December 19, 2011Ten Last Minute DIY Mid-Century Gifts To Whip Up By Christmas
This is it! It’s Christmas week. The big one. End of the line. And you still haven’t found the perfect gift for your sister. Or for your husband. Or for your neighbor across the street who always manages to get you exactly what you need. What the heck are you going to do? Well, you could always buy something. But what if you can’t find the perfect color, or they are a difficult size?
Don’t worry. We got your back. Here are ten gifts from my huge mid-century DIY library that you could whip up by Christmas. But even if you can’t create it by the Christmas deadline, feel free to use these ideas for birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, heck, you could even start now and be ready by next Christmas.
So let’s get to it!
1. A Classic Cable Scarf (From Jiffy Knits, Coats & Clark, 1965)
Perfect for men or women and always fashionable, this scarf would be a great gift!
2. Danish-Modern Style Candleholders (From Women’s Day, Nov 1961)*
I love this simple candleholder! I am even thinking of trying my hand at making this for myself…
3. Canvas Shopping Tote (From Woman’s Day, Nov 1961)
It calls for canvas, but I can’t help thinking that any heavier vintage fabric you have laying around will do the trick!
4. Block Book Ends (From Woman’s Day, Nov. 1961)*
Don’t know what to do with those awesome vintage tiles that you recently scored? Why not make them into some fab mid-century bookends??
5. Big Bulky Knitted Stole (From Jiffy Knits, Coats & Clark’s, 1965)
This looks so warm and wonderful! A perfect holiday gift.
6. The Little House Toy And Bookshelf (From Women’s Day, Nov 1961)*
I have to admit, I am a little crazy for this! I love the idea of a combined shelf that looks like a bunch of little houses. ADORABLE!
7-10. Four Easy Toddler Pinafores (From Woman’s Day, Nov 1961)
Okay, so using this simple pattern as four choices is kind of cheating, but they are all so cute! It is hard to decide which one to make first, so I assume you will just be like me and want to make them all.
Good luck, everyone, and I hope your Christmas shopping/crafting all gets done on time!
*General Directions for wood projects!