December 22 ~ Have a ball with fun, little projects and some Handcrafters’ Holidays memories

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Want to join us? We’ll continue to highlight our Handcrafters’ Holidays Meme responses all through the month (so if you already contributed and your blog and musings haven’t been featured yet, don’t worry!). Have a ball today, and don’t forget to comment anywhere on the blog for your chance to win one of two $25 gift certificates to Sew,Mama,Sew! each Friday!

By Sue, McArt

Sue added a jingle bell to each of these balls. With a little catnip they’d make great pet gifts, though these (sans catnip!) are for a lucky baby. Sue is Grandma to three grandchildren! These balls are constructed with a technique similar to a ball tutorial we published earlier this month. If the ball is big enough you can put anything “jingly” or “shaky” inside a film container, wrap with duct tape and add it before the stuffing. Sue creates a lot; she sells her hats in her McHats shop and other creations in her McArts shop.

Otedama Balls
By Hannah, Hannah Hoosier

Hannah used Melynda’s Otedama Ball Tutorial in our Soft Toys & Games compilation to make these fun balls. We love the brightly colored bag too! Make a set of your own with our Drawstring Bag tutorials.

Handcrafters’ Holidays Meme
There’s a great list of holiday recipes on Joyful Abode where she writes, “One favorite holiday tradition is making Zeppole, which are Italian fried doughnuts. Just about every year, we try a new recipe, because we haven’t found a favorite yet… but trying different recipes is almost as much of a tradition as making the zeppole!” This year’s version can be seen in these great recipe cards and she’ll be adding her Handcrafters’ Holidays “gifts section” soon.

Gena from Monkeyporkbun has a thoughtful discussion of her family’s holidays on her blog, including a holiday picture circa the late 1970’s (more on her Flickr site). She has her “Pecan Pumpkin Pie with Fresh Whipped Cream and Caramel Sauce from Cafe For All Seasons” recipe and says, “Please make this – it is so easy and so incredibly yummy.” Gena remembers how her mother always worked so hard to make the world, and the holidays, special for Gena and her brother. Find lots more on Gena’s blog including an upcoming gifts section too. Stay tuned!

Our Gift to You
You can print our free gift tags for attaching to all of your lovely handcrafted gifts. They read “Handmade with Love” and “I made it for you.”

Want more handcraft inspiration? Visit the Handmade Holidays photo pool and don’t forget about our Handmade Holidays Tutorials.

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35 Responses to December 22 ~ Have a ball with fun, little projects and some Handcrafters’ Holidays memories

  1. Ha! I met Sue of McArt today in the bookshop, totally out of a random conversation! Lovely lovely lady!! 😀 It was cool to meet a celebrity of sorts, lol!

  2. Penny says:

    Thank-you for the lovely gift-tags!!!

  3. Joyful Abode says:

    Thank you so much for linking to my post! It was a nice surprise. 🙂
    Also, for the record, we will no longer be searching for a Zeppole recipe, as this year’s version was PERFECT!!!

  4. Clarissa says:

    Cute ideas!!!

  5. nikkapotamus says:

    I didn’t read this one in time for Christmas, but those would make a great baby shower gift. I’ve always wondered what people do with those balls once they make them.

  6. gena says:

    What a delightful and unexpected surprise! Thanks for featuring me in your post. This was a really fun meme and I look forward to seeing more of what you’re up to here.

  7. Louisa says:

    Seeing all of those balls in a drawstring bag makes me think it would be great fun to make a juggling kit by modifying the pattern to weight the balls a bit.

  8. alison says:

    I’d forgotten about the ball pattern! This is perfect for my niece since I don’t have enough time to finish her blanket. (I’ll save her blanket for her birthday instead)

  9. Marianne says:

    such wonderful ideas, I love the idea of the little balls with bells in!

  10. Lynne H. says:

    The fabric used for the bag and balls is so cheery and bright. What a great idea for quiet indoor fun!

  11. phyllis says:

    wow – i love those cute little balls. i’ll have to try those! thanks!!!

  12. Jenn says:

    The balls are adorable…I can think of a few people (and pets!) who would love them!

  13. Becca says:

    Oooh, maybe I can whip up a couple of those fabric balls for a stocking stuffer for a baby who’s visiting us on Christmas!

  14. Libby says:

    Love the jingle ball idea with it’s own drawstring bag.

  15. Natalie Edwards says:

    You really do have some great things here!!! Keep it up.

  16. LisaAlso says:

    Those cute otedama balls, in a larger size, would make great Hacky Sacks, complete with drawstring bag, for an older kid.

  17. Susan Fisher says:

    I love the idea of making toys! I never thought I could. This idea is wonderful. Thanks for the tutorial!

  18. mama k says:

    Pretty Pretty! Great ideas for a little one.

  19. Linda F. says:

    How cute those little balls are. I just made 2 catnip fish last night and am making a big stuffed dog bone with a squeaker tonight. Maybe I’ll make up a couple balls with jingle bells, too!

  20. Barbara York says:

    I love the little balls. I need a gift for my sweet kitty so I am going to make one and put both catnip and a jingle in it. I love all the things on your blog. Made a couple of the rice bags already. Thanks for all the neat tutorials.


  21. Kaleitha says:

    With all of the lead scares and toy recalls, these are great alternatives for someone (like me) still wanting to give toys to kids! Thanks!!

  22. Alisha says:

    The pecan pumpkin pie sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe, Gena!

  23. Dorte says:

    Thanks for all these – and happy holidays to you all! Great november and december following the daily posts here!

  24. aurora fox says:

    I love the idea of the bell inside the softs balls! Since my wonderful gift this month was my daughter telling me she was expecting my first grandchild (!)–I’m saving all these baby/children craft ideas to make up soon. Thanks to you for sharing all month…and thanks for linking to my blog meme…Happy Holidaze to you !

  25. amy w says:

    These balls would be great for my dog too, she loves to fetch and rolls them around to entertain herself!

  26. Tara says:

    Oooh… those fabric balls have so many possibilities. Cat nip toys, baby toys, christmas decorations, etc. LOVE them!

  27. Amy says:

    The balls are really great and I love the matching bag!

  28. Michelle says:

    Those balls would make great hackysacks!

  29. Samantha says:

    I need to try some of those balls. They look like a great use for scraps.

  30. Rebecca Ottensmann says:

    What a wonderful way to use up all your bits and pieces! I have throughly enjoyed each and every post this holiday season. Thanks for all the great inspiration.

  31. renee says:

    what a great idea for a baby gift!

  32. Jennifer J. S. says:

    I love this idea for children….I prefer cloth & wood toys over plastic! I think your blog is really great! Thanks for all the inspiration,
    jennifer j. s.

  33. Grace Sheppard says:

    Love those balls – another idea for the insides is to put different “shakeables” inside the film container – make 2 of each kind (bell, rice, beans, popcorn kernels) and then you have a matching game for toddlers.

  34. Meredith says:

    Oh you guys have done it again, those balls are so cute!! I really hope I win the gift certificate and I so appreciate your site, it’s a delight!

  35. Christy says:

    I don’t know how I missed those adorable balls before!

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