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
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.
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.
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!
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 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!
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?
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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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