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How about making a garment for someone as a gift? First off, don’t make it to measure. I mean, sorta, but if it’s a surprise, I suggest going for something that has ease, uses knit fabrics or perhaps is an accessory instead of a top or skirt. Go for simplicity.

Here are some free patterns and tutorials other people have provided:

Like Colette’s Winter Warmer Cowl.

If you’re set on making a top, why not buy some really nice knit fabric and make a Blank Canvas Tee. You could even make up one of the hacks. I really want to make some of these hacks with a delicious merino.

Can you imagine getting a Maxi dress? You could hand dye it just about any color, or do an ombre look. Just make sure the knit is drapey enough of it’ll look like a stiff sack. Get them a snazzy belt and include it in your special gift box.

You could also surprise them with this vintage shrug.

Remember that handmade can represent luxury either in the sewing details or the fabric you use. Choosing quality fabrics already adds luxury to your gifted handmade items. I know not everyone gets that handmade is a luxury when we have big box stores that sell what we make for much much less than it took us to buy the materials.

If you have a free garment tutorial, add it in the comments.

Are you giving any garmenty gifts? Do you think it’s crazy or doable?