Free Fabric Friday

on April 20 | in Contests & Giveaways | by | with 58 Comments

You thought I forgot, didn’t you? 😉  No, just needed a little break from #?!#% WordPress.  Beth and I fight with the formatting on these posts every single time. I even take a post into Dreamweaver and clean up the html, and when I bring it back, I still have random tags. Any WordPress users out there have some tips for us? 

Summer in the City


On to the good stuff.  Have you seen the Summer in the City collection yet?  No?  Well, I just finished entering the products at midnight, so they are very fresh and nice and pretty and still wrapped in plastic.  We’re ready to cut into them, so we’ll give away 4 packs of 4 fat quarters.  Tell us about a great gift item to sew.  It doesn’t matter if you’ve actually done it or not, just that you’ve filed it away as a good idea. 

After you’ve done that, hurry down to read the profile that the Amazing Beth wrote about the Amazing Erica. 

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58 Responses to Free Fabric Friday

  1. carolyn says:

    I love to give the kids (big and little) lunch bags. They can store stuff in them if not their lunch and I always sew a recieving blanket for a new wee one–not for the cradle but one side is flannel and one side is a fun fabric (monkeys, cowboys, bugs) so when you travel it cango down on the floor to put the wee one on.

  2. Shelley says:

    My new favorite gift is handmade cloth napkins. Super easy and quick, and they package so great with a cute little ribbon. Added bonus – switching from paper to cloth napkins saves (a lot!!!) of trees!

  3. michal says:

    i think my all time favorite gift sewing was this cute bunny softie i made for the babies of my friend and my cousin, born just a few days (and two time zones) apart:
    they’re very simple to sew, cute, and make a great friend that’s child safe and cuddly.

  4. Joanna Silva says:

    I recently made a checkbook cover from Lotte Jansdotter’s “Simple Sewing” book for a friend who bought our daughter’s high chair (one of those fairy godmother moments). When I gave it to her, I told her it was for her “magic” checkbook. But just in case that was a bit too utilitarian for a gift, I also made her one of those sore muscle bean bag thingies out of cuddly fabrics- you know, the one’s you heat up in the microwave. She loved them and now everyone wants one!

  5. Kim says:

    I think a cool baby gift to sew would be fake food,utensils, pencils,paintbrushes,or other toys. Soft and safe but fun odd things that appeal to babies.

  6. Jody says:

    My favorite gift to give and make for kids is a baby quilt … kept for so much longer than a clothing item. For teens I’ve been giving “wall pockets”. The women in my family have been receiving tote bags/handbags.

  7. Anita says:

    I’ve made quite a few Hot/Cold Rice bags. Toss them in the freezer for an ice pack or in the microwave for a hot pack. An essential for your active sports/minded friends.

  8. Jayleigh says:

    Currently, my favorite gift to sew for female HS graduates is a sweet little lined and zippered make-up bag. I have also crocheted them, and sewn in a zipper and sassy lining. One of my friends uses hers to keep her familys’ rosaries in until they use them.

    In all, a sweet project. Super fun and easy, and you pick the fabric based on the receiver’s personality.

  9. Jess says:

    I love sewing recipe card “bags” (they’re more like craft-supply foldups, with lots of pockets for recipe cards and little gifts like spatulas, measuring spoons, etc.) Perfect for friends who are getting married or purchasing their first home! Great to stuff into a basket filled with pantry staples…. Or you could make a complete “dinner in a basket”.

    Thanks for the contest!

  10. Rebekah says:

    I like to sew bags and purses as gifts for friends. If they like one that I’ve made for myself, then I know just the pattern or materials to use as a gift for them.

  11. Megan Young says:

    Oh, these are SO beautiful!

    One really sophisticated and beautiful item to sew as a gift is a cloth envelope.

    What you do is take your gift item (a book or a magazine or stationary – something a decent size and reasonably rectangular) and you use your prettiest linen/cotton to make a little pouch for it. You make a rectangle shape slightly bigger than your book/magazine etc., plus seam allowance, and then you add in a third each long end (so it is slighter wider than your gift, but twice as long, and make one end rounded, like an envelope), then cut the same shape and size ina contrasting material as a lining. Sew right sides together, leaving an opening for turning on one of the sides. Turn out right sides, then add a bias binding to the sides and rounded end. Sew a tape on the point of the rounded end, and in a matching position on the flat end (so that they will tie the envelope shut).

    Voila! A fabric envelope for wrapping a gift in, but more importantly can be used again to either pass on another gift, or as a place to put fine underwear, hankies, and the like on your travels.

    I’m sure I’ve made that clear as mud. They’re beautiful, but I think I just may have to post one on my blog so you can see what I mean.

