My {current} go-to handmade gift …

I feel a little bit of pressure {self-imposed} of course to hand make at least a portion of each gift I give … am I the only handmade business owner that feels like this?

I love what I do, so I love gifting items I’ve sewn … however, I also like giving gifts on actual birthdays {not within a promised 3 month post-birthday window which hangs over me and sucks the creative spirit right out from me} … so lately it seems like I’ve got a go-to handmade gift equation.

Zippered pouch + items reflective of the gift recipient = A quick, winning & partially handmade gift!
Here are two recent examples I remembered to snap a few photos of::

End-of-the-Year Teacher Gift
Pencil Pouch + Fun Pens & Pencils + Starbucks = Happy Teacher

Birthday Gift
Ric-Rac Pouch + My Running Favorites = Happy Runner Friend
There are SO many wonderful tutorials/patterns available online for free that walk you step by step through making a zippered pouch … and they all vary in their technique. Don’t be scared to take on the zipper … a small pouch is the perfect project and soon enough you’ll have developed YOUR way of sewing zippers.
What is your go-to handmade gift right now OR what kind of handmade gift is on your wish list?


  1. This is a GREAT idea!

  2. I really love this. Usually, I make a fabric container filled with chocolate and teas. But I may have to try a zippered pouch. They look adorable!

  3. Oh,there are plenty of…Yours are very pretty.:)

  4. Lovely pouches, lovely lovely prints you used too! I made a lot of quilted journal covers for teacher gifts this year :-)

  5. Thought I would take a minute and let you know how much your blog posts have helped me. You have inspired me to step up my walking to more running – ugh it’s been hard. My daughter plays Ultimate Frisbee and has issues with staying hydrated, I sent her some Nunn tablets that I learned about from you. My husband recently started participating in long distance bike rides – 517 miles in 6 days – is also using the Nunn tablets. Thanks for sharing.

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