5 Reasons to Start Making Handmade Gifts in July

In the second week in July, I’ve barely recovered from the holidays. The socks I promised my Dad are finally finished (only 18 months late), and all I want is to spin for the Tour de Fleece and think only of myself. But this is the perfect time to start spinning, knitting, or weaving your handmade gifts.

Here are 5 reasons to start making handmade gifts in July (and 5 things to make):

handmade gifts

Make this: Eye of Partridge Cowl by Jennifer Raymond. Photo by George Boe

1. Gifts are cool.

I usually give hats, mittens, and socks as holiday gifts—none of them big, heavy sweaters that I would make for myself. I can bring a small handmade gift in process and work on it without melting.

handmade gifts

Make this: Secret Garden Mitts by Heather Zoppetti. Photo by George Boe

2. Gifts pack easily.

Not only do gifts stay off my lap, they’re also easy to stow away when I’m on the go. As someone who packs knitting in my back pocket for a 40-mile bike ride, I appreciate a wee hat knitted from 50 grams of yarn as a summer project.

handmade gifts

Make this: Stone & Fire Cowl by Amy Tyler. Photo by George Boe

3. You can take your time making handmade gifts in July.

A deadline can be motivating, but unless you really like working down to the wire, you can enjoy the process more when you have months to finish instead of days (or hours). Take your time to make something you enjoy.

handmade gifts

Make these: Natural Colored Cotton Dish Towels by Gisela Evitt, from Spin to Weave eBook. Photo by Joe Coca

4. The yarn you’ll use for gifts is good summer yarn.

Do you know someone who claims to be allergic to wool? Someone who can’t be trusted to hand-wash handmade gifts? That sounds like someone you should give cotton, linen, washable wool, or lyocell/viscose. (Those are also fibers you can get a little dirty when camping or drop in the pool without much damage, as long as you wash them quickly.)

handmade gifts

Make this: Humpty Dumpty Was Made of Handspun Yarn by Deborah McQueen Corder, from Handspun Gifts eBook. Photo by Joe Coca

5. Come winter, you’ll be so happy you did.

When the hectic holidays roll around, a completed handmade gift is a gift you give yourself.

—Anne Merrow

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What will you make for Christmas in July?

 

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