• Handmade Gift Ideas from “Trash to Couture”

    Hi there, Laura here from Trash to Couture! Need some inspiration and ideas for your handmade gifting this year?  No worries, Sulky and I have got you covered. Not only are handmade gifts a sentimental gesture, they’re also fun to create.  Below we have 4 DIY gift ideas you can make for just about everyone in your life. Get the details below : DIY Ornament: Hoop using Sulky’s Fabri Solvy – I usually do 2 layers. Use a free standing ornament design. I used a star from my Brother SE machine. Use Sulky’s Metallic Thread and metallic needles. Embroider away! Place in water and let the magic happen as the stabilizer…

  • DIY Tassel Necklace – It’s Super Easy!

    In case you are like me and need a couple more gifts, here is a fun and quick gift you can make.   These trendy necklaces can be made in any color you want, and you can get them done fairly quickly. Here is what you need: Beads – I picked mostly glass beads with a few natural stone and painted beads thrown in. I got 3 necklaces out of each 112-inch string of glass beads. Bead Stringing Wire, .024 in – I bought 30 ft. since I knew I had a lot of necklaces to make. You need 34″ per necklace Connectors – I like the triangle ones, but…

  • Gifts For Sewists

    Finding the perfect gift for my sewing friends should be easy. They love sewing, just like me; so if I would like it, they will like it! Well, I have found that isn’t always the case! More than once, I have given a gift to a sewing friend and been met with that fake smile and forced, “oh, thank you.” Some have even said, “Oh good! something else I won’t have time to make.” (Don’t worry, those people went on the “don’t buy a gift for them” list). In an effort to become a better gift-giver myself, I have done some research and made a list of gifts that sewists actually want.…

  • Sew All Your Gifts In One Day – Part Three

    Here is the last installment of this series, “Sew All Your Gifts In One Day.” You can read part one here and part two here. Another quick gift I like to give (and receive) is Mug Hugs! They are super easy and great for just about anyone. Pick fabrics and buttons that fit the personality of the gift recipient and you are golden! The full step-by-step tutorial, including the downloadable pattern is here. Even when I lived in Southern California, I occasionally needed a cute fleece headband that would also keep my ears warm. I think these are technically called ear bands. I bought several of these when they were…

  • Sew All Your Gifts In One Day – Part Two

    Yesterday, the post was all about coasters! If you missed it, you can read it here. Coasters make a great gift. Today, let’s look at some other great and quick gifts. I love my embroidery machine because it is a great way to make quick gifts, but if you don’t have an embroidery machine, then this Spool Stocking is the perfect gift for a fellow sewist. It can of course be used as a Christmas stocking, but it is also great in a sewing studio to hold sewing tools and rulers as well! The full step-by-step tutorial, including the free, downloadable paper-pieced pattern is here. We also have a great kit of…

  • Great Gifts For Sewists

    Finding the perfect gift for yourself, that is easy, but finding the right gift for your sewing friends, not so much! Do you have any friends who don’t sew? If you do, just forward them this blog post. Gifts For Sewists An Amazing Seam Ripper – Like it or not, we all reverse sew, so why not have a beautiful seam ripper. I adore this one from Barney Pens. They are hand crafted and custom made, but at $35, they will not break the bank. My favorite is the one that hangs around your neck because it just looks like a great piece of jewelry! If you see my hubby, tell…