Sewing teen gifts
What do you make for a teen’s birthday gift? Especially one you have never met?! I have recently taken to asking parents for suggestions of suitable gifts.. I was delighted when I received the suggestion of hairslides.
I have to confess I spend too long on Pinterest, whilst browsing I spotted a tutorial for super cute little zip bags. Perfect for hair accessories.
So the presentation and storage of gifts was sorted! Next up to create a variety of hair accessories. These are fabulous for using up fabric scraps.
I created the zip bags out of fabric as opposed to the suggested vinyl. the bag is not lined so before sewing up I finished each seam with a zigzag stitch. I love the little windows, great for seeing what each bag contains. It took slightly longer than I anticipated but I’m sure I would be much quicker with practice:) My kids have inevitably put their requests in for some. They would be perfect for my sons collection of crazy bones!
I made three bags each containing a different hair accessory.
1) Scrunchies – tubes of fabric approximately 24″ long and 1.5″” wide threaded with 7″ of elastic. Super quick and easy.
2) Felt flowers – I used this tutorial. Again quick and easy to whip up.
3) Shimmery flower. I had some sparkly transparent fabric to hand. I cut three strips varying between 1 – 2″ width. To prevent fraying I singed the edge of the fabric on a naked flame. I’ve not done this for years, I have to admit I quite enjoyed it!
I then gathered the strips up tightly with running stitch and added a button. I painted a hairslide red with nail varnish so it coordinated.
I’m hoping the gift is well received – it does feel far more of a gamble than a bought gift..
If you fancy making your own I created a pinterest board with a few cute hair accessories, find it here.
Do you make gifts for children’s friends? I would love to hear some suggestions of gifts to make.