Free printable Christmas gift tags (+ giveaway!)

Christmas in July week

Welcome to day three of Christmas in July week! Remember to enter our daily fabric giveaway at the bottom of this post. (New from Clothworks: American Made Brand!)


Free printable gift tagsFor quilters, the holidays often revolve around making gifts for those we care about. And what special final touch does every handmade gift need? Why, a gift tag of course!

Download the free printable Christmas gift tags below—print as many copies as you need. Simply cut out tags and finish with a hole punch, which makes these tags easy to tie onto any gift.

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Free printable Christmas gift tags
Click to download Martingale’s free printable Christmas gift tags


Sew Gifts!Got a long gift list, but short on gift ideas? Sew Gifts! to the rescue! Choose from 25 small projects, including bags, pillows, and kitchen items—plus special gifts for fellow stitchers. Reach for this pattern collection again and again to make gifts for every occasion, from holidays and birthdays to “just because.”

iPad cover
Casserole carrier
Kimono scarf
See all 25 projects in Sew Gifts!

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Sew the Perfect Gift


Free fabric giveaway week

ClothworksOur friends at Clothworks have generously donated a beautiful bundle of their new “American Made Brand” solids to give to you!

Check out their Farm to Fabric Challenge, featuring fabrics made and grown in the USA. Enter your quilt by August 15—winning designs will be exhibited at Fall Quilt Market!

American Made Brand fabric by Clothworks

For a chance to win the bundle of eight American Made Brand fat quarters, answer this question:

What’s the best handmade gift you’ve ever received?

Share your answer in the comments and you’ll be automatically entered to win. We’ll choose a random entry one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck!

Comments are closed for this post.

Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Maria, who says:

“A handpainted rock with a caricature of me, given by my first dorm resident assistant. I still have it! It’s one of my most treasured possessions.”

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


718 Comments

  • That must be the first Easter ornaments my sons brought home from kindergarden; cute yellow chickens made of styrofoam balls and felt.

    Anita on July 16, 2014
  • I’m going to say some Christmas fabric pillow cases that I made for some kids in my family which I used to hold their other gifts. They looked great.

    Joanna on July 16, 2014
  • My favorite handmade gift have been some clay bowls that my kids made in grade school. They are all different leaf bowls and I love them.

    —Kathy h on July 16, 2014
  • My BFF made a quilt for me for my birthday this year. I absolutely love it. And knowing that she made it from the heart, makes it that much more special!

    Jocelyn on July 16, 2014
  • A cross stitch design for Christmas. Made by a pupil in my class.

    —Liz on July 16, 2014
  • My husband had a local jeweler make a necklace for me. The charm was a small hydrogen atom with two small stones. I worked in radiation physics and it was unusual for him to think of doing something that special.

    —Kathy Gant on July 16, 2014
  • I made a quilt for my husband in memory of his liver spotted Dalmatian. In the center was a cross stitched picture of his face. He was a well loved companion to my husband.

    —Patricia D. Roberts on July 16, 2014
  • The best handmade gift I received was a quilt made by mother-in-law. It is yellow and pink our favorite colours.

    —Elizaberth on July 16, 2014
  • The best handmade gift I’ve ever received was a quilt, sent to me by a friend after I had surgery.

    —Susan on July 16, 2014
  • Every year I receive a quilted gift made by a great friend who lives in France. Have to say they are all my favourites.

    Diane H on July 16, 2014
  • The best handmade gift I’ve ever received was a quilt that my Mom made.

    —Linda on July 16, 2014
  • A small change purse my son hand sewed for me. It even had a zipper!

    —B Lamb on July 16, 2014
  • My best homemade gift was all all white hand quilted queen size quilt with light colored holly hobbies scattered on it and it was made by my Mother and Aunt, and I received it for my 40th birthday.

    —Kathy Kauth on July 16, 2014
  • The best homemade gift I ever received was a quilted wall hanging entitled Le Stash. It has two ladies feet sticking out from under scraps of fabric with a Help printed on it. My mother-in-law made it for me.

    —Lorna Pittet on July 16, 2014
  • The best handmade gift I ever received was a quilt made by my husband’s Grandmother for our wedding. It was a beautiful applique quilt and is what got me interested in quilting. Thirty eight years latter I’m still with my husband and I’m still quilting.

    —Elizabeth Perryman on July 16, 2014
  • My grandparents made me a reversible grandmother’s flower garden quilt for my high school graduation. Grandpa traced the template on the fabrics and did the cutting(with scissors). Grandma did the sewing and hand quilted it.

