These days we're all counting our pennies. As the Holidays approach it's easy to get overwhelmed by stress and to loose sight of our creative side. It can feel like our Sewing Muse has left to get plowed with Uncle Ronald at the punch bowl. Now, more than ever is a good time to dust off our sewing machines, dig in to our fabric stash and start making gifts. Here are five sewing projects that are easy on your wallet and will make great gifts.
1) The good folks over at ReadyMade.com are always a wonderful source of inspiration and frankly genius ideas for crafting and up-cycling. This Patchwork Sweater Blanket project is fantastic. What beats a cozy quilt, made with love to ward off the winter weather? Make it and give it to someone you love.
2) Nobody can ever have too many potholders. This Crazy Quilt Style Potholder pattern has so much potential! Mix it up with fun colors and patterns. This project is a way to use all those scraps you've been hoarding over the years! Make a whole set and wrap them up an a cute bow.
3) Too stressed to even think about sitting down at your machine? Try this No Sew Fleece Hat pattern. Fleece comes in such a wide array of patterns and colors these days, you could make a cutsie pink hat for your niece or a skull and cross bones hat for your Harley riding Uncle.
4) Need something for the kiddos or for that crazy gal pal who has a great sense of humor? Make a Sock Monster! It's a great way to put those poor orphan socks to good use (or an excuse to raid the sock aisle at Target). Either way you cut it (bad pun fully intended) they are sure to be a hit!
5) Throw pillows offer a world of possibility. You can alter them to fit the personality of just about any giftee. This Modern Throw Pillow pattern from Better Homes and Gardens will do the trick nicely.
Go now and sew up a storm. Happy Holidays!