Christmas in July – Let’s Get Making!

It is official.  As we move into the second half of July, there are just five short months left until Christmas Day.  This year, Hanukkah begins on December 6th and ends on December 14.   Throw in the whirlwind of starting the school year, the Thanksgiving holiday, birthdays, and everyday life and it’s plain to see that starting any handmade gifts NOW is a great idea.

Christmas in July - Let's Get Making Sheep Thrills Yarn Store 4725 North University Drive Lauderhill, Florida 33351 954-468-5577When I think of holiday crafting, I like to find relatively quick, satisfying projects that can be made in multiples.  As a crocheter, I have a few patterns that fit these criteria, but I am always looking to expand my skill set when it comes to crafting.

I am also a planner, and while even the best laid plans can go awry, I’ve found that no matter what I fare much better when I have a plan in place.  So today we’re going to go over making a plan and look into some options for expanding our skill sets (while finishing gifts early) through classes at Sheep Thrills.

Planning Holiday Crafting
1. Make a List. Doesn’t it always start with a list?  I love lists because they make the stress go away.  Before July ends, take the time to make a list of everybody who you’d like to connect with over the holidays.

2. Sort the List.  Next, sort these people into categories.  Feel free to choose whichever categories work best for you, but I suggest having a card list, a gift list, and a handmade gift list.

3. Focus on the Handmade Gift Portion of the List.  At this early date, you do actually have time to dream big when it comes to making handmade items for your loved ones.  When you look at the names on your handmade gift list, ask yourself which of them would enjoy (and more importantly appreciate) a an item crafted with yarn?  What should that item be?  Do you know how to make that, or how you could learn?  How long will the project take?

4. Think about What YOU Want to Craft. Learning something new, like knitting, crocheting, weaving, or making a personalized Christmas tree could be a lot of fun for you.  Even if you are familiar with a craft, taking a class has many benefits.  For one, by signing up for a class, you get out and make time to get your crafting done.  Secondly, you will have a fun, relaxing, social experience and connect with some like-minded people.  Thirdly, at the end of the class (or soon thereafter) you have completed a gift and gained a new skill that you can repeat over and over again if you wish.  It’s a win all around.

4. Go Shopping and/or Gather Materials. That’s fun, right?  Look around your craft space for yarn, hooks, needles, buttons, and other stuff you can use to craft your gifts.  Then come on into Sheep Thrills Yarn Store in Lauderhill, FL and see what’s new and what’s on sale.  It really is an inspiring place.  (Ask me how I bought 2 bags of Pur Pur on Saturday.  You really can do a lot with that yarn!)

5. Sign Up for a Class. Patti has packed the month of July with wonderful classes that are perfect for holiday gift crafting.  There is so much to offer, even though the month is half over.  Check out this knitted fringe scarf, which is a class offered this Friday, July 17, from 2-4 PM.  What a great way to start the weekend and get a very special gift done!

Knitted Fringe Scarf Class at Sheep Thrills Yarn Store at 4725 North University Drive, Lauderhill, FL 33351 954-468-5577
I am loving that project and Patti has so much more on the roster.
Click here to view the full class schedule.

6. Craft Away!  Now that you have all of the tools, skills, and materials you need to begin, get to crafting!  I love bringing my projects in to the store.  Patti has three comfortable areas to craft and everyone is so welcoming and encouraging.  They always want to see what you are working on.  There are some great crafters that hang out there, so you can also get expert advice.

7. Try to Set Finish-By Dates.  Crafting is fun, so it’s easier to schedule a “finish-by” date than a deadline.  Make your holiday crafting fun by doing a little bit every day and I bet you’ll finish more than you expected.  You’re also going to have to store your finished projects somewhere safe and write down where you put them and what was there.  Ever find an errant Christmas present after the fact?  Yeah.  Me, too.

8. Wrap & Ship Your Presents.  You should probably allow about two weeks for shipping during the busy holiday times.  The good news?  You’ll be done with your crafting right as the holiday parties pick up.  You’ll feel great about how much handmade you were able to complete in advance and everyone will be impressed with your skills.

So what do you think? Can you do it?  Are you excited for the awesome classes?  As always, please leave your thoughts, ideas and questions in the comment section below, and GET THEE TO SHEEP THRILLS! 🙂

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