If you love to quilt you know there’s always time to stitch some favorite fabrics together! Here’s a nice selection of quilted gifts you can sew in the month ahead; we have coasters, runners, pillows and more! You’ll find paper piecing, appliqué, traditional quilting, plus ways to use up your scraps.

Related tutorials you might enjoy: 8 Easy Quilted Projects, Gradient Pillow


Today’s Guest Curator: Deb Hathaway

From Deb: Quilting is one of my passions. When my hometown at the Jersey Shore was turned upside down by Hurricane Sandy, I made the decision to use my fabric stash and talents to design and sew quilts to donate anonymously to families in need. I’m still making quilts today, three years later.

As a modern quilter I have bins and boxes of luscious, colorful fabric scraps begging to be made into some awesome gifts. Scouring the internet, I’ve come up with quite a few ideas I will make this holiday season. Won’t you join me?

You can read more about my life at http://www.debhathaway.com.

My new advent calendar line will debut November 20, 2015 during a show at Oceanside Galleries in Belmar, NJ! It will be available in my UniqueandNovel Etsy shop beginning November 21, 2015.

Make It


Back to School Pillow
Natalie from beyond the reef also designed these pretty Back to School Pillows for Sew Mama Sew, to celebrate her popular quilting book, Modern Twist: Create Quilts with a Colorful Spin.


Christmas Sampler Patterns
Julianna Gasiorowska from Sewing Under Rainbow has a full set of Christmas Sampler Patterns, perfect for a sampler quilt or holiday runner!


Matching Cards
For the little ones in your life, how about whipping up a memory game with your quilting scraps? Wen from What’s Mummy Up To created a cute set of Matching Cards.


Birds of a Feather Quilt
It’s a big Sew Mama Sew day! Here is Alicia’s Birds of a Feather Quilt (Two Kids and a Blog for Sew Mama Sew). This is a quick and pretty appliqué project you could easily finish before Christmas!


Pencil + Notebook Case
Journal writing is HUGE! This Pencil + Notebook Case project is perfect for the seasoned writer as well as the beginner. It’s an easy project for the beginner sewist too. Fill it with a blank journal and an assortment of pens/markers/colored pencils, and give the gift of memories and imagination.


Easy Quilted Coasters
Natalie Barnes from beyond the reef has instructions for a matching runner for her Easy Quilted Coasters at Sew Mama Sew.


Paper-Pieced Deer Pattern
Julianna Gasiorowska also shows you how to make her wonderful Paper-Pieced Deer Pattern at Sewing Under Rainbow.

Mix It


Raspberry Almond Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies
Make and give these sweet and simple Raspberry Almond Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies from Jaclyn at Cooking Classy!

Print It


Words to Live By “Hoopla”
Download this positive message and stitch it up on your favorite scrap fabric. Jilly Hollmann created this Words to Live By “Hoopla” for us at Sew Mama Sew.

Win It

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The Sewing Machine Embroiderer’s Bible: Get the Most from Your Machine with Embroidery Designs and Inbuilt Decorative Stitches

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Author: Liz Keegan
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Here is all the help needed to get the most out of your sewing machine’s embroidery functions, including details about the types and formats of available designs, how to get these designs off the internet and onto your machine, how to stabilize your fabric, which threads and needles to use to get the best results, and of course how to use the patterns creatively for stunning results. It also provides guidance for making use of the built-in embroidery stitches that modern sewing machines offer, but which are mostly forgotten about and underused. The focus is non-brand specific, so you can follow along no matter what model you have. A comprehensive section covers the details of editing, organizing, and saving your designs to transferring designs between your computer and sewing machine, downloading from the internet, and much more.

Also included are step-by-by step instructions showing how to create a wide variety of embroidery designs from heirloom, free standing, 3D, fancy lettering, trapunto, and everything in between, plus how to use and place your designs exactly where you want them on any project. “Idea Files” provide inspiration with close-up images of the designs used in a variety of ways. With expert advice about what to look for when buying a new machine and a troubleshooting section for solving common mistakes and problems, this guide will help you get the most of out of your modern sewing machine.

Washi Tape Crafts: 110 Ways to Decorate Just About Anything

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Author: Amy Anderson
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company

It’s the definitive washi tape craft book for adults. Washi tape—the Japanese decorative paper tape that’s easy to tear, peel, stick and re-stick—is transformative, fun, and remarkably easy to use. It’s also never been hotter. Now comes the only adult washi tape craft book packaged with the tape itself—ten rolls, with 18 feet in each roll—making it a complete kit and outstanding value.

Packed full of amazing projects and ideas, it’s the book and tape kit that shows all the ways to be creative with washi tape. The book includes techniques: precision tearing, wrapping, and weaving. How to make bows, rosettes, and other shapes. How to seal and weatherproof designs to make them permanent. And 110 projects, with color photographs and step-by-step instructions, from custom photo frames to one-of-a-kind gifts. The possibilities are endless.

Sew Sweet Creatures: Make Adorable Plush Animals and Their Accessories

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Author: Mollie Johanson
Publisher: Lark Crafts

No one can resist a stitched softie! From a pig clad in a superhero costume to a catnapping kitty hugging a tiny toy owl, these 16 plush creatures really are “sew sweet.” Crafters will love them all, including a Fairy Mouse with sequined wings and a wand; a Baker Squirrel in her chef’s outfit; and a Polar Princess Polar Bear. Each one comes with personalized accessories and a short introductory story.

The Embroidered Garden: Stitching through the Seasons of a Flower Garden (Make Good: Crafts + Life)

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Author: Kazuko Aoki
Publisher: Roost Books

Whimsical, beautiful embroidery motifs created by an avid gardener—stitch roses, bees, or whole garden scenes.

Kazuko Aoki has a unique talent for translating the beauty of the garden with needle and thread. By offering forty motifs, Aoki invites us to explore her gardens through embroidery. The forty motifs explore the roses and wildflowers that appear season to season, as well as the bees and butterflies that enjoy their nectar. The designs here are exquisite, detailed, and artfullly rendered. Beyond the motifs themselves, Aoki also presents projects that feature the embroidery: brooches, notebook covers, pin cushions, and pouches. For those new to embroidery, detailed how-to illustrations are included.

Check out our 2014 Handmade Holidays list for more fun, creative ideas.

Here are 2015 gift ideas:

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