Looking for easy projects I can use as gifts.

@cmhjjh (99)
United States
January 11, 2010 11:03am CST
I am wondering if anyone has any good projects that are fairly quick and easy but make great gifts I love giving something hand made and have had an embroidery sewing machine for a year now and I am in the process of setting up a better work area for it and want to make some projects.
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@matsulori (269)
• United States
12 Jan 10
You can make heating pads: buy some muslin or some other 100% cotton fabric, and cut to order. You can make one for the neck; for the back, etc. I fill mine with rice -- careful! Not too full! Then sew the open end shut, and microwave when heat is needed. Also quick, easy, cheap, and gorgeous are bath salts. Buy rock salt, essential oil -- lavender is universally liked and good for many things, and inexpensive -- and food color, if you want colored bath salts. Take half a pound of salt in a glass bowl and put about 5 or 6 DROPS of lavender essential oil, and mix well with a wooden spoon. If you want to add color, I find 2-3 DROPS of color is plenty for half a pound of salt. Mix very well to distribute color. Rosewood essential oil is lovely, too, as is Balsam Peru. Sweet orange is uplifting. Package your salts as small as 4 ounces. You can use zip baggies, jars -- anything -- to package your salts. Make sure you label and identify them.
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@cmhjjh (99)
• United States
13 Jan 10
I love all the ideas I will have to try some of these out. i like to have things on had for the last minute thing.
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@venshida (4837)
• United States
11 Jan 10
You can make tote bags and maybe embroidery a cute design. Another thing you can try is throw pillow covers, really simple idea how about making scrunchies.
@cmhjjh (99)
• United States
13 Jan 10
I never thought of scrunchies that would be great for my nieces. Throw pillows for different holidays and seasons would be great also.
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• United States
11 Jan 10
I don't know what kind of machine you have there. I have a basic sewing machine I make bags with. You can buy some jean fabric and make a shopping bag out of it. Take a sample out of your cabinet and make one using a great fabric. You can make a booty bag out of an old pair of jeans. Or you can make a juice purse such as the one in my avatar. I make them for a living. Check out ecrater.com and search koolaid. You will see my bags. of you can buy a cheap pattern to make some nice bags. there are a few yahoo groups you can join for the help. Good day to you. Welcome to mylot as well.
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@cmhjjh (99)
• United States
13 Jan 10
Thank you I will check it out.
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@cutepenguin (6457)
• Canada
13 Jan 10
I would make crayon rolls, if you have kids you want to make gifts for, or pencil cases. There are tutorials for crayon rolls, basically you fold a piece of fabric over and sew lines to separate the crayons, then add in ribbon. (or put the ribbon in first?) That way the crayons can be rolled up and tied together with the ribbon. I like to make bags, because, as you might be able to tell, I'm not that good at sewing. I made drawstring backpacks for my cousin's son's birthday party goody bags.
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@cher913 (25893)
• Canada
11 Jan 10
what i would suggest you do is hit your local library and check out their craft section. my 12 year old daughter has just recently gotten into sewing and has found a great number of books there on the subject.
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@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
11 Jan 10
Really simple things like small handbags or storage bags are nice. Other things like Pillow cases with names or designs embriodered on them are always cool. I tend to make things like quilts and blankets. They arent as simple as some things but alot of quilt patterns are straight sewing and look fantastic when you are done.
@cmhjjh (99)
• United States
13 Jan 10
I love the pillow case idea will have to try a few of these.
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@dolphin2406 (1227)
• Poland
18 Apr 10
Hi, you will find a lot of free online patterns and tutorials that are easy to follow and make beautiful gifts. My first project was this clutch purse, though I made a mistake in attaching the snap, but I fixed it: http://www.kwiksew.com/Projects.cfm also made this tote with the easy to follow tutorial. On this site there are a lot of other cute items that have tutorials http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/?p=514 Since your machine can do embroidery you can check out Pfaff's website, they have some projects too.
@sallyj (1228)
• United States
8 Apr 10
With the embroidery machine it is plentiful. Towel set to match personality. Fleece blankets (even the boughten ones) with emb. to match them and their name. May I ask what brand is your machine and where do you get your designs?