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As my kids have gotten older I think stockings are getting harder and harder. Coloring books and crayons just don’t cut it anymore. I have been compiling a good list of tween girl stocking stuffers that I thought I would share with all of you!
- ITunes gift cards
- Brush or Comb
- Headbands, pony tails, bobby pins
- Any kind of make up
- Make up brushes
- Lip Gloss/Chap stick
- Nail Polish
- Phone or IPOD charger
- Art Supplies
- DIY Purse or Backpack Clutch (see tutorial below)
In our family no stocking was complete without an orange, a quarter and a pack of gum. I don’t know where the tradition started but we have continued it on with my kids. I was at my local Dollar General and I picked up Extra® gum for our family stockings. There are so many flavors to choose from I picked up Extra® Peppermint Gum, Extra® Polar Ice Gum and Doublemint®. Extra® Spearmint Gum is another favorite in our house. Lots of choices to please anyone young and old!
I love making gifts and stockings are no exception so this year I am making DIY Purse Clutches to hold all those necessities that tweens/teens always need! It is the easiest sewing project ever and even the most beginner sewer will have no problem!
- Square potholder
- 6 sandwich bags
- rick rack (optional but way cuter)
- fray block (again optional for rick rack)
First you need to fold the pot holder in half and pin the rick rack to the front. Sew straight down the center of the rick rack to secure.
Next put Fray Block on the ends of the rick rack so it doesn’t unravel.
Now you need to stack up your baggies alternating the sides that open. One to the left one to the right etc.
Once they are stacked place them on top of the pot holder. Make sure the loop n the potholder is on the side of one of the opening baggies. Place ribbon over the center of the baggies. Have the ribbon hang over the edge at least an inch on each side. Tuck ribbon underneath edge of baggies and pin in place. Do that for both sides and then sew down the middle making sure to reverse stich at start and finish of the line.
Now you will cut the bottom of each baggie off. Start with the top baggie and then continue until all 6 have been cut off. Be careful when cutting the bottom layers it is very easy to accidentally catch another baggie. I have done this more times than I can count! OOPS
All that is left is to sew on the button. Fold the potholder in half and put the button where the loop is on the other side of the potholder.
There you have it the perfect tween stocking stuffer. You can make them in any color! I have made red ones, black ones, and even polka dot ones.
You can fill them with anything but here are some of my favorite items:
- nail file
- fingernail clippers
- bobby pins
- rubber bands
- feminine products
- Extra® gum
- floss sticks
- band aids
- safety pins
- Really this list could go on and on and on!
What is a must have item for your tween purse clutch??
Cristi Comes saysDecember 7, 2015 at 2:32 pm
What a clever gift idea. My daughter would like getting this, in fact she’d like making it with me. Perfect size for holding gum and other everyday essentials! #client
Courtney saysDecember 9, 2015 at 9:04 pm
My kids love making them too! It is a great gift for them to make for friend birthday parties!