Monday, October 25, 2010

Handmade Holiday Challenge

Um, people. How come no one told me that there are only NINE weeks until Christmas? NINE. As in, less than ten. Single digits. I had all these huge ambitions for making all these amazing handmade gifts for my loved ones this year, and if I don't get started like YESTERDAY, it's never going to happen. Thus, I present you with (insert big booming voice here):

The Handmade Holiday Challenge!


I am challenging myself to make ONE handmade gift per week, every week from now until Christmas. Wanna join me? 

Grab a button from my sidebar, throw it on your blog, and link up your projects when you're done so that we can inspire each other. The button will bring you right back to this post when you click, so you can easily come back and post your projects.

In order to keep myself moving, here is my crafting schedule:
Week 1: My mother-in-law
Week 2: My boys
Week 3: My boys
Week 4: My boys (Um, there are three of them, they each deserve their own week!)
Week 5: My adorable niece
Week 6: My sister-in-law
Week 7: The husband
Week 8: My brother and sister (ages 2 and 9 - yes my boys have an uncle that is younger than them!)
Week 9: My grandmas

I'll show you projects each week, offer tutorials when I can, and point you in the direction of any patterns I use. I'm even going to try and line up a giveaway or two! Most of my projects will be sewing related, but I have a few crochet projects in my head as well.

So let's get started! Post anything you've made as a holiday gift below!


  1. Love it and blogged about it today. :)

  2. Great idea! I need to get on it. Only 9 weeks . . . yikes!!! :-)

  3. I didn't know I had so litte time! I think you've motivated me to join you in this challenge!!

  4. Love it! I've already purchased things I want to redo,but haven't gotten started redoing them yet. I love a good challenge. Count me in!

  5. New to your blog. I enjoyed your posts. I have added the challenge, and added a button to my blog! Thank you so much for the motivation!

  6. This is genius!
    I feel like Santa has stopped by early this year because I've got your site as massive, if only I could sew!?!?

    x Felicity

  7. oh my ...... I'd better start making my list! I'll link up once I've go something finished :)

  8. LOVE this idea... one gift a week seems so managable (though, some of the gifts I want to make are pretty involved- I wonder of I could get them done in a week?). :)
    anyhow, we'll totally be trying this, involved gifts or not!

  9. Nine weeks? Really? Oh dear! I'm only making a few gifts this year. Can I still join the challenge? :)

  10. yea --- 9 weeks and I have 2 pages (front and back by the way) of things I need to make -- decorations - gifts. Uhhh yes. I need to get my booty off the computer and onto the sewing machine.

    BUT I am linking up to my blog!

    Talk later!

  11. What a great idea! I'm up for the challenge.

  12. I am hosting similar party this month called "I Bought It Handmade this Holiday" where we support the shops selling handmade goods (for those of us that are not terribly crafty). Please stop by and check it out if you like.

    I can't wait to see your handmade gifts!

  13. Good luck with it! Great blog!

    Chris :-)

  14. I hope I did this right! lol I crocheted actually 2 hats and scarves this week. The pattern if off the Bernat website. One tradition that I am going to do this year is to sew all the grandkids pillowcases. An acquantance shared this with me after her grandma passed away this year and I thought it sounded like a great tradition to begin. I am also going to make her one since her grandma is no longer with us! I need to get started on those!! After all I do have 16 grandchildren!

  15. Well, we have less than nine weeks now, so I hope I make it! I guess I'll have too! I'm your newest follower, and I'm taking the challenge!


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