A guest post by Lori Wade
Christmas is just around the corner; and if you haven’t started thinking about Christmas gifts, it’s time to get going on those projects. Making gifts for people you care about is a wonderful way to show them how much you care, and quilted gifts come filled with an extra lofty layer of love.
If you’re ready to get quilting, here are ten ideas for quick quilted Christmas gifts for the whole family. Whether you’re making gifts for an aunt, an uncle, your parents or a child, you’re sure to find an idea here that they will love.
1. Cell Phone Pouch/Carrier
Who doesn’t have a cell phone? Even some small children carry cell phones these days. A quilted cell phone pouch will keep their phone protected and safe when not in use, making it the perfect gift for anyone on your gift-giving list. Adjust the measurements of the pouch to accommodate the size of their phone. Click here for a project pattern and complete tutorial. Be sure to use a fabric that they’ll love, and you’re sure to always be on their speed dial!
2. Quilted Book Cover
Do you know someone who likes to journal their thoughts or someone who always keeps a book handy for sketching purposes? This video tutorial will guide you through the process of making a quilted cover for a notebook. Or you can make this quilted book cover for an empty journal or sketchbook. Either way, you’re sure to create a gift they’ll use every single day!
3. Casserole Carrier
Do you know someone who is always bringing food to a potluck or dinner party? Or taking food to shut-ins? This simple to make insulated casserole carrier will make it easier for them to keep the food they’ve prepared either hot or cold, as well as safe during travel. You can make a set of potholders (see the next gift idea below) out of the same fabric and tuck them inside the carrier for an extra surprise.
Make a set of quilted potholders for your favorite cook. Quilted potholders are a practical gift that is quick and easy to make. Potholders are typically 8 inches x 8 inches, so if you pick a quilt pattern that is approximately that size, you can use any of your favorite quilt patterns. Print photos of the grandkids onto fabric to make potholders for grandparents. Make an oven mitt out of masculine print, such as plaid, for the man who likes to grill. Be sure to make the pattern larger for a man who has especially large hands and further up the arm for use in a large grill. The Spruce Crafts website offers 14 free potholder patterns and So Sew Easy offers over 80 free patterns. You’re sure to find one you love.
5. Small Zippered Pouch
This small zippered pouch can be used to store any number of items but works especially well as the perfect little makeup pouch. It’s a great way for them to keep their essential makeup products safely organized and stashed away in their purse. This pouch is the perfect size for mascara, lipstick, and powder.
6. Mug Rug
Make a mug rug for your favorite coffee or hot tea connoisseur. Mug rugs come in various shapes and sizes — anywhere from 4 x 7 inches and 8 x 12 inches is considered normal.
Typically, they’re made to hold a mug (and spoon) along with a tasty treat such as a bagel, cookie or croissant. They can be made using a patchwork pattern or made from a single piece of Christmas fabric that has a nice quilting design such as Claire’s Peony. For a wider selection, here’s a great collection of Christmas-themed fabrics by the quilters-favorite Hancock’s of Paducah.
Applique mug rugs can be made that feature a wide range of interests and passions such as puppies and kittens, kissing fish, flowers, leaves and a snowman. Use any small applique to create the perfect mug rug for family and friends.
You can also print out your favorite photos on fabric to make something special, like pictures of the grandkids for grandparents. Or, how about someone’s favorite pet? You can make a single mug rug and create a gift package by rolling it up and tucking it inside a mug with tea or coffee samples, or make up a set of mug rugs for someone to use when entertaining.
7. Table Runner
How about a quilted table runner? A table runner should be approximately one-third the width of the table (usually 10-15 inches) and hang over the edge of the table approximately six inches. This gives you plenty of space to design the perfect table runner. Table runners can be made from your favorite patchwork pattern or applique design pattern. Here are a few to get you started: 25+ patterns by PatchworkPosse, 50+ patterns from AllPeopleQuilt and 25+ patterns from SewCanShe. They can also be made using whimsical and unique shapes such as this snowman table runner.
8. Japanese Embroidery Cushion
Want to try something new and different? Why not make a sashiko cushion? Sashiko is a type of traditional Japanese embroidery that is very calming and relaxing to do and can be done in a variety of patterns. Complete the sashiko embroidery and then echo with quilting for a truly unique gift for someone special.
Why not keep your loved ones warm this winter with a quilted scarf? Pinterest provides lots of ideas for quilted scarves. Although not quilted, the Missouri Star Quilt Company shares how to make a scarf from luxurious minkie in less than five minutes. That makes for the perfect quick last-minute gift idea! Using water-soluble stabilizer, you can make a lacy scarf from thread and fabric bits or a mobius scarf out of a soft, plush fabric.
10. Quilted Kid’s Gifts
We don’t want to leave the little ones out of our quilted gift making, so here are some ideas for quilted items for children. Sandwich a marble between fabric and quilt to create a marble maze. Other ideas include a fold-up car mat, a matching scraps game, memory game, Tic Tac Toe or an I Spy book. Any of these gifts for kids can be packed up in a larger version of the cell phone pouch/carrier (see number 1 above), this camera case or a tinker tote (a quilted tote made with a Craftsy class).
There you have it! Ten wonderful quilted gift ideas for everyone on your gift-giving list — all made with a special ingredient only you can provide … your love.
Author’s Bio: Lori Wade is a journalist from Louisville. She is a content writer who has experience in small editions, Lori is now engaged in news and conceptual articles on the topic of DIY and quilting. If you are interested in crafting or lifestyle, you can find her on Twitter & LinkedIn. She has good experience and knowledge in the field.