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Ok, time to pull out all of the stops! As we embark on the week of Christmas itself, I bring you my last edition of Holiday Hints for Handmade Gifts: Last Minute Ideas! Though I had several more categories planned, I decided to regroup and handpick a few projects that take little time and materials.

For starters, there’s my Caterpillar Eyeglass Case Tutorial, made from felted wool sweaters and appliquéd with a little leaf and critter. This can be made very girlie, as shown, or done without the embellishment and in more subdued colors.

My Cutie Pie Tutorial is a favorite. A handful of felt balls + 2 circles of felt = a cute little catch-all bowl that makes a quick gift.

Check out my Felted Brooch Tutorial and video for an easy-peasy felt scrap project. Decorate the top of a gift by looping some ribbon through the pin on the back and tying it to the package.

The pdf pattern for the Zippered Birdie Pouch shows you 2 ways to make these sweet tweets. 1) as a stuffed birdie, or 2) as a zippered pouch. The pattern is available in my etsy shop.

If you’ve got a copy of Sewing Green, flip to pg 48 for the Recycled Sweater Slippers. This style is where it all began for me about 20 years ago when I first started felting/cutting/sewing thrift store sweaters into slippers. I think every member of my family got a pair that year!

On pg 20 of Sewing Green you’ll find the Penny-rug Trivet and Coasters. These give a fresh modern look to the traditional technique of appliquéd scrap wool. Great for use when entertaining or as a thoughtful gift.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my Holiday Hints for Handmade Gifts feature! If you’ve missed any over the past month you can find them linked below.

Holiday Hints Recap:
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  • Homebody

    I always enjoy looking at your blog, but sometimes feel so inadequately gifted in the skills department. However, this post made me really inspired to try some last-minute gifts! Thanks for doing your lovely blog!

  • Annie Pazoo

    I bought the bird pouch tutorial last year and have YET to make it. I know, what is wrong with me. But, yea, we have a snow day here in MoCo, so I now have my project lined up :-)

  • Lynsey

    Thanks so much for the great ideas!
    Lynsey x

  • Lianna

    Betz, I just want to say thank you! For my son’s teacher and educational assistants, I made four of your pincushion cupcakes to give as Christmas gifts. I placed them in a decorated bake shop cake box and they were a big hit! I received four big thank you’s when I picked him up from school. :)

    So many thanks for all that you share with us! I will certainly be making more of your creative projects for gifts this coming year!

    Best wishes for a wonderful Christmas and very happy New Year!

  • daisy janie

    I’ve really enjoyed seeing your projects gathered like this for each of your handmade hints’ posts! You are one ultra-uber-super-hypercreative lady!!!!

  • Lisa at Lil Fish Studios

    OK, seriously…that caterpillar has to be the cutest thing ever. All of your projects are adorable, and each has a distinctly “Betz” look that is just awesome.

    Happy Holidays!

  • Naturalearthfarm

    Thank you for sharing. I am going to make a version of the little felt trivet for a dear friend.

  • mkayteem on scs

    Hi Betz –
    Just had to let you know that I spotted your Kleenex box from last year with the dove on it in a grocery store in Westerville, Ohio. The chain store, Meijers, is out of Michigan. Merry Christmas!

  • Betz White

    Thanks mkayteem! I love Meijers, how cool! :)

  • Ann

    Oh! so many lovely things to make.
    I don’t have any last minutes left, but will save these for next year and get cracking earlier.

  • mimi k

    I’m going to be making a few last minute hats based on the simple one in Warm Fuzzies :) Happy Holidays and thanks for all the inspiration this year!

  • Sónia

    Thank you so much for so many great ideas! For now, all my presents are bought and made. But for next year I will have to try and do it :)
    Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!

  • Marla Jones

    I love felt! It’s so easy to work with and things look just fabulous when made with it. Thank you for bringing us beautiful things to see!

  • Organizing Mommy

    I made about a million pairs of slippers this year for gifts:

    if you want a quick look. Thanks!

  • cindi

    Adorable last minute gift ideas. Thans for sharing. Merry Christmas!

  • Cristina

    I made some of the felted skippers for a male relative in the family as a holiday gift. He likes the “tar heels” of the University of North Carolina, so the slippers were made with the school colors and instead of the suede bottoms, I used fabric puff paint and wrote “tar heel” on the bottom. He loved them! Thanks again for the pattern!

  • Pots and Pins

    I’m crazy in love with the felted flowers! Thanks so much – I even posted about them on my blog today…I’m seriously trying to think of a way to not work today just so I can stay home and make more! xo, Nan

  • Anonymous

    the link for how to make felt balls (at Martha Stewart?) failed! Any other suggestions for where to look?

  • Anonymous

    I loved the idea of the slippers made from found wool sweaters. My husband was just commenting that he didn’t have any slippers. I am inspired.

  • Anonymous

    I loved the idea of the slippers made from found wool sweaters. My husband was just commenting that he didn’t have any slippers. I am inspired.

  • Janet d

    love all your ideas betz. wanted to buy your pdf for the bird pouch, but store says it’s sold out. how does a pdf sell out??? please restock. thanks!

  • Betz White

    Hi Janet d,
    I did relist it but need to update that link I guess! Please visit my shop again,

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