supplies for, but haven’t gotten around to doing.

The person who has probably had to endure this the most is my husband Anthony. In fact, this year, he has requested that I just make him the awesome things I’ve “given” him the past few years. Geeze! What a lame-o I am!

As always, I would love for you to join me in compiling 5 tutorials you think might make awesome gifts. Look for the link at the bottom to join the link party.

Handmade Occasions W4

Handmade Occasions – Week 4

2012-06-25-cufflinks-001So this is one of the Anthony promised gifts… You probably can quite tell from the picture, but these are some awesome DIY cufflinks from Stars and Sunshine. I have plans to make a Doctor Who pair and a pair with parts of his logo. Again, these were already promised so I don’t really have to worry about spoiling any surprises here…

bowtieThe other promised gift I’m going to share with you today is a bow tie for Anthony. (Also Doctor Who inspired.) These are ridiculously easy and you can customize however you’d like. This pattern from Angela Osborn seemed very straight forward.

Pocket-Hand-Warmers-5-480x319Last year I made these pocket hand warmers as stocking stuffers. The were easy and quick. This tutorial by Practically Functional shows you the step by step if you’re unsure. Not into making them? There is a little order form at the bottom


fall leaf garlandSince it is officially the beginning of fall (and it truly feels it here.) I need something to decorate our house with! I love this simple fall leaf garland by A Beautiful Mess.

traveller11I have always loved Thimble and have admired many of the tutorials posted there. With the holiday season coming up, many of us or our family members will be traveling. Having a travel wallet really makes things easy. I’ve made one for myself (from a different pattern) and it makes it so much quicker to find the essentials.

Hope you enjoyed some of these tutorials. You can check out past Handmade Occasions for more gift ideas or join me by compiling your own list of 5 gift tutorials before Sunday September 29 at midnight PST.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Ging permalink
    September 24, 2013 5:58 pm

    Hey Jodie,

    Did you happen to see our “bookties” at Diner en Blanc last year? My friend made them for her husband and Pauly. Unreal. I think Ant (and Connor!) would enjoy one too!

    • violinjodie permalink*
      September 25, 2013 7:44 pm

      Anthony sent me the picture. Those are great!

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