The Holiday Christmas season always brings out my inner elf. I have a brand new baby nephew and I’m so excited to be able to make baby gifts again. My family has gone a few years without any small children about, just older (sullen, morose) teens and adults, so my little nephew is a very welcome addition. I love the old vintage craft patterns. There’s something timeless about them, like these stuffed toys from Advance circa 1940s:

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And how about these funny elf dolls:Mccalls 7099My grandmother made me a Raggedy Ann & Raggedy Andy pair when I was in kindergarten. I loved those dolls. I don’t know if the instruction sheet said to, but she used a kind of fabric paint to draw hearts on their chests.

xmas crafts 2This penguin family is adorable and the Santa faces crack me up!

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Or if you like knitting, here’s a Gnome and Santa doll:

bestway929aIf you need a very vintage looking 1940s Santa Suit, I’ve seen this pattern offered on Etsy by a couple of vendors:

xmas craft 4Then how about a set of matching aprons for the whole family:

Mccalls 2264Felt seems to have been the fabric of choice for Christmas Stockings:

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And if you aren’t busy enough during the holidays, why not whip up some home decor…

xmas craft 6A 1959’s version of “going green” – felt tote bags:

Mccalls 2344Or just make slippers for everyone on your list:

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xmas craft 8And then after you’re all done with the sewing and knitting, you can venture into the workshop and get familiar with the woodworking tools knocking out this project:

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Then if you haven’t collapsed by Christmas, you can get in the kitchen and bake the perfect Christmas Dinner.