    —Janice Mc Laren on July 16, 2014
  • I received a crocheted hot pad from a very good friend.

    —Margie Mech on July 16, 2014
  • My best ever homemade gift is a very small flannel rag quilt. I’ve been quilting for 30 years and mostly give them away. Too many others I keep for emotional attachment reasons! A new friend heard me make that comment and made me a small scrappy flannel rag quilt – it’s the perfect size to cover my feet on cool evenings. It’s the best ever!

    —Nora Gibbs on July 16, 2014
  • A quilt as a wedding gift from my Mother. It was a pine tree quilt and I loved it. Mother has passed on now and my quilt is so worn with age and use that I recently salvaged enough of it to make a bedrunner.

    —Lana on July 16, 2014
  • The very best handmade gift I ever received was a pillow-toy designed and created by my mother. By making this for me, she showed me it was possible to create wonderful things myself. 🙂

    —Pat Sell on July 16, 2014
  • Anything my granddaughter made for me—a swirly made with form.

    Mary Arntson on July 16, 2014
  • The best handmade gift I ever received … was my Mother’s first quilt. I was already out on my own when my parents moved away and their new church had a charity quilting group. So Mom joined and started making quilts with them using fabric donated to the church. Then at home she sewed six inch squares of the fabrics she had previously used for curtains, pillows, clothes for the two of us, funny bow ties, etc. She gave it to me one Christmas. I was totally surprised … she had kept it a secret. I thought she was just helping them tie the quilts at the church. She’s gone now, but the quilt lives on … although a bit over loved now!!

    —Teena Livsey on July 16, 2014
  • A coiled fabric basket made by my 12 year old granddaughter.

    —Judy Fox on July 16, 2014
  • A scarf knitting. Warm and full of love !

    —Giovanna Andrade on July 16, 2014
  • My sister made a gorgeous flannel quilt last Christmas; it’s super warm and beautiful.

    —Alice Kane on July 16, 2014
  • Crocheted slippers! When Dear Hubby and I were dating back in 1981 his grandmother crocheted me a pair of slippers. Believe it or not, I still have them! SOMEDAY I am going to find someone local who can copy the pattern…I’ve tried…no luck and have another pair made. I just LOVED those slippers! Thanks for the giveaway!

    Linda Pawlak on July 16, 2014
  • The best handmade gift I have ever received is the large hand pieced and hand quilted complicated original design quilt that my great grandmother gave me when I graduated from high school. Believe it or not that was in 1953 and I have kept the beautiful quilt in perfect condition for over 60 years. My sister received one too, but she used hers for a horse blanket and it was quickly ruined. Thank goodness my great grandmother never learned about that!

    —Carol A. on July 16, 2014
  • The first quilt my daughter ever made.

    Bobbie on July 16, 2014
  • The best handmade item I every received are the quilts my great grandmother made for me. One as a child and another as a wedding present. I have used them and think of her every time I do. I have started quilting and I wish see was around to talk to her about quilting. I remember that she used cardboard from cereal boxes for patterns.

    —Brenda on July 16, 2014
  • The best gift I received was a hand made flannel rag quilt. Love it! Thanks!

    —Delaine on July 16, 2014
  • My dear friend Jane made me this adorable zippered bag in Valentine-themed fabrics (my birthday is Valentine’s Day) last year and then filled it with raspberry-chocolate truffles. What a sweetheart! A simple yet heartfelt gift that I just love.

    Susan Mulvihill on July 16, 2014
  • My great friend and "quilting buddy" made me "quilting friends" quilt when I moved to another city. We have made each other many things hand-made, quilted items over the years, but this quilt was the most special!

    —Patty on July 16, 2014
  • The best handmade gift I have ever received is an Ohio Rose quilt started by my grandmother, for whom I am named, on which she was working at the instant of her death. This quilt was packed away for a few years and then completed by my mother, who lovingly and painstakingly completed the hand applique and hand quilted it beautifully. This quilt will pass from me to my daughter, who is also named for my beloved grandmother. A treasure beyond description!

    —Celene on July 16, 2014
  • A wool quilt, my father made for me. He made it when I was a baby and held it till I was a teenager. Explaining it was for when I was an adult. Still have that quilt. 🙂

    —Quilting Tangent on July 16, 2014
  • The best handmade gift was anything made by my Mom,if I had to choose it would be a chalk drawing she did of my son when he was in grade school.

