Handmade Christmas presents – gift tags

The icing on the proverbial present cake is always the gift tag. (Ever better when my name is in the “to” section!) So here are a few links to get you started on making your own holiday themed tags. If you want to make your own, check out these templates from Jersgirl’s site…Square cornered tagsScalloped...

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Handmade Christmas presents – single pamphlet bookbinding

Making books can be as simple or as difficult as you want it to be. There are dozens of way to make a simple book your giftee will cherish for years to come! Here are two simple techniques…single pamphlet and album stitch. To make a basic book you’ll need:Scissors, embroidery thread, and needleInside paper (to...

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Handmade Christmas presents – sewing a cold tie

Cold ties are easy to make and pretty darn awesome to give as presents. Okay, so maybe they aren’t really suitable for the winter season, but they come in handy when someone has a fever or during the summer. And they’re easy to make in really pretty fabrics! So what are they? Cold ties are...

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Handmade Christmas presents – Creating Kits

I like to put together kits to bring a few different items together. Create some cute packaging, and always make sure to include a note with instructions on how to use the items (do not use the pumice-y foot bar on your face!), ingredients in the items (respect for allergies and all that), and some...

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Handmade Christmas presents — stencilling fabric!

You remember how to stencil, right? If not, here’s a quick reminder tutorial…(or click here or here for some illustrated tutorials). 1. Print out your picture on a piece of paper.2. Tape the stencil with masking tape to a piece of freezer paper (wax side down).3. Cut out the stencil with an X-acto knife (be...

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