Well – Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I’m a few days behind on the blog – so for a moment – can we just pretend it’s Sunday??
I’m sure if you are anything like me – your house is flooded with Christmas catalogs. I have been perusing them all – trying to get inspired for those hard-to-gift people. Even though I do not have any teenagers in my house – I found a lot of inspiration for gifts to make from the Pottery Barn Teen Christmas catalog. Here are some ideas of projects you could make for a teen with a little time and and a sewing and embroidery machine.
1) Personalized bean bag chair. Bean bag chairs are $169 dollars (at 20% off) in the Pottery Barn Teen catalog. How hard can these be to make??? There are lots of tutorials on-line, e.g. http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Bean-Bag or you can buy one from Overstock.com for $29 and make a removable, washable cover to go over it. Just monogram the front panel before you stitch it all together.
2) Monogrammed or personalized sheets. Monogrammed sheets seemed like a very “adult” kind of gift to me until I saw them pictured in the Pottery Barn Teen catalog. The bold typeface choice and unconventional colors made the monogram look hip and modern and completely teen-appropriate.
Personalized sheets for teens
3) Personalized pillows as bed toppers. Again – sounds fussy but the bold sans serif initial stitched out on some funky fabrics adds tons of character to a bed. I am also a sucker for pompoms. (I actually “made” a throw for my husband when we were dating by sewing pompoms on a fleece – it looked really cool but he didn’t seem too impressed. When I asked why – he said “well you didn’t really make it… you just sewed pompoms on a piece of fleece.” Charming, huh?)
Personalized initial pom pom pillows and throws
4) Monogrammed fur tote bags. Sounds hideous – but looks really cute in the picture. For ladies only, of course.
Personalized faux fur tote bags
5) Monogrammed bath robes – think crazy colors with a bold monogram.
6) Cheeky sleep masks…. maybe this would be a great “in the hoop” project. I wonder if anyone has created an in-the-hoop design for this?
7) Inspiration message stitched on pillows. What teen doesn’t need a bit of a boost from time to time? Stitch it out in a crazy bold typeface on a throw pillow so that they wake up to a positive affirmation every day.
8) Monogrammed or personalized toiletry bags. I made one for myself a few months ago and got lots of compliments. The ones in PB Teen are bright with a bold monogram. Super cute.
Well – being that I don’t have a teen that I am buying for this holiday, these brilliant ideas don’t do me any good… but I’ll be ready in a few years when my girls hit that age. I hope this provides a bit of inspiration to you all! Happy Thanksgiving.