    —Barb S. on July 16, 2014
  • The best handmade gift I ever got…let’s see. Yes, what immediately comes to mind is not one gift, but two. And they were the clay pieces that my children made for me in elementary school art classes. One looks something like a hedgehog, and the other, a little like a small bowl. My daughter is 40 and my son is 34. I still have those clay pieces, and every time I look at them, my heart glows with love.

    —Cheryl Gunderson on July 16, 2014
  • The best handmade gift I ever received is a little wall hanging made by the gal who dared me to try quilting. It hangs permanently where I can see it and says "Friendship is a work of Heart". I hope someday to be half as good as she is and because of her I make a lot of handmade gifts for all my friends and family. And LOVE every minute of doing so!

    —Joy on July 16, 2014
  • The best handmade gift received was a bed quilt from my mother. Besides being totally appreciated, keeping me warm during the cold months, it gave me the desire to make quilts.

    —Jeanette Kercheval on July 16, 2014
  • As a quilter, others are often slow to give me a hand-crafted gift. I am always thrilled by a hand-made gift as I know how much work goes into them. My quilt groups friends sent me rows for a quilt and I love that quilt as it shows their love.
    Marsha

    Marsha on July 16, 2014
  • My husband’s Grandmothers hand made quilts .

    —Inez Fay Hulsey on July 16, 2014
  • When I was around 6 or 7 for Christmas I received a small baby doll with a stunning wardrobe! She had matching outfits of dresses with bonnets, bloomers and booties for everyday of the week. It took me a while to realize that my grandma had dresses of all the same fabrics-amazing how Santa works! I cherish this doll and the outfits that I still have 50 plus years later!

    —Debbie on July 16, 2014
  • Ornaments from my children when they were in school and an afgan from my Mother.

    —Bertha G on July 16, 2014
  • My mother embroidered and sewed a beautiful tree skirt for me. It is a beautiful reminder of her each year I unpack and use it.

    —Jo-Lea Binger on July 16, 2014
  • its a clay et my so made in school when he was in school is was killed when he was getting in a friends car to come when he was 18 it was 22 years ago and it sets on the fireplace

    —Tina Scott on July 16, 2014
  • A beautiful quilt from my Grandmother.

    —Jan Chilson on July 16, 2014
  • Well, it is not needlework. It was and hopefully still will be my Mom’s Christmas sugar cookies with icing. She taught me that giving a gift that was made "at home" with love is always the best thing anyone can give. Quilting is a lot less fattening and it forces you to think about what a person really likes (color, style, etc.) She loves the table topper I made for her (she and Dad picked out the fabric when he was still with us).

    —Barbara on July 16, 2014
  • The best handmade gift I received was an embroidered chambray shirt from my closest friend in college. The shirt was made 40 years ago and I still cherish it. I think of our wonderful friendship whenever I look at it.

    Kim Lawler on July 16, 2014
  • I can’t remember the last time someone gave me a handmade gift. But I can think of a "dozen" different presents I can make with your pretty fabrics. Thank you for the opportunity!

    —Paula Klaassen on July 16, 2014
  • A wooden ruler holder and a pegboard/duct tape/dowel thread holder that fits in a plastic 12×12 container. They were made by my older and younger sons respectively, the latter with the comment that my threads were out of control :-). Gifts from children are always the best!

    —Barbara M on July 16, 2014
  • The best gift was when my children made salt clay ornaments and presented them to me for Christmas. They probably don’t remember them, but I still have them and put them on my tree every year.

    Sheila on July 16, 2014
  • The very best hand-made gift I have ever received is the Quilter’s Cabin my husband is making for me. He has put so much work into it. He comes home from work at the steel mill and gets right on it most evenings. He said it was time that I had a place that was all mine, not shared space, to sew and quilt where I don’t have to pick everything up and put it away each time I stop working on something. I can hardly wait. It shouldn’t be long now.

    —Dianna on July 16, 2014
  • The only handmade gift I can think of was a fabric case to hold my needles and scissors, etc. I cherish it, as it was made for me by a special friend. thank you for the chance to win such great fabrics.

    —Marge buck on July 16, 2014
  • A quilt with photo images on it was my best gift ever

    —Claire on July 16, 2014
  • The best handmade gift I ever received was a filet crochet table runner received as a wedding shower gift. The design included flowers and my and my soon-to-be husband’s monograms. Unfortunately, it was lost in a move some years later but until then we happily used it on top of an end table we inherited from my husband’s grandmother.

