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    Need Ideas for Gifts for My Girlfriends

    Hi all. I am looking for cute ideas to make for a few of my girlfriends as small gifts. We'll be getting together soon and I'd like to give them something special but I'm out of ideas right now as what to make for them. I'm thinking of perhaps a small cosmetic bag, but what other ideas do you have that would be cute and special? Thanks.

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    Mug Rugs, Coaster Sets, Microwave Bowl Cozies, Table Toppers, Candle Mats

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    I made a cell phone "pillow" for several of my friends. It came from U-tube - SewVeryEasy. I was fun and quick and they really got a kick out of them. Fun to do in novelty prints for sure.

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    I received 4 coasters from a quilting friend and use them all the time. They are easy to make and so appreciated the gift so much.

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    I like tote/shopping bags that can be used instead of plastic bags. You could appliqué something on the sides to customize them and make them special.

    Or big floppy sun hats? Or flannel pajamas?

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    Cosmetic bags would be a great gift for your girlfriends! There was a "snap bag" style cosmetic bag tutorial on here some time ago that makes up really cute and it is pretty easy to make up.
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfumP5AkrLw

    Everyone I have given these to have loved them. I use theme fabric. My grandaughter loves it to hold her chargers and ear buds when traveling. Find a theme fabric for each friend and put in an item of that theme.
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    Somewhat depends on your definition of "small" gifts!
    **ditto** to the above

    Adding ....
    * the little credit card holder wallets that will hold several cards
    * table runner
    * door quilt or mini wall quilt

    If they happen to be sewists ...
    * lanyards ... I put itty-bitty scissors on the hook and and a pincushion on the lanyard. Sometimes I add a magnet to grab needles or pins without putting into the cushion. (leave plain for the non-sewers)
    * pin cushion(s)
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    Cosmetic bags, tissue holders, cell phone/tablet holders, pillow cases. There's lots of stuff out there that can be made fairly cheaply and fairly easily.
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    I think your first idea of cosmetic bags is right on target. I've made the Sweet Pea Pods for Lazy Girl Designs for friends and included a lip smackers lip gloss and it was a hit. What a great idea for your friends!
    Happy quilting everybody!

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    onebyone, I love your idea. I love carrying a little bag in stores.
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    https://www.quiltingboard.com/links-...a-t293281.html

    I posted the chap stick/lipstick gift idea at the link above. I received mine in a birthday card.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Onebyone View Post
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfumP5AkrLw

    Everyone I have given these to have loved them. I use theme fabric. My grandaughter loves it to hold her chargers and ear buds when traveling. Find a theme fabric for each friend and put in an item of that theme.
    Cute drawstring bag idea..thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Still Sew N View Post
    I made a cell phone "pillow" for several of my friends. It came from U-tube - SewVeryEasy. I was fun and quick and they really got a kick out of them. Fun to do in novelty prints for sure.
    I just watched the cell phone pillow tutorial and it is easy.....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWOZ0jo25YM

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    How old are your friends? I have reader glasses and enjoy having a slipcase for them in my purse--bright color and easier to find. Also I created a little pouch similar to the chapstick carrier in design but for carrying extra hearing aid batteries. When one goes bad, it's easy to tuck into the pouch than having it "somewhere".

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    I am making cell phone wristlets for my girls. Lots of ideas on Pinterest.
    Great idea when you don’t want to carry a large purse.

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    I recently watched Jenny Doan make really cute zippered pouches on Youtube. Also, the one Onebyone suggested. Laura has some awesome tutorials. One Christmas I made the fabric boxes and they were easy and everyone loved them. I used Christmas fabrics but my sister uses hers all year!

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    May I suggest making those shopping bags that have a pocket sewn on the front and you can fold them up into themselves. They are my current small sewing project.

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    Quote Originally Posted by busy fingers View Post
    May I suggest making those shopping bags that have a pocket sewn on the front and you can fold them up into themselves. They are my current small sewing project.
    Good idea!
    We can all use these more and more with fewer and fewer bags being given out.
    The fold away style is really good, as then one could keep it in their purse or even a pocket.
    Always prepared!

    BusyFingers ... By chance ... do you have the info re a pattern for these that you would share?
    Or a link to one online?
    Please? and Thanks!
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    Read this post just before I read yours. It might be what you are looking for.

    https://www.quiltingboard.com/genera...a-t293281.html
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    My group used to exchange gifts more often (we get together more frequently now) we have exchanged dish towels, pincushions, water bottle holders, totes, wallets, triangle pouches, sewing machine mats, scissor pocket/pouch, needle cases, card wallets … have fun!

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    Great ideas. I want to make something for my friends. I haven't seen them for a while and we are getting ready to meet up in July.

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    I keep planning to make those rice-filled bags that you microwave and put over tired muscles.

    Also, "runaround bags" by Lazy Girls have been very popular gifts. I made 6 for my SIL to give as gifts to friends.

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    If they quilt or sew the thread catchers are handy.

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