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Needs ideas for presentation

blingy | Posted in General Discussion on

I need some suggestions for something I can hand out to fellow students when I do my presentation in class.  I am taking a HR class and I have to do a report and Power Point Presentation.  I am to be the HR manager and I have to hire 3 people.  The business is a quilt store/fabric store.  The class instructor has made it clear she prefers presentations that are accompanied by little gifty type items given to each class memeber so I thought ok, I need some kind of little promotional item I can make and hand out.  Any ideas?  Oh, and it needs to be cheap.  I thought of making little pin cushions, something along those lines.  I have about a month to do this.  All ideas are welcome!




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    ThreadKoe | | #1

    Even easier and cheaper perhaps would be a needle book. There are lots of free patterns and ideas allover the internet craft and needle work sites. It is a perfect fabric sample item for a store, as you can use batting, fabric and trim samples for promotional use. They are easy to whip up on a machine, or sewn by hand. Cathy

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      blingy | | #3

      Sorry, HR is Human Resource. 

  3. Palady | | #4

    Might you do a cover for the pocket packages of tissue? 

    CVS usually has their brand on sale of 3/ low $'s.  DO the holders out of "fancy" fabric if you've any in your stash.  Maybe velvet, velveteen, suede.  If you're without these, you've likely got some others that would work.

    Make a reactangle using an unopened packet as a guide.

    Fold back the long side opening to the seeing side, and stitch on some adornment.  Lace.  Rirac. Ribbon. Bias folded to size.  Fancy trim.  Sew on a line of small buttons.  Beads.  Braided embroidery floss/perl cotton. 

    Sew the ends closed rounding the corners.  Overcast by hand or zig-zag machine stitch.

    Your most time will probably be spent going through your all to find the combination you think you'd like to use.  Compelting a single cover should take less than a 1/2 hour each.  Do the button/bead thing will add time.  Once you get started, you might be able to assembly line.   Unless you decide to make each one different.

    The one on the following URL is made in 2 sections.  What I've offered you is how I've done them in one piece.


    Please let us know how your presentation is received.


    ETA - This about.com URL has a near pictorial of what I posted above.  It has a specified size to cut.  I've found that the packets can differ in size.  Also, I've found rounding the corners makes for a neater?, cleaner? finish.   As does putting on a trim rather than just folding back a hem.  Though Debbie Colgrove's method might be quicker.




    Edited 10/9/2009 8:51 pm ET by Palady

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      blingy | | #6

      Great Idea!  Thanks to all who helped with their ideas!  Much appreciated!



  4. stillsuesew | | #5

    Make a traveling wine glass coaster. Cheap and easy. The cheapest thing I ever gave away was a bamboo skewer. They are great for feeding tiny things under the needle and keeping your fingers out of the way. If the needle hits it, it doesn't break the needle like a metal stylus does. It may dull the needle but at least you don't have needle pieces flying into your face.

  5. Teaf5 | | #7

    Bookmarks are easy, as are cloth covers for paperback books, sized to fit romance novels (two niche markets in one, there!)  Little round drawstring bags (two circles of fabric with one seam around the outside and two for a drawstring tunnel) are really fast and very impressive made out of fancy scraps.  Microwave oven mitts (about 3"x6" oblongs) of quilted fabric are also quick and well-liked.  There are free patterns for all of these available online.  Have fun, and let us know what you decided to make!

  6. jatman | | #8

    What about reusable grocery type bags?  You can do some in plain muslin and then even the guys (if there are any) in your your class will still want to use them.


  7. sewfar | | #9

    How about those little bias pincushions that fit on your thumb. Very little cloth and filling involved and they can really be eye catching

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      blingy | | #10

      I have never heard of those.  I think I am leaning toward the cloth book mark.  Thanks for everyone's suggestions.



      1. sewfar | | #11

        I think that you are right. Everyone likes and uses bookmarks and the other things recommended . The pincushion would probably be too limited in appeal.

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