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Two Quick Gifts to Sew This Holiday

Pressed for time this holiday season? Here are two gift ideas that can be made in an evening:

Infinity scarf/muffler made with extra-soft faux fur from Mood Fabrics NYC.Infinity Scarf or Muffler This is one of the easiest and fastest gifts to make. You can sew it in an hour, tops. Just follow this tutorial from our friends at CraftStylish. My cut size was approximately 20 inches wide by 35 inches long, but drape your fabric first on yourself to see how wide and long you want your scarf to be. Recommended fabrics: faux fur (only if it has a soft backing and can make gentle folds like the faux fur knit from Mood Fabrics NYC that I used here), sweater knits, cotton or wool jerseys. Warning: You will get requests to make this scarf from everyone who sees it.

Fabrics from Mood Fabrics that work well for infinity scarves. Above, suggested scarf fabrics available at MoodFabrics.com: (clockwise from top left) Italian cable sweater knit, terracotta wool jersey, heathered striped cotton jersey, herringbone faux fur.

Easy-to-sew poncho made with plaid wool tartan from Mood Fabrics NYC. Wool Poncho Another fast and easy gift to make is a poncho. With this poncho above I was going for a preppy-boho kind of look because that's what the recipient is into these days; this wool plaid also happens to be our family tartan (Lindsay), so bonus points there, gift-wise. I didn't even use a pattern for this—it's basically a big square or rectangle in the back with shoulder seams attaching two rectangles in the front. For a better visual of what I'm clumsily trying to explain, check out the line drawing for this Butterick pattern, or buy the pattern. Recommended fabrics: lightweight wools and lightweight wool coatings, sweater knits, cashmere, loosely woven fabrics that drape well.

Fabrics from MoodFabrics.com suitable for winter ponchos. Above, suggested poncho fabrics available at MoodFabrics.com: (clockwise from top left) red boiled wool, Italian wool blend, rose plaid wool coating, Ralph Lauren buffalo check coating.

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