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Handmade Holiday: Gifts You Can Make

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Handmade Holiday: Gifts You Can Make

If you are looking to give a handmade gift this holiday season, Fauquier County Public Library has a multitude of resources to help.  From handmade soaps to paper crafts, the library’s collection has a wide range of books that can help add a personal touch to holiday giving.  Here are a few to get you started:

Banners, Buntings, Garlands & Pennants: 40 Creative Ideas Using Paper, Fabric and More by Kathy Sheldon and Amanda CarestioBook cover with banners, bunting and other handmade crafts

The Big Book of Weekend Woodworking: 150 Easy Projects by John A. and Joyce C. Nelson

Creative and Thoughtful Gift Giving: Easy Ideas for Making Gifts Special by Leah Ingram

The Creative Kitchen: Over 100 Food Gifts to Make and Give by Leisure Arts, Inc.

Half Yard Gifts: Easy Sewing Projects Using Left-Over Pieces of Fabric by Debbie Shore

Bars of handmade soap with sprig laying on topHandmade Heirlooms: Crafting With Intention, Making Things That Matter, and Connecting to Family and Tradition by Jennifer Casa

Handmade Soap Book: Easy Soapmaking With Natural Ingredients by Melinda Coss

Holiday Knits: 25 Great Gifts From Stockings to Sweaters by Sara Lucas and Allison Isaacs

Quilt Giving: 19 Simple Quilt Patterns to Make and Give by Deborah Fisher

Quick and Easy Handmade Cards by Petra Boase

For more ideas, browse the 745 section or stop by the reference desk.

If you prefer to learn by taking a class, over 500 free online courses, including many “How To/Do It Yourself” are available to library patrons (valid library card is required) through UniversalClass.com. Each course includes streaming video, insightful instructional content and helpful tutors. Classes are self-paced and available 24/7.  Courses are compatible with both PCs and Macs and are Android and iOS friendly.  A complete listing of courses offered from Universal Class is available online.

The following is a sampling of online courses available via Universal Class to help make your gift giving personal and handmade from the heart:

Acrylic Painting
Cake Decorating
Calligraphy
Candle Making
Floral Arrangement
Knitting 101
Soap Making

Happy Holidays!

Lisa Pavlock, Public Information Coordinator, Fauquier County Public Library Public Library

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