Thanksgiving is just a few days away… then the crazy rush to Christmas just a month later. It all can feel overwhelming when we add extra pressure to find the “perfect” gifts, wear the “perfect” outfit to each gathering, and prepare the “perfect” meals.
When we slow down, we can see the many gifts in our lives, even during the most challenging times. Use your gratitude to fuel your creativity, and share kindness with those around you.
It is a joy to give handmade gifts, and our family and friends love receiving these treasures. Each gift takes our time and creative talents… how can we do it all? This year is full of extra economic confusion and concern, so we have found some terrific options that can be sewn with fabric you likely already have in your stash!
Soon we will be turning the calendar to December... check out these ideas that are not only a quick sew, but are practical and fun for anyone to receive!
Take a look at these fun, quick and easy scrap busting ideas to help you make tokens of love for those on your gift list.
A few of these are repeats, but are so good they make the list again!
* Soup Bowl Cozy: you will find a detailed tutorial at Helen’s Closet Patterns. I am making these this year for gifts, I hope to keep a couple for myself too! I have some flannel and denim scraps, some bright cotton prints, and even some deadstock Pendleton wool for others.
* Cozy Cloud Slippers: these Cozy Cloud Slippers by Fancy Tiger are what we all want to wear every day! If you don’t want to take the time to gather your own supplies, they are also offering complete kits for a limited time… I wear a size 9 1/2 in case you are wondering - hint!
* The Sewcialists Beanie by Workhorse Patterns is perfect to keep your noggin and heart warm. Sew a few of these for everyone on your list…you will be surprised by the love you get in return. Grab the FREE Pattern Sewcialist Beanie and check your scrap bin for all those amazing knit pieces!
* The Micropurse: by Sew House Seven is such a practical gift. The Micropurse is just the right size for essentials. Be creative with fabric options - wool, canvas, denim or other heavier weight fabric.
* Linen Napkins: Keep a few of these on hand for hostess gifts. While linen is luxurious, feel free to use cotton if that is what you have in your stash. Bonus - you can play with those decorative stitches on your sewing machine. Check this tutorial from By Hand London. A set of 4 or 6, tied together with a ribbon is a special gift.
*Apron Pattern: We all need a few aprons in our lives… cooking, crafting, grilling, and potting plants. Grainline Studio always offers such amazing directions and tips, you can’t go wrong with this quick make. Perfect for almost everyone on your list!
* Easy, Easier, and Easiest Totes: You choose which version to sew up - all can be made in less than an hour! Three patterns in one from Purl Soho, which offers upscale style. Who doesn’t need a bag for farmer’s market trips, beach days, even a grocery trip. You can mix and match colors and textures to create a one-of-a-kind gift.
* Fabric Gift Bag or Wine Bag: Maybe you just want to jazz up a non-sewing gift with a touch of personal style, this is a great option! Two bag sizes can be found with this free pattern download and tutorial offered by Made for Mermaids. Sew a few of these to have on hand all year long!
The above options offer both economical and sustainable options, take a look at our 2020 and 2021 Blog posts for even more ideas!
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