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Homemade Presents

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Parent Issue
Day
8
Month
December
Year
1899
Copyright
Public Domain
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SomeChristmasCiiftsWhicfi : You Can flake With Needie, ] Shearó and Gfue Pot. The problem of Christmas presenta i seems to rao to assume greater proportions every year until now there ia beginning a reaction against stich wholesale bestowal of presents on everybody you know. Still if a child, a woman or a man wants to give a present to every one of his or her own family the list grows ainazingly. This letter is not written to help the rich, but those to whom a dollar means Tnnch, and there are some hints tried j and proved in the way of hooring Christmas by making pretty and inexpensive presents to those we love. Every boy nowadays learns something cf wood carving, modeling or some oth-er hand work in his school. It should be Jais pride to c.ivve íor his mother eome pretty little noards to rest hot disbes apon. Thee ft mi part of his class lessobs, and the bost piece of finished work ebould be offered to his mother Lor her present. Perhaps she wor.'t like it? Ah, but -ehe will. I have seen foclish mothers actnally kiss a cliMiisy little attempt at carving and wrap it up and put it away. as precióos as hor jewels. There are many useful us well as ornamental things which ove:- sraall boys can raake. Let them teil their teachers what they want to do and make the best they can. Girls somehovv seem to have more -natural aptitude for doing pretty work. Tha greatest tronble is that the bits of silk and satín; ribbon and tinsel all cost. Still if girls sit down calmly and plan soir.ething for each one, where the same colored materials can be used either in whole or in part, it reduces the expense to a minimum. I will mention a few things which c.'ever and industrious little girls can make. One is a blanket for a baby's ■crib. This is for mother and baby both. if one likes. A piece of fleece lined flannel of any prefened color is buttonholed all around. It is one yard long and the full width of the cloth. The bnttonholing is done in floss, black or red or blue, according to the color of the stuff. In outline stitch are worked an elephant and other animáis, birds and odd figures which baby fingers will trace with ■delight. Mrs. Thomas A. Edison had the walls of the nursery papered with a regular procession of snch figures and taught her little baby their narnes. Every ïnonth there were different pictures pasted tip. A very useful and handy gift for a young girl to make is a music albnm. This is made by covering pasteboard -with cotton and gluing on a piece of eilk which the little fingers have painted or embroidered. Velvet ribbon is pat across the corners and stitehed down, and the back is held by velvet ribbon on the outside and strong canvas glued to the inside. Glue enters very largely into all fancy work. Bows to tie it with finish it daintily. This is handy for all eorts of loose papers. Quite a little girl can make a most acceptable gift to any one in a pair of portieres or hangings for the fronts of closets. There is a cotton stuff on purpose, qnite thick and alike on both sides. It is bouretted. There is also doublé fleece cantón flannel. These in neutral colors should be chosen and the length ineasured off and hemmed on both ends. A bold design of sunflowers in natural colors shows up beautif uHy over garnet, olive or dull rush green. There is also an "art brown" with rauddy greenish shades. All these have an tistic look. I saw a pair of portieres almost exactly like the picture at the Women's Exchange. They cost $35. A clever, willing girl could do every bit of the work on these in Kensington stitch in a week and not work hard either. The saine idea worked out on a plush table strip is haudsome aud a very useful gift. All gifta should be made with a view of their usefulness. For a housekeeper old or young nothing is more appreciated than a bit of dainty linen embroidered by dear friends. There is no end to these. This season the round doily done in'imitation duchesse is the most popular. Drawn work ia always desirable. These lace and linen pieces take the form of doilies, iiapkins and scarfs for the sideboard and tray cloths. Sonie are all white, and eorae have flowera in natural colors scattered over tliem such as violuts, marguerites and forgetruenots. The newest had branches of purple heatker. Fringed doilies are seen, but hemstitched or scalloped lace edge are preferred. Among the things very yonng girls can make are tobáceo bags, foot rests, liead reste, pincushions, needlebooks, inittens, work bags, penwïpers, school bags, pencil cases, spectacle cleaners, watch 'holders of chamois. painted or embroidered or plain. Little round pincushions for gentlemen are always useful. They are made j by covering two disks of cardboard with silk, putting some cotton between and tben sewing the edges together with I colored silk. Then stick a c.ircle of pina ! in them, and your gentlemen friends will be delighted. A Chinese doll baby costing 2 cents has a dress of two long strips of white . flannel. Over these are two ribbons. They are to hang up handy. The flannel strips are stuck fnll of safety pins. Little girls can make these easily. For a smoking outfit all the women in a familycan join in its development Grandma can knit the cozy fleece lined slippers, mother can make the jacket, the boys attend to the jar of tobáceo, match holder, ash tray, etc. If they eau carve them, well; if not, they must j buy. It reinains for the daughter or i danghters to provide the broom splints i and bit of wire and cotton ; also a pretty ponch to carry abroad and a smoking cap to wear at home. The smoking cap all dependa upon the making. One of the prettiest that I ! 3aw at the Woman's Exchange, which ! is the depot for all kinds of fancy work, I was of plain black cloth, lined with ! black silk and braided thickly with gold sontache. The design was notbing but j four loops, beginningsmall and growing I larger. Smoking caps this season all seem to be shaped like polo caps. Little girls can find pin and othnr cushions for the toilet table filled with j hard stuff. All that remains is to cover them. The etuffing of a cushion is the ! hardest part. The chief thing is to try to give each a gift which is really useful, while also pretty. For a sister one rnight make a hairpin holder and a celluloid horn of plenty painted and ribboned for combings. The inother of a household will appreciate iron holders and kettle holders. A traveling bag is a valuable gift in ! convenience. It is 'usually of strong canvas and is cut like that shown in i the picture. There are three compartments on one side and one long one on the other. Straps throngh rings are I drawn and tied at the ends, and a shawl strap at the middle holds it firmly. It is f ar handierand lighterthan the average grip. Women like it better than men. One of the roost serviceable and pleasing presents one f riend cn bestow upon another is a handsome sofa pillow and an afghan, together or separately. Sofa pillows of all shapes, materials and in' every imaginable style of decoration there are. An afghan, or slumber robe, as soine cali it, may be made of art green eider down, lined with madder flannel, with a line of cord buttonholing around the edge. An arabesque design can be worked npon it in shades of russet and green, with yellowish green conventional liliea. This would be a comfort to any one. There are many holiday goods offered at prices remarkably low for such pretty things. There are jewel boxes, framed pictures, medaillons, clocks, atomizers, chafiug dishes, silverware and plated ware equally pretty and not so apt to be stolen. Lamps, china, cut glass and jewelry are all considered as auiong legitimate Christrnas gifts. Outsiders niay give any article for the decoration of a friend's home or table, bnt no personal ornament or garment, even a fur one. Toys for children snrpass anything evef before seen in point of valne, finish and mechanical contrivance. Dolls now carry on quite extended conversations with each other. These are sold in pairs and are fixed to ask and answer qttestions. But of all the dolls for genuine compnnionship and comfort none can compare with the new calicó dolí. This is as big as an ordinary baby and is just a piece of calicó painted in fast colors until Mrs. Santa Clans takes it in hand and cuts it loose from the cloth, sews it up and stnffs it with cotto'n. Then it'a just the doarest doll in the world.