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
What is a Lagniappe Peddler?
ˌlanˈyap,ˈlanˌyap - something given as a bonus or extra gift