3 Last Minute, Upcycled, Holiday Gifts to SEW


blue_goldpotholderHomemade gifts have a story that you CAN”T  buy at the local mall, and they don’t have to take a ton of time.

Faster than you can  find a parking place and fight the crowds, you can make a something that’s meaningful,  unique,  earth and people  friendly, too.

Here are three super simple, upcycled sewing projects  that I’ll be demonstrating at a  special Scrap Exchange  SEW NIGHT later this month.  (Friday 12/20/13,  from 6-9 pm).

All are great creative reuse projects.  The Scrap has tons of beautiful fabric that would work for any of them.

Putting stripes on the back of my potholders makes it easier to quilt in straight lines.
Putting stripes on the back of my potholders makes it easier to quilt in straight lines.

1) Potholders–A great way to use colorful scraps–these quilted potholders are a favorite neighbor and hostess gifts.  I love to pair them with home-baked goods.

This fine cotton with embroidery came from one of the Scrap's decorator sample books
This fine cotton with embroidery came from one of the Scrap’s decorator sample books

2) Sachets–If you can sew a straight line, you can make a pile of these.  Use small squares of sheer linen or cotton.  Party sides together, raw edges even.  Sew 3 sides and turn.  Then fill with lavender and stitched closed.

Use stamps to lay out your words, then fill in with fabric markers.
Use stamps to lay out your words, then fill in with fabric markers.

3) Wisdom pillows–The Scrap Exchange  always has great decorator samples for pillow making.  My pal Melissa used stamps and fabric markers to create favorite sayings.  We cut around the edges with pinking  sheers, then stitched the sayings to decorative fabrics and made cool little pillows for her special friends.

Quick and easy.  Meaningful and Green.  I call that a win, win, win.

The Scrap Exchange’s  SEW NIGHT Community Meetup is normally on the 2nd and 4th Thursday nights of each month.   It’s a great place to exchange ideas–free and open to all skill levels which makes it the best value in sewing.    Join us and make a something with a story to tell.

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