Handmade Holidays Nov. 15: Quilted Gifts

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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.

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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

Comment on today’s post for a chance to win one of these prizes!
Tip: If you’re hoping to win a prize that notes “US shipping only,” include your state in your name (i.e. Beth in WA) so we can confirm residence and avoid any disappointment on your end. Shipping range is determined by the generous companies that contribute prizes.

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

(US shipping only.)

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)

(International winners OK.)

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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173 Responses to Handmade Holidays Nov. 15: Quilted Gifts

  1. Deidre in Canada! says:

    The notebook +pencil case — who wouldn’t want one! Thanks for the chance to win!

  2. Ali from Cali says:

    So many projects, sew little time. Thanks for the chance!

  3. Jodie in Nj says:

    Hmmm, I’d like to make the coasters and runner, maybe the journal set

  4. Donna in Tx says:

    I just love the Hoopla idea and the Christmas sampler. Thanks for the great ideas.

  5. Heather in VA says:

    The raspberry thumbprint cookies look delicious.

  6. I’m going to have to take a closer look at pretty much every one of these tutorials! What wonderful gift ideas!!
    Natalie in MD

  7. Kristie in WA says:

    Great ways to use up all those scraps!

  8. Judith Martinez says:

    I’ve been wanting to make a set of fabric matching cards for the longest time! I love it!

  9. Kim in MD says:

    I can’t decide what to make first!

  10. Jen in MA says:

    Love these ideas, thank you!

  11. Teresa @Aurea's Kitchen says:

    The Christmas Sampler is amazing!!!

  12. Alexis in UT says:

    Loving the bird quilt. I’ve seen it before and thought it would be a good one but didn’t really have anyone to make it for. Now, I have a baby girl on my list who it would be perfect for.

  13. Aimee in IN says:

    Quilting is my least favorite craft–but I am intrigued by the quilted matching cards. They seem like they have a high degree of instant gratification.

  14. Kati in FL says:

    I like the hoop with the saying and the match game!

  15. Stephanie in WA says:

    Love the pencil and notebook case! Another group of great gifts!

  16. Michelle Smith in Michigan says:

    I love the matching card game idea!

  17. Christine in CA says:

    The Christmas Sampler is awesome! I love the blocks in the 16″ size too…will make great pillow covers for the holidays!

  18. Katie in GA says:

    The Embroidered Garden book makes me drool. So lovely. Definitely #goals!

  19. Audrey says:

    I just love the toddler matching cards

  20. Amanda in TX says:

    Cute! I love the kid’s matching game! 🙂

  21. Judi B in VA says:

    Loving the quilted matching cards. Simple and lovely idea!

  22. Jennifer W in SC says:

    The quilted matching cards are brilliant…. so cute, plus a great scrap-buster

  23. bookboxer says:

    The embroidery book looks just beautiful – as does everything else! Thank you again

  24. Anne says:

    Would love to win the embroidered garden.

  25. Shannon says:

    those pillows! Wow!

  26. Cindy Dahlgren says:

    I’m loving all of the books in this post, but if I have to choose, the Wàshi crafts.

  27. Cindy Dahlgren says:

    Such wonderful ideas! Have a great day!

  28. Elizabeth says:

    Oh, I might make the Pencil and Notebook case for my sister!

  29. Laurie in CO says:

    Wow- those raspberry cookies look divine!!!!

  30. SS in NH says:

    love all the paper piecing today!

  31. Joy Meetis says:

    Those matching cards are too cute! Great idea!

  32. Heather says:

    Will definitely try the matching game, awesome idea!

  33. Emily K in AL says:

    Love the matching game!! So clever!

  34. Brie says:

    As a quilter I love all these ideas

  35. Heidi Anderson says:

    I have always wanted to try paper piecing. What a great project to start out with!

  36. Cristine in tx says:

    I rarely do any kind of quilting, but I think that will change after seeing all of these cute projects.

  37. Whitner In AL says:

    Oh my gosh – that embroidery book is delicious!

  38. Allison C says:

    I’ve considered making a matching game. Just need to find the time to do it!

  39. amber in nyc says:

    the cover of the embroidered garden book has my fingers itching to stitch!

  40. Teri CA says:

    Thanks for all the great holiday inspiration. Handmade holidays are the best. I would truly love to win the embroidery book.

