Handmade is still, and will always be special. A handmade gift is an expression of your love – which makes it the perfect gift! Giving something handmade is much more personal and meaningful. You give your time, your love, your expertise and talent – and with all of this, you give something of yourself. When making something unique for someone, it is also a compliment for that person. While you are making it, that person is in your thoughts and you make it with extra care according to that person’s taste and liking. You won’t go through all of the effort if the person you are making it for is not really special to you.
So by giving it, you tell the receiver how special and important he or she is.
Here are 5 easy sewing projects for the perfect gift. They are very easy to make and so far, the people I have been giving it to, were very happy.
The Perfect Gift no 1 – Apron
This is very easy to make and you can buy fabric according the receiver’s taste.
More, bigger or smaller pockets can be added according your design.
I did the red heart with applique technique.
You need about 1.2m of fabric if you want to make the belts from the same fabric.
Below is the pattern instructions.
You can draw it on a big piece of paper and keep it for all the others you are going to make…..
Click on the image if you want to print it out.
You can finish off the seams with bias binding or just a normal double hem.
You can iron your seams before your sew it – that makes it a lot easier to get neat.
The edges and hem is straight forward sewn with straight stitch.
The ties can be made from the same fabric or you can buy any pretty cord or tape.
The Perfect Gift no 2 – Diary pen holder
This is a bit unusual and not everyone own one of these. You will not find it in a shop, which make it extra special.
You need a few off cuts of fabric, lace, elastic and a small piece of velcro.
Measure your diary and the pens/pencils you want to fit in.
Draw the design according to your measurements.
Join the two ends of the elastic that it fit tight around the diary.
Join the elastic with the back of the bag.
Join the velcro.
Sew the bag together.
Add the lace and finish off.
The bag can be fitted to most standard diaries now and can be used for many years to come.
The Perfect Gift no 3 – Tea towels
This is something well known and always welcome in any kitchen.
Even the beginner seamstress can make lots of these and keep it for when a small but urgent gift is required.
You can do different techniques, stitches, applique, or add different fabrics.
You just need to get it neat and your sewing stitches straight.
The Perfect Gift no 4 – Shoe traveling bag
This is something that can be made for big or small. Old or young. Male or female.
This can be any size. If you make a bag for one pair of shoes – make sure to measure right and allow a bit of extra for the bag to close with enough space.
Do all the detail on the front first.
Mark the opening for the drawstring well.
Sew and work off neatly.
Make a casing big enough for the drawstring.
Pull a cord through.
A very good idea for the traveler in the family
Clean and neatly packed suitcase!
The Perfect Gift no 5 – A Cushion
We all love scatter cushions.
You can make something very personal here and have so much fun.
The picture I did on the front of mine, was done with scrap pieces of fabric. You can use my tutorial on how to do it.
You need any size inner cushion and fabric.
Measure it, and plan your own cover. Remember your seam allowance.
The two pieces at the back overlap each other slightly to cover the back without buttons or zips.
I let mine overlap with 20cm each. (Cut each of them half the length of the front + 20cm)
Do all the detail first.
Sew a hem for each of the back panels on the one side.
Join them with the front with right sides facing each other.
Sew around the whole cover.
Work off the edges and cut the corners neat.
Turn it inside out.
Press the corners out.
This is what it looks like at the back once the inner cushion is inside.
You can add velcro oor a button, but if the 2 back pieces overlap each other enough, it will not be necessary.
These are also easy gifts to make in advance for the year to come. Sometimes something unplanned comes up and then it is nice to have a gift ready that saves you time and money.
Handmade is not always cheaper. But if you plan carefully, you may be able to save a few bucks.
Something handmade is very meaningful and special though, which makes it the perfect gift to give to someone special.