Handmade Holidays Nov. 13: Gifts for the Cook

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 Welcome back for the 13th day of our 10th Annual Handmade Holidays series! Bernie put together a list of fun tutorials for items to make as gifts for the kitchen

Bernie also contributed the Clothespin Bag Tutorial.

Today’s Guest Curator:
Bernie from Needle & Foot

From Bernie:
I am a stay at home mom living in in the Sierra Foothills in Northern California. I have four kids but only one still lives at home. My three boys are adults and live in various parts of the country. My daughter is in high school (why is it so hard for me to believe that!) We live in a rural area on three acres and love the lifestyle this allows us. I love working in our garden and I often feel torn between wanting to be in my sewing room or out in the yard. However the sewing room generally wins. I worked as a Human Resources Manager at a digital video software company for a long while and retired several years ago. Now that I am retired, I have the time (for which I am ever so grateful) to indulge my quilting/sewing/crafting hobbies. I made my first quilt many years ago and then didn’t really quilt again until about 2012. I have been sewing since I was 11 years old. My father owned a fabric store so my five sisters and I had easy access to fabric. I remember the first project I made was babydoll pajamas when I was in 7th grade (back in 1973 – wow!). The fabric was white with tiny lavender rosebuds. Sewing has been a hobby of mine ever since. Somehow over the past few years, sewing has progressed from being a hobby to being an obsession. If I am not sewing I am usually found working in our yard or in the kitchen cooking something.

Make It


French Press Cozy
This French Press Cozy will make the coffee lover on your gift list very happy. Nothing better than a hot cup of coffee. Add a bag of unusual coffee to complete the gift! This easy tutorial was written by Bernie at Needle and Foot.


Tea Pot Cozy
For the tea lover in the family, here is a pretty teapot cozy tutorial. Written by Yvonne of Quilting Jetgirl, this teapot cozy is extra fun because it is reversible! Like giving two gifts in one.


iPad holder
I use my iPad in the kitchen constantly when I am cooking. It is so helpful for displaying recipes while making dinner or baking. I think this iPad holder would make such a great gift for the cook in your family. This tutorial was written by the talented Nancy Zieman. Nancy suggests using a wipeable oil cloth for this project which is such a fantastic idea for the kitchen!


Rope Bowls
I am loving this bowl made from rope and accented with strips of fabric. This tutorial by Julie Hirt of 627 Handworks explains the process well and says you can make trivets or coasters using as well as the bowls. Made in neutral colors, these bowls would look wonderful in any kitchen!


Casserole Hot Pad
Sometimes it is handy to have an larger size potholder for casserole dishes. Make one for yourself and one (or two, or three) to give with this fun tutorial by Emily of Auntie Em’s Crafts!


Cloth Napkins
Cloth napkins are a wonderful idea for a gift. These help to reduce the amount of paper we use and they make the table look so pretty. Use fun colors that mix or match! Written by Krista from The Happy Housie, these double-sided napkins are a gift that will be appreciated. When you check out this post, you will see that Krista included a recipe for yummy Ginger Cookies too!


Trivets
Making these pretty Quilt as You Go trivets is a lot of fun and a great scrap buster project. Svetlana of S.O.T.A.K Handmade published this fun tutorial. Wouldn’t these trivets be a fun gift?

Related posts you might enjoy: Gifts for the Cook 2015Gifts for the Cook 2014Gifts for the Cook 2013Gifts for the Cook 2012Gifts for the Cook 2008

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Mountain Mist Historical Quilts: 14 Mid-Century Quilts Made New

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Author: Linda Pumphrey
Publisher: Fons & Porter

Make classic quilts with contemporary style!

This beautifully curated collection showcases 14 designs from the celebrated Mountain Mist Series. The unique marketing campaign, which offered a free quilt pattern with every Mountain Mist batting purchase, inspired generations of quilters throughout the 20th Century. In Mountain Mist Historical Quilts, author Linda Pumphrey recreates her favorite patterns–from art deco-inspired designs to intricate appliques and traditional blocks–with current fabrics and techniques. The result: timeless designs that are as stunning today as when they were first introduced in the 1930s and ’40s.

Check out our 2015 Handmade Holidays list for more fun, creative ideas.

Here are our 2016 themes:

November 12: Gifts for the Entertainer
November 11: Quick and Easy Gifts
November 10: Gifts for Book Lovers
November 9: Heirloom Gifts
November 8: Fast Projects for the Holidays
November 7: Gifts for Babies and New Parents
November 6: Gifts for Geeks
November 5: Stitched and Sewn Stocking Stuffers
November 4: Gifts for Playtime
November 3: Gifts for Four-Legged Friends
November 2: Gifts for Travelers
November 1: Gifts for Students

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109 Responses to Handmade Holidays Nov. 13: Gifts for the Cook

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  2. Rose in MN says:

    I’d love to make some easy cloth napkins!

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  4. Jodie in CA says:

    That rope bowl is very pretty.

