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When you have the gift of being a sewer, the festive season is the perfect time to share your gift with loved ones - by indulging them in a handmade gift! Male or female, old or young, check out some of these ideas of what to get stitching for them...
50 Gifts to Sew for Christmas
A great gift for people of all ages, this quick and easy infinity scarf is achievable for all skill levels and makes a practical gift that can be personalised with their favourite colours and prints.
Treat a little one to a unique cuddly toy like this pretty Flora the Elephant pattern from Bustle and Sew - use floral fabric for an extra special finish.
Practical gifts don't always have to be boring - a colourful personalised reading cushion makes a great gift for an avid little reader! We love this tutorial by Polkadot Chair.
For the gadget-obsessed, try out one of these handy charging pod projects from Lil Luna that can keep everything together in one place while they charge their phone.
If you'd like to make something for the furry friend in your life, have a crack at this simple dog bandana project - make it in festive fabric for something fun, or pick an exciting or colourful print. Extra points for embroidering their name on it!
We ADORE these bright little pen holders by Sew Can She - they make a great add-on gift alongside a beautiful journal, and save you always searching for a pen when you want to write!
Treat a hard-working mum or couple to a beautiful new baby accessory to make their lives easy, like this wipe clean baby mat from Vicky Myers Creations.
Know someone that's always burning their hands on their lunch, straight out the microwave? Knock together a couple of these simple washable soup bowl cozies by Happy Hour Stitches and they'll thank you forever!
Alternatively, if you know someone who loves to cook or bake, why not make them a pretty oven glove like this one? Cut up a panel for the centre and use insulated wadding to protect from heat.
Little boys will love these fun dinosaur play tails, in bright colours by Andrea's Notebook!
If you know any other sewing enthusiasts, whip them up a set of cute pattern weights like these ones from Tea and a Sewing Machine - bonus points for using sewing themed fabric!
For those who love to wine and dine, make a matching set of gorgeous fabric placemats by utilising a fabric panel or some scenic fabric. Just quilt round the design to pick out some details for a simple but thoughtful gift.
Make a cool tablet case like this one from Polka Dot Chair for anyone in the family or a friend, with this simple pattern. Choose cool fabrics and pretty binding for extra wow-factor.
Add a bit of fun to laundry day for mum, and have a go at this cute little shark peg bag by Hey Let's Make Stuff.
Even the most fussy people have to eat lunch, so if you're stuck for what to make somebody who has everything (or likes very little), run up one of these cute lunch bags by Purl Soho - why not add their name in embroidery?
Encourage little ones in their love of reading by making a book cushion! It has a pocket on the front to tuck their latest book into - why not give it with a book as a lovely co-ordinating gift?
Get snuggly with one of these trendy mermaid tail blankets, for adults! Made from supersoft plush fabric, Sew Much Ado has got your covered with her comprehensive tutorial!
You can still sew for fashion-conscious friends; check out these stunning envelope style clutch bags by See Kate Sew that are perfect for an extra special accessory.
Treat mum or grandma to some cosy slippers for their tired feet with this simple tutorial by Todo Manualidades (you can use Google translate).
Go classic with a new pair of oven gloves! The key to making a good pair is picking a good fabric that your recipient will like either due to novelty factor or colours/patterns that match their kitchen - then simply follow this tutorial by Make It & Love It.
For the jetsetter in your life, nothing but a passport cover will do! Use bright colours or bold patterns to make sure it's easy to find in amidst all their luggage. We love this Liberty tutorial from Mollie Makes!
If you don't have time to sew or aren't very confident with a machine, try this no-sew Liberty fabric covered notebook for a quick and easy gift.
Here's one for all those handsome little boys you know - a cute novelty bow tie bib by Make It & Love It!
We love how versatile this honeycomb basket by Love From Beth is - whether they use it like this for crafty bits, or you make it up in a more masculine fabric for him to store his DIY bits and pieces in.
Make sure nobody misses out, a sew up a bunch of these adorable fish drawstring bags for all the kids - personalise with their name on the back. Tutorial by Eclemo for Women's Weekly.