    —Jane Herbst on July 16, 2014
  • Probably the best and most appreciated gift I’ve made is a soft fleece pillow given to both my niece, who went through breast cancer surgery and currently my own daughter, who has had two surgeries this year for breast cancer. The pillows are meant to use when driving–they put the pillow between them and the car seat belt.

    —Joan Horton on July 16, 2014
  • I received a handmade Teddy Bear quilt

    Monica Potts on July 16, 2014
  • Several years ago my centurion aunt made a gorgeous crocheted table topper for me. The workmanship is incredible. She has since passed on. I will cherish her gift forever.

    —Marcia oliphant on July 16, 2014
  • Mr. And Mrs. Santa Claus to sit under my tree.

    —Karen Wilson on July 16, 2014
  • The best handmade gift I have ever received was a latch-hooked Christmas tree skirt that my mother made for me. It was a lovely gift that must have taken her hours to do. I use it every Christmas and think of her. One day when I am very old, it will be re-gifted to my son. It is one of the few things that I have that my mother made before she passed, and should therefor continue on in the family.

    —Hope on July 16, 2014
  • The best hand-made item I ever received was my senior prom dress. I loved it a lot.
    Would love to win this fabric bundle~am building my stash. Also want to get both of those books.

    —Scorpie on July 16, 2014
  • The best handmade gift I ever received was from my mother-in-law just a couple years ago. She hadn’t been quilting long–I hadn’t quilted at all–and she made monthly wall hangings for us. It was so much fun to receive a package each month. I’ll never forget my son’s reaction when we opened up the box for February: "It’s…it’s so PINK!" Yes, it was pink and hearts and it hung on the wall all of that February and each year since, as have all the other months’ wall hangings. Since then, I’ve been bitten by the quilting bug too, and my mother-in-law has been a great encouragement.

    —Debbie on July 16, 2014
  • When I was little, my cousins and I had Barbie dolls. The clothes were quite expensive, so we would share what few outfits we could afford. For Christmas, my Mom made Barbie doll clothes for us. The clothes were beautiful. She sewed them out of fabric scraps from dresses she’d made for me. That made them even more special!!

    —Mary on July 16, 2014
  • The best handmade gift I ever received was a sewing center which my husband made for me when I started sewing years ago. It is made out of pine, with a dark stained finish; has drawers for thread, a larger drawer for stencils, and two divided drawers for patterns, and other sewing supplies. There is also a section in which I can store my sewing machine when not in use and two fold out sections on either side of the unit which extend to make a long cutting/sewing table. It is my favorite gift because, not only was it made with my husband’s love, but it allows me a great space where I can create quilts made with my love.

    —Doris on July 16, 2014
  • drawings and coloring pages from my 2 year twin granddaughters. they hang proudly on the refrigerator

    —LizAnn on July 16, 2014
  • my home has many paintings, pillows done by my mom who is not with us now and I have many of my grandmothers crochet afghans and doilies. I am very lucky and will pass them on as they are works of art

    —diane on July 16, 2014
  • Wedding quilts for my daughters and baptismal gowns for my twin nieces.

    —Linn Jencopale on July 16, 2014
  • I have some handwoven towels made by my BQF, I love these towels and they are used to death. They are so great they even make drying the dishes not seem so bad.

    —OHSue on July 16, 2014
  • A cot that my husband made from scratch for our son before he was born!

    —Annerie on July 16, 2014
  • My oldest granddaughter made me a heart made out of paper mache when she was 13. I still treasure it and she is 23 now.

    —ISOBEL on July 16, 2014
  • My friend made a wooden angel for me and it hangs overlooking me in the kitchen.

    —Glynis on July 16, 2014
  • A rubber band bracelet made with love by my granddaughter.

    —Carol Vickers on July 16, 2014
  • Best handmade gift-my mothers sweaters

    —Pat Gossett on July 16, 2014
  • The best handmade gift I received was a stable for a nativity set, made by my husband out of some wood from an old barn on our property we tore down.

    —Debbie R on July 16, 2014
  • My Dad built me an 8-harness jack style floor loom. But then he could build just about anything. My husband is very talented that way too and has made me several things including a small wooden lighthouse for our bathroom and some wooden "beds" for some old portable sewing machines. Sorry, I know that is more than one.

