Here's a quick gift idea: get one of these lovely totes from Michaels (make sure you print off a 40% off coupon from their website!) then put some ruffles on it!
Here's the tote before ruffles, still cute but kinda plain
Sew three strips of ruffles by setting your machine to a basting stitch or as the case with my machine, i don't have a basting stitch so i had to figure out the secret tension, width and length combo to create perfect ruffles every time. btw, this took a lot of trial and error but once i figured it out i wrote it on a index card and have kept it safe ever since.
Next, pin them on the bag and sew away.
Ta-Da! My sister and i were giving this as a combined gift so she added some goodies inside: some Tazo tea, a couple of fun magazines, a cute journal, gum, and
this notepad, which was kind of my favorite part of the whole gift. definitely good for some laughs.