Sewing Up Quick Gifts

Even though the temperatures are still above 80, I’m beginning to think a lot about Christmas – there are, after all, a little over 100 days of creative sewing time left! So, about this time every year, I start looking through books to get some ideas as to what I can make for the many people in our lives. It only stands to reason that Sew It in Minutes: 24 Projects to Fit Your Style and Schedule caught my eye.


Each of these projects are grouped into several themes, all of which coordinate together. There’s gifts for the gardener (garden doll, appliqued sweatshirt), for a friend (mini quilt & fabric lined basket, ornament), for the book lover (patchwork throw, flannel bookmark), for the photographerscrapbooker (photo transfer covered albums, photo ornament), for the sewing enthusiast (bulletin board organizer, pin cushion), and for the person who loves to travel (tote, fabric covered photo box). Each of these projects are given general completion times as well – ranging from an hour to an evening (240 minutes).
The book itself gives basic sewing techniques, supplies and ideas for embelishments. However, each individual project throughly explains what is needed and how to construct it as well as providing the reader with several color photographs and diagrams when necessary. Any patterns that are required to make the projects can be found at the back of the book and require tracing off and transfering to your fabric (in the case of embroidery work).
My favorite part of this book is that all the projects are grouped together into themes. This really makes coordinating a gift for someone very easy – I won’t have to piece together one gift from one book and another item from a different book. The work is done for you, except for sewing it all up! My only wish is that this book was spiral bound – since it’s a large paperback book, the pages have tendency to flip around which can be particulary frustrating when in the middle of a project.

One thought on “Sewing Up Quick Gifts

  1. bernadette

    The book looks interesting. The idea is even more interesting. It brings back a happy memory, too.
    My favorite Christmas EVER was the one, some years back, when I was not working but taking college clasess instead and had a whole month of break after finals, before Christmas. I decided to sew rather than shop. I sewed, crocheted, etc all my gifts that year. I had so much fun making them and gave much nicer gifts than I could have afforded to buy, given my unemployed status!
    And all the time spend creating stuff was my gift to myself!

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