Last-Minute, DIY and MIY Gift Ideas

An assortment of smaller felted bags in a bright rainbow of colors. They are all arranged on a deep window sill in Nora Bellows former artist studio in the Savage Mill.
Delicious little bags . . . one for each of your loved family and friends.

This year I’m going to make everything I give as gifts. It gets me in the holiday spirit, I feel more connected to the friends and family I give gifts to, and I think thoughtful (and perishable) gifts are more memorable and more sustainable than more stuff.

Whatever you are planning, I thought I would share with you what I’m making:

First, my knitting projects:

Tiny Knitted and Felted (Coin and Treasure) Purses

An array of rainbow-colored Lipstick and Change purses sits against a white background.

My FAVORITE knitted gifts are TINY knitted gifts. I still can’t make enough tiny and small purses that anyone can tuck away in a larger bag, or a lingerie drawer, or a knitting bag, or even a jacket pocket. Some will be lined. Some not. They are perfect for beloved friends with treasures tucked inside, or for teachers we have admired, or attached to a wine bottle as a host gift, or as part of the wrapping decadence around a larger gift.

Some will include spring gate rings so my recipients can clip their little purse to their key chains and carry it everywhere to catch those stray coins, that one dollar left over. Here is a gallery of some of the designs in my own Noni Patterns catalogue. Click on the image and it will take you right to the pattern page.

On The Go Purses

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I’ve got all the frames and chains you need for all these purses at the Noni online store.