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Thread: Help! I need to make two small gifts for gnieces - ages 4 and 7

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    Super Member purplemem's Avatar
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    I am limited in imagination and $
    Anyone have a suggestion for a small Christmas pressie?
    I could do a doll quilt for the younger, but what for the older one?
    She always wants to do the "big girl" things and is quite a big girl...

    If you can think of fast and easy, I'm open to all suggestions...
    Thanks,
    MJ

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    What about a tote? Does she help mom cook? You could make an apron. Maybe a lap quilt with just squares instead of any sort of pattern?

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    get her started on braiding a rug....or maybe she can make a hot pad....give her the kit to make her own....just a thought

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    A small makeup bag.

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    How about a fleece blanket? Trim to even up the edges, "hem" on the sewing machine or serger -- and you're done. And since the girls are small, about 1 1/2 yds. should be plenty big. WalMart has some really "girly" stuff (Hannah Montana, High School Musical, Disney princesses, etc.) for $7.+ a yard.

    For the younger one, make a tote and fill with stuff from the dollar store like books, coloring books, crayons, etc. In the older one's tote, you can find other "grown up" girlie stuff at the dollar store, too -- chap stick, bubble bath, etc. :wink: :wink:

    Have fun!!

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    pillowcases??

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    cute colorful pillowcases do sound great.

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    I also vote for pillowcases. My DGD's are 5 and 8 and they made their own, with grammies help, also DGS (7 yrs) .



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    I don't know how close they live to you but maybe that is your solution. Just get them what they need to make their own pillow case. Then setup a date for "special time" to make them together.

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    These are great ideas! Thanks!

    I'm going to check with Mommy about coming to see me for an afternoon to make pillowcases...they live about 50 miles away, but this is a good possibility.

    I like the tote bag filled with goodies, too. I could go to Dollar Tree and fill with some rainy day goodies.

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    Have you seen the humbug bag? basically you quilt a square-you can pick the size, & a zipper, sew the sipper to each end, sew one side shut & then turn the other side opposite sew closed, kinda looks like a hersheys kiss lying on one side. you can attach a ribbon or handle where ever you want.

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    what about pj bottoms (a plain coloured t shirt -cheap at Michael's) and a pillowcase to match/contrast, you could even let her pick the fabric without her knowing. or do a small crazy blanket & teach her to embrodery & embelish it, Michael's & joann's have coupons & she will have a blast becoming creative with your help. good luck.

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    How about some old fashioned bean bags, and a small container or basket from the dollar store to toss them in. Kids of all ages can play :D

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    How about those circular knitting looms. I think they come in a package of 5 for about $11.00 You could give each of them 2 and a skein of yarn and then teach them how to make hats for themselves and their
    "best friend". There is also a baby size loom in the pkg in case they know any babys.

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    Sorry, I don't think the 4 yr old could make the hats with the looms.

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    My best thought is the pillow case idea. I have made them for my grand children & they just love them. You can use most any colorful fabrics that you already have.

    Good Luck,
    Cheryl

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    Bookmarks? :D

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    I make pillowcases for my grands and they all like them big and little. I try to get material that shows their interests.

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    How about a "tic-tac-toe" game board? Real easy to make with your choice of square size. Use the strip piece method and get it done in no time! I used cotton batting so it was not too thick. Then pick up tokens at local craft shop. I bought little x's and o's made out of wood. You find them where they sell those letters and figurines to paint. Merry Christmas! :) :) :)

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    A set of bean bags and a small container to toss or keep them in. Fun to toss to each other or at container placed at various distances :D ok the brain must like this idea i posted it twice lol :wink:

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    If you use Sewjoyce's idea - the tote - little girls and big girls LOVE those hair bands (those hard things that give you a headache) or anything else that goes in the hair. My three granddaughters wouldn't dream of leaving the house without one. Also, my friend buys those rubberbandy things for ponytails (don't get the ones with the metal on them) and she crochets with that eyelash yarn. Somehow it becomes a big whoosh and looks so cute on the girls. (sorry, that's the best I can do, description-wise)

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    How about one of those crayon rolls? They are quick, easy, and a great way to use bits and pieces of fabric![img]
    The pattern is from the fall 2008 Quilts and More.
    "I've even made one for myself for my makeup stuff.

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