There's nothing that says "I love you" like a homemade - from the heart gift!
I taught myself to crochet (using a book) a few years ago, and find it a relaxing and portable hobby. While it's impossible to cart around all things necessary to sew, scrapbook, or make cards, it's easy to grab my crochet bag and take it nearly anywhere with me.
So.....the above crocheted pocketbook, is my first homemade gift for the Christmas stash....unless I use it for a gift before then as I tend to do! Purses are so much fun to give to little girls, especially when stuffed full of "girly" goodies - pens, notebooks, chapstick, gum, candy, etc.
Here's a view of the inside - showing you the pocket I added to it:
I've never written a crochet pattern before, and I don't think I'll attempt it yet......but I will tell you the entire purse is made using the Half Double Crochet (Hdc) stitch. You have only to figure out how wide and how tall you want things (purse, straps, pocket, closure) and chain that many stitches. If you hdc in each one till desired height/width you'll have your own creation to post about!