It's not too late to give a handmade gift to your friend, daughter, sister, or mother-in-law. An actually-useful gift that I've given and made for myself several times now. I'm talking about the Girlfriend Wrap - a fleece blanket-slash-wrap thingy that is actually quite pretty.
This is about as simple as it gets: no talent, no creativity, no yarn-spinning ability required. Just a yard of fleece and a pair of scissors (or pinking shears or pinking rotary cutter - just use what you have).
1. Lay out your fleece.
2. Cut up the middle, stopping 16 - 20 inches short of cutting it entirely in half (see diagram)
3. (Optional) Round the corners using a large cup or plate.
For this project I picked a thinner fleece with a sort of heathered pattern. These wraps are really useful around the house as a couch wrap, or perfect for warming up at a party without totally spoiling your outfit with a coat. They can be worn a couple of ways, as demonstrated here by my friend Amy (who loved this wrap so much I gave it to her for her birthday last week). It was bright out, so apologies for the blown-out pictures.
Here is another spin on the same design, made by my friend Sarah, who I gave one of these to a few years ago...
Anyway, this is truly Last-Minute Christmas. But things don't have to be difficult to be thoughtful and pretty. Roll this up with a pretty red bow and tuck in a packet of hot cocoa or coffee. She'll love it.
About the music: just for a few days, in the spirit of Christmas. And because I want you to hear Taylor Swift's version of Silent Night. Awesome.