SIMPLE HANDMADE GIFTS FOR GIRLS… part eleven {guest post}

There are so many fabulous and simple handmade gifts for girls out there that I thought I’d ask a few of my clever & creative blogging friends to share with you some of their ideas…

This week my friend Susannah is sharing with us a very simple & clever gift idea that I’m sure you’ll love.  I am lucky enough to count Susannah as one of my real life friends.  I first met her earlier this year when she & her daughter joined our playgroup and then she started coming along to my monthly craft nights.  I have enjoyed her friendship ever since.  To meet my friend Susannah, head on over to her blog, ‘Inside the Snuggery’.

I’ve been very inspired by Emma’s handmade gifts for girls. Although my blog doesn’t have very many handmade things on it, she knows that I am a bit of a closet crafter, and I was thrilled when she asked me to guest post. 

This project is super simple, and I was pretty happy about how the end product turned out. My Simple Handmade Gift for Girls is an Organiser for Hair Things and Necklaces/Bracelets. It is pretty versatile, and you could hang almost anything on it.

What you will need:

* Blank Canvas (can be bought from art/craft supply shops, sometimes $2 shops, I bought mine online at Micador)
* Fabric of your choice, I think I used cotton, but I can’t see why you couldn’t use other fabrics. It just needs to be about 5-10cm larger than your canvas.
* Ribbon
* Felt if you want to do a letter or other picture to personalise it
* Staple Gun
* Fabric Glue or Glue Gun if you want to attach a letter or other picture
* Screw in Hooks

So, start with a blank canvas…

Iron your fabric to remove any creases. Spread out on a large sturdy surface with the right side of the fabric facing down. Place your canvas on top facing down also. Chop some of the excess fabric off, allowing enough overhang to be able to fold around and staple easily (see above). Then start stapling!  I found this bit fun, and a little scary, as the staple gun is pretty loud. They seem pretty safe, but I make sure I only do it when the kiddies are asleep just in case. 


I imagine there is a technique to stapling, but I just started in the middle of one side, then the middle of the opposite side, then the other two middles, and then filling in the gaps, doing the corners last. The way I did it was to start off by making sure the first couple were pulled firmly, but not too tight, and then gradually making sure the other ones were very tight. The aim is to get it nice and tight without warping the pattern of the fabric. If your fabric has a horizontal or vertical pattern you will probably want to check reasonably frequently on the front that it is lined up nice and straight. The corners are just a matter of a bit of folding and pulling to try and get it tight and flat. Obviously it doesn’t matter too much what the back looks like, just that the front looks good. 


Then add a ribbon to the side. I used grosgrain ribbon because it is nice and strong. Line it up where you want it, then staple with the staple gun onto the back of your organiser then trim off excess. 


Then you add some hooks which can be found at lots of places, including hardware stores and usually supermarkets. You can sometimes get them in other colours as well. 
All you need to do is line them up on the edge where there is definitely wood and then twist them in. I decided on using two, but you could do lots more if you wanted.


You can also personalise it. I decided to do the letter A, which I cut out from felt and then used fabric glue to stick in place. I imagine a glue gun would work well for this as well. 


And this is what the final product should look like! 

You can put hair clips on the ribbon, and then hang necklaces, headbands, bracelets, etc on the bottom hooks.  

I had lots of fun making this. It was easy and really quick! As well as this one, I have made two others using very different fabric that looked great as well. Even my boys have asked if I will make them one!

Thanks Emma for letting me guest post, and giving me an incentive for indulging my crafty side!  If anyone has a go at making one of these, I’d love you to let me know how you go!


Susannah.


Come back next Monday for another simple handmade gift for girls.  I’m planning on posting an idea every Monday until Christmas, so if you have an idea to share and would like to guest post – send me an email.  I’d LOVE to hear from you! 


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