Show someone how much you care with homemade gifts. They add a personal touch showing the recipient how much you care. You can even stretch your budget while making the gift memorable.
You will need two 5inch squares of fabric. These are called charms and usually sold in packs of 42 like this one for $10. For lining you can use the sleeve on an old t-shirt. Fill the T-shirt square with WHITE uncooked rice and herbs of your choice. I picked Lavender for it's calming properties. You can add a few drops of your favorite essential oils. Stitch the 4th side close.
Stitch two charms on three sides inside out. Reverse the fabric carefully and stuff with the rice pack. You can either stitch the final side of the charm or add Velcro for closure. Just remember this will be used in the microwave and you want to avoid metals.
Heat for 30 seconds and apply. The inside will feel a lot hotter than you think. Please do not heat more than 1 minute. Be careful when handling directly from the microwave. You can also place these in the freezer for a cold pack.
These make the perfect size for hand warmers too. On a cold day, warm the pack(s) and place in your pockets before heading out.
This project can be more complicated if you allow it. You will find these for sale on Etsy. I chose to make my own unique design. I used two pieces of soft felt from Walmart, one charm for the middle, elastic and one button. I downloaded the pattern from Hawaiian paperdoll. It isn't perfect but that is what makes it unique and unforgettable. Purple happens to be this recipients favorite color.
I used the Michley LSS-202 Lil' Sew & Sew Mini 2-Speed Sewing Machine. Despite the comments I had no issues with my machine. I have not changed the thread though. I made several items and still have plenty left. Walmart also sells this model online but for a higher price at the time of purchase. Yes I am frugal. I even used my Amazon gift cards from swagbucks. I much rather use free money than my money when taking a chance. ;-) Besides who doesn't love free.
Handmade Everyday Cards
Keep it simple. Here I used one stamp, three colored inks and a set of sentiments. You can purchase blank cards and layer card stock for a unique effect.
Gift BoxSince you will have card stock on hand for the cards, why not make a box to hold them. You can find a great tutorial at Just Give Me Stamps.
You can visit me on Pinterest for more card ideas.