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Christmas Gifts: For Teachers

Jonie are I both sharing Teacher Gift ideas with you today!  I love giving our teacher gift cards to their favorite places for Christmas, but a gift card by itself is boring.  So this is how I am giving my gift cards this year.

This was the quickest, easiest project I’ve made in a while now.  I used a tutorial from Delia Creates for the envelope pillowcase.  Then, I used a tutorial from How About Orange to make the bows, I just used felt instead of paper.

Here’s what you need:
1/2 yard felt (pillow color)
1/4 yard felt (bow color)
Coordinating thread
20 inch pillow form (I got mine at Ikea for only $2.99!)
Gift Card

Here are a few changes I did for my pillow.  I cut my front pillow piece 19 by19 inches.  The back two pieces I cut 19 by 14 inches.  Before you sew your pillow together, sew on the two pieces of felt (for the ribbon looking part, seen above.)  Be sure to leave a space not sewn for your gift card to fit into.  After pillow is sewn together, turn right side out and attach the bow.  Pin it, sew it, or glue it.  Which ever you chose.  Add a gift card and you’re done!

I spent $3 on felt and $3 on a pillow form.  Pillow total cost: $6!  It’s the perfect simple, cute, and fun gift for all your teachers.

Be sure to check out more gift ideas at Just Between Friends.


Christmas Gifts: For Friends

Most of my friends are moms — like me.  This gift that I put together for a friend is sure to be a fun activity for her whole family.  Easy for mom, fun for the kids.  It’s a win-win situation!

This bowl of goodies includes:
Gingerbread Cookie Mix
Cookie Icing (with a tip)
Wilton’s Decorating Kit (has eyes and even mustaches in it!)
Mini M&M’s
Gingerbread Man Cookie Cutter

Here’s a better look at everything included.  Now that I got these for a gift, my kids want to do this too.  I’m sure we will be making some of these cookies very soon!

Be sure to check out more gift ideas at Just Between Friends.

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Christmas Gift: For Mother in Law

What do you get your Mother in Law for Christmas?  I’ve tried about everything.  The one thing that gets the best results is anything handmade.  She loves everything I’ve made her.  I’ve made pillows, quilts, wall hangings, and this year it’s a table runner.  I’m actually going to make this same table runner for my mom and my mother in law.

I love how this table runner looks different from each side.  One side you see red trees, the other side you see green trees.  
I’m not sure whose pattern this is, but I have seen it several places.  I even found a tutorial online for it too.  You really don’t need a pattern, just some measurements.    
I don’t have any fancy tools to cut the triangles.  I just made a simple template out of paper and cut around it.  Make sure your triangle is 9 inches tall and the base is 7.75 inches.
Cut List:
7 Green trees, one cut in half
7 Red trees
7 Green trunks (1.5 by 3.5 inches)
6 Red trunks (1.5 by 3.5 inches)
11 White spacers between trunks (3.5 by 6.25 inches)
2 Short white spacers (3.5 by 4.5 inches)- after last green trunk on both sides
2 Long white spacers (3.5 by 7.5 inches) – after last red trunk on both sides

Be sure to check the spacing of your tree trucks to make sure they line up with your trees before you sew all of them.  You may need to adjust a little. (I did!)  Finished size is 15 inches by 48 inches.

I loved sewing this runner.  It came together very quickly and I just love how cute it turned out.  I’m sure my mom and mother in law will love it!  If you make Christmas related items for your gifts, make sure you give them early so that they can enjoy them this year and not have to wait until next year!
Don’t forget to check out Jonie’s gift for her mother in law.

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