Well I have a suggestion for you. Why not try making fabric jewelry?
Given the size of my fabric stash I was super excited when Lark Books sent me a review copy of the recently published Making Fabric Jewelry: 20+ Projects to Stitch, Fold, & Wear by jewelry expert Marthe Le Van:
As Martha states in her introduction, there has been a "revolution" in terms of the type of jewelry women are wearing these days, and I'm sure you've seen jewelry made of alternative materials like fabric and lace are very popular right now. With the winter holidays not far away this book is perfect for your handmade gift-giving.
All twenty-three of the projects in Making Fabric Jewelry use fabric and a variety of other materials to create avant-garde adornments, like this dramatic Pleated Posy Necklace by designer Mieko Mintz:
One of the strengths of Making Fabric Jewelry for novice sewists is that even if you don't know silk from cotton there are over twenty-five pages in the Basics section full of helpful information about fabric types, selecting the right fabrics, sewing notions, needlework, and using a sewing machine. In addition, there are several pages of jewelry making help about findings, tools, and metalwork fundamentals like wire-wrapping.
There is a fun project in this book for beginning and experienced jewelry makers alike. Some of the projects do require some jewelry-making experience, like the Lotus Choker and Earrings, or these Kaga Earrings by Miyuki Akai Cook that are made from vintage kimono silk (how cool is that?):
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Disclosure: I was provided with a free review copy of this book but my opinions are my own!