We try to do as much of our Christmas as we can by hand, which can be a staggering task when so many of the hands are so little. Don’t get me wrong, we feature plenty of store bought stuff around the tree but we make sure that the children’s gifts, the ones they give, are for the most part made by them. That’s why I was so relieved to learn how to make glove animals from Happy Gloves.
Handmade Gifts From Kids
To prepare for this, we celebrate LEON day on June 25th which is exactly six months until Christmas and spells NOEL backwards. On this day we slap up some Christmas lights, break out Bing Crosby’s Christmas crooning and do our family Christmas drawing. With so many people it would be impossible for us to make gifts for everyone so we draw names of our immediate family members (Mommy, Daddy, siblings, Grandma, Great Grandma and Papa) and our closest set of cousins with their parents. Each person gets about three names, depending on who ends up in the pot that year; right down to the four year old, everyone knows who will be the recipient of their awesome gift.
Glove Animals From Happy Gloves
We have several months to think about the person, decide what they might like and start earning some money to buy the supplies. This year, after checking it out from the library, Happy Gloves inspired us so much that many of our gifts are being produced from it and we went ahead and bought our own copy.
Remember, I’m not much for sewing but these glove animals really go together very quickly and the designs are just ingenious. I do need to help quite a bit with these simply because my young children either don’t have the attention span for all the detail (think four year old dancing while she “sews”) or they’re still practicing their hand sewing skills. I make my kids learn to sew by hand before I teach them to use a sewing machine. If zombies attack, I want my kids to be able to sew on a button. However, there’s a lot of cutting, piecing and stuffing that any kid, any age can do and enjoy.
Plus, you’re not limited to glove animals–if cars, flowers, and bugs made from gloves are more to your liking, you can find patterns for those, too.
Lest you think that these happy glove animals are only appropriate at Christmas, I assure they’re not. They’re so simple to put together that you could create a flower for a last minute birthday gift. The Tooth Fairly may decide to up her game and leave a handmade pig. The Easter Bunny, too, might get in on the action and leave a stuffed rabbit likeness of himself. That would be much more practical that a live chick given to a two year old who will only squish it.
The patterns call for using those simple, cotton gloves in various colors that you can find at the drug or craft store. Strangely, I couldn’t find any online. Our local craft store had some for a dollar a pair and aside from batting, all you’ll need is a needle and thread.
I say give it a whorl! If my seven year old can make this, I bet you can, too. Just sayin’.
For tips on sewing with kids, please visit an older blog by Sue who currently runs The Little Acre That Could – I just picked up the tip to use clips instead of straight pins with little kids. What a great idea!