Women and the Home

Gifts by the Giver

For its personal touch there is no gift like the Christmas gift that is handmade

MARGOT MACDONALD November 15 1929
Women and the Home

Gifts by the Giver

For its personal touch there is no gift like the Christmas gift that is handmade

MARGOT MACDONALD November 15 1929

Gifts by the Giver

Women and the Home

For its personal touch there is no gift like the Christmas gift that is handmade


THE handmade gift—the one which bears the stamp of deliberate fashioning for the recipient—carries always a significance quite its own. But its individuality must be backed up with really careful workmanship and exquisite finish, whatever its type may be, else the gift itself will not live up to the spirit in which it has been planned and made.

The Christmas presents that are suggested here are all quite within the limits of the most average talent; carefulness and neatness in the construction of the fitted, pasted and made-up pieces will ensure good results.

A Simple Bed Jacket

"DLAIN wool, or that with a little silk fleck in it, may be used for this jacket, which is simply an oblong some sixty inches long and twenty-four or so wide. Cuffs are added at two of the corners, leaving the other two corners free, so that this jacket actually has a front when worn—unlike those of similar design which put the whole of each end into the cuff.

Cast on seventy stitches, using large wooden needles. Knit five ribs. On the next row, knit one, cast yarn over needle twice, knit one, cast yarn over needle twice and continue to alternate thus to end of row.

To return: knit the stitch, drop off the two castings, knit the next stitch, and so on to end of row.

Continue to alternate five ribs of knitting with this wide-meshed row to a total length of about sixty inches.

For Cuffs: pick up forty-four stitches along end, from ore corner, on three steel needles; with fourth needle, knit two purl, two plain, to make cuff about three inches deep. Sew up the sleeve for about eight inches, following the line of the cuff. This leaves about half of the end free to fall in points down the front as a protection for the chest when the jacket is worn.

On the long side opposite the sleeves, turn back a band two and a half inches deep and run a broad satin ribbon through the two thicknesses to make a collar, finishing the ribbon with a bow and long ends.

French flowers may be added on the collar, if desired

A Pair of Pin Cushions

QUITE the last word .in tricky little pincushions is a matching

pair, oddly shaped, to hang at each side of the dressingtable mirror; one is destined for plain pins and little colored lingerie safeties, while the other carries barpins and brooches.

The little heart-shaped cushion shown against a wrapped box which would hold the pair nicely—they should lie on a bed of crumpled gold or silver paper—is of delicate rose-colored velvet; the top of the heart is trimmed with a double ruffle of very narrow cream Valenciennes lace, with shirred metallic ribbon between; French flowers are carried a little way down the cushion. A strap to hang up the cushion is made of the ribbon, lace and flowers.

Cushions in the Modern Mode

^J.EOMETRIC designs are certainly leading at the moment, and the cushion that follows these modern lines in leather with smooth or suede finish, can consider itself the last word in smartness. Squares, diamonds, triangles and other shapes are all used. Sometimes the pieces are put together like the old patchwork quilt; again, one will be superimposed upon another and stitched down, as in the cushion shown. Two, three or more colors may be used, and the back of the cushion may be either plain leather or a fabric.

Telephone Screen

' I ''HE desk telephone has never been considered a thing of beauty, and when it must be given place on a table in living room or bedroom, a small three-panel screen will hide it effectually.

The decorations may vary all the way from three Godey prints to a modernistic motif such as the one illustrated, which was cut from wall paper printed in very soft tones. Three tall narrow etchings of very simple type would make a most attractive screen if mounted against black, brown or grey taffeta, sateen or paper, its color being governed by that of the etching.

Whatever the decoration, the screen proper should be made with one panel fifteen inches deep and eight inches wide and two side panels thirteen inches deep and four inches wide. These should be cut from light board or wallboard—even the heaviest cardboard is rather light for the purpose and apt to warp. Cut the covering for the outside of the screen large enough to fold over the edges to the depth of half an inch and paste down these edges on the back of the panel. When perfectly dry, paste on a neatly cut lining which may be of fancy paper, cut just a trifle smaller than the panel. Decorate the face of the panel. The two side panels should be completed the same way. To hinge them together, use two-inch passe partout tape: place the panels the way you want them, after the tape has been stuck firmly down one inside edge of one of them; then paste the tape on the neighboring panel so that it will allow the panels to open just so far. The side panels may thus fold down flat on the back of the front panel, but the screen cannot open beyond the desired point.

For a screen which needs no decoration, use a rich brocade or gay little chintz.

A Sturdy Toy Box

l-TUMPTY DUMPTY and the lad who rode the cock horse to Banbury Cross are presiding over the destinies of the small toy box pictured—Red Riding Hood and Mistress Mary are on the other two panels. These figures are all cut from a wall paper frieze, on which the favorite nursery characters are printed in colors. There are similar wallpaper designs with famous figures from the zoo and other childhood friends, ready to be used in the same fashion.

The foundation for this box is a heavy corrugated cardboard carton; a larger carton could be used in exactly the same way. The bottom is securely sealed with stout brown paper inside and outside. The four flaps at the top are turned down to fit smoothly on the inside—they reach about halfway down, strengthening the box and making a heavy rounded edge at the top. These are rivetted tightly to the sides of the box. The inside is then lined with a figured wall paper in an all-over design that will conceal any irregularities. The outside is covered with plain paper on each of the four panels, and the cutouts are mounted against it. We have used a light paper for the sake of clear photography, but a colored background for the figures would undoubtedly be more serviceable. A coat of white shellac preserves the surface. Wide passe partout tape binds the four corners, turning over well on to the base; it not only makes a neat finish, but adds strength. The same binding finishes the top of the box.

The Coffee Table

HTHE coffee table, just knee-high, has become inseparable from our ideas of comfort and hospitality. Illustrated are a tray and stand which will make the most amenable little coffee table imaginable— fold away unobtrusively when not in use, ready to serve beside chair or chesterfield at a moment’s notice.

Its origin is of the simplest. The tray itself began as a picture frame in plain wood molding for preference, or in antique gold or soft dark colorings. A pair of brass handles in the antique finish, a piece of cretonne to match the living room furnishings to go under the glass— or a piece of needlework or print can be very distinguished—a back of beaverboard or very thin wood, will complete the tray.

The stand is simply a little folding camp stool such as is generally sold as an automobile accessory, costing from sixty cents to one dollar. Remove the canvas seat and replace it with two lengths of fancy webbing, winding their ends twice over the wooden frame and tacking very securely. The wooden stand is lacquered in one of the dark colors used in the frame.

A perfectly plain wood molding frame is very effective if lacquered in a dull or bright color, and stand done to match.