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Old 05-07-2012, 07:11 PM   #41
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Default Re: easy, cute, (rather inexpensive) gift crafts... without sewing?

If you crochet at all (or even if you don't... it's easy to learn) there are tons of patterns for cute little toys, favors, & decorations on the internet. I can't afford toys for my son... so I make them out of the ridiculous amounts of embroidery floss I've collected over the years. If you're the sort to improvise, once you've got the basic technique down I've found it easy to start with a mental image and just create something nifty. First time I tried I ended up with a rather respectable Dory a la Finding Nemo.

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Originally Posted by mommylobster View Post


just in case anyone has more ideas. I'm looking for a gift for my sister. Free is the best (I'm not cheap, just low budget )

I'd really like to make her a journal that I typed up (so that every page has questions and space to answer - this is what she's told me she needs) but I don't know how to bind it - I could use a binder but I wanted something a little nicer kwim?)
Sew it. Seriously I did this with the guest book for my wedding, because I wanted to use the special paper I bought instead of the plain pages it came with. I just bought a guest book I liked, carefully pulled out the pages it had (glued in binding), sewed my paper in smallish bundles (I think 5 or six pages together), and then glued my pages into the spine of the cover. It was a while ago, but I think I remember using just a basic hot glue gun. Be careful not to glop it and end up with too much, a little goes a LONG way!
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