There are so many great handmade gifts to give this time of year, but my favorites are the ones that combine sentimental memories with a little bit of DIY. These projects do just that!
The idea of printing on fabric has been around for, well, as long as fabric has been. Usually the methods involve screen printing or painting, but not this time. This time we're using your home printer, which means even if you're not an artist you'll still be able to pull out all the stops in the design department!
The pillows pictured above are from Country Living, created using pre-purchased sheets from Amazon that go through your printer. They're not super expensive ($10 for 5 sheets), but if you're looking for something slightly more cost effective, you can try using freezer paper.
I also ran across this great tutorial from Pocket Full of Whimsy where they've ironed freezer paper to regular fabric, giving it the strength needed to go through your printer. You just feed it through like a normal sheet and once printed, you peel off the paper. You can read more about that tutorial here. It's a good, inexpensive alternative.
Either method is a great way to give something handmade without all the hassle of embroidery or additional design work. Take artwork your kids have made, scan it in and print it out, or print out a photo of the family pet for a child away at college. It's sure to be well received any way you make it!
(Image: Country Living)