5 Easy Ways to Make This Gifting Season a Major Success

If you're a maker, chances are visions of handmade gifts are already dancing in your head. And while "it's the thought that counts" is certainly a nice idea, the reality is that gifting handmade items takes work — so you really want your present to hit the bullseye. Here's how to set yourself up for success ( without stress ).

Get Personal

One of the best things about making gifts by hand is they're made just for the recipient and no one else. Prove it by stitching initials or a personal message that only you two will fully appreciate. Even something as simple as using your friend's favorite colors shows how much you care (and ensures they'll totally love it).

The holidays are the ultimate excuse to dress your family in matching pajamas. These monogrammed PJs keep your whole fam cozy in style, and they're super easy to embroider — hello, perfect holiday gift!

Make It Cozy

This is a no-brainer for seasonal gifting, but it's also part of the charm. If a gift is fluffy, fuzzy, cuddly and warm, it's a win for winter holidays. Homemade mittens, scarves, hats or socks are always a great pick, as are afghans or quilts, if you're thinking big.

Move from fingerless gloves to mittens as you create Brenda's charming Igloo colorwork mitten. Learn Brenda's secret for checking gauge as you go, and discover which stitch is the best for mittens worked in the round. Explore the techniques you'll need to recreate patterns with crisp color changes and rounds that lines up -- no shifting "jog"! Work the cuff of this mitten and start your first row of colorwork.

Think Outside the Box

You might be tempted to stick with the projects you already know how to make, but branching out of your comfort zone opens up a whole new world of ideas that can call on skills you already have. Example: Instead of quilting an entire quilt, you could mix it up and make a quilted cosmetics bag or even a journal cover.

Start your journal cover by quilting your panel with an all-over seafoam design made by echoing wavy lines. See how to create pockets of space in the design and then fill them with quilted pebbles or other filler variations.

Wrap Like a Pro 

A handmade gift is great, but don't forget about the packaging . After all, you likely already have all of the supplies you need. Try wrapping your gift in fabric scraps, bundling up the package with pompoms or sewing reusable gift bags.

Making presents yourself is totally #GiftingGoals. Why can't your packaging be decked out and DIY, too? Not only is this bag easy and fun, it's also reusable — so it's like a whole other gift for your recipient!

Accept That Handmade Isn't for Everyone

The fact is, some people will "get it" and others might not. For instance, your ornery cousin who always says "but you could buy this for a dollar" about homemade items might not be the most appreciative recipient for your masterpiece. But your aunt who's been knitting for years will definitely give that Jacki scarf a loving home.  Your time's precious — gift accordingly.

August 28, 2018
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5 Easy Ways to Make This Gifting Season a Major Success