Need an inexpensive, personal gift you can make yourself? How about making a small quilt.
Take two or three pieces of fabric that coordinate. Cut out a pattern from cardboard in the shape of a five inch square. Trace the square onto the fabric starting at the edge in the corner, so you do not waste fabric. I traced ten squares and cut them out. I cut ten squares in order to make the border a little different. You may want to cut only eight. Go to the next fabric, again starting in the corner, trace another eight squares and cut them out. Hint: if your fabric is folded in half, you only have to trace four to cut out eight.
From the third fabric I cut out 18 squares. You will need twenty if you did not cut ten from the first fabric. Do you have access to a sewing machine? A sewing machine will make this project go much faster, but you can also sew it by hand.
Next take one square from the third fabric and two from the other fabrics. Sew a square from the third fabric to a square from the second fabric. Next sew a square from the first fabric to the square from the second fabric. Then sew a square from the second fabric to the square of the first. Once more sew a square from the first to a square from the second. Finally sew on a square from the third fabric. Do the directions for this paragraph twice so you have two identical rows.
Basically you want to sew the squares strips to make the pattern you want. Sew the strips together to make the face of the quilt.
Now take one square from the third fabric and two from the other fabrics. Sew a square from the third fabric to a square from the first fabric. Next sew a square from the second fabric to the edge of the first fabric. Then sew a square from the first fabric to the square of the second fabric. Sew the rows together to complete the face.
After the face is sewn together, place a piece of batting between the face and the backing. Quilting is sewing through all layers. I made the backing larger than the quilt so I could fold it over to make the border. I used chalk and a yardstick to make a guide for my quilting.
After I quilted the face, I folded the border over and tucked in the cut edge of the fabric. With the sewing machine, I sewed over all the layers to secure the border. Quilt finished.
A small quilt can be used as a wall hanging for an adult. A small quilt is great for a baby to lie on. A small quilt can be a comfort to a small child. There is so much more love enfolded in a homemade gift because someone took their precious time to make a personal gift just for the recipient.