Back again with a few more Christmas presents from this year!  This time around: the a wood carrier I made for my parents, and the oven mitts I made for my mother and brother-in-law (who does all the cooking in his household!).  Again, I found my inspiration (and directions) for these projects over at Sew4Home.  
When I saw this wood carrier, I knew I had to make it for my parents, who make fires almost every night during the winter.  Although they carry their wood just from the porch to right inside the door, I knew this would come in handy!  
I followed the instructions for the wood carrier exactly, and found them very easy to follow.  My only issue was that the directions called for WAY more fabric than was necessary!  I bought the specified 1.5 yards of 54″ fabric for both the outside and the lining, but only used about 3/4 a yard of each. I think the 1.5 yards is necessary if you are using a directional print, but since my flowers didn’t have a direction, I could be more economical with my fabric. I just wished I had read the directions first!  The flowers on the outside are an indoor/outdoor fabric (can’t remember the name or maker!), and the brown lining and handles are plain brown canvas.  Buying these 50% off made them a very economical project! Here are snap shots of the outside and inside of the carrier:
I also knew I wanted to make these over mitts for a few of my family members.  Since I had a ton of leftover fabric from the wood carrier, I was able to make the mitts to match!  An added bonus: this fabric matched both of my recipients’ kitchens! Score!
The oven mitts were very quick and fun to make!  I really enjoyed cutting out the specific dimensions, picking out which fabrics would be my liners and outside, and sewing them together.  I used my leftover indoor/outdoor flowers for the outsides, and then played with a variety of coordinating prints/solids that I already had on hand for the lining and edging.  
I actually think these are among my favorite projects ever!  They came out so great and I am pretty sure my recipients loved them!  Here’s a snapshot of them folded in half and all stretched out:
I bundled the wood carrier and oven mitt together and just love the way they coordinated.  
I don’t know about you, but I would have been pretty excited to receive this gift!

You can see my other 2011 homemade gifts here:
See You Soon!