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5 Easy Handmade Gifts for the Holidays


With shoppers today having the ability to buy anything with just the click of a button, handmade gifts aren't just about saving money anymore. There is no better way to give family and friends one-of-a-kind gifts for holiday presents this year than to do it yourself. Here are some creative, easy, and fun gift ideas to give loved ones or co-workers this holiday season.

Handmade Quilts and Blankets

Whether you're an experienced seamstress or a beginning quilter, templates with precise measurements and unique shapes can take the guesswork out of the quilting process. You can add vibrant finished edges to your quilt with belting and webbing or add a touch of fancy with lace or ruffles. Homemade blankets are made all the cozier with silk blanket binding. Quilts and blankets are great DIY gift ideas.

Handmade Decorative Pillows

Handmade, do-it-yourself decorative pillows are fun and easy for the crafty-at-heart. You can make decorative pillows in all shapes and sizes and from a variety of materials. If you don't sew, you can make a pillow by cutting fringe strips around two pieces of material and knotting the edges. You can repurpose a concert t-shirt or recover an old pillow. If you do sew, a pillow is one of the easiest things you can make. You can decorate handmade pillows with iron on letters, buttons, ribbon, pom-poms, fabric roses, silk flower petals, appliques, decorative trim, or anything else that comes to mind. A DIY pillow makes a personalized, treasured gift.

Handmade Custom T-Shirt

You can turn any plain t-shirt into a custom cute t-shirt with some leftover fabric or ribbon. To update a basic shirt, sew some decorative ribbon or trim around the neckline, arm holes, and or body opening for just a little bit of charm. If you want to spice it up a little bit more, add a few fabric appliques or iron on letters! If you don’t sew, there are plenty of fabric glues out there to give you quick and easy results.

Handmade Clip-on Bows

You can make your own clip-on hair bows with hair clips and ribbon. You can make them simple with just one type of ribbon or stack several different materials. You can super-stack them by using mixes of different widths and coordinated colors. You can go all-out fancy by adding accessories and feathers. Clip-on bows make extra special gifts when you do it yourself.

Knitted or Crocheted Scarves

In the middle of a cold winter, who wouldn’t love a handmade scarf? Knit and crochet scarves will never go out of style either. As a beginner or even at an advanced level, both are fun to learn. With the help of the internet, there are tons of patterns and new stitches to learn or stick with the basics. Starting with a kit is always safe to ensure you have all the equipment you need. Handmade scarves make personal holiday presents that your loved ones will cherish.

Get started on your Christmas list today to spread cheer with these handmade gifts you can do yourself. Dove Original Trims carries most of the items needed on this list. Find trims, ribbons, and other sewing or quilting supplies on our website.

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