  41. Vicki says:

    Oh my, those pillows!

  42. Heather H. says:

    I really like the quilted matching game! What a cute idea!

  43. Fawn says:

    Love the quilted pillow! Definitely will be making some of these for my own home!

  44. Niechelle Wade says:

    Love the sampler quilt patterns.

  45. Liz says:

    Dala Horse! Yay 🙂

  46. Sandy Ross in WA says:

    So many fun and easy ideas!

  47. Whitney in ME says:

    Thanks for all the ideas today for christmas gifts!

  48. kelasher says:

    Love the back to school pillow. Might be worth going back to school just to have one . . .

  49. Jenna in MA says:

    These look great!

  50. Danette says:

    I like The Embroidered Garden. Thank you!

  51. Sonya says:

    I love the saying in that embroidery hoop. Off to print it for my next project!

  52. Karen says:

    The Memory Game! Why didn’t I think of that?

  53. Nancy says:

    These all appeal to me! My kind of sewing!

  54. Barb B in BC says:

    the deer pillow is just lovely. Thanks for sharing the pattern.

  55. Shannon in WA says:

    Thumbprint cookies are a classic holiday treat! Wishing I had one for eating with my morning tea….

  56. Danielle J of UT says:

    Looks like fun–I could use the notebook and pencil case and the coasters and matching game are great gift ideas.

  57. Cinnamom in MN says:

    Oh i am longing for the embroidered garden book!

  58. Love the looks of that embroidery book!

  59. Cassie in MO says:

    Great ideas as usual 🙂

  60. Janelle Thietje-Dunn says:

    What a super idea with the memory game from fabric scraps!

  61. Cindi in GA says:

    Love, Love, Love quilted gifts.

  62. Ginger in NJ says:

    All of these projects and prizes are just fantastic!

  63. Monique says:

    I enjoyed today’s ideas, thanks!

  64. jayne TN says:

    Love the sampler blocks and of course…everything!

  65. Great ideas! I love the memory game! (And those cookies look delicious!)

  66. Karen A says:

    I have some littles in my life that would enjoy the matching game. Great way to use up scraps!

  67. Pat Upton says:

    I love all the quilting projects shown today as well as the hoopla embroidery!

  68. The memory game using scraps: what a brilliant idea! I’m adding that to my Santa’s workshop list, which seems to be growing and growing thanks to Handmade Holidays….

  69. Deborah in MD says:

    Always looking for ideas for quilted Christmas gifts. I’m thinking I could do something interesting with the Christmas sampler.

  70. connie says:

    Both the Sewing Machine Embroider’s Bible, and the Embroidered Garden books Make me want to get over my past frustrations of machine embroidery and make beautiful things again.

  71. Lisa in CA says:

    My little one probably has too many softies already, but there’s always room for friends!

  72. Rose says:

    I’d love to enter the Embroidered Garden giveaway please. I’m in the UK.

  73. Jane says:

    Those matching cards are great. I am a pre school teacher and I plan to make these for my class. Thank you.

  74. Charlotte in Ga says:

    Several great ideas today. Thank you so much!

  75. Lisa from Fl says:

    I’m really excited about the sewing machine embroidery Bible. I am a 6 year quilter, but new at machine embroidery. I just bought an embroidery machine this year and I’m enjoying it!!

  76. Oh those cookies look delicious!

  77. Lee in MI says:

    I love all the ideas and the cookies look so yummy!!!

  78. Hannah says:

    I love the Christmas sampler!

  79. jaya in GA says:

    i love quilting, but have made only two quilts so far. thanks for the links to small quilted gifts i can make easily!

  80. Janet K says:

    Such cool ideas! Love the deer pillow!

  81. June G says:

    Fun ideas. Thanks for sharing.

  82. Nancy in TX says:

    So many cute ideas I don’t know where to begin.

  83. All of these projects look like so much fun!

  84. Charlotte from MI says:

    I absolutely love scrappy anything. Those pillows especially.

  85. Jamie says:

    The garden embroidery book will be added to my Christmas wish list! I love the projects posted here–quilted memory cards would be fun for my kids!

  86. FRe2bfree says:

    I like the Table Topper and Coasters. I could put some machine embroidery on them. Thanks for all your great ideas!

