I’ve been remiss in posting my recent Design Sponge Sewing 101 projects here, but I’ve got several new posts up over there, so check em out for easy, free step-by-step sewing how-to’s!
Above is a knotted fringe table runner, wherein you’ll learn how to make your own knotted fringe (which is a great technique to use for a variety of crafts, especially for fringe on knit and crochet projects).
Or perhaps you would like to make a tote with handles made of branches! This is a fun bag for the fall season and it’s very sturdy, so you could even adapt the pattern and make it into a log-carrying camping bag or something outdoorsy like that. Gift idea!
Or, make a zippered case for your electronics! This tutorial will teach you how to install a zipper around curves, which is a neat trick.
Luggage tag to get geared up for holiday travel, anyone? I also like these for gift tags–and let the recipient know the tag can be repurposed for their luggage.
And finally, I wanted to re-share this wool throw project from last year, just because I had to report back and let you all know that this blanket has become my favorite, most-used project I’ve ever sewn. It’s just the perfect weight, and so cozy–I literally use it every day.
So if you’re looking for super quick and easy gifts to make this holiday, I highly recommend a wool throw. All you need is a couple yards of nice wool, which you hem, then add trim. It literally takes less than a couple hours, and makes a gorgeous, luxurious gift. (Throws like this sell for well over a hundred bucks in stores.) Seriously, this project gets my vote for all-time favorite easy sewing project.
Head on over to Design Sponge to snag the free instructions for all of these projects, complete will full step-by-step photos for the entire process for each one. And get those gifts started early–you’ll be glad you did!