    —Karen L. on July 16, 2014
  • A beautiful crotched blanket that was given to me by an old lady my mother knew, she had bad arthritis in her hands but when she found out I was expecting twins she did a little each day, it was big enough to cover them both when they were end to end in their cot. I still have it today, and used it for my granddaughter in her cot.

    —Beverley Walsh on July 16, 2014
  • Quilt from my Mom! She used the embroidery samplers I made as a kid and and turned it into a quilt for me!

    —Patti Giannetta on July 16, 2014
  • The very first thing that came to mind is a huge oil painting my father-in-law painted. I made several offers to purchase it and was always refused. About five years after I married into the family I received it as a Christmas present – affirming the fact that I was now a proven and welcome member to their family.

    —Sandy Navas on July 16, 2014
  • Santa made by my oldest granddaughter .

    —Jane P on July 16, 2014
  • Mine would be a doll quilt that my grandmother made for me. I have it hanging in my sewing room!

    —Karen on July 16, 2014
  • My daughter makes unique jewelry. Every gift from her is my favorite.

    —Glenda Britten on July 16, 2014
  • The best homemade gift I ever received was a tea cabinet made by my dear hubby , he framed in some beautiful glass drawers we purchased at an antique shop in Switzerland when visiting our son . It is gorgeous and he did a fantastic job since he had very little experience with woodworking .

    Sheila on July 16, 2014
  • My 4-year old son wrapped a tiny box himself in gift wrap. His pre-school teacher helped and attached a note that said that he had packed up his love for his mother in the box. I still have that box 30 years later.

    Terry SailingKnitter on July 16, 2014
  • Not counting baby afghans 🙂 I do have a quilt top from my grandmother made in the late 50’s that needs some loving care, and it is responsible for my overspending on ebay for vintage fabric and squares to round it out! a work in progress. She made a top for each of her then existing grandchildren, flour sacks and odd fabrics (incl some odd synthetic that is shredding). I’m betting most of them are unfinished and in cedar chests like ours were until I took them out!

    —Sharon Schipper on July 16, 2014
  • I made a dump truck for my grandson. It was a learning toy that used zippers to operate the ‘dump’, buttons and snaps to attach a blade to the front and Velcro to attach the wheels and cab to the chassis.

    —Mary on July 16, 2014
  • The handmade gift I use the most is a small pocket like cloth container. It has an inside surface for pins and needles, I keep my thimble, a spool of thread , needle threaders in the pouch part and there is a medium size scissors attached with a ribbon. Another well used handmade gift is a sewing machine cover that I constantly use. It is so easy to put on and pull off – but keeps my machine dust free in between. Another dear friend made me a wall hanging that says Friends make the best House Warmers.Enough rambling- the little pouch that I use for all hand sewing is probably my best gift – I would be lost without it. Love those American made brand fat quarters! They are calling my name. Thanks for giving me a chance to win!

    —Nancy on July 16, 2014
  • A crochet granny square afghan, made by my mom.

    —Sandy K on July 16, 2014
  • Best thing I got was a baby afghan.

    —Stephanie Olmsted on July 16, 2014
  • My grandmother hand embroidered pillow cases for my wedding gift. When she passed away, I made the pillow cases into 2 dolls and gave one to my Mom and Dad and kept one for myself. It is a lasting remembrance of her and I treasuer the time she spent making the gift.

    —Mary C on July 16, 2014
  • I am the one that usually gives the homemade gifts but a friend in the guild makes several friends small handmade gifts that are so cute. Things made from the heart mean more than any gift just picked off a shelf. It doesn’t matter what it is, a pin cushion, a small stocking with a candy cane, it’s hand made and from the heart.

    —connie b on July 16, 2014
  • When my mom was young, she made a crochet bedspread with the fine crochet thread. I have been lucky enough to have gotten it as a gift from her.

    —Vicki H on July 16, 2014
  • My friend Pat made me a quilted jacket for Christmas. It is so beautiful and comfortable to wear.

    —Sherry Sartin on July 16, 2014
  • My mom entered an assisted living facility several years before her passing. She had been interested in sewing and crafting all her life but arthritis had crippled her hands to the point she couldn’t hold a needle. She could, however,string beads to make a necklace which she learned to do in a craft class at the assisted living facility. She made me a beautiful strand necklace in shades of blue and turquoise and I treasure this gift from her.

    —Patty on July 16, 2014
  • A knitted shawl in my favourite colour knitted by a good friend

    Dawn Leslie on July 16, 2014
  • When my youngest daughter was in college, she made me a fleece throw. It was a gesture that touched my heart. She has never been a "crafty" person but she put love into the gift which meant the world to me. That was almost 10 years ago and I still use it while watching TV!

