Quick to make gift: Four Corners Apron! Fast, easy and lovely to look at. This one will be a hit with anyone you give it to. Although it's a 'buy it' on the link - you only have to look at the picture to see how easy this one would be to make - even without a pattern.
Making a dress longer... She cut a strip off the bottom of the dress. Then she added three other strips of different colors to the bottom and then added the original color strip after that. Generally, a neat idea