Sewing Projects Every Mom Will Love
The holiday season is approaching fast, which means that soon it will be time for piling gifts around the Christmas tree for little ones. But if you have quite a few people to buy for, this can get to be pretty expensive. That is why many moms are choosing to make their gifts instead. Handcrafted gifts are the best because they can be tailored to each person's individual tastes and interests. Favorite colors or patterns can be used, or a special character can be stitched on too. To help you get started on making your Christmas gifts, here are a few easy sewing projects that can be done while the little ones are taking a nap.
Each of these pillows takes less than ten minutes to make, so several can be done in just one hour. Cut out small squares of pretty fabric that are about 6-inches wide on each side. Stitch them together, and turn them inside out. Then, stuff the inside of the pillows, so they are mostly full of cotton. But before you stitch them shut, add a small handful of lavender and chamomile flowers. These are meant for tucking under a person's main pillow. The scent helps a person to fall asleep faster at night.
This project is great for using up some of your leftover scrap fabric. First, cut out your material for a tiny dress. Keep the lines of it very simple. A sleeveless “A-line” dress is the easiest to do because it has no sleeves to fuss over. Stitch the shoulder straps together first before hemming the sides and bottom. These are cute to give with tiny homemade hangers. Just use a pair of wire cutters to cut up wire hangers that you have in your closet. Then, bend them into tiny new ones.
Kids love sleeping bags to snuggle up in on the couch in front of the television on movie night. Most of them that are sold in the store are too big and heavy, though. To make a mini-sleeping bag, you will need some soft fleece fabric, matching thread, and a long zipper. First, stitch together the sides of two sheets of some fleece fabric that is as long as the height of the little one that you are sewing for. On the opposite side of the sleeping bag, install the zipper. Then, stitch the last bottom seam. Roll the sleeping bag up, and tie it with a ribbon.
A pretty table runner instantly freshens up a worn out coffee table, and it is so easy to make. Measure the length and width of a coffee table to get a pattern before you cut out your material. You will need two pieces of fabric. Press them with an iron to be sure that they match up perfectly. Be sure to add a half-inch seam allowance. Pin the pieces of fabric together, but fold the seams inside to make them look neater. Finish with a top stitch, and it is ready to wrap up. This table runner can be made to be reversible by using two sheets of different fabrics on it.
Decorative Tea Towels
For mock antique tea towels, first soak muslin fabric in a sink full of freshly brewed tea overnight. Let the material drip dry before ironing it out. Then, cut pieces of fabric that are 12-inches wide by 24-inches long. Hem each side, and fold them up. These are pretty with a red or green tree design stamped on the front of them. Tea towels can lose their color when they are washed with bleach, so be sure to include some instructions on a little card with them for their care.