I'm hoping to get a series going here of quick, fun and small projects that you can make for your sewing (or non-sewing) friends and family.
One gift idea is a lanyard for holding scissors or thread snips. Here's the cautionary disclaimer. Don't give to children who may eat and choke on them or accidentally strangle themselves. Don't wear them near machinery where they can get caught and pull you in; e.g. your antique washing machine with the rollers. If your scissors are pointy and you hang them on your lanyard and bend over while sitting, you could stick yourself. And there's probably many other unpleasant things that could happen while wearing a lanyard around your neck. Same goes for necklaces and scarves. Just be careful!
Joanne's Creative Notions. Trim off an edge of your fabric so it is perfectly straight (on the cross grain). Set the cutting width on the Rotary Cutting Machine to 1-7/8" (same as my bias tape maker--more on that later) and start cutting following the instructions. Because it is on the cross grain, this machine cuts pretty neatly and is easy to control. I used a print with buttons on it. I like the sewing theme and the fact that the print is still recognizable as buttons when cut into strips. Cut as many as you want to make lanyards of, ensuring you have one or two for yourself. Of course you can just usie a quilter's ruler and rotary cutter to achieve the same thing but I wanted to play.
Look in your stash for bright prints, holiday themed prints and so forth. Your sewing friends will appreciate this gift.
You can purchase the lanyard clips from my website at http://www.distinctivesewing.com/lanyard-clip-13mm-silver-finish/.