(Christmas music) – What’s sewing on, friends? I have left my Christmas gift
making to the last minute. And in case you have too, here’s a video on how to make some easy handmade Christmas gifts. We’re going to be doing a crochet gift, a sewing gift, and an embroidery gift. And if you’re someone who is
already into craft and DIY, which if you’re watching
this I assume you are, you probably already
have all the materials that you need for these DIYs. Which means you can
avoid going anywhere near the existential hell-hole of capitalism that is shopping malls before Christmas. So let’s begin. (Christmas music) The first gift that I’m going to be making are some crochet leaf earrings. And I’m also going to assume a basic knowledge of crochet here too. If you haven’t learned crochet already and you’re trying to make
something for Christmas, don’t start now, you don’t have time. What you’re going to need is, some yarn. I’m using this multicolored
recycled cotton, but any on and a leaf like color, think greens, but also
rusty reds will work. A hook size appropriate to yarn. I’m using a four millimeter hook, and I think that is a
size G, or six in the US. A yarn needle, two earring
hooks, two findings, some needle nose pliers
or some good fingernails, and a pair of scissors. I will be using US crochet terminology, but you can find a link in the description for conversions to UK or Australian. Okay, so first attach
your yarn to your hook, and then chain 12. One, two. Then in the third chain from the hook, we’re going to put a double crochet. So that’s yarn over, slide into the space, pull through. Yarn over, pull through two. Yarn over, pull through two. Then in the next space we’ll
be putting two treble crochets. Which is yarn over twice, insert into the next space, pull through, Yarn over, pull through two. Yarn over, pull through two. And yarn over, pull through two. And then we’re going to do our second treble crochet
in the same space. Then the next space, we’ll
get one treble crochet. So just like before. Yarn over twice, put it in the next space. Yarn over, pull through two. Yarn over, pull through two. Yarn over, pull through two. And then the next space
we’ll get a double crochet. Then one more double
crochet in the next space. Then in the next space, we’re going to do a half double crochet, which is yarn over, put it through that
space and pull through, and then we’re going to yarn
over, and pull through all. In the next two spaces, we’re going to do a
single crochet in each. Which is insert the hook, pull through, yarn over, pull through. And repeat. And then the last two chains there will just get slip stitches. So insert your hook and pull through. Insert hook and pull through. Okay, so that is half the leaf done. Now we’re going to chain two, and then turn the work. So we’re going to be
working back this way. Using the other side of
the chain space this time and basically the reverse
of what we did before. So that first space is
going to get a slip stitch, and then another slip stitch. Then one single crochet in
each of the two next spaces. A half double crochet in the next space. A double crochet in each
of the next two spaces. A treble crochet in the next space. Two treble crochets in the next space. And then finishing it off with a double crochet
in the very last space. And then we’re just going
to join with a slip stitch to the first part of the
first double crochet. And we’ve got to leaf. Now honestly you could make this into anything at this point. You can make it into a broch, a hair clip, but I’m making earrings so I’m going to actually
add two more chains. And then I’m going to
yarn over, pull through, snip it off, and pull
it through all the way, which knots it off and
stop the unraveling. Now I’ve created two of these leaves. I’m going to use a yarn needle to just sew the ends of
the yarn into the leaf and hide them out of the way. Yeah, this yarn needle is way too big. (upbeat piano music) So I’m using a cotton for my crochet and that makes it quite easy to shape. I like to twist them a bit. Helps make them look like real leaves, just by pulling on them, pulling them into a sort of twisty shape. Okay, next I’m going
to attach the finding. So using these pliers, I’m
going to open up the finding and then put it through the
top loop of the crochet there. Slip the earring hook on, and close it up. Now, if you had really strong fingernails you could probably do
this without the pliers. And these are now done. This next one is a cute and easy DIY, that’s perfect for anybody
who likes to craft. That’s where mine are going. Custom buttons. But even if your recipient does not craft, they can pretty easily be used as some decorative knickknacks. So for this one you will need, some embroidery floss,
an embroidery needle, and scissors, and a covered button kit. I got this one from Dicer. You will also need just
