Plastic toys are out! Handmade is in!
Give the Gift of Handmade!
I am completely done with all this plastic in the world. I thought it would get better when my kids got older, but there seems to be more and more coming into the house. And they break easily too, such a waste of money.
So at the Brisbane Craft and Quilt Fair, I looked around the stalls and found this really awesome fabric from Whispers of the Valley Fabrics. My son is mad into grunge music lately so when I spotted these... I decided to make him a Quillow. If you don't know what a Quillow is, it's a quilt that folds into a pocket forming a pillow. I still have one I made in 1994, and when my son was as a baby, he used to cuddle up in it and put his feet inside the pocket.
I put forward this creative plan to my son, showing him the fabrics and to my surprise, he was SO excited! Winning! Best Mum ever!
It got me thinking. If my 12-year-old boy is excited about his mother making him a quilt for Christmas, surely he won't be the only one appreciative of handmade products this season.
Get on the handmaking bandwagon this season and feel the gratitude of giving something special, personalised and handmade. You just know it will be treasured forever.
If you're interested in knowing, here are the fabrics I am going to buy to make my son's quilt... this is going to be so fun haha!