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  6. Genevieve C. of Wa says:

    I can’t wait to make the qayg trivets. Thanks for all your great ideas 🙂

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  9. Sarah J in OH says:

    I have made small cloth napkins for my little girl’s lunch bag, I should make some fun full size ones for home (ours are boring white!). Great ideas!

  10. bookboxer says:

    Thanks for these great suggestions!

  11. Barb K in NE says:

    The napkins are lovely–cookies also sound good!

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  13. Shannon says:

    I really love all of these patterns!

  14. Ellen M. in OH says:

    I think I’ll be making the casserole potholders for me!! Thanks for the great ideas!

  15. caroline says:

    I have Christmas napkins my mothere made over 45 years ago.

  16. Beth in MI says:

    Love those large potholders. What a great idea!!

  17. Judi B in VA says:

    Practical and pretty ideas!

  18. Katie in CA says:

    This might finally be the year I attempt the rope bowl. It’s beautiful!

  19. Carole M (Canada) says:

    Oh that iPad holder! I need to make one of those.

  20. April in KS says:

    I’ve been thinking that I need a cozy for my slow cooker, and I’m wondering if I can adapt the teapot cozy pattern. hmm… I’ll add that to my list. Thank you!

  21. Jacqueline in Canada says:

    Hi there,
    Wow! Great list of gifts to make…I especially love the coffee press cover and the QAYG coasters/trivets!
    Thanks & quilty Huggs!

  22. Tina in MT says:

    I am loving the iPad holder and I would love this book. Thank you

  23. Lydia says:

    Liking the rope bowl and napkins. Simple but always appreciated.

  24. Laurie in CO says:

    I really need to try a rope bowl one of these days. Great list!

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  26. Cyrus says:

    I love that tea pot cozy!

  27. Jamie says:

    Those trivets are so cheerful and colorful! They’d look great in any kitchen!

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  29. So many great things to sew today! Thank you so much.

  30. Jeanne says:

    Those napkins! So simple and beautiful…must make some for ME! 🙂

  31. Ramona in MI says:

    I love the french press cozy!

  32. Carol W says:

    I like the casserole hot pad. Great idea!

  33. Cinnamom In MN says:

    Thank you for the ideas. The Mountain Mist quilts intrigue me.

  34. Eleanor says:

    Cute ideas, and so helpful!

  35. Judy In OR says:

    I love all of these especially the ipad holder which I need for myself when I am using mine in the kitchen.

  36. Katie in GA says:

    I may have already commented about this, but the giveaway book looks great. The quilts remind me of the ones my great great grandmother made.

  37. Amy says:

    Love the trivets and the casserole hot pad.

  38. Sam in FL says:

    The I pad holder and I phone holder are so cute. I know my daughter would love them, for home and office.

  39. Jenny in WA says:

    The casserole hot pad is such a good idea! Trying to decide if it makes sense to combine it with the pretty trivets or if it’s just going to be covered by potato casserole all the time anyway…

  40. The rope bowls are addicting. So easy and so fast. I don’t usually sew a lot of repeat crafts but my friend, who hand-dyes the clothesline for me is enabling me.

  41. usairdoll in CA says:

    Thanks for some great ideas! Love the rope bowl!

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

  42. Maggie in AL says:

    This sounds fascinating! Thanks for the giveaway!

  43. Stephanie O. says:

    Love these projects, especially the cloth napkins and the casserole hot pad!

  44. Bev Gunn says:

    I think that French Press cover is Just what I need for a friend! Thanks

  45. Tracy C. in GA says:

    I’m loving the rope bowls. I have the stuff just need the inspiration.

  46. Margo in WA says:

    Cloth napkins are always a nice gift!

  47. sumac in VT says:

    love the trivets!

  48. Claudia says:

    Quilt as you go trivets are a great idea for fabric scraps and practicing free motion quilting.

  49. ElizabethD in NY says:

    Very pretty projects! I love pretty + practical. Thank you for collecting these and pointing me to a few new sites.

  50. Jayne - TN says:

    I have always wanted to make a rope bowl! So many amazing ideas!

  51. Alice, NS, Canada says:

    I love the coffee press cozy! Will be making a few, I’m sure.

  52. Marilyn in WA says:

    Love the ipad holder and casserole dish hot pad!

  53. Carol in SC says:

    I do like the hot pad for casserole dishes! I could have used one when preparing a birthday dinner last night. Thanks for the idea.

  54. Kate in MO says:

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  55. Emily in Alabama says:

    Love these ideas!!

  56. Jodie in NJ says:

    I need a French press cozy myself!

  57. Diane in VA says:

    Thankyou Bernie for curating this post.
    I know a few cooks, haha, and it’s great to be the recipient of a handmade kitchen gift too.
    Love the QAYG coasters.

  58. Michelle says:

    I am loving the french press cozy! We use one in our motorhome regularly and my husband will love it!

  59. JennyM says:

    Thanks for the casserole hot pad and rope basket ideas. Both would be good gifts to make this year.

  60. Gweneth says:

    Great ideas for all of the cooks out there.

  61. Kathy L in VA says:

    I’ve always wanted to make a rope bowl and that one is so pretty!

  62. Lee in MI says:

    The first three projects I put on my list to make!!

