If you do a little sewing in your spare time you have an advantage over most people. Instead of having to go out and purchase all new Christmas gifts for everyone on your list you can simply sit down and create fabulous presents for all! What can cost a normal person twenty bucks or more can cost you only a couple of bucks! With that in mind here are some cheap, easy, but impressive gifts you can make others for Christmas.
Cut two large squares of fleece or other fabric and make a play center for a baby. Place the two right sides together, sew around three sides, then turn it right-side-out. Stitch the opening shut. Sew pieces of ribbon onto the blanket to hold baby toys. Thread the ribbon through a teething ring, rattle, string of bells or other items then sew the ribbon ends to the blanket. Put one toy in each corner or make a different arrangement. This makes a beautiful gift for any baby.
Make a set of bed pockets that are suitable to give to any man, woman or child. Cut a piece of fabric that reaches from several inches under the mattress to the floor. Cut a second piece of material about a third that size. Cut these as wide as you want. Sew around the perimeter of the large piece and across the top of the small piece. Position the small piece near the bottom of the long piece, tuck the edges under, and sew around three sides. If you want, make the pocket into several sections by sewing vertical lines across the length of the large pocket. These are great for holding magazines, books, eyeglasses, remotes and other things.
Make a handy helper for a guy by cutting a wide piece of fabric which is long enough to wrap around a man or boy’s bicep. Cut the piece of material to be twice as wide as it needs to be. A good width for the arm pouch is determined by measuring from below the shoulder to the bend of the arm. Double that width and cut the fabric. Fold the fabric almost in half. Sew down the two sides so that you have one long piece that goes around the arm and that piece has a long pocket that runs from one end to the other. Sew vertical lines down the pocket to create several smaller pouches. Sew Velcro to the ends. The recipient can strap the holder to his arm and put in screwdrivers, wrenches and similar items while working on a project. Instead of adding Velcro, make the whole thing much larger, and add two cords for ties. Now the tool pouch can be worn around the waist.
Use that same concept to make a Christmas gift for nearly any child. Take one long, wide piece of material, fold it nearly in half, then sew the sides. Sew vertical lines, across the entire length, and the new, narrow pockets can hold crayons. Roll the crayon holder up, with all the crayons in place, and mark an area where you can attach ribbons to close the pouch. It’s a cute and easy gift to give nearly any child. Make similar marker or colored pencil sets.
Make a cute purse for any girl or woman by starting with a cloth place mat. One without frills works best. Fold the place mat in half and stitch down the sides. Turn it right-side-out and sew on a cord as a purse strap. Sew a piece of Velcro to the top, center area of the bag.
Yes, you have the advantage over other shoppers this Christmas. All you have to do is make a quick stop at a local fabric store and you’ll have something really nice for everyone on your list. Best of all, the items you create are one-of-a-kind!