December 16 ~ Pillows, napkins, scarves & more!

on December 16 | in Sewing Inspiration | by | with 52 Comments

Most of today’s featured items would make great, quick gifts for couples (who doesn’t need a new/repurposed sweater pillow or a fun, new set of napkins?!). We also think the men in our lives (and on our lists) would appreciate a tasteful patchwork scarf or heat/cold therapy bag. It’s looking like Santa’s Workshop around here (Sewing Division) and we think fun, quick gift ideas are a good thing right now! Don’t forget to comment anywhere on the blog for your chance to win one of two $25 gift certificates to Sew,Mama,Sew! next Friday.

Sweater Pillow
By Jessica, gonzomama knits

Jessica is new to sewing but she made quick work out of repurposing a favorite sweater into a favorite pillow. Make some of your own with our Pillows tutorials.

Laura from Drum Circle Deva shares some of the gifts she’s making, including the patchwork skirts she also sells through eBay and Etsy (the skirts can be viewed on the right sidebar of Laura’s blog). She’s making things like her favorite pumpkin bread with chocolate chunks and walnuts or pecans, and patchwork scarves like the one pictured here. Laura also talks about the “juxtaposition of wonder and stress” at this time of the year, and much more! Don’t forget that you can make one of your own patchwork scarves with our Gifts for Warmth tutorials.

By Chara, Chara Michele

Chara shared her Napkin Tutorial with us as a quick and fun gift. Chara’s tutorial utilizes some different techniques than those in Carol’s tutorial, so check them both out. You can revisit Carol’s tutorial in our For the Table compilation.

Wheat Sack
By Megan, Creative Outlet Designs

Megan shared her Wheat Sack Tutorial for heat therapy with us and mentions that it’s a quick and easy gift for everyone on your list (including guys). She also has a poem to include with your gift. For fun compilation ideas with heat and cold therapy revisit Kristin’s great wellness bag how-to.

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52 Responses to December 16 ~ Pillows, napkins, scarves & more!

  1. Candice says:

    What a great pillow, I love it!

  2. L says:

    I love the pillow made from the sweater! Neat idea and it looks great!

  3. Janey says:

    Wow what great ideas. I really love the wheat sacks and poems.

  4. Manda says:

    Love the sweater pillow idea! No matter what I do to prevent it, moths seem to get to at least one of our sweaters each year. Maybe I’ll turn the next victim into a pillow!

  5. Lil' d says:

    I’m hoping that I can find my old stretched sweater now.

  6. Karie says:

    I just love the idea to make weat heat bags… I will have to try those out next year, I have no time left for presents this year….

  7. Amber says:

    You guys are wonderful – and speedy! Got my material order so fast I couldn’t believe it!!

  8. Anna says:

    I adore that sweater pillow. What a great idea!

  9. Becca says:

    Love the sweater pillow! I have a sweater that I love (one of the first presents DH ever bought me when we were dating) but it got put in the washer/dryer. I’ll have to make a pillow out of it!

  10. Natalie says:

    Napkins is the one project I keep meaning to accomplish in time for Christmas… thanks for the inspiration.

  11. Christy says:

    Christmas is almost here and nearly half of my presents are from sewmamasew

  12. Samantha says:

    The good ideas keep coming!

  13. Amy says:

    Love love LOVE the pillow! I’m goign to turn my favorite sweater into one too!

  14. Dorte says:

    The sweater pillow – whauw, it looks good….

  15. Lynn says:

    That sweater pillow is great! I think we might need one of those!

  16. alison says:

    Love these ideas. I’m adding them to my list for next Christmas.

  17. Thanks for including my napkin tutorial! 🙂

  18. Heather says:

    I love all the ideas. They make great last minute gifts and help me decide what to make for our quarterly craft swaps.

  19. Mary – I wanted to respond to your questions about rice vs. wheat. I don’t know if one is truly better than the other. I have “heard” that wheat holds the heat longer than the rice. BUt I have used both before to make as gifts!

  20. Carrie says:

    I love the repurposed sweater pillow! I am going to try that. Everytime I visit this site (which is daily!) my to-do list gets longer and longer! I love it!