  87. Ashley in IL says:

    Love all these ideas! Thanks for the inspiration!

  88. Miranda says:

    Best yet!!

  89. Garilyn says:

    Love the matching game. I’ve thought of making those, but never seem to get around to it.

  90. Robin in Maryland says:

    Those thumbprint cookies sound fantastic!

  91. Julie From Utah says:

    I’m in love with those matching cards!!

  92. Deanne in NC says:

    Like the paper pieced deer pattern.

  93. Ramona from MI says:

    I really like the paper pieced deer pillow. So fun!

  94. kathyh in OR says:

    Thanks for the inspiration.

  95. Sue says:

    I have tons of scraps too! I should be able to use some up with these great ideas!

  96. Stephanie Daniel in AR says:

    Love the deer pillow!!!!

  97. What great gift ideas – i especially love the matching cards for the little ones. i would love to win any of these books!

  98. Tina in NJ says:

    I keep going back to the Pencil + journal Case.

  99. Anna (64ColorBox) in FL says:

    I’ve added those cookies to my cookie list for Christmas this year. Yum!

  100. Amy in IL says:

    So many beautiful things to make.

  101. Delia in VA says:

    The birds of a feather quilt are going to be my project inspiration. I think it would make great T appliques, cute pillows & even a fun rumner for the table.

  102. Elise in GA says:

    The reindeer pillow is my favorite.

  103. Heidi in SD says:

    Love the dahla horse piece!

  104. Linda Fleming says:

    What a nice selection of ideas.
    I love the Christmas Sampler.

  105. Mary Ann in SC says:

    That deer pillow!! I love it.

  106. I just LOVE the matching cards and will be making some soon!

  107. Molly Martin OR says:

    Those shortbread jam print cookies! Yummy!

  108. Kathy h in Pa. says:

    Some wonderful gift ideas.

  109. Gina F says:

    Really love the Paper-Pieced Deer Pattern. The memory game too!

  110. Kristen Werth says:

    Really cute ideas

  111. Susanne in MI says:

    The “Words to Live By”……..would love to make one for each of my grandchildren….encouraging words. Also The Embroidered Garden….love hand embroider.

  112. Brenda in NE says:

    Julianna Gasiorowska’s paper piecing Christmas sampler patterns are wonderful, and FREE from Craftsy, along with many of her other patterns. They would make a fun Christmas quilt. And just looking at the picture of those Thumbprint cookies with the filling and the frosting running everywhere is giving me a sugar high!

  113. Jessie Martin says:

    Great gift ideas! And I would love that book on plush animals. Going to try very hard to have a handmade Christmas this year! Thanks!

  114. christina in vt says:

    Such interesting embroidery books — thanks for sharing them!

  115. Jim M in NC says:

    Some really good ideas here for quick gifts. Really likely this daily series!

  116. PattyMayK in mn says:

    Love these ideas and the chance to win

  117. Anne in tx says:

    I love the notebook and pencil case!

  118. Linda L. says:

    The matching cards are so simple and so clever!

  119. Marilyn says:

    Love the matching game and bird quilt.

  120. I adore the back to school pillows – such a wonderful idea! And the memory game is such a cute idea for using up fabric scraps. It would make a wonderful holiday gift!

  121. Becky says:

    (Becky from Florida) the pencil and journal cover … I will resize it for the adult coloring book and pencils I intend to give to my creative, artistic daughter. Coloring is a thing now you know ….

  122. Rita Montgomery says:

    I love to quilt little gifts for Christmas and these are the best ideas. Thank you for a chance to win.
    Rita from California

  123. Marian from Georgia says:

    I would love any of those books!

  124. Julie says:

    Can’t wait until my niece is old enough for the matching game!!!

  125. Gina says:

    I love your handmade holidays series! Those thumbprint cookies look delicious . Gina, Australia.

  126. Sarah J. in OH says:

    Great ideas (some of which I already have pinned for when I need a great project or gift!). I really need to learn embroidery so I can stitch up that hoopla– would love it in my little girl’s room!

  127. Karen Caves says:

    Oh how I adore these embroidery books!!

  128. Harley Rast Williams says:

    These are all great ideas. Thanks so much for all of the inspiration!

