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RumGummbleBee
« on: December 22, 2004 05:17:36 PM »

ok. i am snowed in. three days til xmas. no way to get to the mall. help!! no supplies, just household stuff you know. I need to make some gifts still!! what do I make for a 13yr old sister, a 15 yr old sister, and a *21 yr old sister*Huh

facts:

13yr---likes to read
15-----into beauty, hates reading, likes to do hair, mature for age
21-----financial planner, new apartmant
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ilovepaper
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2004 06:01:58 PM »

bookmarks? beaded or paper would be cool.
handmade hair clips/pins/felt flowers?
a stationary set with help from your pc, rubberstamps, paper scraps and imagination.
that's all I have off the top of my head.
good luck.
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sheriffkarli
« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2004 07:12:50 AM »

well, you could always try to make a toothbrush or fork bracelet-->http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=8850.0   straw bracelets, bookmarks, decorated pens/pencils, picture frames(decorated)... um let me think some more
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NessaGurl
« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2004 08:01:47 AM »

You could always make a bookcover for your 13yr old out of fabric
http://sewing.about.com/library/sewnews/archives/aabookcover.htm

You could make a cosmetic bag or tote bag for the 15 yr old
http://sewing.about.com/library/weekly/aa061600a.htm

You could also do the same for your older sister...just a few ideas.  If you don't have any extra fabric laying around...what I do is I look for old mens shirts or clothing that I don't want anymore, and I will cut it up and use that...I have often used flat sheets cause I don't use them when I get them in a sheet set...we only use fitted sheets.

Just a few thoughts.
good luck
Nessagurl
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indigo flower girl
« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2004 08:11:33 AM »

Ooh! What an interesting challenge! I don't know whether or not you have money to spend; it would help with some of my suggestions, but oh well. Here are my ideas:

13 year old
- Subscription to a magazine. You can buy this online and wrap up a note or something.
- Homemade journal - just pretty, or with pictures of things she likes on the cover, OR made out of the cover of an old book... http://www.deborahmerlo.com/diy.html
- Gift card/certificate to a bookstore. At Barnesandnoble.com, you can buy gift cards for online or a normal store, or you can buy online gift certificates.

15 year old
- Make her a makeup bag. If you don't know how to sew very well, you could make a very basic flat rectangle bag and check out some tutorials on here for adding zip pockets. Also http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=17981.0 That's the link to my little bags I make, you could do something like that.

21 year old
- Make her a purse.
- Make her a hat/scarf/earmuff thing/mittens.
- Make her a notebook.

Some of these ideas might work for the other sisters. I hope this helps! Tell us how it works out!   Smiley
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RumGummbleBee
« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2004 08:12:53 AM »

thanks for all your ideas
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msmeow
« Reply #6 on: December 23, 2004 08:54:59 AM »

I second the stationary for your sister. You can put her new address on it.
You could also make a calendar. Online you can get templates for each month and then add pictures and photos.
Depending on what you have in the kitchen you could bake...

Good luck!
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indigo flower girl
« Reply #7 on: December 23, 2004 09:37:09 AM »

Another idea for any sister!

- Make a belt or set of belts. You can make use of what you have, like ribbon, beads, d-rings, just fabric, buttons, whatever you've got.
- You can make headbands/wristbands the same way, too.
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stripeycat
« Reply #8 on: December 23, 2004 12:51:03 PM »

What about bath products?  homemade lip balm or body scrub with oatmeal or sea salt... I know there's tons of recipes out there.  If you have any small bottles around, you could also personalize the bottles with pictures or cute messages.

For your sister with the new apartment, decorations for the home or storage stuff are always great.  Like cute canisters for the kitchen to keep flour and sugar, or fabric-lined baskets to store any kind of stuff.  Or fabric lampshades... embroidered guest towels... curtains...
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Parilla
« Reply #9 on: December 23, 2004 09:48:37 PM »

For the sister who's just moved into her first apartment, you could make some really good home cooking (Mom's recipes, ideally), and freeze them into individual portions.  That way, she'll have some nice comfort food on the days when she's most rushed.
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