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As we dive headfirst into the holiday home stretch, you might find yourself scrambling to nab those last-minute gifts.  Good news! You can still pack your tree with one-of-a-kind, homemade presents. Skip the stress with these speedy projects and wrap up your Christmas shopping for the season. Meet your new Santa’s helpers: Reinventing and recycling.

Embellish a ready-made item with needle felting or embroidery to add that handmade touch in no time.  In Needle Felted Fashions and Denim Redesign, you’ll find ideas for instantly sprucing up storebought styles.

Another time-saving trick? Use materials you already have to create gorgeous gifts. No need to hunt for supplies when you can upgrade a forgotten necktie into a flower brooch or a handy wallet. Turn-A-Tie Flowers (IJ879) and Tie Pocket Pouch (IJ881) can each be made in minutes. Repurpose your vintage hankie stash with a number simple projects in our book Hankie Style. Dust off your decorative button collection to fashion some adorable accessories from Buttonware.

Transform zipper trim into one zippy present with darling jewelry from our Mixed Metal Zips (IJ906) pattern. These stunning statement pieces can be constructed in an hour or less. Top 'em off with hook-and-eye closures and snaps, which you can find on our website.

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Glenda on

Love all these ideas because THIS time of year, “quick” is the optimal word!

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