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what's this? a gift for me? aw!

Green Christmas Tip Number One: Wrap gifts with pretty scarves, I can get them second-hand or 5 for $10 at Ardene. They are a gift in themselves and can be tied to make knot-purses, table runners, etc.

I add to the scarf idea by tying the corners to 2 bangles to make a nice bag.

Ingenious techniques for wrapping gifts can be found here!


Green Christmas Tip Number Two: Old Sweaters! Like the one you got last Christmas that you know you’ll never wear…Upcycle it into a gift! They can be made into a comfy couch cushion, mitts, booties, leg warmers, hats, stuffed toys and more! If its 100% wool it can be felted, oh the FUN!

a charming sweater becomes mitts for mom and slippers for baby

Weihnachtskarte Seide 1900

Christmas Cards can be re-used in many ways!

Green Christmas Tip Number Three: Save Christmas cards to use for all kinds of crafts. You can cut out the pictures on them to make gift tags, cut them into strips, staple into loops and make a garland and/or cut and paste pieces of them to make new cards or scrapbook embellishments.

Green Christmas Tip Number Four: Baby Socks! This year I dug out my kids outgrown socks and cloth-pined 24 of them on a ribbon to make an advent calendar.

Each sock has a little treat inside. You could also use the socks to hide treats in and hang them in the tree.

They make sweet gift card holders too.

Green Christmas Tip Number Five:
 Instead of using tissue paper for gift bag filler, why not make use of the SCADS of Christmas flyers that come in the mail.

What’s your Green Tip?

Thanks to Brooke McCartney-Langdon for letting us share her Green Christmas Tips!

The photos of beautifully wrapped gifts, throw pillows, mittens, slippers, socks and treats are also from Brooke.

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I have a small, possibly boring (no! Don’t leave!) story to share. A couple of years back, I had a job in “The Fashion Industry”. One of the little perks they’d give us was access to a mass Sample Sale twice a year.

This one has the beautiful Indian ribbon sewn to it.

Leftovers from the stores, samples that were made and discarded, and assorted wearable rejects were sold to employees of this nameless corporation by the pound. It worked out to about $1 per garment, and somehow everyone would score some nice stuff. I got my yoga-pants from one of these, and believe me I’m wearing them to the ground. Anyhow, during one of those sales I came across a bag of black polyester-fleece gloves with little pom-poms sewn on the wrists.

Quite cute already, but I thought “I’ll do something with these…” A year or so later, I did! I stuck with a colour theme for each pair, and used embroidery floss and sequins and beads that I already had.

So cool they're hot; so hot they're cool. Fire and Ice...

The most popular gloves have turned out to be the ones on which I simply sewed a colourful ribbon around the top. This ribbon was imported from India many years ago, and at the time was rare to find in mainstream shops. Since then, thankfully, many of the craft and sewing shops have similar ribbons available.

You could sew on a fringe, a bit of cord, some braided leather, some leftover bits and pieces of most anything. I would like to do something similar with old gloves I find in the fripperies and second-hand stores!

A couple of technical pointers: if the gloves are stretchy, either use stretchy thread or make certain that you stretch the material as you sew on the decorations. Try to not sew where there will be a lot of wear. This way your threads won’t be in immanent danger of breaking when the gloves are worn. You might notice that I stuck to decorating just the cuff area. Another suggestion is to tie knots often, so that if a thread does break, all your work will not come undone.

Happy decorating! I glove Christmas!

Decorated Gloves

Natasha Henderson in Montreal

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