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What are you making for gifts this year?

jatman | Posted in General Discussion on

Yeah, I know – it’s still September, but I’m just curious – what  is everyone making to give as holiday gifts this year?  I’m about to move so I’m not making anything for a while but thought I’d live vicariously through all of you….



  1. damascusannie | | #1

    Not so much holiday gifts, but I do have a nephew getting married on January 3, so I'm working on a wedding quilt for him. I'm thinking some seasonal table runners for my married daughters, too.

  2. sewfungirl | | #2

    I plan to make pillowcases, aprons and coasters as quick and easy gifts for the holidays. I have lots of fun mixing and matching fabrics and adding interesting trims and embellishments.

    1. sewslow67 | | #3

      I mentioned on another post that I am making place mat and napkin sets, and also wine sacs.  I'm using a number of ideas for the place mat sets form the "Simply Napkins" book by Brown and Mulari; love that book.

      I might make a baby quilt for my neighbor who just had a baby, but we'll see about that.  I've only made one quilt, and it was a wall-sized quilt from a kit someone gave me.  It was in very bright colors (not my type) but my daughter will love it to take on picnics at the beach.  She lives in Charleston, SC and is very close to the beaches.

      If I have time, I'm going to make a gift "for the house", which is a garden scene wall hanging, which I've drooled over for years.  I collected all the fabrics a couple of years ago from my favorite quilt shop, before moving to Canada.  Most of the hanging is piece work, but there is also applique and some embroidery.  If I ever get it done, I'll share the results.

      Currently, I'm waiting for a couple of new patterns to arrive from a company I'm trying for the first time called: "Hot Patterns".  And that ...is going to be a Christmas sewing project for me, if time permits.

      1. MaryinColorado | | #4

        Your garden landscaping quilt sounds like a fun project.  I watched a video on http://www.nancysnotions/tv on how to do landscape quilts.  I have started collecting fabrics for one and tried making "mountains" but didn't like the way they turned out.   I've made a few sketches for a future one.  Please share the process as you go along when you do!  Mary

  3. pinkit | | #5

    Hi:  I have recently two sets of napkins and placemats.  One has already gone to my oldest granddaughter for her first apartment.  The other set will go out for Christmas but I am not sure to whom, yet.  I also have finished another set of napkins and have the material to do yet another set . Those will go to my daughters for Christmas.  I have finished one Christmas blanket for my grand daughter and have a second partly pinned and ready to work on for my step grand son.  Will do more blankets when time allows.   I always need to start early as Christmas is usually celebrated here at my house and I have a lot of other stuff to do at that time.

  4. Teaf5 | | #6

    I'm working on some geometric forms for embellished evening bags for my sisters & sisters-in-law. The current plan is a tetrahedron (a 3-D triangle) made from a simple folded 3" x 6" rectangle with a top zipper and tassles at the bottom points and a chain or corded handle. The shape comes from the "pyramid bag" that Lipton is making for its premium long leaf black tea. I didn't like the tea very much, but the nylon bag fascinated me, so I opened it, shook out the leaves, and rinsed it; then I measured it and matched the folds to create my pattern. My project has entertained my colleagues; half think I'm nuts, but the other half are equally fascinated, either because they are crafters or they teach math. Haven't had a chance to sew up a prototype yet, but am eager to try!

    1. Ceeayche | | #7

      Wow that sounds like an interesting project.  I have a sister who spent several years in Southeast Asia and came back with a passion for tea.  That's a great idea!  Please post pictures!

    2. MaryinColorado | | #8

      That sounds really cool!  Please post a photo!  What a great gift! Mary

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