a little bit of fabric. Scrap fabrics are perfect for this. Here are some scrap fabrics
I pulled out of my scrap box. I think what I’m going to use
first is this plain canvas. So firstly, got to figure out how big an area we have to work with. I’m going to open up the button kit and they usually come with a template showing you the amount of fabric you need to make the button with. However the surface of the
button itself is only this big. So that’s the space I’m going
to want to be embroidering in. A chalk pencil or something similar is also going to be useful here as well. So I’m going to trace around the template directly onto the fabric. And then I’m going to put
the button in the center and just lightly trace
around this as well. Now you could throw this
into a hoop if you wanted, but I’m not going to worry about that. So all I’m going to do on this is a rose. To do that I’m going to
draw another smaller circle inside these two other circles. I’m going to put a dot in
the middle of the circle and then I’m going to draw five lines radiating out from the circle. Now I’m going to thread my yeedle, my yeedle? And now I’m going to
thread my embroidery needle with this floss, but
with only three strands. So to make this rose,
first I’m going to go up, through the very center, through that do we drew in the middle. And I’m going to stitch over
all five lines like this. I kind of think of it
like a wheel with spokes. Now I’m going to bring my needle back, as close to the center I can get. And now, this is the part
I think is really fun. I’m going to bring my needle
and thread over one stitch, and then under the neck. Anticlockwise around the spokes of the wheel that I’ve stitched here. And I’m going to keep on doing that, over one stitch, under the next, over the next stage, under the
next, et cetera, et cetera. And as I go round, and round, and round, you can see how the thread is building up to look like a little rose. It will also start taking on a bit of a three
dimensional shape as well. And keep going until all
of those little spokes, those straight line stitches, are covered, and you can’t actually
get the thread in anymore. When you’re done, pass the
needle through to the back and tie up your thread. Whoa, what happened there? Oh, well. Tie off your thread with
whatever method you prefer. I prefer to make a giant mess
on the back of mine clearly. I just tie the thread into knots. Now there’s actually still
a little bit of room here. So I’m just going to do a few little French
knots around the flower. Now I’m going to cut out
around the outer circle. Now different button making kits might be slightly different. But in general, they will have a top part, a bottom part, and this
little presser thing, which you make the button in. So what I’m going to do is
put this face down into here, centering it, and then put the
top of the button in there. Then I’m going to push all
this excess fabric inside it. Put this bottom piece on next. And then finally I’m going
to use this little stamper. Put it on top and press
down on it really hard. Now I’m just going to
push it out of the mold. And there we go. Cute little rose button. I made myself eight more. For these two I used to
the lazy Daisy stitch. Which you can see how to
do it in a previous video. And then for some of these, I actually just used a thin
Sharpie and some fabric markers. So you don’t need to be able
to do embroidery to make these. Now I’m just going to make
these all into buttons. And if you’re feeling particularly lazy, you can forgo the stitching completely and just make them entirely
out of pretty fabric scraps. Hand sew the buttons
to some cute cardboard and you’ve got yourself some
real cute crimbo presents. The next gift that I’m going to make is a little lined case with a zipper. I find these really useful
myself when I’m traveling. I actually use this one
that I made some years ago as a traveling makeup case. And it’s a good scrap buster as well. You’ll need to be at least a little bit confident in sewing to do this one. But if you can sew straight lines, you can probably do this too. What you’ll need for this one is, two pieces of fabric for
the outer of the case that are the same size as each other. This can be any size you want, depending on how big
you want the case to be. But if you want to make
yours the same as mine, for reference, this is
9 inches by 10 inches. Oh, and by the way, if these looks super scummy on the back when you can see the wrong side of them. That’s because they are samples from an old couch sample book and they had stickers on the back of them that I have to scrape off. Two pieces of lining
fabrics, that are again the exact same size of the
outer fabric and as each other. You can see this one
