Ikea has this great home decor weight fabric that is popping up all over the place on the internet these days. I saw it the last time we were at Ikea and had to get a couple of yards to play with. Since it's a little heavier than a quilting cotton, it works great as a bottom weight.
Recently Bean had a birthday party to go to and I thought a fun gift for the three year old girl would be a washable Coloring Skirt. I think it would make a great Christmas gift too.
I made a simple two layered skirt with the inside layer hanging down about and inch and a half further to give a pop of color to the black and white top layer. There are lots of tutorials for making a basic skirt online so I won't go into all the details, but if you're looking for a specific pattern you could use the Boardwalk Skirt (*affiliate link) by Andrea Pannell - it has a two layer option.
Personally, I think it looks great as is, but I know it'll be a lot more fun for the kids to color on it. Throw in a pack of WASHABLE markers and the gift is complete.
I did a sample run where I colored on a swatch and all but the red and purple marks were completely gone after one washing with no pretreatment. I use all natural laundry detergent with no additives, so I'm sure using a "normal" detergent would get it completely removed. My suggestion would be to pretreat it if you are concerned about it.
I have a few other handmade Christmas ideas so I'll be back soon to share. Can you believe it's December already??