  63. Donna in GA says:

    Great gift ideas, thanks!

  64. Andrea in WA says:

    Thanks for the ideas!

  65. Emma in FL says:

    The Ipad holder is a really good idea. I also would love to have the quilt book, it’s so pretty 🙂

  66. Linda in IN says:

    Rope bowls look like fun. The giveaway book looks very interesting

  67. Linda Fleming says:

    Wonderful tutorials for the rope bowls and trivets.
    The book prize sounds interesting!

  68. Gwen in NJ says:

    I think I’ll give the Quilt as You Go Trivets a try. I have been saving scraps and wanting to try my hand at quilting.The trivets look like a project I can handle…, hopefully!

  69. Barb H says:

    Thank you for these DIYS sewing patterns. Looking forward to making the casserole potholders.

  70. Kathy Slaughter Cummings says:

    I love all these projects! Thank you.

  71. cynthia says:

    The rope bowls look AMAZING!! I’m ready to go outside and take the rope off the clothes line!!

  72. amber in ny says:

    i love the trivets!

  73. Jinger says:

    What a great collection of ideas! I really need to get busy with Christmas sewing.

  74. Kellie in Okla says:

    A french press cozy! My husband would be sooo pleased. We use a french press every morning, but i get up around 430 am, and i have to have my coffee and he does not get up until 500 am. I need one! And I definitely need to make some casserole hot pads for my daughter in law, the casserole queen!

  75. Judy S. in NH says:

    Love the rope basket. I just might have to make one for me!

  76. Julie says:

    All these ideas are great! Can’t wait to try some out. l

  77. Mandi in MD says:

    The rope bowls are lovely!

  78. Karen McMahon says:

    These are great ideas. I especially like the IPad holder.

  79. Sandy in Ohio says:

    I am making the iPad holder for myself1

  80. Ashley in WA says:

    I can make the casserole hot pads and cloth napkins in a theme for a coordinated gift sets.

  81. Heather says:

    One day I’m going to attempt a rope bowl

  82. Jim M in NC says:

    Some really great ideas and simple to make. The napkins, trivets, and hot pads look especially easy and would be appreciated by my relatives.

  83. Susan says:

    I just made a couple of Log Cabin hexagon potholders and a Herringbone hot pad. They were a great way to use my scraps and batting pieces. They are rather bright but fun. I will use some seasonal fabric and gift some. Maybe that French press cover is next!

  84. Kylie C in OR says:

    I hadn’t thought of making over-sized hotpads before. We use trivets at home but they’d make great a great addition to my homemade wedding gift basket.

  85. Tina says:

    Love some of the ideas for the kitchen. Time to start sewing.

  86. Jan in AK says:

    The French press cover is a perfect gift!

  87. Tammy in SC says:

    Fun gifts! Some of these projects I want to make for ME! 😀

  88. Annette Simpson says:

    Nice options! Thanks

  89. Cathie Ca says:

    I love everything about the history of quilts. And cannot wait to make the IPad holder.

  90. Breanna Sackrey says:

    I ipod cozy and phone cozy are great ideas. I often use my kindle in the kitchen and this would be very usefull.

  91. Heidi in WA says:

    The French press cozybis going on my to make list!

  92. Kath S says:

    Now I know what to do for my Christmas gifting! Every one of today’s projects is perfect for at least one family member or close friend. Guess I’d better get busy! Thanks for sharing your talents.

  93. Angela Wilkins says:

    I love the rope bowls and the napkins!

  94. Sherry says:

    The rainbow coasters and the rope bowls/coasters are great ideas for gifts! sjvonfumetti at yahoo dot com

  95. SS in NH says:

    I’m going to check out the tea pot cozy

  96. Susan M in AK says:

    The casserole hot pad is a great idea!

  97. Anne Marie says:

    Thanks for all the cook ideas.

  98. Barb B in BC says:

    Must make some cloth napkins as hostess gifts for the upcoming entertaining season. Thanks for the great ideas.

  99. Kerry in HI says:

    I’m loving this series of posts! I love to give handmade gifts!

  100. jessicac says:

    Would love a rope bowl, and def know I need a casserole hot pad. 😉

  101. DebbieKL in NY says:

    Love the rope bowl and napkins!

  102. Mary Roberts says:

    I love iPad holder idea and if I have time it will definitely be under the tree.

  103. Rebecca Kuck says:

    Love the ipad cover! Nice patterns!

  104. Bunny Ryan says:

    I’m buying another press just so I can make a cozy! The problem with presses is there are too many different sizes and so the cozy has to be custom fit.

  105. Patty says:

    Great ideas. I like the casserole potholder.

  106. Kristin says:

    I was just thinking I need to make myself a tea cozy. 🙂

  107. Janelle says:

    Yay! I’ve found the gift for one of my aunts. Thank you!

  108. Delia in Va says:

    I think I am making my own gift this year. The coffee press cozy has been on my to do list for years!

  109. Wendy in MI says:

    I can’t decide whether I want to make the trivets, the casserole hot pad, or the cloth napkins first!

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