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Monday, December 8, 2008

Swapper Gift Guide, part 4

It's December now! Time for some serious list-checking! If you're a crafty type, you know that now is NOT the time to start crafting presents. But I've got some quick to whip up ideas for those in a time-crunch.

Knit or crochet a pair of washcloths, tie them up neatly with ribbon and add a nice bar of soap. My favorite soap purveyors online are:
Daisycakes Soap-I love their soap, I love her olive oil soap, great affordable gift sets and the BEST lip balm in tons of great flavors! And when I say flavors, I mean FLAVORS, they are seriously tasty! (Chai tea and mint chocolate chip are tops on my list.)

SoapyLove- Home of the soapsicle! Deb also makes some great, colorful, fun soaps!

Along the same soap/cleaning line, Little Birdie Secrets tutorial for fancy dish gloves captured my heart. I hope I'm not giving away any of my own little secrets but I made several pairs as gifts! I bought my oilcloth from Mendel's because they have the largest selection I've seen with some really unique patterns. And you can buy as little as a 1/2 yard of each if you want!

A great and quick gift is a set of handmade napkins. This tutorial will show you how and also includes how to make your own bias tape for binding.

Birds of a feather flock together. If your list includes other crafty types, check out this great list of gifts to create for the creative. And One Pretty Thing just posted a lovely selection of tutorials and projects as well!

Is there a pooch on your list this year? A new collar is quick and easy to whip up! I love to order my hardware from Creative Designworks and they make great kits with all the parts you need plus instructions to make a variety of different styles of collars and harnesses. Just add the fabric of your choice. A set of collars for each holiday would make an excellent package!

And what about babies? My go-to gift for babies are ribbon tag blankets. Here's a great tutorial I just saw via One Pretty Thing.

To wrap it all up, how about making reusable fabric gift bags? These are so easy! Just two fat quarters and some ribbon but they are so cute. Use holiday fabrics and you've got yourself the perfect wrapping!


ponyknit said...

Love the bags, great article!

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for linking to the ribbon blanket tutorial :D You have some awesome ideas here, I love the fabric bag.