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« on: July 19, 2007 11:48:29 AM »

I have never really crafted.  I don't sew but would love to learn to in the future.  I have sewn simple things in home ec in school like an apron and once in girl scouts we sewed our own uniform but that was about 20 years ago! LOL

I am looking for simple things to make for family for Christmas but things that I think they would love.  I am thinking about doing the glass etching on a set of glasses, glass marble magnets, towel head wraps (hoping I can do that with VERY little sewing knowlege what do you think?)

Any tips on the best ways to do these things?  Also I was thinking of a clothespin hanging basket but yet again I don't sew well so it would have to be simple.  Another idea I would love is a hummingbird feeder but I don't want it to be from a 2 litre bottle I would like it to be glass and look really nice. 

Any ideas on any of these things or other neat gift ideas are great!  I also need ideas for men.  My Father in law and brother in laws and Grandpa and then some teenage cousins boys ages 12-15.
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« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2007 03:33:37 PM »

One thing I did for Christmas one year for all the women in my family was make little bundles of potholders & scented hotpads.  These are both super easy to do, and you can make them all in a few hours.  I did 2 potholders & 2 hot pads for each person, and just tied them together with pretty ribbon, then stuck them in a basket with a loaf of homemade banana bread (used a dishtowel to line the basket).  Everyone loved them, they're useful, and a breeze to make!  If you can sew a straight line, you can easily do these!  Oh, another really easy thing is to make aprons using 2 dishtowels or placemats & ribbon.  I did those one year using a pattern I found on the Martha Stewart website.  Same thing goes, if you can sew a straight line, you're made.  And these only take about 10 minutes. 
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« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2007 07:14:11 PM »

Thanks bees knees.  Yes I can sew a straight line.  I may have to try something like that. 
« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2007 10:05:43 PM »

Here are a few simple ideas off the top of my head.

1. Sew up fabric book covers/totes and bookmarks.
2. Christmas stockings
3. Christmas ornaments
4. Nicely packaged homemade baked goods.
5. Fleece blanket (these are super easy)

My no-fail strategy for people when I'm not sure what to give is a gift basket. A few years ago I needed to bring a gift for my husband's grandparents who I don't know very well. I baked cookies, made a jingle bell wreath (bend a wire hanger, string on jingle bells in various sizes, tie ribbon on top. Easy.), made Christmas cards, made peppermint scented soap, etc.) They were all quick, simple things that added up into a nice basket. It wasn't as overwhelming as coming up with something big.

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« Reply #4 on: July 26, 2007 02:57:52 PM »

For my first year of doing crafted holiday gifts, I made fleece tie blankets.  I found favorite sports teams of guys on my list, coordinating colors for people's house, etc.  These were simple to make and probably took about 2 hours a blanket.  Everyone loved the blanets. 

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« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2007 07:35:14 AM »

"Also I was thinking of a clothespin hanging basket but yet again I don't sew well so it would have to be simple."

You can use a little girls dress/shirt, sew up the bottom & sleeves (straight line & put it on a clothes hanger (hot glue to help hold it) and add the clothes pins thru the neck of it! Little sewing & they are really cute! My mom made these & used really fancy little dresses, they were adorable!


« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2007 07:31:58 AM »

When I first started making homemade gifts I gave everyone lighted potpourri jars.  They loved them.  They are super easy to make. 
Potpourri pies are easy to make also. 
Also, you might get some quart canning jars, paint winter scenes on them, add a candle holder to top and you have a pretty winter candle.
I am not the best at crafting.  I want to be, but I am still in the learning process.
I also would like to learn to make the clothespin holder.  I would also like to learn to make aprons. 
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