has a weird seam here. That’s because it’s from
a pair of old trousers. And a zipper, and you
want the zipper to be as long as the edge that
you’re going to put the zip on. That’s usually the long edge. But it doesn’t matter if it’s longer because we can cut it
shorter to fit the case. You’ll also need basic sewing
accessories, scissors, ruler, needle and thread or a sewing
machine, pins, et cetera. So let’s start. First we’re going to be making
a fabric zipper sandwich. So first I lay down the lining fabric, right sides up with pattern. And then put the zipper up
here, aligning it to the edge. And then the main outer
fabric goes on top. And I’m making sure that all three edges are aligned at the top here. My lining was a bit bigger
than my main fabric. Sorted. I’m going to pin them all
together at this top edge, or clip in my case, ’cause
I’m using fabric clip. And then I’m going to
sew along this top edge. I’m going to use a straight
stitch and a zipper foot so I can get the needle as
close to the zipper as possible. Next, I flip the outer fabric over, and then pulling the
zipper up out of the way. I fold the lining down underneath it. And I’m just going to clip
these two in place temporarily to keep them out of the
way for the next bit. Now I’m going to repeat
essentially the same steps again. I’m going to put down the lining fabric, right sides up if patterned. And then going to put the zipper with everything else attached
to it, right sides up on top. And of this piece I’m only
going to be sewing the zipper in the next step. So I line up the zipper with the top edge of the lining fabric and then I’m going to put
this final outer piece on top of it all right side down. Lining up those top edges
and clipping them in place. And I’m going to sew along this again with a straight stitch
using my zipper foot. A zipper foot is not strictly
necessary in these steps, but it will make things easier. Then I’m going to unfold everything, lining on lining, outer on outer, and I’m going to press open
the seams with an iron. (coughing) Well, I tried to. There’s something super
feral in this adhesive that has made it smell so
bad in here when I ironed it. Okay, I’m just going to skip that step. But you shouldn’t. You should be glad that YouTube haven’t invented smell yet. That was so bad. And I’m gonna have to
spray this with something before I give it as a gift. Oh my God. Whichever friend I’ve gifted this to, I’m sorry about the bad smell, I won’t give it to you
if it does smell bad. And you can just tell me if
it smells bad if it does. So now I’m going to half unzip the zipper. This parts really important. And then I’m going to lay
the fabrics out like this. The outer piece with
the other outer piece, right sides together. And the lining with the
other piece of lining, right sides together. And now I’m going to sew
all around the edges of this is a big rectangle,
leaving a small gap here through which will pull
the fabrics through after we’re done sewing this The zipper can be a
little tricky to sew here. So I’m going to pin it, so it’s just kind of folded
towards the outer pieces. And now I’m going to sew around this using a straight stitch
and a normal presser foot. And now at the zipper part, I’m going to take this really slowly, actually rotating the needle
with my hand in parts, using the dial on the side of the machine. To make sure I don’t
snap my needle in half when I go over the zipper. And continue. Oh, I ran out of bobbin
all the way back here. Why does this keep happening to me. Oh, sweet bobbin, Why must you always run out, in the middle of sewing projects? And why must I not realize
for very long time? Usually just after I’ve sewed something a little bit difficult. And onwards. Then I’m going to just cut the corners is Just outside the seam, so they look nice and
went on the right way, and cut off the bits of zipper that are hanging outside
the seam allowance. And now I’m going to put my hand through the gap in the lining. Reach in and pull everything
the right way round. Using a ruler to help me out
with the corners and the edges. Next with this gap in the lining. I’m going to just fold
the edges in like this and then just sew across it. Them I’m going to push the
lining inside the pouch. Do up the zipper, and I’m done. Cute little pouch. (Christmas music) Hi it’s Annika, coming
to you from my pajamas. I’ve just finished editing and I just wanted to thank all of you who have supported me
on Patreon this year, or on Ko-fi, or have bought some my merch. Or have just shared my videos or engaged in the make
thrift try challenges. This year has been tough
in a number of ways, but interacting with all of
you just lights up my day, makes my day so much better. I hope you all have a
safe and happy holidays and I can’t wait to see
you all in the new year. Stay crafty, and bye for 2019.