i’m not sure how many of you know this, but i started my shop “accidentally”. and it all began with the crazy idea of a handmade christmas – every gift i gave one year was handmade, at least in some part. you should see me as i type this… rolling my eyes. it was a HUGE task! making gifts for teenagers is hard and even harder for men! it goes without saying that was my last year of all handmade gifts! and my shop slowly evolved by my readers asking me to sell what i had made…
but… i still do love to give handmade gifts, and i’m assuming some of you do as well! i dug around in my archives and came up with a handful of fun handmade gifts that you can give for christmas!
my most popular tutorial, by FAR, is my crayon roll tutorial. these take a bit of time, but very little fabric, and kids LOVE them!
a really fun gift to give, and perfect for family pictures, are these adorable bow ties. and they are a no-sew project! all you need is a hot glue gun and a scrap of fabric.
i made one of these scrappy lampshades for my girls’ room and a bunch to sell. they are super easy and can be made to go with any decor. think how pretty an all white one would be! or doing an ombre effect for a friend… looks like i’m giving myself some new projects as well!
it is so fun for me to look back over my archives and see the projects i’ve made! i used to make these super hero capes for birthday gifts and also for my shop. every. single. one. CUSTOM. yikes! that was a lot of work, which actually pushed me over the edge to stop accepting custom orders. but looking back it was really fun to do all these special orders, especially that one with the pieced together back!
this was one of may favorite projects ever! making this canvas (inspired by one i saw at world market) was so much fun!
you can easily make a smaller version of this as a gift for a friend.
have you ever bought a tea towel that is just too pretty to use? i kind of feel that way about all tea towels from anthropologie, so i found a way to “preserve” them: by making tea towels into pillows!
and if you need a whole bunch of quick ideas for easy gifts, look through the collection i made of scrappy ideas!
happy gift making!!!