For someone that's always on the go, a thoughtful travel toothbrush holder is a lovely gift - pick some fun towelling and go crazy! Tutorial by Must Have Mom.
How cute is this hair clip holder from Emma Bee? Great for a little girl's bedroom!
If there's a new arrival expected soon, whip up a few cute little things to give to the expectant parent - including these beautiful (yet easy) baby hats by Coral + Co, which goes from Preemies all the way up to 12 months.
Ruffles are big this season in clothing, so why not add them to accessories too? Great for fashion-conscious recipients, we love this tutorial from See Kate Sew!
Get mixed media with this sewing AND needle felting project that's as uplifting as it is colourful! Try out this needle felted rainbow cushion by Club Crafted.
Upgrade the basic scrunchie with this gorgeous bow scrunchie project from Crafty Staci.
Don't have time for a full sewing project? DIY your own cute cactus oven glove by embellishing a ready-made oven glove for a fun gift - tutorial by The Proper Blog.
Make up a bunch of these simple but stylish wrist key chains for easy presents to stash away in case you get caught in need of one! They're a great way to use up ribbon and fabric scraps too. Tutorial by Making Things is Awesome.
For those who love to be wrapped up, make one of these fits-all draped cardigans with this handy tutorial from Heather Handmade.
Keep them cosy with a gorgeous triangle quilt project by Making Things is Awesome - it's achievable even for beginners.
Make something to keep those expensive glasses safe as well as stylish with this gorgeous glasses case project from Riva La Diva.
Put a smile on the kids faces with one of these cute fruit inspired dolls from Lovely Indeed.
You can't beat a good accessory and we love this beanie with a twist by Friday Pattern Company - it's made from velvet!
Use up your fat quarters or smaller pieces of fabric and make beautiful burp cloths for friends with babies using this tutorial from The Willow Market.
Llama's are so popular right now, so hop on the trend and make some cute cuddly llamas with this tutorial by Johanna Rundel.
For older llama lovers, make a beautiful piece of embroidery hoop art for the wall with Bustle and Sew's project.
Keep those cold people in your life warm with a DIY heat pack by The Crafting Nook.
Or make it more fun for the guys with this novelty moustache version by The Crafty Gentleman.
Make something unique for the coffee lover in your life with this cute coffee bag tutorial from Minki Kim.
We love a practical gift, and this one's great for tool enthusiasts and artists alike - follow the tutorial by The Merry Thought.
It might be a bit unusual, but you can use your machine to make your own customised tea bags too! This is a great project for tea lovers, from Wild Wild Whisk.
For the person that has everything, give them somewhere to put their bits and pieces! These handy trays are good for everything from hairbands to spare change - just use A Spoonful of Sugar's handy tutorial.
These pouches are so handy for inside your handbag, they'll keep all your essentials together like lipstick and eyeliner. Tutorial by Sew Some Stuff.
Make something unique for the music lover in your life, and quilt your own ukulele case with this tutorial from The Sewing Party.
Foodie lovers will love this tortilla warming wrap! Project by The Good Hearted Woman.
It's spring again, which means although there's a few blustery showers about, sunshine is on its way! And when I think sunshine, I think seaside... so I'm super excited to share this lovely nautical project with you! It's so easy to make, which is great for beginners, or those more experienced who just want a quick project to complete!
How to Make Nautical Bunting
You will need:
- Makower Ahoy bunting panel
- Backing fabric in your choice of colour - we used Linen Texture Cream
- Sewing machine
- White or cream thread
- 1.5m bias binding
- Point turner (optional)
How to make:
- Begin by cutting out all the flags from your bunting panel.
- Now lay out your flags onto your backing fabric, and cut out enough to back each flag, using the pre-printed flags as a size guide.
- Pin your flags right sides together, and sew along the seam allowance guides on the two long sides(the white bits down the side of each printed flag).
- Trim the point carefully using embroidery scissors, being careful not to cut too near your stitching.
- Turn the right way out and use a pencil or point turner to create a sharp point at the bottom of the flag. Press flat. Repeat steps 3-5 until you have completed all your flags.
