When last minute gift ideas are needed, a sewing or even a no-sew project might seem to be a time challenge, however the following DIY projects really take just minutes to make. Here are a few super quick ones to consider:
Child’s adjustable chef apron and matching baby doll or teddy bear apron – great for those cookie decorating sessions. Use a rectangle of fabric - cotton ticking, cotton duck, or linen–like fabric is best, cut out a rectangle the child’s width and length from knees to neck. Using one end of the rectangle, turn in opposite corners nearly to the center to form the upper part of the chef’s apron, stitch down to secure edges. Zig-zag stitch or serge around all cut edges to prevent fraying. Add 4 lengths of grosgrain ribbon to make 4 self-ties for the neck and side edges. Make a matching one smaller for a baby doll, teddy bear or other soft plushie favorite.
Fringed fleece poncho – less than one yard of wool fabric is needed to make a charming no-sew adult size poncho. Using a 30" by 30" square of fleece, fold to make a triangle shape, cut a semi-circle in the center of the fold about 5" in length or slightly larger. Cut fringes all the way around. Leave as simple fringe or tie fringed ends in knots or even add some wooden or decorative beads to some of the ends for embellishment. Cut a square smaller for a child’s size, and cut a matching fleece 16" square and fringe to go along with a child’s favorite soft plush toy or baby doll.
No-sew fleece pet bed – using approximately 1 yard each of two different fleece prints or solids, determine what shape the bed is to be square, rectangle or oval. Be sure to add at least 8" for fringe. Cut fringe 1 inch wide and 4 inches long on all sides, knot three sides, then stuff with several layers of quilt batting or cut up old or no-longer-used sweatshirts in the same shape as the pet bed for padding, finish knotting to close.
Tube style plastic grocery bag holder – this very easy gift to sew comes together in minutes. A length of fabric 22" by 25" is usually sufficient. Fold in half length-wise so the fabric measures now 11" by 25". Sew the long edge in a 1/2" seam to form the tube. Fold down 1" and press to form the top and same for the bottom to form casings for elastic. Sew around the top and then around the bottom leave a small gap in which to insert 1/4" elastic. Elastic is about 7" in length for each top and bottom. Secure elastic ends together. Turn right sides out. Use a 12" length of grosgrain ribbon or cording to attach to one end to act as a hanger.
Wine bottle gift bag – a gift of wine is much appreciated if it comes with a handmade fabric cover. Use one 12 x 16 inch piece of fabric and a length of ribbon or twine. Fold fabric right sides together along its length so that the fabric piece now measures 6 x 16 inches. Sew long open edge and the bottom using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Fold down the top about 1/2 inch and stitch all around to create a finished edge. Turn right sides out, press. A ribbon or jute tie can be folded in half, pinned to the cover a few inches down from the top and sewn with a few stitches at one spot to secure. The tie will gather the fabric nicely around the neck of the wine bottle and not fall off once untied.
Potholder sunglass case or scissors or rotary cutter case – purchased ready-made potholders can become so many useful protective fabric cases by folding in half then stitch along one long and one short side. Add a decorative button and ribbon for embellishment. Include new dressmaker-type scissors or a new rotary cutter for a great gift for a sewer.
Warming microwavable rice bags – make from a rectangle of terry cloth fabric or use a new hand towel. Fold in half, stitch the sides, add uncooked rice, stitch closed. Optional - sew hook and loop tape to an open end if time permits to allow for an easy change of the rice, although the rice will allow for many, many times through the microwave. Make in a variety of sizes to soothe various ouchies.
No matter the shortened time spent on sewing or no-sew projects, the handmade care put into the gift lets the recipient know that they were kindly thought of and that their gift is truly unique.
Children’s Chef Aprons found on Pinterest.com
Fleece Poncho Ideas also found on Pinterest.com
Sew happy, sew inspired.