Another easy fashion-forward gift idea is leg warmers. Any style-loving teen would love to have a pair of these to wear with her favorite boots. The only supplies you need are an old sweater, scissors and a needle and thread or sewing machine.
Cut the sleeves off an old, out-of-style sweater and discard the sweater. Then, take the sleeves and sew a seam around the edges you cut off, so it creates an even edge.
It's that easy! You made a stylish gift and cleared an old sweater out of your closet!
Skinny ties can be hard to find and expensive. They make great gifts, and all you need to make your own is a little time, an old tie, some scissors and a needle and thread or sewing machine.
With your tie backside up, cut open the seam and remove the inside piece that gives the tie its shape. Trim both sides of that piece so you're left with about a one-and-a-half-inch wide piece at the widest part, and put it back into the tie.
Next, take one of the sides of the tie and trim it, tapering inward as the inside piece gets skinnier. Fold the fabric over the inside piece and press with an iron. Do the same with the other side.
The tie should be looking like a skinny tie now! All that's left to do in sew the pieces of folded fabric back together.
Jazz up an old or plain mirror to give as a decorative and functional gift. All you need is a mirror, hot glue and some old tile, stones or whatever other decorative items you want to use. Simply hot glue the decorative pieces around the edges of a mirror to turn a boring mirror into a cool, embellished, expensive-looking gift.
No-sew blankets make perfect gifts because everyone loves them, and you can personalize them to the recipient's favorite colors and patterns. You'll need two pieces of two-and-a-half by one-and-a-half yard soft or fluffy fabric and scissors.
Put one piece of fabric on top of the other. Cutting both pieces at once, begin cutting strands about an inch-and-a-half wide and six inches long. (Make sure you don't cut them off; they need to stay attached.) Do this on all four sides. Then, start tying the strands from both pieces of fabric together until you've tied them all.
For more ideas and inexpensive gifts, check out our local secondhand and thrift shops such as Goodwill, the Habitat for Humanity Restore, and YWCA Second Seating. There, you can shop while also supporting great causes!