You asked for it, so we’re back with another collection of Christmas gifts for quilters and sewers – and anyone else deserving of your hand-made loveliness! It seems we are not the only ones who recognise the thoughtfulness and care of a handmade gift. We had so many positive comments about our last collection of ideas for Christmas gifts for quilters that we’ve put together another one. Many thanks to the generosity of the bloggers and websites who have put the time into creating these tutorials for the rest of us to share the festive spirit.
We know many quilters and sewers are also book lovers. Who doesn’t love a lusciously photographed craft book filled with inspiration and ideas? Well, here’s a simple gift that is perfect for the bibliophile and fabricphile in your life. Lindsay, over on Craftbuds, had written a sweet and straightforward tutorial for these fabric corner bookmarks. They are so easy you could whip up a whole collection in an afternoon. Perfect for Christmas cracker gifts or stocking stuffers.
Who doesn’t need another pincushion? Especially if it is one as cute as these! Kim, from Life in a Little Red Farmhouse, shows you how to make these great little chicken pincushions. Kim used ground rice to fill them so their sturdy little bottoms will sit happily and will not get knocked off the sewing table. You could use ground walnut shells, or regular polyfil stuffing if you wanted to. We like the idea of making some of these in Christmas fabrics and hanging from the tree as decorations!
Here’s an elegant gift for someone special, or maybe it’s time you sewed a gift for yourself? An infinity cowl is basically a scarf that has it’s ends sewn together so it sits in a lovely, graceful ring around your neck. Pick your favourite fabrics in your fat quarter stash and follow this tutorial for the Patricia Infinity Cowl by Shannon of luvinthemommyhood to add some style to your Christmas wardrobe.
These little magnetic pin dishes look like a great Christmas gift for quilters! All you need is a cute little ceramic dish, some neodymium magnets (small but super strong) and some super glue. The families of quilters will love you for this gift. No more spilled pins in the carpet to find with bare feet! Follow the tutorial written by Maggi, over on Smashed Peas and Carrots and you’ll have a lovely little gift in no time.
First-aid for quilters! Kirsten, of Gemini Stitches, made these first-aid pouches for her and her daughter’s cars and filled them with real first-aid stuff. But why not make one of these for your quilting or sewing retreat buddies and put quilting first-aid supplies? Plasters (for the inevitable needle pricks), a seam ripper (because you know you’ll need one), chocolate (do we need to explain?), one of those cute 3 inch acrylic rulers, a neutral fat quarter, some gourmet herbal tea-bags – you could have a lot of fun with it! Head over to Katy Cameron’s blog, The Littlest Thistle, for the tutorial.
And here’s our last gift idea. It’s a little different. Quilter’s Diary has put together a list of quilting quotes and sayings that are perfect for writing on the label of a quilt, or on the tag or gift card of a quilty gift. How about this one on for one of your sewing buddies, “A good friend is like a warm quilt wrapped around the heart.” Awwww! Head over to Quilter’s Diary to see the whole list.
That’s it for our second instalment of Christmas gifts for quilters. Have fun stitching and crafting some beautiful and thoughtful gifts, and have a wonderful festive season!