I’m excited to share a new book with you called Project Teen: Handmade Gifts Your Teen Will Love by Melissa Mortenson. This is such a fun book full of 21 great patterns geared at the tween/teen in your life. With lots of books out there with projects for babies or young children – it’s so awesome to have a great resource with ideas for big kids.
The book is divided into categories of items like bags and pouches, things to wear, and stuff for their rooms like quilts and pillows. Many of these projects can easily be made in an afternoon, or would be great projects to do together with your tween/teen.
And it’s not just ideas for teenage girls. This book is great because includes a full section on hand made stuff to make for boys – that they’ll actually love and use!
In addition to the 20+ projects included in the book, Melissa also teaches techniques such as printing on fabric, ideas for incorporating your kid’s school or favorite sports team, and how to make, cute personalized appliques so that you can make unique and highly personal gifts for your tween/teen.
Melissa is also good at coming up with smart projects using things you already have on hand or upcycling something you’d maybe throw away. Like these clever t-shirt pillows – such a great way to put to use that collections of sports or travel t-shirts. Other ideas include using upcycled wool jackets for a clutch or old ties for headbands.
Reading Project Teen, I remembered an old wool jacket I’d reclaimed from the thrift store and decided to make my own tablet clutch.
This project was so do-able and fun. (It’s fun to make something you can finish in an hour! I need to do more things like that.) Plus now I can feel kind of tweedy-chic with my snazzy new clutch.
Another project on my to-do list are these cute canvas flag pouches. I’m thinking they would be fun to make for my kids for Christmas as a memory of our trip abroad this year.
Project Teen is full of ideas for hand-made gifts for the upcoming gift-giving season. And to go along with those handmade gifts, Melissa has designed this awesome free printable to make your own gift tags! I LOVE it! I’m always needing a cute gift tag for the quilts I give away and this one is perfect! I’m going to print a bunch of these.
To see more projects and inspiration from Project Teen as well as collect more free printable gift tags (a different tag at each site!) visit these other blogs this week:
October 13th: Sew Can She and Piece N Quilt
October 14th: Generation Q Magazine and UCreate
October 15th: Diary of a Quilter (moi) and Noodlehead
October 16th: Flamingo Toes
October 17th: Simple Simon and Co and It’s Always Autumn
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