  12. The last gift I sewed up was a baby taggie… used a soft cloth, pinned ribbon tags to it and sewed it all together. Now I need to make one up for my own newborn!

  13. Katie says:

    i like going with handmade purses and pillows for my friends. it’s better than anything i could buy, and i love it when they use the things i make for them!

  14. Kim says:

    I have a 2 year old, so for all the birthday parties we’ve gone to lately, we’ve taken them a crayon holder (the kind that rolls up and ties). The kids love and so does the mom! It’s a great size for mom’s purse or child’s bag.

  15. I am the oldest of 7 kids. 5 girls and 2 boys. I have been super crafty and a sewer since I was very little. The best gifts for me to give are things my sibs can use. Handbags,coasters,dinner napkins just all sorts of goodies.

  16. Cory says:

    My favorite baby gift item is a flannel receiving blanket. Sew 2 pieces of 45″ sq. flannel right sides together, turn and finish. Then you sew around the edges with a fancy stitch from you machine. You can either stitch that same stitch in an X or charm tack in a random pattern to secure the 2 sides together. They are a wonderful size to wrap baby in or to lay out on the floor for baby to play on. And baby loves the blankie when they are older.

  17. carol says:

    I sew gifts for people all the time! I sew sets of blank note cards, oven mitts, wine bags, or I put small purchased gifts into pouches or totes that I have sewn that compliment the gift or would have some meaning to the recipient. Babies are the most fun to sew for; onesies, burb cloths, bibs and blankies

  18. Stephanie says:

    I am digging embroidered pillowcases right now. I’m working on a set for my friend who’s getting married next month – I hope they’ll be a keepsake!

  19. Zoe says:

    I was actually just working on some gifts for my friends who are moving in a couple of weeks. They have three boys and are going to be going on a long road trip so I thought that it would be cute to give them composition books that have been covered in fabric. I added a little pocket with a button closure on the front of the covers for markers. For their little 18 month old, I was thinking of making a little hotwheel carrier. Just a square with sewn sections that the cars slip into and then roll it up like a knitting case . . . which is also another fun gift to give! 😉 LOL! Humm, I tried to fit a few in there didn’t I?! 🙂

  20. Emily says:

    I like to sew apron and hotpad sets or a tote I fill with goodies.

    I finished a pinafore a couple days ago based on your pattern and have the under-dress almost complete. Pictures coming soon. 🙂

  21. Jen says:

    Egg cosies. I made them for easter and they were a hit, but I’m definitely working on some appliqué styles for little gifts.
    Team with a thrifted egg cup and bingo! instant smiles!

  22. Skyler says:

    This winter I made a bunch of my friends little cold-weather-care packages, which included a lip balm, some tea-bags, & a sewn travel-tissue-cozy! These are really easy to sew, look neat with patchworked fabrics, and are generally well-received, c:. Stuffed animals are also really good anytime-gifts, especially if they are on the small side and/or just adorable!

  23. Jennifer says:

    My favorite gift to sew is a child’s smock shirt/blouse. Only nieces and nephews are lucky enough to get them.

  24. Amy says:

    For the Little Artists…I love to make the fabric porfolio with slots for markers, or pencils and a spot for a drawing pad…check out the Craft Apple blog for a tutorial…

  25. Zabrina says:

    WP and Typepad…these platforms are kinda more work..I still like Blogger. I am about to sew some pouches and tissue holders and sachets.

  26. Oiyi says:

    Tissue Holders

  27. sarah says:

    i’m working on a pencil roll and drawstring backpack for a newly big sister — a fun compliment to the simple baby quilt for her wee sister.

  28. kirsten says:

    totes, headbands (heather bailey pattern), baby shoes (stardustshoes pattern)… that’s what my muddled brain can come up with right now!

  29. Janice says:

    Hey Janice, this Janice would love to know where to get that iron on vinyl!! 🙂

  30. janice says:

    I’ve recently discovered an iron on vinyl that can make any fabric into a sort of oilcloth. It’s great for baby bibs. This would make some great homemade giftage for upcoming baby showers!

  31. Cici says:

    For the littles, a pillowcase in their favorite character/theme and a fleece no tie blanket. For the older ones little card wallets. I’m thinking I may start sewing sewing-what-nots for all the crafters I know.

  32. sarah says:

    I am soooo into doll quilts right now. They are little miniature works of art that can be used for their intended purpose or hung and enjoyed on the wall. You can personalize them for the person they are intended for and require enough love and effort to show how much you appreciate them!