- Now lay out your flags in your preferred order, making sure to leave an equal amount of space between each flag. Pin your bias binding to the top, ensuring that it folds down in the middle over each side of the open end of your flags. Don't forget to leave a bit of bias binding on each end for putting up your bunting!
- Carefully sew along the bias binding to attach the flags, remembering to start at the very ends of the bias binding to create some ends to pin or tie it up easily.
Say hello to our first ever Youtube video! We know that crafting is a lot easier when you can see what you should be doing rather than just reading the words, so we decided it was time to start making some tutorials... And what better project to start on than a lovely lampshade!
How to Make a Lampshade Using a Lampshade Kit
You will need:
Mother's Day is coming up, and I've been stuck for gift ideas for a while. A bit of research, however, has uncovered some great gifts for mums who stitch, and here's the pick of our products that we reckon mum might like if she's a bit crafty too!
Mother's Day Gifts for Mums Who Make
For a mum looking to explore different sewing techniques further, why not try out Elizabeth Bett's fantastic book, The Beginners Guide to Quilting? With tons of handy tips and tricks, as well as a comprehensive introduction to the basics of quilting, she'll help mum to build on her new skills project-by-project.
If mum wants to try something new, get her one of these fab needle felting kits! Each kit comes in a beautifully packaged box and includes everything you need to learn to felt your own creature. They're perfect for beginners, and needle felting is the latest trendy craft that everyone's keen to try.
Sewing boxes are the classic gift for any stitcher, but don't just get her a boring old plain one - pick up a beautifully designed box in a range of sizes from our range. Choose from glitter finish, embroidered, extra large, small and drawer-style boxes!
For the mum that already has a million sewing gadgets and boxes, it can be hard to find something that she won't already have. But we reckon these sewing machine bags are pretty neat, and not only look lovely, but are also great at protecting her prize possession from dust, moisture and damage!
For a mum who loves a different type of needlework, our cross stitch kits are an excellent idea! This pretty one is ideal for mum to put up in the kitchen or lounge once complete, but you'll also find a ton of other designs, including ones for kids bedrooms too.
There is no more classic gift for a sewer than an expression of their passion in any and all forms. So why not dress up their gift with some Love to Sew ribbon? Whether you get a few metres to give as a gift or tie it round the gift itself, this is one piece of haberdashery that is guaranteed to be loved and re-used!
What self-respecting sewer can resist more fabric? Whether you get a couple of metres to really indulge her fabric addiction, or a fat quarter, she'll love seeing her stash increase! Our one-off fabric boxes are a great idea, including a selection of fabrics with co-ordinating habby for a beautiful gift to wow her.
If mum has only just started sewing, or wants to tackle her first project, pick up a sewing kit for beginners that she can get stuck into right away. We have a great selection of different projects that she'll love!
And if one fabric alone isn't enough, what about a fat quarter bundle? These are especially great for quilters or those who enjoy having a variety of fabrics to hand for their next project (or to stroke while they sip their cup of tea, surrounded by 10 cats...)
Want to get your hands on the hottest thing in crafting right now? Poms are all the rage at the moment, especially with easter coming up and pretty pastels and soft textures becoming a star attraction for spring! Find out more about this fantastic product...
NEW IN: The Multipom Pompom Maker
So, what's all the hype about?
What it does
The multipom is a unique tool developed to enable you to make up to 20 pom poms in one go - impressive, right! The tool is designed so that you can use any type of yarn, of any thickness, fluffiness or colour, to make your own unique pom poms in larger batches. It's a massive time saver for projects that require a lot of poms, and even better, means that each pompom you make will be the same size and thickness.
Included in the pack is your fantastic Multipom frame, a set of easy to follow step-by-step instructions on how to use the Multipom, and also a handy help sheet for tips, tricks and ideas. The help sheet shows you how to make multicoloured poms, trim them into cool shapes, and how to make them into a cord.
