Amy has lots of scrappy gift ideas, so you can use your scraps to make something pretty and new!
Today’s Guest Curator: Amy Smart from Diary of a Quilter
Hello fellow sewists! My name is Amy Smart and I like to blog about my quilting obsession at Diary of a Quilter and author of Fabulously Fast Quilts. As anyone who works with fabric as their medium knows, it’s very easy to accumulate a healthy pile of leftover fabric scraps quite quickly. I love findifng ways to put those valuable scraps to good use. Here’s a collection of a variety of pretty ways to use fabric scraps to create gifts!
Kate Spade-Inspired Key Fobs
Try these trendy Kate Spade-Inspired Key Fobs from Flamingo Toes.
Fabric Wall Art
You can make some unique, Anthropology-inspired graphic Fabric Wall Art with help from Tea Rose Home.
Fabric Necklaces with Marbles
Kerri at How Does She shows you how to make Fabric Necklaces with Marbles!
Use fabric and Modge Podge to make the Tea Rose Home Mini Tree, for cute gifts or Christmas decorations.
Embellished Gift Towel
The Embellished Gift Towel from Polkadot Chair is a fun, useful gift for anyone and a great way to use a variety of coordinating scraps.
Scrappy Flower Coaster
Diane Gilleland of CraftyPod, author of All Points Patchwork, used EPP (English Paper Piecing) for these sweet, Scrappy Flower Coasters at Sew Mama Sew. (Psst: Diane’s book is one of our giveaway titles below!)
Chapstick KeyChain Holder
Here’s a quick and simple Chapstick KeyChain Holder from Amber at Crazy Little Projects.
Fabric Covered Magnets
Make adorable and easy Fabric Covered Magnets via Andrea’s Notebook.
Drawstring Pouch Bag
One of Amy’s recent favorite projects for using small scraps or mini-charms is this easy-to-make Drawstring Pouch Bag.
Composition Notebook Cover
Here’s a quick gift that is easy to personalize– a simple Composition Notebook Cover from Amanda of Jedi Craft Girl for Riley Blake Designs.
Scrappy Fabric Garland
This super-cheerful Scrappy Fabric Garland from Cluck Cluck Sew could be made in a variety of colors.
Candy Cane Cookies
Everyone is going to want some of these Candy Cane Cookies from Crazy Little Projects!
This traditional Cranberry Wassail from Living Chic on the Cheap can be made in your crockpot!
Calligraphy Gift Tags
It seems like you never have enough Gift Tags! Print a bunch of these calligraphy tags from Lindsey Bee, and this year you’ll be prepared.
Comment on today’s post for a chance to win one of these prizes!
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One $25 Gift Certificate to Fancy Tiger Crafts
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Author: BurdaStyle Magazine
Publisher: David & Charles
Sew stylish, flattering garments with Burda patterns!
BurdaStyle is a legendary brand that focuses on the fashionable, high-style, “in” sewing marketplace. Sewists know the BurdaStyle name and its reputation for high-quality sewing patterns. BurdaStyle Modern Sewing: Full-Figure Fashion includes 25+ of the best plus-size projects from the archives of BurdaStyle magazine.
All of the must-have basics of a woman’s wardrobe are covered in this collection– jackets, pants, blouses, skirts, and dresses. The designs include versatile separates as well as combinations that further expand the possibilities for the modern woman’s wardrobe. In addition to the 25+ Burda patterns, there are several variations. The projects are easy to intermediate and sizes range from 14 to 24.
Although this book is not meant to be a primer on sewing, it includes a Burda 101 section that covers everything the reader needs to know to follow the sewing patterns, including frequently used techniques, and a pattern insert with full-size pattern pieces.
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Author: Kristine Vejar
Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang
Thousands of natural materials can produce glorious color—the insect cochineal produces pink, maroon, and purple, and more than 500 species of plants produce indigo blue. Now, in The Modern Natural Dyer, expert Kristine Vejar shares the most user-friendly techniques for dyeing yarn, fabric, and finished goods at home with foraged and garden-raised dyestuffs as well as with convenient natural dye extracts. Demystifying the “magic,” Vejar explains in explicit, easy-to-follow detail how to produce consistent, long-lasting color. With stunning photography of the dyes themselves, the dyeing process, and 20 projects for home and wardrobe (some to knit, some to sew, and some just a matter of submerging a finished piece in a prepared bath), The Modern Natural Dyer is a complete resource for aspiring and experienced dye artisans.
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Author: Diane Gilleland
Publisher: Storey Publishing
The key to perfect patchwork is getting all of the points to match up– which is no easy feat! Thanks to the rediscovery of a traditional technique known as English paper piecing, success is now possible for quilters of all levels. By cutting the desired shapes from paper, basting the paper to the back of your fabric, and then hand-sewing the pieces together, you’ll ensure perfectly matched points every time. This complete course in English paper piecing takes you far beyond traditional hexagons with step-by-step photos showing you how to connect triangles, octagons, diamonds, jewels, triangles, tumblers, pentagons, and curved shapes. It even provides dozens of ideas for incorporating the pattern designs into clothing, pillows, quilts, and home decor items!
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Author: Amie Petronis Plumley, Andria Lisle
Publisher: Storey Publishing
Authors Amie Plumley and Andria Lisle teach a children’s sewing camp that delights kids and parents every year. Now, they have put their experience to work in creating this lively, how-to-sew book for ages five and up. Featuring 21 inspired projects, Sewing School shows kids how to create fabric masterpieces with minimal supervision. All projects have been kid-tested, and most can be made using simple hand stitches— no sewing machine required. Projects include pillows, dolls, blankets, wallets, totes, coasters, pot holders, sleep masks, mats, and more; each project features step-by-step instructions written at a second-grade comprehension level, a close-up photo of every step, and a photo of the finished project. The book includes full-sized cut-out patterns in a front pocket. Sewing School will have your kids in stitches!
Check out our 2014 Handmade Holidays list for more fun, creative ideas.
Here are 2015 gift ideas:
- Gifts for Crafty People
- Sweet Softies
- Easy Gifts for Beginners to Sew
- Serving in Style
- Gifts for Tech Lovers
- Gifts for Good (Charity Sewing)
- Vintage Christmas
- Making Many (Multiple Gifts at a Time)
- Stocking Stuffers
- Ornament Time
- Educational Gifts for Kids
- Gifts for Hipsters
- Gifts for Naturalists
- Quilted Gifts
- Gifts for Imaginative Play
- Gifts for Teens
- Luxe Gifts
- Star Bright (Star-Themed Gifts!)
- Bags for All
- Gifts for Cooks
- Gifts for Pets
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