Thursday, December 4, 2014

Stitched Gifts {ideas + new makes}

Twenty days until Christmas...  Let the elving commence at top speed!  I'm about halfway through my gift-making list and quite behind at showing you things.  So, here's a 2-for-1.  Stitched ideas for quick, scrappy holiday gifts and some new finishes too!

Scrappy, Stitched Gifts

ONE.  Scottie Dog
a free pattern by Denyse Schmidt; happy patchwork + a wee three-dimensional challenge

Scrappy, Stitched Gifts

Scrappy, Stitched Gifts

I may have gotten a little testy at this stage, turning all those three-dimensional corners.  But, overall, it's a quick make for kids and grown ups who are still kids inside.

TWO.  Make-up Roll
from my pattern shop; a pretty, practical gift for the ladies (and teens!)

makeup roll pattern

make. Makeup Rolls

I can't seem to think whom I haven't made one for...

THREE.  Mini Basket
tutorial by Ayumi; sweet little gift for teachers, sewists and little ones

Scrappy, Stitched Gifts

This time I altered the pattern to accommodate 2" finished hourglass blocks.

FOUR.  Patchwork Towel + Potholder set
Towel - tutorial by Kristin;  Potholders - a Stitched in Color tutorial
When in doubt, a go-to gift for mothers, grandmothers, aunts and young couples.

my patchwork towel

Easy Potholders tutorial with store bought binding

I still have some on my make list!

FIVE.  Techie Case
for phones, tablets, readers, etc.  Alter Christina's tutorial to suit your shape.

Scrappy, Stitched Gifts

Scrappy, Stitched Gifts

This case is made to fit a smartphone.  Ironically, I just got my own smartphone (finally!) so another make is on order for moi!  Maybe after Christmas.

Scrappy, Stitched Gifts

I lined the basket and this case in Botanics Leaves in curry.  Such a versatile print, given how different those two projects are!

SIX.  Notecards
a Stitched in Color tutorial;  make a set for someone special.  Adorn blank cards with scrap-filled shapes, tiny patchwork blocks or simple cuts of fabric set off with a stamp. 

Make Merry cards {tutorial}

Scrap Night joy.

These are such fun scrap play!  You can even use your pieced scraps!  I hope to make some gift sets this holiday season.

What's on your make list this year?

21 comments:

  1. Yay, smartphone! I guess that's why you had a post on IG! Hope to see you there some more. Lovely round up of gifts and inspiration as usual. Your patchwork colors always just sing to me!

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    1. Yep, that's why I was on IG. I hope to give it a good go this time and see if I can make it fit my life. Not sure, but willing to try again =) Thanks, Courtney!

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    2. Oh! I hope you get into it. I'd love seeing more frequent snippets of your work :)

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  2. Oh my goodness! At first I thought your post said "twelve" days till Christmas and my heart is still racing!

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  3. Those cards are adorable. Thanks for sharing these. I need potholders - love that diagonal stripe one

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  4. I have *got* to do one (or more) of those Scottie dogs... I had one as a child that my aunt made me. It's probably still in my mom's basement 40 years later.

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    1. That's so cool! Denyse Schmidt talks about how the pattern has been around since perhaps the 40's!

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  5. These are great ideas, Rachel. Thanks for sharing the links to all the patterns/tutorials. Everything you've made looks awesome, these are some lucky gift recipients for sure :) Merry Christmas!

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  6. Oh no! Teacher gifts! I hadn't even thought about them yet. Might have to whip up a couple of those baskets in my spare(?!) time! :)

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  7. Rosemary B here:
    These are adorable.
    I am still waiting for the elves to show up..... they are going to show up and help, right?
    I will wait a little longer.
    I think I am giving everyone money this year. Isn't that horrible?
    Oh, maybe some good quality car mats too.... and uh, um.
    I will get started tomorrow. I love all of your projects here. I think each one is perfect.
    I do love Carolyn Friedlander's botanics fabric so much
    I want to make those cards. Maybe everyone can just get a cute card.... with money.
    Christina just had her 12 week sonogram and oh my, a quite active baby, swimming rather well flapping arms and legs. Oh goodness, she took a video of the sono. It is a scream.
    Thank you dear Rachel for sharing and always inspiring. YOU da' best <3 :-)

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  8. What a lovely bunch of gift ideas! I've been making potholders and zip pouches etc for gifts, but there are some cute things here. I think I'd like to give that Scottie dog a try.

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  9. Those cards are so cute. I will definitely be checking out that tutorial during my holiday crafting!

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    1. Hope you get to it, Savannah. Making cards with scraps is always so rewarding!

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  10. Lots of cute things to make but I especially love that scottie dog! I just found out that I'm going to be a GRANDMA!!! I'm busy making things for the baby to come and that little dog would be perfect! Thanks for all the inspiration!

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  11. Sweet ideas. Love the Christmas cards

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  12. My make list is a dog bed, kitchen towels, and a blanket that I need to finish. My niece's great grandmother passed away last month, but before she died she gave me a blanket that she wasn't able to finish for her great granddaughter. So I'm going to finish that up and give it to my niece from Gigi this Christmas :)

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    1. That's so right! I bet it'll be her favorite gift.

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  13. I am in love with the "JOY" pillow behind the Scottie dog. Is that pattern available?

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  14. I love that little Scottie dog and am totally enjoying my techie case for my smartphone. It can't hide in the dark crevices of my purse any more. That case is always visible. :-)

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  15. Love those cards and mini baskets. Well actually love all your projects
    Thanks for sharing

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