November 1, 2010 6:27 PM Subscribe
After seeing this blog post
, I am now inspired to make all (or most) of my holiday gifts this year. Problem is, a lot of these projects are beyond my skills. Any ideas for simpler projects, or resources that feature simpler projects?
posted by imalaowai to Home & Garden (31 answers total) 86 users marked this as a favorite
My crafting skills are not spectacular, but I'm not a totally newbie. I can do some basic hand sewing (and I do have a sewing machine, which I have used approx 3 times), and I can do the knit/purl stitches. I am interested in picking up some new skills though, so projects that are a little beyond what I've done would actually be great.
I would love to find some projects that are
(a) fairly quick, since I'm hoping to make about 8 of them;
(b) small enough/fixable so that if I mess up, I can start over without losing too much time;
(c) fairly inexpensive;
(d) varied -- I don't want to give everyone pot holders; and
(e) even though simple/quick/inexpensive, should look pretty great (if I do them well) -- I am, after all, supposed to be showing these people that I love them.
Most of the people I will be making things for are adults, though I have two nephews (2 and almost 6), and I am thinking a simple stuffed animal might be a good idea for the 2 year old. For the other one I probably will just have to pony up and buy something, since I figure 6 year olds probably aren't thrilled to open needlework projects on Christmas morning. And I'm trying to build up my credibility with that kid.
What fun resources are out there for simple projects like this? There's a ton of crafting info out there and it can be overwhelming -- can you guys help me whittle down the internet? Or do you have recommendations for specific projects that you've done yourself?
Thanks! I'm getting excited already :)