Hints For A Frugal Christmas (1884)


Times, we are told, are hard, business is dull, and farm products slow of sale at low prices. Therefore it is safe to infer that Christmas expenditures will be lessened as much as possible by the work of the hands. There are so many little remembrances we can make for our friends, that one need hardly regret the want of money, if they have but enough to purchase the materials and time to convert them into dainty trifles.

We give a few items our readers may find useful:

Bangle boards are convenient little articles, and are made by covering blocks of wood seven inches long, four inches wide and one-half inch thick with plush or velvet (decorated or plain), and screwing into them four or five brass hooks to hang button hooks, scissors, keys, etc., upon. Suspend with ribbon. These are very convenient in the sitting or sewing room, and keep such small articles out of the reach of childish fingers.

A new style of pincushion is thus described: “The cushion is simply a bag of white flannel a third longer than wide, stuffed and sewed up at both ends. Make the cover a third longer than the cushion of blue silk sewed like a bolster case. Face the ends on the inside with scarlet silk and trim with white lace. After the cushion is in, tie the cover at both ends close up to the cushion with scarlet ribbon.

A lady tells how she knits wristlets: “Take Saxony yarn, any color you wish (mine is black), and about three bunches of black bugle beads; thread them on the yarn, leaving them a short distance apart; cast on forty-seven stitches, knit once across plain; second row, throw a bead up through every other stitch, and so on; leave a loop at one end each time of about eighteen beads. Continue in this way until you have about forty loops bind off and join, and I think you will have a pair of wristlets that will please any one.”

A very convenient knitting bag is made by taking a strip of cretonne a yard long and two-thirds of a yard wide, sewing the edges together leaving about a third of the length open in the middle; fold so that the seam will come in tha center of one side. Sew one end together straight, which will make a square to hold the knitting, and gather the other and draw in to form a round bag. Ornament the ends with tassels or balls of bright worsted.

A handsome holder for a brush broom in the form of a palette. The foundation is of stiff cardboard, cut in the shape mentioned and of dimensions to correspond to th« size of the brush. This foundation is smoothly covered on the frcnt with plush or velvet and on the back with muslin to match. Any rich, warm color may be used. Garnet is very handsome for the purpose. A bow of wide satin ribbon of the same color is fastened near to the top of the palette. A wide strip of velvet, lined with any stiff material, is put across the front of the palette and each end sewed into the edge of the palette. The lower edge of this strip or band is also fastened for a short distance from each end to the main portion of the holder to prevent the brush from slipping through too easily. The wide band is embroidered in arrasene. This holder is easy to make and a very nice gift for either a lady or gentleman.

Source: Michigan farmer and state journal of agriculture, 1884


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