  21. Gina says:

    The new napkin tutorial was good–she had a nifty new trick for me to try. Thanks!

  22. Robin in New Jersey says:

    Thanks for all the links to more great ideas.

  23. Kat says:

    You keep distracting me from wedding planning, but I do have to make my garter still..

  24. Libby says:

    Good job done on the sweater pillow. I love repurposed items.

  25. amypardo says:

    I love the napkin tutorial. I make placemats all the time and I don’t know why I don’t make the matching napkins. I think that I will give it a try. What a nice gift idea!

  26. Heather B says:

    The wheat sacks have been added to the “to-do list”.

  27. Jess says:

    Thank you so much for putting my pillow on your list! Such flattery!
    I think I am blushing.
    Your site (& projects shared by fellow readers) has been so inspirational to me.
    You are much appreciated.

  28. Kim says:

    WOW! That sweater pillow is so stinkin cute! Now I know what to do with all of my cute pre-baby sweaters 😉

  29. Ashley says:

    That sweater pillow is CUTE!

  30. heather w. says:

    ohhh I love those sweater pillows! I am making patchwork scarves this year for guys and gals on my list! =)

  31. Amy Hodge says:

    A patchwork scarf sounds like a great idea! Thanks for keepin’ ’em comin’!

  32. amy m says:

    love the scarves! looove the napkins… plan to get started on some of those after the holiday season… gave my FIL a rice therapy bag and he loved it!

  33. Chantel says:

    Totally love the sweater turned pillow it looks so comfy! I need a sewing room!

  34. Carol says:

    mmm, sweater pillow – easy and fun!

  35. Teddi says:

    The wheat sacks and napkin tutorial are going into my ‘must haves’ for year round gifts. Thanks again for all the great work everyone contributes!

  36. RoRo says:

    I love the sweater pillow and the wheat bags, thanks for so many great ideas this holiday season!

  37. Thanks for posting about my Wheat sack tutorial! I just wanted to mention another way I use on of my many wheat sacks around here. 😉

    When making bread, rolls, etc and I want them to rise a bit faster/bigger I will heat up my wheat sack fairly hot and then place it on the counter under the pan or cookie sheet of the dough that is raising. It gives it an extra boost! 🙂


  38. Lisa O says:

    oh my I made SO many of those warmer- bags and cooler-bags for gifts this year! It is THE perfect gift; fast, easy and not expensive at all. AND everyone can use them!

  39. Ana Fonseca says:

    I have to try the scarf. Beautiful! Thank you!

  40. Mary says:

    Is it better to use wheat or rice in heat therapy bags? I’ve always used rice bags. Thanks for the tutorial!

  41. Michelle says:

    Thanks for the ideas for men! I never know what to get my dad!

  42. Sequana says:

    You’ve been so helpful to me all thru this season. Lots of new ideas and projects. Happy Holidays!

  43. Javede says:

    I finally made a patchwork scarf too, they are perfect gifts!

  44. sara says:

    I love looking at my blog roll and seeing you pop up. Can’t wait to try a lot of these things.

  45. mama k says:

    those napkins are so simple I think I need to make some for me!

  46. thanks for so many gift ideas. Love these napkins perfect hostess gifts.

  47. Michele says:

    Thanks for the Napkin links…I was just having a conversation with a friend about making new napkins for our holiday table setting!

  48. nikkapotamus says:

    what a great idea about the sweater pillow. I’m forever scavenging beautiful sweaters that I will never wear because of their pattern/color/yarn content.

  49. irene says:

    Perfect. I am making some of those wheat sacks todays. All the men in my family have bad backs so this will make a great gift! Thanks again ladies.

  50. Katie says:

    All of these projects are so cute! I love the sweater pillow and I now have a huge list of things I want to make from all of the awesome tutorials that have been posted. Thanks to everyone for all the great ideas 🙂

  51. Louisa says:

    Yay! Even more great ideas thanks! I was thinking about heat bags of sorts so the poem will be great and a felted sweater pillow will be the perfect use for one of my felted sweaters. Thanks so much!

  52. Delaina says:

    The napkins are a perfect last minute gift! Thank you!

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