Sew Gifts!

Posted by on October 15, 2013, in quilting & sewing, ,

Hoot Pincushion from Sew Gifts!When the holidays come around, it can be hard to make time for ourselves (and for our sewing machines). That’s what makes sewing gifts for others so appealing. We get to stitch love and friendship into fun, practical gifts that recipients can use and cherish—and that we can thoroughly enjoy making.

Here’s how Mary Green describes the rewards of handmade gifting:

"Something wonderful happens when you sew gifts for people. You begin by thinking about what they might like, how they might use it, what colors or styles would be most appreciated. You ponder fabric and color options and plan the construction. The sewing itself might be simple or complex; it doesn’t matter, because you love to sew and you enjoy it even more when you do it with someone special in mind. And then there’s the joy that comes when you deliver your heartfelt gift and see the recipient’s pleasure at receiving it."

Sewing, gift-giving…they’re equally satisfying pursuits. And with the holidays right around the corner, now’s the time to finalize your stitching plans. So, if sewing gifts is indeed on your horizon, don’t miss the gorgeous projects in the brand-new book Sew Gifts! You just might find the magical pattern you’ve been looking for.

Handmade gift ideas: bags, wallets, wristlets, and more

Embroidered Drawstring Bag from Sew GiftsSweet Bird Drawstring Bag by Gail Pan of Gail Pan Designs
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Crossed hobo bag from Sew Gifts!Casual Crossed Hobo Bag by Missy Shepler of Missy Stitches
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Chevron Tote Bag from Sew Gifts!Chevron Tote Bag by Sarah Minshall of Hip to Piece Squares
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Card and Key Wallet from Sew GiftsCard and Key Wallet by Cinzia Allocca of Deux Petites Souris
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Oilcloth Wallet from Sew Gifts!Oilcloth Wallet by April Moffatt of April Moffatt Design
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Wristlet Key Holder from Sew Gifts!Wristlet Key Holder by Debbie Grifka of Esch House Quilts
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Zippered Dresden Pouch from Sew Gifts!Zippered Dresden Pouch by Elizabeth Dackson of Don’t Call Me Betsy
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Color-Block iPad Cover from Sew Gifts!Color-Block iPad Cover by Debbie Grifka of Esch House Quilts
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Handmade gift ideas: for sewists, knitters, fashionistas, and more

Hoot Pincushion from Sew Gifts!Hoot Pincushion by Lesley Chaisson of Berry Birdy
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Pieced Kimono Scarf from Sew Gifts!Pieced Kimono Scarf by Linda Turner Griepentrog
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Sewing Kit in a Jar from Sew Gifts!Sewing Kit in a Jar by Cinzia Allocca of Deuex Petites Souris
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Artist's Sketchbook Cover and Pencil Pouch from Sew Gifts!Artist’s Sketchbook Cover and Pencil Pouch by Adrienne Smitke of Handmade is Awesome
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Travel Backgammon Set from Sew Gifts!Travel Backgammon Set by Adrienne Smitke of Handmade is Awesome
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Triangular Knitting Needle Case from Sew Gifts!Triangular Knitting Needle Case by Josée Carrier of The Charming Needle
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Handmade gift ideas: kitchen mates

Must-Have Mug Rugs from Sew Gifts!Must-Have Mug Rugs by Pippa Eccles Armbrester of Pippa Patchwork
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Casserole Carrier from Sew Gifts!Casserole Carrier by Linda Turner Griepentrog
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Little girl apron potholder and cupcakes from Sew GiftsLittle Girl Bake Shop Set by Josée Carrier of The Charming Needle
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Holiday Apron from Sew GiftsHoliday Apron
by Linda Turner Griepentrog

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Handmade gift ideas: pillow perfect

Color Punch Pillows from Sew Gifts
Color Punch Pillows by Heather Jones of Olive and Ollie
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Bird on a Branch Pillow from Sew GiftsBird on a Branch Pillow by Amy Struckmeyer of form*work
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Vine Pillow from Sew GiftsVine Pillow
by Lauren Jung and Jessi Jung

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Pointed in One Direction Pillow from Sew GiftsPointed in One Direction Pillow by Sarah Minshall of Hip to Piece Squares
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To make your stitched giving even easier, download this nifty Handmade Holiday Gift List to track who’s getting what and when you’re going to make it.


Sew Gifts!Do your plans for the holidays include sewing gifts? If so, what do you most enjoy about handmade giving? Tell us your story in the comments and you could win a copy of the Sew Gifts! eBook. We’ll choose a winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

Purchase your print copy of Sew Gifts! today and you can instantly download the eBook for FREE.

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The randomly chosen winner is Janet.

Janet writes: “I make homemade gifts mostly for Christmas, but sometimes for birthdays also. I have made dolls for birthdays for my small weekly quilting group; quilts for my son, daughter and lots for my granddaughter and grandson (the cute ones are so much fun to sew). I have made ornaments for lots of friends. I love giving homemade gifts as I feel they are something special, something I really took time to do.”

Janet, we’ll email you about your prize. Congratulations!


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