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7 Ways to Gift It With A Handmade Touch (plus a bonus)

Giving handmade is a way of showing love and appreciation for others. It means something special.

But sometimes there just isn’t enough time to make completely handmade gifts for everyone on your list. Or at least it isn’t for me!

Here are 7 ideas (plus a bonus) for making it special with handmade by complementing ready-made commercial items with small, quick knits. Each is a nice handmade touch with just a little time and materials invested.

Note: You can click on the pictures to visit the HeartStrings website with more details about each of the handmade touch projects shown.

Bitty Beady Christmas Tree

Idea #1: Knit a gift tag that can be kept as a collectible momento or ornament decoration.

(Kits and Supplies Paks for Bitty Beady Christmas Tree are available at the KnitHeartStrings Store.)

Pinwheel Flower Face Cloth

Idea #2: Arrange a small hand-knitted bath spa cloth plus fragrant herbal soap in a pretty basket. giftalong


Quick Lace-edged Baby Socks

Idea #3: Make hand-knitted edgings to sew to the cuffs of ready-made socks.

Shown here for baby socks; works for kids and adult socks, too. Just knit the edging to fit around the cuff when moderately stretched. giftalong

Knitted Snowflake

Idea #4: Applique a hand-knitted medallion to a ready-made sweatshirt or tote bag.


Idea #5: Knit a bookmark and pair it with a book.

(Check out the entire collection of Bookmark patterns at HeartStrings.)

Knitted Ribbon

Idea #6: Wrap your gift with the handmade touch of a knitted ribbon. It’s a gift in itself.

10 Reasons for Ribbons

Three Eyelets Sachet

Idea #7: Include your hand-knitted sachet, filled with your lavender or other favorite potpourri, along with a pretty handkerchief or lingerie. giftalong

Candy Filled Mini Sock

Yes, I know I said 7 ideas. It’s hard to stop coming up with ideas! Here’s a Bonus
Idea: Knit a mini-sock and fill it with candy favors. (free pattern)

What are some of the ways you like to gift with a handmade touch?

p.s. What’s the sparkly gold gift tag for? I am featuring 10 popular quick-knit small projects for heartfelt gifting during the 2013 Indie Design Gift-A-Long (GAL) at Ravelry running through December 31st. I just wanted to let you know that 3 of the above patterns are eligible for the Indie Design Gift-A-Long group. Get any of these patterns and you can  participate in the GAL, have chances to win any of hundreds of prizes to be awarded throughout the GAL, see beautiful projects by your fellow knitters, rub shoulders with your favorite Indie Designers, and enjoy heaps of friendly, giftie chatter.

Indie Design Gift-A-Long 2013