I’m always looking for ways to personalize my holiday gifts each year. One easy way to do so, is to choose a themed fabric that is meaningful for the recipient. I want to share a few gifts I made this year for Christmas, because all of these gifts could be used for most any occasion throughout the year. Some of them have free links to free patterns. Here are a few gift ideas to consider:
Burrito or Roll It Up Pillowcase
Pillowcases are always a great gift and with the clever roll-it-up or burrito method, you can make a pillowcase in no time at all. A great source for a free can be found at the All People Quilt site for American Patchwork and Quilting
You will be amazed at how quickly they sew together and they really are a lot of fun to make.
Ten Minute Table Runner
This popular free pattern has been around for several years and is another great gift idea. It only requires 1/3 yard of focus fabric and 1/2 yard for your border and background.
You can get a free pattern for this fast and easy project at the Utah State University Cooperative Extension website.
You can achieve some interesting variations depending on whether you fold the fabric to the front or the back when sewing the final end points as shown in the following photo.
Have a good time choosing your fabrics and customizing your table runners. This is a great beginner pattern and can be somewhat addictive!
Hopeful Hatchlings (Stuffed Animals)
There is a darling new book called Hopeful Hatchlings by Jessica George from the Sweet Brian Sisters. The book that has patterns and instructions for 10 adorable baby animals. Each of the animals will fit inside a Zipper Egg and a pattern for the egg is also included in the book.
Our granddaughters were very quick to point out their favorite animal in the book. I told them their selections would be part of their Christmas gifts.
Choose a fun fabric for your eggs to complement the little animal who will live within.
These really are a lot of fun to make and the girls were thrilled to get theirs as you can see.
I think there were be other Hopeful Hatchlings hatching around our house for future occasions. They really are quite charming and somewhat addictive!
I hope you are enjoying the holiday season and will be able to try some of these gift ideas.