I'll have some gift ideas rounded up for you next week, curated by some of my favorite shop owners... but I also thought it a good idea to have some inexpensive and easy diy tuturoials of handmade gifts you can make yourself this year! And who better to show us how to make something quick, easy and stylish than Jessica Jones of How About Orange?
Here, she'll show you how to make easy fabric covers so you dress up a plain vase or shotglass for maximum cuteness and make a sweet gift for family and friends. I'm sure you can find some vases/glasses to cover at your local craft store, Goodwill, or hey, even in your own recycling bin! I'm going to try this with some of the POM tea leftover glasses I've been hoarding away...
1. Cut a piece of fabric large enough to wrap around your glass or vase once, plus about an inch of overlap. Make it as tall as your vase is, plus an extra half inch. (Of course, vary this depending on how much glass you want to show at the top.)
2. Fold over and press a half inch at the top and bottom of the fabric; then sew a seam across it to hold it down.
3. Wrap the fabric around your vase, right side to the inside, and pin it exactly where you'd like your seam to go. Slide the vase out and draw a line along the pins to help you sew where you need to.
4. Sew the tube along the line and press the seam open.
5. Flip the tube right side out and put it on your vase.
And, if you're not into making things yourself, Jessica can still help you out with the prettily patterned goodies she sells in the How About Orange etsy shop- hand-sewn reversible totes for your favorite loves-to-shopper and cute mousepads and postcards as inexpensive stocking stuffers for anyone on your list!