Welcome back for the twelfth day of our 10th Annual Handmade Holidays series! It’s the holiday season, and it’s time to party! Beth Clifton rounded up some links to crafty tutorials that will help you put the pizzazz in your next potluck. Make hostess gifts or carry your favorite dish to the shindig in style with these fresh and fun tutorials.
Today’s Guest Curator:
Beth Clifton from Off Kilter Quilter
Hi! I’m a quilter who loves doing my own thing. I believe my projects should reflect who I am as a maker, and because of that I don’t make quilts from patterns. In the last couple of years I’ve become a big fan of improv quilting and have all but tossed out my rulers. You can see a few of my projects at Off Kilter Quilter, where I occasionally share my projects and my philosophy about quilting and life.
Five-Minute Bread Bag
This handy bread bag is perfect for bringing your favorite homemade loaf to a holiday potluck, and it makes a fabulous hostess gift. It’s a great beginner sewing project and requires only a dishtowel and a ribbon to complete the project. The authors even include a link to artisanal bread recipes! How easy is that?
Heat up your tortillas and keep them hot with this brilliant microwave tortilla warmer. It’s easy to make using your favorite fabric, a little batting, and a bit of bias tape. Renee even sets you up with a link to a recipe for homemade tortillas! Yummy!
Casserole Dish Carrier
Want a great way to carry your main dish to the party? Try making this super-simple casserole carrier. It’s quick and easy to make, and it’ll make you look super crafty the next time you’re at a party.
Make this handy wine bag and (or several) as hostess gifts for all your holiday parties! It’s adorable, quick and easy to make!
Mason Jar Utensil Caddy
If you’re hosting this year’s potluck, you’ll need something to hold silver or plastic ware within easy reach of your guests. This caddy is not only functional, but beautiful as well. You’ll likely need to take a trip to the hardware store to make this project, but you’ll be glad you did when your guests are awed by your beautiful table!
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Author: Maryanne Moodie
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
In On the Loom, Maryanne Moodie brings the ancient art of weaving to the modern day in a comprehensive guide packed with step-by-step tutorials and beautiful photography. Learn the basics of this simple and beautiful craft with valuable information on basic stitches, tools needed, and even how to make your own looms. Split by loom type—circular, rectangular, and even found objects—24 lush, bohemian, and uniquely modern projects for the home and to wear draw deeply on the nostalgic quality of vintage textiles. In addition to the how-to, this is the ultimate resource for finding your own creativity and style through this medium, from learning which materials to use for different effects to discovering how to use color to create vintage-inspired projects with a modern twist.
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Author: Nancy Zieman
Publisher: Nancy Zieman
Nine quilt designs based on the traditional 4-patch, 9-patch and square within a square, made new with a little creative flair. Learn Nancy’s speedy-and-easy process of using strips and straight stitching to make a variety of modern patchwork quilts and table runners. Use Nancy’s method to create additional designs with graph paper. Turn to the front of the book for recommended supplies, tools and tips on basic quilting techniques such as cutting fabric strips, stitching and pressing strips.
Check out our 2015 Handmade Holidays list for more fun, creative ideas.
Here are our 2016 themes:
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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