Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Day 6: Blankets and Quilts

30 Sew-Made Holiday Ideas

I know this is a pretty taboo gift idea for Christmas, however I was already planning on making my kids some larger ones (they only have the ones they got when they were born). Then I was browsing Pinterest  and found this amazing idea: 25 Christmas Book Tradition

Elle at Elle Keeps Moving writes "Wrap up twenty-five Christmas children's books and put them under the tree with a special Christmas quilt or blanket next to them. Before bed each evening, your kids choose one book to open and read together until Christmas. Of course cuddling under the blanket as you read and partake in some special treat like hot chocolate is mandatory. We each pick one chocolate truffle from Jared's chocolate box (yes, I married a 70-year-old man in a 28-year-old's body). It's something we all look forward to every night and I'm always surprised by how quickly it brings in the Christmas spirit. Even though we reuse the same books every year, they feel brand new once they are wrapped-up and we all look forward to opening our favorites." 

Here are some book ideas I found:
1. How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr Zeuss
2. The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walburg and James Bernardin
3. The Pine Tree Parable by Liz Curtis Higgs
4. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
5. The Gruffalo’s Child by Julia Donaldson
6. Father Christmas by Raymand Briggs 
7. One Snowy Night by Nick Butterworth
8. Dear Santa by Alan Durant
9. Christmas Cookies by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
10. Legend of the Christmas Stocking by Rick Osborne, Jim Griffin, & James Griffin
11. Russell’s Christmas Magic by Rob Scotton
12. Santa Clause & Santa's Reindeer by Rod Green (2Books)
13. Oliver the other Reindeer by Vivian Walsh
14. The Twelve Days of Christmas by 
15. The Mitten by Jan Brett
16. Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner
17. The King’s Christmas List by Eldon johnson
18. How Santa Really Works by Alan Snow
19. The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado
20. The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet and Allen Ahlberg
21. Secrets of a Christmas Box by Steven Hornby
22. Mortimer’s Christmas Manger by Karma Wilson
23. Santa's Favorite Story by Hisako Aoki and Ivan Gantschev
24. ‘Twas The Night before Christmas by Clement Moore
25. The Story of the Nativity by Elizabeth Winthrop
** Alternate books I might just get cause I can't decide:
 Aliens Love PantaClause by Clare Freedman and Ben Cort
The little Fir Tree by Margaret Wise Brown
Drummer Boy by Lauren Long
Stick Man by Julia Donaldson

So I am going to make my kids new blankets early and let them open them the first night! Here are some tutorials for Blankets and Quilts to sew for your loved ones this year. 

Love this but make it big kid size. It would be pretty pricey, why does minky have to be so pricey?

I think this might be what I do, but in all the circles put there favorite characters? Maybe, but I think solid colors is so much cuter. This one would be easy to modify to any size doesn't need to be square. 

This site has a link to an amazing cheat for making the squares. If you want to make a square or a chevron pattern then use this tutorial
Add a ruffle to the edge for a girl. 
A bunch of ideas and a pattern to buy, if you need it. 

I have no idea where this picture is from, but how cute for a girl under 10.  It would be really simple too. 

Love this one, in a deep purple with green and pink flowers. 

I love this, its a tutorial for a duvet but you could easily make it a quilt. I love white but at my house it would be dirty so fast. 

Here is a link to 30 Tutorials there are too many quilt/blanket ideas to list them all!