Imagine being able to pick fresh lemons, limes and oranges right from your patio! Read more »
Cutting overgrown grasses by more than an inch or two at a time can create unhealthy brown and bald spots in your lawn – or ev... Read more »
Kids are eager gardeners. They love to experiment with colorful flowers, have an adventurous sense of design, and getting dirt... Read more »
Our Shear Ease® Grass Shears include a patented mechanism that prevents the blades from jamming or sticking when you’re trimmin... Read more »
The first time you try our PowerGear® Hedge Shears, you’ll be amazed — but it’s not magic, it’s gears. Our patented gear techno... Read more »
Our Easy-Pour Watering Can offers both capacity and control. The 2.6-gallon volume holds a generous amount of water that is eas... Read more »
Put your crafting skills to work and create a beautiful and unique fascinator that reflects your personal style. Read more »
“Painting” with tissue paper is not only fun but beautiful! Read more »
Mosaic tile frames are a beautiful way to display photos. Read more »
Designed for long, easy cuts down strips of Duck® Tape, our Duck® Edition Scissors feature a non-stick blade coating that preve... Read more »
Add distinctive style to craft projects of all kinds with a Squeeze Punch that makes every embellishment up to 2X easier to pun... Read more »
Designed for tight, precise cuts through Duck® Tape, our Duck® Edition Detail Scissors feature a non-stick blade coating that p... Read more »
A colorful, roomy bag is just the thing you need to carry all your belongings for a day at the beach. Read more »
Keep the kids busy on a road trip with their own art bag full of inspiration and the essentials. Read more »
This easy pillowcase dress looks adorable with pretty fabrics. Plus, it is super simple to put together, even if you have not... Read more »
Only our Stitcher Scissors provide precision and control that meet the needs of the most demanding sewers and quilters. Micro-T... Read more »
Our Seamstress Scissors are the perfect all-purpose scissors for anyone who cuts fabric frequently. The smooth action of these... Read more »
Choose our Dressmaker Shears for long, smooth cuts through multiple layers of medium to heavy fabrics. Extra-long blades maximi... Read more »
Looking for a sure cure for bored kids - make sparkly sea creatures! Read more »
Open-ended activities like this Busy Book can keep kids occupied in the back seat of a car AND spark fun family conversations! Read more »
It doesn’t take much to turn an everyday snack into something a little extra special. It is great to see how quickly you can a... Read more »
Our Preschool Training Scissors features a special training lever that opens the blades after each cut, helping children learn... Read more »
Children love our Designer Non-stick Blunt-tip Kids Scissors for the colorful handle patterns that make cutting fun and the non... Read more »
Our Designer Non-stick Student Scissors are larger than our Kids Scissors but smaller than adult scissors, perfect for those ol... Read more »
The beautiful mood lighting of lanterns at outdoor gatherings is fabulous, so why not craft up a set to use this summer. Read more »
Treat your children to their own special tent hideaway, then stand back and watch as the fun and adventures begin! Read more »
Make a thoughtful gift for someone this summer! Read more »
The StaySharp™ Max Reel Mower combines patent-pending technology with superior ergonomics to deliver best-in-class cutting perf... Read more »
Great for beginners, the unique design of this tool makes cutting perfect shapes from fabric a breeze — since you’re not managi... Read more »
Perfect for a wide range of sewing and quilting tasks, our Amplify® RazorEdge™ Fabric Shears sense blade separation and force t... Read more »
They make a great gift for teens and young adults. They’re a nice way to round out a smaller and more personal gift. They’re convenient and always the right size.
I’ve noticed that more and more stores are offering cute envelopes or boxes along with their gift cards, and I wanted to take that idea a bit further. I’ve put my sewing skills to work make three themed gift card holders. You can tuck them into a card, or they’d look adorable nestled in tissue paper inside a wrapped box. They’d even be perfect as a gift topper – see how cute they look on a wrapped present? I simply wrapped my package with yellow twine and then tucked the popcorn gift card holder under a couple of the strings. I punched a tag and embellished it with a punched heart before adding it to the packing – the back is the perfect place to write the name of the recipient.
The construction of these is fairly simple. I started with wool felt, which is a bit stiffer and easier to work with than the felt you buy in sheets at a craft store. Since it’s a bit more expensive and sold by the yard, I opted to buy just one neutral, and then dress it up with handsewn accents.
For each gift card holder, I created a pattern on paper, making sure that my gift card would fit inside the shape. I then used that pattern to cut two pieces of felt. I added my handstitched accents to the top shape before sewing them together along three sides – leaving the top open so that the gift card could be added.
I started with a coffee mug – the perfect match for a gift card to a coffee shop. I’m not an expert at hand stitching by any means, so I kept my designs simple and opted to do a simple back stitch, varying the lengths for interest. I also used my Round n Round squeeze punch as a template to create the scallops on the mug.
For my next design, I wanted to try incorporating a bit of patterned paper. This tub of popcorn is designed to hold a gift card to a movie theater or rental place. I added yellow patterned paper behind my yellow popcorn buttons at the top, and added a hand stitched ledger paper label to the front of the container. Once again, I used a Squeeze Punch – this time That’s Amore – as a template for a stitched accent. I also stitched stripes down the front of the gift card holder, reminiscent of the iconic movie popcorn tubs.
When I made this shirt, I knew I wanted to add a decorative edge to the felt with my SoftGrip Pinking Shears. I edged both the bottom and the sleeves, and then did some zigzag stitching to echo the design. I added more stitching and a button accent along the neckline. Now all I need to do is add a giftcard to a favorite clothing store and it’s ready to be gifted!
The possibilities are only limited by your imagination. I’ve made three examples – but here are a few more ideas:
Video game controller – electronics store gift card
Ipod / mp3 player – music gift card
Car – gas gift card or toy store gift card
Doll – toy store gift card
Purse / shopping bag – any gift card
I hope you have fun with these ideas – I can’t wait to see how you dress up your gift cards for the holidays!