Hello, and welcome to stop 4 on our week-long Ho-Ho-Holiday Gift Guide for Quilters!
Today I’m sharing some of my favorite gift ideas to make for your friends and family, as well as gifts for quilters that would be welcome at your guild’s holiday party swap–or under your own tree.
To add to the fun, this post is part of a Ho-Ho-Holiday Blog Hop among our sister quilt and sewing communities within our parent company, F+W Media. That means more quilting and sewing projects and gift ideas for you–plus, we each have a giveaway! (See schedule below.)
Here is my list of 10 easy handmade gifts and products that make great gifts for quilters.
Stitched and quilted gifts:
1. Mini purses have been my go-to gifts for the women in my family for a while now. I like them because they are quick and easy to make, plus you can vary the fabric or style to personalize each one for the recipient.
I made these sweet change purses using the
Quilting Arts Pleated Purse Kit.
2. Fabric napkin sets make beautiful handmade gifts for someone who loves to give dinner parties.
|Unique fabric napkin sets from pieced
fat quarters make great gifts.
3. Don’t let knitters corner the market on scarves as gifts. With stitching or surface design, it’s fun and easy to design one-of-a-kind art scarves for your fashionable loved ones.
|You can make a scarf to suit all kinds of styles.|
4. Everyone from college students to new moms to your friend who’s redecorating loves a handmade pillow. Make them from fat quarters, remnants, pillow kits, or fabric you designed yourself.
|The black-and-white chevron design and straight
stitching give this pillow graphic appeal.
5. Looking for a small Christmas quilting project? Make and fill these cute mini stockings to give as a hostess gift or for decorating packages or the dining table.
|Use these Cute Mini Stockings as gifts, package toppers, or holiday decor.|
Gifts for quilters and surface design fans:
6. I don’t know how I got along before I had a Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plate. Having one makes surface design so easy and fun.
|The Gelli Arts plate comes in several shapes and sizes, With it, you can print fabric or paper quickly and easily, using fabric or acrylic paints or inks.|
7. Many machine quilters say the Supreme Slider makes free-motion stitching and embroidery friction-free. If I could, I’d give one to every quilter on my list.
|Anyone who free-motion stitches or creates machine embroidery would love a Supreme Slider.|
8. Do you know someone who appreciates the fine art of Japanese fabrics and patchwork? For them, I highly recommend a beautiful book by quilt artist Yoko Saito: Japanese Quilting Piece by Piece.
|I could just gaze at the projects in this book for hours, but Yoko Saito’s Japanese
Quilting Piece by Piece includes techniques and project how-tos.
9. Another book I have enjoyed and recommend is The Quilter’s Applique Workshop by Kevin Kosbab. Kevin demonstrates many techniques and projects that will change the way you think about applique.
|This paisley applique piece is just one of the unique projects
in Kevin Kosbab’s book, The Quilter’s Applique Workshop.
10. For your fine art friends who would like to be quilters and vice-versa, gift them with a copy of Carrie Bloomston’s Quilting Arts Workshop video: Art Techniques for Quilt Design: Drawing, Composition, Design and Stitch.
|The design on this ‘Love’ pillow made with Indian sari silk,
has a painterly look. By Carrie Bloomston.
Need more ideas? Here are the other stops on the Ho-Ho-Holiday Blog Hop. Each has a list of favorite products, projects, and quilted gifts to make your holiday season fun and fiber-full. Be sure to visit them all.
And now for the giveaway: What was the best handmade gift you ever gave or received? Leave a comment for a chance to win a Pleated Purse Kit plus a copy of Quilting Arts Holiday 2014/15. UPDATE: We have a winner! Sew4Now. Congratulations and thanks to all who commented.
Stitch your way to where Americana quilt themes and Japanese esthetic combine.