Quick & Easy Gift Ideas

Who’s done with their Christmas projects? This year we were thinking of all you procrastinators (or overachievers?) when we planned our Quick & Easy Gift Ideas seminar in the shop. Della spent every minute of November planning and creating samples for our free first-Saturday-of-the-month class (sorry if you missed it), but we’ve got the full list for you here. Take a look at what she came up with — there’s still time to make everything on the list for all your friends and family! If you’re in the Boise area, stop by the shop to see all the samples on display in the front of the store.

Little Kid Pajamas – Pick out some adorable flannel, and whip these pantalones together fast. Kwik Sew Patterns has PJ pants/tops patterns for kids, ‘tweens and adults. Favorite Things Patterns is also a good option — try their “Sleep Well” and “Little Sleep Well” patterns. Use a fun print to fuse a tie appliqué on  to an inexpensive t-shirt—super cute!

Placemats – Make a batch for your Christmas table, or whip up a set to give away. For something special, we used the Served with a Twist pattern by Kariepatch Designs. Each mat has a built in tie for your napkin.

Wine Bag – There are many free patterns for a wine bag on the net, or you can get fancy and try out Terry Atkinson’s pattern, Wine & Dine.

Christmas Stockings – We found the cutest appliqué patterns at market from Under the Garden Moon. We used flannel for the main body of the stocking, and wool for the appliqué. They should come with a warning: Caution! Wool appliqué is addictive!

Framed Picture – This idea is right out of the Urban Country Quilts book by Jeannie Large & Shelley Wicks. We got our frame from a dollar store and adjusted the size to fit for a pretty gift on the cheap. No time to appliqué a block? Frame an orphan block (we’re betting you have at least one) and you’ll be pleasantly surprised how a frame gives it character and style.

Note Cards – You can make your own with some imagination, cardstock, a gluestick, and fabric scraps. But in case you are truly pressed for time, we have multiple packs of these for sale in the shop (each one handmade).  Charm your friends and family with a handwritten note, or wrap up a pack with a ribbon and give them as a gift.

Laminate Makeup Bag & Brush Roll – We made up the Perfect Pouches pattern by Lazy Girl Designs using laminate fabric. The Brush Roll pattern is a freebie here. Add a few make-up brushes or lipsticks and you’ve got a great gift for the glamour girl.

Yoga Mat Case – This is an easy free pattern from Amy Butler. I like the extra-wide strap and the pockets to dump my stuff in while I’m stretching my way to inner tranquility.

Bucket of Stuff – The ultimate way to display a jar of goodies. Whip up one of these bags, grab a pasta sauce jar, and stuff with candies, makeup gear, tea, or your layer up hot cocoa mix. We loved the suggestions we got on this one, for example , use gardening fabric and fill it with garden tools, seed packs and gloves. You get the idea.

Apron – It’s not hard to love this simple, reversible pattern. We made our sample with retro fabric from the Decadence collection by Samantha Walker for Riley Blake.

Ruffled Towel – Spruce up your kitchen decor this season with some trendy ruffles. Here’s a free pattern online by Sweetwater.

Chenille Potholders –What a great idea—use some scraps and make something that everyone needs. We added Insul-Bright in the middle for a heat barrier. Click here for a free pattern.

Fruit & Veggies Potholder & Kitchen Towel – Stick a spoon in it, and you’re done! This is another fun way to give a useful gift. These are easy to make — stick some batting and Insul-Bright between two 9” squares (or 9” circles) and topstitch them together to make the potholders. For the towel — stitch down a 4 ½” strip of fabric to the edge of a store-bought towel.

Hand Towels – Cute, and so easy! Topstitch a 2 ½” strip of fabric to a store-bought towel. We made three towels and rolled them up in a basket filled with soaps and other fragrant bathroom goodies for the perfect gift.

Gift Card Holder – Another easy one! Sew around the edges of two 6 ½” squares of fabric (right sides together), leaving an opening for turning. Turn inside out and topstitch around edge. Fold three corners to the center and press. Topstitch in place. Tack in the center, fold top down to bottom edge and sew on a snap.

Journal Cover – Della and Karen came up with this one after a stint at market and we do have a pattern available for purchase. They needed a place for receipts, notes, ID and credit cards and didn’t want to lug a purse. It has a zippered-pouch on the outside cover, an elastic strap to keep the journal closed, and a spot that fits credit cards, etc, on the inside.

Well, there you have it. These mini-projects should keep you busy until Christmas! Leave a comment with a new quick and easy gift idea to share!

— Posted by Stacy

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