Category Archives: Gift Ideas

Last-Minute Gift Idea: Half Square Triangle Hand Warmers

Last-Minute Gift Idea: Half Square Triangle Hand Warmers | The Zen of Making

Looking for a last-minute handmade holiday gift? Give your loved ones warm hands and warm hearts with a cozy set of quilting-inspired half square triangle hand warmers! They’re quick, easy, and fabric scrap-friendly, so you won’t even need to hit the fabric store to get started.

Last-Minute Gift Idea: Half Square Triangle Hand Warmers | The Zen of Making

Makes one pair of two hand warmers.

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Tutorial: Resin Thread Spool Bracelet

Tutorial: Resin Thread Spool Bracelet | The Zen of Making

On my desk sat a jar of mini wooden thread spools, a jewelry resin kit, and a huge list of other projects that I was actually supposed to be working on. So, clearly, stoping to design a resin thread spool bracelet was the only logical response, right? Right. (I’m glad you’re with me on this one!)

Looking for a handmade gift idea for the sewers and stitchers on your list? This sewing-themed bangle bracelet is sure to blow some minds and warm some hearts!

Tutorial: Resin Thread Spool Bracelet | The Zen of Making

As someone who is primarily a fabric and fiber crafter, I am still both utterly fascinated by and more than a little bit afraid of the idea of encasing items in resin. And, because I never do anything halfway, I decided that my first really big project would involve encasing many, many individual pieces of thread-wrapped wood in a bangle bracelet, which presented the danger of releasing air bubbles into the resin and ruining my entire project if I didn’t prepare them properly. (Fun fact: As you might expect, in addition to releasing bubbles, wood also floats in slow-hardening resin!) Luckily, I’d done quite a bit of research when writing my resin sewing thread and embroidery floss pendant tutorial, so I felt pretty confident going in. And now, having dodged the difficulties and found the fixes, I’m ready to walk you through the entire thread spool bracelet-making process in this tutorial!

A little heads up before you get started: Beginners can absolutely make this resin thread spool bracelet, but this is one of those projects where you simply can’t cut corners and end up with a bracelet that you’ll be happy with. You’ll need to carve out a chunk of uninterrupted time away from kids, partners, dogs, and cats when you’ll be able to pay attention to both the instructions and the resin.

(Can I also just say that my hair dye game was really on point in the photo above? It only looked like that for about 24 hours total, but those 24 hours sure were magical.)

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Tutorial: Resin Sewing Thread and Embroidery Floss Pendants

Tutorial: Resin Sewing Thread and Embroidery Floss Pendants | The Zen of Making

I am a deeply practical woman in most areas of my life, but sewing thread just isn’t one of them. When it comes to beautiful thread ends and bits of leftover embroidery floss, I simply can’t bring myself to throw them away. Instead, into the giant glass jar they go, destined to look pretty while uselessly cluttering up my craft studio until the collapse of all space and time as we know it. Because, those colors!

Sound familiar, stitchers? Well, put down those thimbles and hoops, set aside your needles and spools, and get ready to turn those lovely leftovers into super-cute resin sewing thread and embroidery floss pendants! Make them for your friends! For your sewing circle or quilt guild! For the gal who cuts the yardage at your favorite fabric shop! Heck, if you’ve got as many floss and thread-filled jars on your shelves as I do, you might want to make one to match every conceivable outfit in your closet! ;)

Tutorial: Resin Sewing Thread and Embroidery Floss Pendants | The Zen of Making

Tutorial: Resin Sewing Thread and Embroidery Floss Pendants | The Zen of Making

Tutorial: Resin Sewing Thread and Embroidery Floss Pendants | The Zen of Making

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Knitting Pattern: Easy Grownup Pixie Hat

Knitting Pattern: Easy Grownup Pixie Hat | The Zen of Making

Fact: I am a grown woman, and I wear an adorable hand-knitted pixie hat in public. (I mean, why should kids have all the fun?) And, do you know what? It doesn’t even look ridiculous. Instead, it gives my winter-wear a cozy, whimsical style that really fits the fun, festive feel of the season. Of course, I couldn’t keep something that makes me so happy to myself, so I’m very excited to share my easy pixie hat knitting pattern with all of you!

Knitting Pattern: Easy Grownup Pixie Hat | The Zen of Making

Pixie hats have definitely turned into my go-to mindless knitting project of choice (as illustrated by the ever-growing pile of them on my desk). They’re quick and easy—I’ve been known to park myself in front of a Doctor Who marathon and whip one up in an evening—so they also make great last-minute gifts.

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