Quick and easy projects are always fun. If you are in need of a gift idea for a college student that will have their own dorm room or apartment, these items will be really useful. When I am shopping at my local fabric store, I ALWAYS head to the remnant bin. The best time to find great prices on fabrics is at a change or end of season. If you have the space to store fabric, you can get a nice stash built up for last minute gifts.
I tend to purchase remnants no larger than 5/8 yard. These are sometimes looked over because they are under a yard and a lot of patterns will call for you to purchase at least that quantity. If you will look at the fleece blanket above, I used a strip of fleece that has the college logo on it and then the larger quantity is a solid color. By being very careful with my cutting, I was able to use the printed fabric equally on each side. I rounded the four corners and Serged all of the seams together. Now it looks like a very nice Designer Blanket for a minimum cost because the materials were purchased when the prices were best.
A matching pillow was an easy project to go with the blanket and again, using a printed fabric that was purchased as a remnant, a pocket was added. This is a great place to stash a remote control.
Kitchen towels that can be folded over an oven handle are both useful and show school spirit. These were very easy to embellish simply by fussy cutting a strip of the decorator fabric and using a zigzag stitch to attach. If you have an embroidery machine, you can also customize these with a school saying. The little scrubbies are crochet with tulle. Patterns for these are very easy to find on the internet and Tulle is inexpensive and goes a long way.
Cozy and inviting! If you are looking for thoughtful gifts to sew for a very special person, give these a try. I hope you have enjoyed this post, share what you have learned and are generous with what you make. Someone will appreciate your hard work
If you are like most people, you tend to get in a habit of doing things methodically or habitually. Then you may become bored and lose interest. This can happen with Sewing. You may also purchase a tool that you already have in your Sewing Space if you are not organized. Unpacking that little bag of implements that came with your Sewing Machine or Serger can give you a boost of enthusiasm. You may ask your self what does that tool do? Or what is that for?
When you have everything laid out you are going to need a place to put it. I found a perfect solution for my space. This is a jewelry organizer that I received as a door prize. I was so happy to win it but I put it away and later inspiration hit that it would be great to hang up in my studio.
I organized all of the sewing feet that came with my machines labeling the foot names and what they are used for on card stock.
Additional feet that I purchased have their own place as well. I kept all of the instructions and the card descriptions.
The random sewing accessories for each machine have a special place also. Now when I have a specific need for a specialty foot or tool, I don't have to dig around in a little bag to find it. I don't know about you but if I have to look for something, my creativity tends to go away. Also, just having this hanging on my wall makes me feel accomplished before I have sewn a stitch.
My view from my machine. So easy when a project dictates a change or I have to get a new needle or tool. I simply reach out and everything I need is right there. It really is true that you will use what you can see. Your sewing machine was designed to do wonderful things and it is so much fun figuring that out. I hope you have been inspired and enjoyed this post, share what you have learned and are generous with what you make. Someone will appreciate your hard work.
What is a Lagniappe Peddler?
ˌlanˈyap,ˈlanˌyap - something given as a bonus or extra gift