Throw a pre-holiday craft party this November, and have people from your community bring over their skills, sewing machines, and extra supplies for a night of crafting wonderful and wearable gifts.
In her book "Homeward Bound: Why Women are Embracing the New Domesticity", Emily Matchar touches on the fact that crafting has become so expensive and time consuming, it is mostly just a hobby for the middle class. You can take the DIY power back by having a community clothing swap, raiding/having a free bin, and arranging a communal crafting night so the time and skills are shared.
Make a hat and a pair of gloves out of an old sweater from your closet or your local thrift shop.
This adorable and easy t-shirt shrug is perfect for holiday parties. You can find an old shirt at a thrift shop or clothing swap, and re purpose it as a gift with a little creativity.
Patches are a great way to shout out what you stand for. From Brownies to punk rock, patches are a way of showing what you're a part of. They also make amazing stocking stuffers.
Easy 90s inspired jumper skirt. Make it even better by adding a stencil or patch.
Make a pair of yoga pants for the comfort lover. I want a whole closet of these pants.
It's sunny somewhere, so there's so reason to ignore the crop top. It makes a sweet gift all year round.
Find an old and boring pair of pants and make them new again. If the spikes are too much for you, you can always axe them and just leave the print. Also, stamps dipped in fabric paint are perfect for making any kind of prints. You can also make your own printed fabric this way.
This video is one of my all-time DIY faves. There's nothing more freeing from consumption and mass production than the ability to make your own underwear.
You can't go wrong with a great blazer. This one will make an amazing handmade gift.