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Whenever we travel to Japan we always bring back a few of these paper envelopes.
They’re called Pochibukuro traditionally used for children’s monetary gift for the New Year.
Now they are being used for other purposes, tip for service rendered or an envelope to enclose a small message.  We found this tutorial for making a cloth envelope but the same pattern can apply to paper.

Tutorial courtesy of Nunocoto Fabric.

Sweet Softies

We are always looking for handmade gift ideas this time of the year.  Luckily we found this crochet project, Tea Rose Spa Set, on Ravelry created by Jade King an amiguri and crochet enthusiast.  Her background is primarily in fine arts, specifically graphite, water color and Chinese painting.  However, she has always had a particular interests in crafts such as origami, sewing, doll-making and ceramics…any creative activity using her hands.

The pattern for this crochet set (bath pouf, washcloth, scrubbier and soap holder) can be found here on Ravelry.  The crochet artist can be followed on her website, Facebook and Instagram.  You can purchase her crochet patterns in her Etsy shop, Sweet Softies.

Images:  Courtesy of Sweet Softies.

Gift Wrapping

One of the things we like to do is work with our hands since much of our time is spent on the computer. We will be posting craft ideas and simple project tutorials every other day. This time of the year we like to make our gift wrapping special. The ideas above are those we’ve collected on our Pinterest site.

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