  33. sharon says:

    I’m a newbie at sewing..My favorite thing to sew is…placemats.. who knew so easy with napkins and matching coasters. Everyone in my family better like em they are getting them as gifts…


  34. Jen says:

    little bags or pouches are always great and practical gifts!

  35. meg says:

    This line is sooo cute! Such perfect colors for summer.

    Just finished another set this week: patchwork oven mitts. I find that they make great gifts because most of my friends/family are like me and only have one sad, nasty potholder in the kitchen. You might not think to buy yourself sassy new ones, but they’re a welcome addition!

  36. mj says:

    A fabric box with a CD to go inside, or an embroidered version of the recipient’s favorite superhero.

  37. As a quick gift I like to make zipper pouches. They can be used to store so many things. And who doesn’t love a little organisation and cuteness in their handbag!!

  38. Kate says:

    Little stuffed wombats and giraffes for babies – I think the adults love them as much as the babies.

  39. mel says:

    I would love to sew some desktop accessories for my friends! Fabric boxes, drawers, wall pockets – you name it!

  40. Karyn says:

    My latest thing to sew has been tote bags, I’m completely addicted. I do have plans (and fabric ) for a craft apron waiting for me when I tire of making tote bags.

  41. Jessica says:

    I’ve been thinking about desktop boxes from In Stitches as gifts.

  42. anna says:

    So far I haven’t made too many things for gift giving. I must be greedy. I have made Hilary Lang’s “Pointy Kitties” for all of my nephews. Now I just need to send them off.

  43. michelle says:

    Kirsty (sp?) is a quilter and a wordpress user, so maybe she can help? I know she’s had good luck calling for tech support.

    Haven’t sewn many gifts, just a couple of baby blankets. I was amazed at how quickly they work up (a day!), especially after I had worked four months on a knitted baby blanket. I haven’t used a pattern, yet.

  44. joyce says:

    I like to make tote bags because you can tailor them to the person you are giving them to. There is so much room for creativity.

  45. Ros says:

    My all time favorite last minute gift it hair accessories. You can whip them up in minutes, there are tons of options out there and every girl likes them.

  46. Ellen says:

    Oh I love the FFF game! My all-time favourite gift for friends who are new mothers is an Amy Butler nappy bag. I’ve made about 12, with three more in the works, including the one that I finally get to make for myself! My favourite part of the process is selecting the fabrics – although giving them away is pretty special too.

  47. Tammy says:

    I love to make aprons for gifts!I just made one last week!

  48. katie says:

    I think Im with the others. Bags are my favorite thing to sew for gifts. Although I’m liking a lot of things from the InStitches book that would make great gifts, i.e. the recipe card holder.

  49. Holly says:

    I recently printed an emailed picture of a friend’s new baby and zig-zag stitched it to a slightly larger piece of flannel. Then I added a couple borders of baby print flannel to that, added some interfacing and backing, and attached a ribbon for hanging. It turned out pretty cute, and was so quick and easy!

  50. KBG says:

    I like to make nursing aprons and taggies to give as baby gifts at showers.

  51. Janice says:

    I just went and checked out the new summer in the city stuff *THUD* (That’s me…falling hard) I didn’t think I could fall any harder than I did for the Moda uptowns but….I think I just might have 🙂

  52. Jessi says:

    I love giving oversized receiving blankets for babies. It is nice to give something that lasts a little longer than most of the smaller blankets.

  53. beki says:

    Well, I’ve been sewing lots of bags to give as gifts, and this weekend I’m sewing up a dress for a little girl. When babies are born my standard is a bib and burp cloth set. Really, there are so many things to make!
    I am in *love* with this fabric!!!

  54. melissa says:

    recent gifts include: a stuffed bunny and coasters.

  55. Janice says:

    For baby showers I love to do Minky blankets…soooo easy but such a wonderful gift. Minky burps are great too. For friends or thank you gifts I love the dishtowel totes (I’m spacing who has the dishtowel tote tutorial?) I just recently started these and they are so quick, easy, thrifty (YAY for thrifty!) and so dang fun!

  56. Mindy says:

    I have loved sewing tote bags for people. All of my friends have such different taste and it has been so much fun! Everything from skulls to bunnies.

    I have some weird friends *grins*

  57. Sarah says:

    That is so odd… I came across a charm pack of these fabrics on and have been plotting and scheming a quilt idea for them! The quilt will be a gift for me, so I guess that doesn’t count. My last handmade gift was a hooded baby towel with a stuffed animal in the same fabric I edged the towel material in. Turned out totally cute.

  58. Sandy says:

    Currently, my go to gift is an apron with matching hotpad that you can attach to a vintage button on the apron’s waistband. It’s been a while since I’ve done one, but I have a wedding shower coming up in June!

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