What to make
The possibilities are endless when it comes to using your finished product! Multipom recommends making them up into trim to use in sewing projects, sewing them onto a cushion for a fun touch to your homewares, or making them up into pretty pieces to hang about the house. How about this fun union jack flag made out of poms?
For more project ideas, check out the Multipom blog at www.multipom.com
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Following on from the popularity of our previous gifting post, 6 Gifts to Make for Him That He'll Actually Like, we decided to have a rummage around for some more good ideas for handmade gifts. They are just so hard to find! But never fear, here they are...
6 More Cool Valentine's Day Gifts to Make for Him
Share your own Valentine's gift projects below!
In the words of Beyonce: all the single ladies, put your hands up! Now, although you may think you can't celebrate on Valentine's Day because you don't have a S.O., we say - celebrate being single! So we've put together a selection of fab projects to make for yourself, to celebrate YOU! (Gentlemen, you're included in this party for one too).
Valentine's Projects for all the Single Ladies (and Gentlemen)
Get the kids involved on Valentine's Day too, by giving them a fun project to do and use to share the love around them! Some are just fun projects, others could be made into gifts for their loved ones, whether family, friends or crushes...
8 Valentine's Projects for Kids
Share your thoughts or any other great projects you've found below!
We have a male birthday coming up in the family this week, so I thought what better way to celebrate than by finding a selection of the best gifts you can sew for the man (or men) in your life. Finding things to sew for men seems to be notoriously difficult, at least for me, as they don't like all the pretty trinkets that many women do! Here, I've gone for reasonably practical or functional items, as these tend to go down well that also look great.
6 Fun Gifts to Sew for Men (That they'll actually like)
Is your birthday boy a bit of a chef in the kitchen? For those that love to get their hands messy, stop them from messing up their clothes too with a fun and personalised apron of their own! This design is particularly nice as the material is less conventionally girly and the graphic is pretty cool, though you could just make up your own for the front.
Got a bit of a fashionista in the family? Nothing says unique chic like a handmade shirt (well, up cycled, we do have a life to be getting on with too!), and these are super simple while looking great. Choose a fabric you think he'd like and attach a pocket onto a plain shirt - personally, I love the crazy cat man idea!
Bow ties are cool now. If you fancy making one for a suave man, or even a fun one with a comical print fabric, your luck is in - they're easy!
Most men have a bit of a love affair with their laptop, so what better gift to give than something to keep their prize possession safe? This one looks particularly nice as it's been done in a leather/leatherette fabric with beautiful contract stitching along the edges, but you could use any colour you like.
Guys buy girls underwear all the time, so why not return the sentiment! Whether you make them out of some lovely cotton or a fun print (hilarious), they're sure to be appreciated.
Men's Boxers Pattern by Nur Noch (in German & English)
Last but not least, who doesn't love a nice snuggly sweatshirt or hoodie? It's practical and they'll really appreciate the effort you went to - we love this Jalie version which is sized from boys to mens, and also includes a colour blocked design for the fashion conscious.
Stuck on what to get for someone who loves to sew? Never fear, our top gift guide is here! With ideas to suit all budgets and skill levels, from beginners to advanced, take a peek and get them the perfect gift.
Top Gifts for Sewers
Mugs are a great gift, because we all know a good cup of tea or coffee is what sees us through those tricky projects! Plus, how can they resist these pretty stitch-inspired designs?
Storage is always one thing that most crafters struggle with, and these rainbow thimble organisers are a fun and colourful way to solve the problem! Sturdy and made in a gorgeous metallic ombre finish, they're fantastic for storing equipment like scissors and rotary cutters which can be in hand in a moment.
There's plenty of sewing gimics and gadgets you can get, but at the end of the day the ones we really want are the ones that make our life easier. These magnetic needle twisters do just that, storing your needles (and pins) safely and securely with the magnetic inner tube. Trust us, you can turn it upside down and shake and they STILL won't fall out - amazing!
Clearly, you can't underestimate the power of a magnet for sewists! What makes these pin cushions so great? Firstly, the silicone strap means they're easy to fit to any wrist size. Secondly, the metal plate means you don't end up stabbing yourself in the wrist when you put your pins in it. And lastly, the fact it's magnetic means no more scattered pins and also makes for easy clear up if you accidentally drop a load!
