Monday, December 20, 2010

Last Minute Crafty Gift Ideas

Can you believe it is the week before Christmas?? How did this happen? So here is that list of some last minute Christmas ideas for you! 

Bags can be a quick project and always a useful gift. Both of these bags come together really quickly:
I'm in the middle of making some new bags as gifts for my daughter's friends using the FQ bag as a base. (When/if I get them done and get pictures in time, I will share how I did that later this week.)
Last year was a little bit tight financially for us - we'd just bought a new house which was an excellent Christmas present for one and all, but since kids seem to like something to unwrap under the tree, I came up with some quick handmade gifts, maximizing one of the resources I had a lot of: fabric.
And aprons.
Another potentially cheap gift (if you've also got lots of fabric scraps) would be a fast 
quilt-as-you-go table runner. Tutorial here.
A quick gift for friends who sew (or to hold paper clips, etc for teachers and other friends) would be the magnetic pin dish. Takes just minutes to finish this one.
Last year my favorite quick neighbor gift was the ingredients for this pretty and delicious smelling stove-top-potpourri from Calli at Make It Do. I just put everything in a cellophane bag and tie with a pretty ribbon. I took some as a hostess gift last Saturday and I love having some simmering on my own stove. Calli even has a perfect tag attachment ready to print.
Plenty Of Crafty Gift Ideas In This Month's Crafters Medley
Finally, has a great list of Crafty Gift Ideas 2010

Tipnut's Crafty Christmas

Hope that provides some helpful ideas!

I'm looking forward to this week. My kids are out of school as of today, so I got most of the running around, Santa's helper stuff done and out of way last week. This week I'm hoping we can just make cookies, finish sewing projects, visit friends, and get the house presentable for Santa and all the family coming here on Christmas Day.  The fact that it's snowing makes me want want to just hunker down next to the fireplace eat a whole roll of Tollhouse cookie dough and snuggle.


  1. Luckily I' all covered in the gift department. However, I will keep all of these great gift ideas in mind for the future. Thanks!

  2. Should mark this so I csn start gifts for next Christmas

  3. totally love this list...alas I am away from fabric and a machine for a week, so I will just enjoy others work via blogs!

  4. Love this post! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Wow! Those all look like great gifts! I think I am going to make some of that simmering potpourri to give to my neighbors. Thanks for sharing!

  6. I have some scraps and really want to try to make that runner...not sure when! =) But maybe soon. =)

  7. Oh my gosh those bags are to die for!! I can't wait to get back to my sewing machine and start some new projects! Thanks for sharing :)

  8. Thanks for the great suggestions. DO you have a link to more time? :)

  9. I went to the apron link. Do you know which apron that is in the picture? I really want to make it for my nieces! Thanks for all the ideas!

  10. Thanks for sharing some ideas. I think I am going to bookmark this page for later use (birthdays, gifts to have around, etc) since I am set for the holidays =)

  11. Can you tell me how you closed your journal cover. I see a button and loop but cannot tell what the loop is made from? I know it is last minute, but I am going to tr to whip one of these up for my daughter. She wanted a new journal and I have not found one that looked like her. I love that she can reuse the cover on notebooks! Thanks for the help. Barb C.

  12. Barb - I used a little piece of elastic. (Mine came from the elastic piece that holds kids' shoes together at Target!) I've also seen people use nylon hair elastics too. Hope that helps. Good luck!

    Nicki - I used the most basic apron pattern and just embellished with the ruffles on top. The pattern in this tutorial ( would work - just reduce it to a child's size. Don't add all the pockets, just attach ruffles to the front (I topstitched them on.) Good luck!

  13. I made two table runners for Christmas this year using your tutorial! Thanks so much!!!!


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