Easy Does It
In this crazy busy time of the year, the last thing we need is complicated projects to sew. Here are a few suggestions for sewing projects that you can do in a few hours.
Use these ideas for your gift giving this year or modify them for any time gifts.
Easy Holiday Ornament Project
We need to start off our easy project list with these super adorable and easy to make snow globe ornaments. I think these would be super cute as gift tags too. You could even embroidery someone’s name on it or date for a personalized touch.
Let me know how you use these in your holiday decorating and gift giving on the blog!. We would love to see how you’ve made these up! Plus, you can download the snowman globe for free until December 31, 2016!
Easy Machine Embroidery Project
I must admit, I’m in love with these butterflies. I have been ever since they debuted in our Mar/Apr 2016 issue. I’ve made up half a dozen or so (probably more). This time around I’m making them in gorgeous colors of chartreuse, plum, raspberry, gold and turquoise. I’m going to use them on sachet packets.
This is a really easy project and can be modified to suit your needs and your fabric scraps. I used 5″x5″ scraps of various cotton prints and solids.
- Pick one scrap of fabric for the top side. Once you have stitched your butterflies, take a butterfly and tack it down on your 5″x5″ piece of fabric.
- Take another 5′x5″ scrap and with right sides together stitch all three sides using a 1/4″ seam allowance.
- Stitch the top of the bag about half way, turn right side out.
- Stuff with your favorite smelly potpourri such as lavender or orange peel.
You could put in some dried lentils to give it a bit more weight if so desired. Hand stitch the remaining bit closed. And, you’re done!
Easy No-Sew Project
I love buttons, the older the better. I go to button conventions at least once a year to find one-of-a-kind buttons to use in my garment sewing. I find all the good ones in the discount bins. These orange buttons came off a military band uniform from long time ago. I bought them from a very nice man and thought they’d look great as a bracelet.
If you want to recreate a button bracelet, check out this tutorial from Sew News. You’ll have so much fun making this, all your fashionista’s will want one in their silkstocking.
Easy Gifts All In-the-Hoop
Nothing is easier than in-the-hoop projects. You could whip up several of these babies in no time flat. Here we have a freebie for you to use as a gift giving idea or make one for yourself. Better yet, these whip up so fast you can make a bunch.
My favorite in-the-hoop project from Lisa Archer is the USB case. Such a tiny project, but my do they come in handy! For more ITH projects that finish up fast, check them all out here!
Do you like these projects? What are your easy go-to sewing projects for the holidays? Leave me a comment below, and happy embroidering and sewing!
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