If you're looking for a great all-rounder for someone who loves sewing, look no further than this Sew Obsessed box. It's full of a mix of both pretty AND practical items to satisfy them in every way, including pretty illustrated mugs, notebooks and also practical scissors that are great for fine work and fun sewing novelty buttons too.
If you're going to get them one piece of essential sewing equipment to keep their bits and bobs all neat and tidy, this is the one! Our sewing boxes make a great prezzie, and the medium size boxes are a great size to start for a beginner - if you're feeling generous, you can fill it with a few haberdashery bits too.
Never underestimate the importance of having a good pair of scissors to hand - it makes finishing projects much quicker and easier, as well as helping to achieve a more professional finish. We love the extra fine point on this pair for especially tricky projects.
Whether you want to be a dressmaker or a home sewer, this sewing handbook from DK is a must! It has so many helpful chapters on everything you might ever need to know, from different types of fabric and how they drape, to piecing and cutting patterns, as well as common problems and how to fix them! Even better, it also includes various projects with step by step photos to make it super easy to follow!
For More Experienced Sewers
This is a bit of kit that seems so simple, but so useful. If you take your machine out a lot to classes or on trips out the house, a good machine bag is invaluable.
For the avid stitcher in your life, nothing will be more prized to them than their sewing machine! Help them keep it safe and clean in a stylish way, with a beautiful machine bag - the oilcloth material keeps out moisture whilst the sturdy plastic feet on the bottom are able to deal with a fair amount of wear and tear. They fit all standard sized machines and feature a large zip pocket on the front for storing all your wires, pedals and accessories!
Pssst...they also fit overlockers too - we've tried!
Get their storage needs sorted, with these handy cases! No more tangled threads and bobbins shoved in the bottom of their sewing box or drawer - in these cases they can be neatly stored and easily found too!
This essential piece of equipment gets prettied up! No respectable quilter would be without a rotary cutter, but most of them are nothing special to look at - except for this beauty from Fiskars! Not only does it look pretty but it's practical too, from one of the most well-loved scissor brands, known for their excellent quality blades.
For those quilters that like to dabble in different styles, we highly recommend the Sewline glue pen. It's fantastic for paper piecing and any method which requires lots of pinning or tacking, and is a favourite among most quilters!
Treat the dressmaker in your life to their own little project in a box, which they can get started on right away! Each project box contains a pattern, matching thread, corresponding haberdashery and enough fabric to make up the pattern in any style! We love this trendy dungaree dress version.
Invest in a good pair of scissors, and you'll never have to waste your money buying new pairs as your cheap ones get blunt - Fiskars are worth their weight in gold for their cutting quality!
For Little Stitchers
Watch their little faces light up when they see one of these felt kits and realise they can make their very own decoration right away! With everything inside ready to go, they feature pre-punched holes and a plastic needle, making them ideal for kids of all ages.
Keep all their creative bits neat and tidy with a handy case. Featuring a range of different pockets and storage spaces inside, it also has a detachable pin cushion, elastic loops to hold pens and equipment, and comfy carry handles for easy transportation.
If you're looking for something little but sweet, this is a great idea - get them some ribbon to show off what they love! It can be used to wrap gifts or simply given as a gift in itself to be used in all sorts of projects of their fancy.
Turning out straps and tubes has to be the worst part of any project, especially if they're narrow. This amazing set of turning tubes from Prym makes it SO much easier to pull them through without losing the will to love or losing an hour to this horrible task!
Try Something New
Try their hand at threading of another kind, with a colourful weaving kit! Including all the wool and yarn you need to create a small weaving, you'll also find a wooden loom, shuttles and comb alongside photo instructions, all in a smart box. Choose from 8 different colours!
Let them explore their creativity in another area with this simple crochet kit designed for beginners. Each kit comes with 2 balls of yarn, a hook and a comprehensive guide to crochet book - which includes full colour technique guides as well as projects.