    Harley in AL

  129. Renea at Iowa says:

    Lots of great inspiration today. Thanks for the chance to win one of these wonderful books.

  130. Donel in IA says:

    Great ideas! I really like the sampler quilt suggestions.

  131. Ashlyn in Co says:

    I love to quilt so all of these ideas are fantastic!

  132. Adore the matching cards. I may need to make some for my toddler.

  133. Mandi in MO says:

    The Birds of a Feather quilt will be perfect for my sister!

  134. Heather says:

    love making holiday gifts!!!

  135. Deanna says:

    More inspiration! I particularly love those pillows.

  136. Rachel B says:

    The pillow is my fave. Some of my first quilting was made into pillows but I gave them away. O well.

  137. KL in VA says:

    Love the quilted coasters!

  138. Laura in Oh says:

    I love the quilted coasters. I think I will make them for myself. 🙂

  139. Nancy says:

    Wonderful ideas. Thanks for the projects. Love the journal/pen holder.

  140. Hayley says:

    Oh I love the memory game! What a great idea

  141. Love that pencil/journal holder. Make it a little bigger & you could tuck in an adult colouring book too! Right on trend 🙂

  142. Jennifer in CA says:

    Every year, such wonderful ideas. As always, thank you for sharing.

  143. Heather says:

    I need to go check out that pencil and notebook case. I can think of a couple of little girls that would love those!

  144. Angie in LA says:

    That bird quilt is so sweet. Another great collection.

  145. Lydia in WA says:

    The Christmas sampler patterns are quite nice. I may have to use these, they are so good.

  146. Eleanor in NC says:

    I love the pencil case!

  147. Anne Marie says:

    These are wonderful gift ideas – love the quilted ideas!!

  148. Angela in Kentucky says:

    There are so many things today that I want to make! I love all the ideas!

  149. Theresa in OK says:

    The matching cards are such a neat idea.

  150. oh yay! im much more of a quilter than any other kind of sewist, so these are awesome!

  151. Shawna from NJ says:

    The matching fabric squares are such a good idea – can’t be eaten!

  152. Tina L says:

    Love the hoopla idea. Must make one for our house.

  153. Anel in VA says:

    The Embroided Garden book looks great! I’d love to lead how to embroider! Thanks!

  154. Jamie B. says:

    The CHristmas Sampler has been added to my list ! Thanks !

  155. Patty in MN says:

    The cookies look yummie, the hoopla words touch the soul, the quilted ideas are heart-filled fun.

  156. Mandi says:

    Those matching cards are so cute!

  157. Rebecca says:

    Awesome ideas in this one. I love the matching cards and the journal case.

    International reader.

  158. JMJ in the USA says:

    Love the easy coasters, going to make some!

  159. Paige says:

    Great ideas! I want a cookie right now!

  160. Logan in PA says:

    Great suggestions! Washable matching cards would be great for messy little fingers.

  161. Beth in MI says:

    Love the paper pieced deer!

  162. Teresa in WA says:

    Fun projects and sweet prizes!

  163. Gigi from WA says:

    I’m so excited about your matching game. I am preparing for my grandchildren to come and visit and that is a fantastic stash buster and will be a gun game for the children 🙂 Thanks Gigi

  164. Natalie in Ohio says:

    What fun ideas!

  165. Nikkee in wa says:

    I absolutely love the journal and pencil holder! Must make for my mini artist!

  166. Jenni in WA says:

    These projects make me want to try quilting.

  167. Crystal says:

    I love this blog series every year, so many great ideas! And prizes too!

  168. Jenn R (FPO/US) says:

    I’m finishing up my Christmas sampler from Sewing Under Rainbow! I did the front of the quilt last year, then ran out of energy. But I picked it back up recently and just need to finish the binding.

  169. Kellie Warren says:

    I loooove thumbprint cookies! I make them every year for Christmas and i make them in different flavors for all my family to enjoy. I like lemon and raspberry best. Yummm. That matching card game made quilted is such a great idea for my little granddaughter! Thanks for yet another inspiring post!

  170. PG in US zip 09777 says:

    Cute ideas.

  171. Rhonda S of PA says:

    Love these ideas and the words to live by “hoopla”. 🙂

  172. Barbara says:

    The embroidered garden: Just the cover of this book makes me want to have a closer look at it!

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