    —Dee on July 16, 2014
  • The best hand made gift I ever received was a teddy bear made by my mother from an old fake fur coat. She made many teddy bears over the years for family and friends, each one unique.

    —Kay on July 16, 2014
  • When you can see the gift are made special to you it’s the best gift

    —Linda Groesmeyer on July 16, 2014
  • My husband’s grandmother made a beautiful crocheted baby blanket for our first child. She passed away before he was born so gift became even more special.

    —Shawna Empey on July 16, 2014
  • My friend made me a little quilt for my cat to sit on when I am sewing. It was so thoughtful.

    —Mary S on July 16, 2014
  • There are many favorites, many cross stitch ornaments from sister, a quilt from my mother in law, knitted afghan from my sister in law and one from my aunt, my kids pottery projects from school, my daughter’s hand painted pictures.
    Thanks for the chance 🙂

    —Terry on July 16, 2014
  • One year my dad made me a solid walnut dresser for my birthday. Later I got a bed and nightstand to match. They are awesome and so was he!

    —Mary on July 16, 2014
  • my son made me a jewelry box, I treasure it…

    Debbie D. on July 16, 2014
  • a beautiful embellished cover for my sewing machine.
    thanks!

    —Linda Erickson on July 16, 2014
  • The best handmade gift I received was from my sister. It was a little quilted bag with a zipper and a small handle. It is the perfect size for my camera when traveling. She has made me many gifts, but I use the one often.

    —Debby Thompson on July 16, 2014
  • The best handmade gift I ever received was made by my daughter. It was a little picture frame picked up at a yard sale, that she covered in fabric and she put her school picture in it She gave it to me for Christmas, I think she was either nine or ten years old. I still have it! (30 years later)

    —charlieanne on July 16, 2014
  • Any gift my children made for me whether it was a paper wreath using their hand prints and their photo or a clay whatchamacallit. Because my children made it with love, I treasure it.

    —Susie Furgason on July 16, 2014
  • It was an sweater knitted by my mom. I loved it so much I wore it out. 🙂
    craftyccain@gmail.com

    —Connie Cain on July 16, 2014
  • I have two special quilting sisters- many years ago, I received an embroidered quilt for a wedding gift from my Sister Joyce. Last year, I received a patchwork quilt during the holidays from my sister Kathy — sew it’s a tie. Two beautiful gifts– one blessed woman. I’ll always cherish these quilts and my thoughtful sisters. Thank you for the opportunity to win the American made colorful fabrics. Quilting has become part of my life now too.

    —Shirley Graff on July 16, 2014
  • As a child, my mother would make me and my two younger sister Christmas pajamas, yummy long flannel gowns made with a Christmas print. I only have a picture of me in one (with Santa Mouse) to remember them by. Thanks for the give away!

    —Jacklynn Grimm on July 16, 2014
  • I have two favorites that I received the same year for my birthday.
    My son made me a hand tooled leather bookmark with roses and my daughter-in-law, his wife, made me a cross stitched sampler.

    Loved the gifts and love them much!

    —Jetta Neely on July 16, 2014
  • The best homemade gift I possess is a patchwork quilt made by my father’s great grandmother. I sleep under it during the warmer months of the year.It is so interesting to study the materials she used so many years ago.

    —marftha c on July 16, 2014
  • I can’t say that there was any one better than the other, but the ones that meant the most were the ones that the kids made when they were in elementary school – the macaroni pictures, the drawings, the sculptures, the booklets – they all hold a special place in my heart 🙂

    —Carol J on July 16, 2014
  • I received a hand made quilt from my mother.

    —Cynthia on July 16, 2014
  • A clay Handmade snowman I have hanging in my window year round.

    —Donna on July 16, 2014
  • The best handmade gift I have ever received is silver and turquoise jewelry that my brother made for me. It included a ring, a pin and a belt buckle.

    Gladys Bacon-Rust on July 16, 2014
  • I was born in 1947. My grandmother had made a quilt for me about a year later. The quilt had patches from dresses I could later remember her wearing. When I was in my 30’s our dog was injured and wrapped in that quilt. In the excitement and rush to the vet, the quilt never returned to me. I think of my grandmother and the quilt often. So..at age 66 I am taking my very first quilting class! Quilting 101…I hope to re-create a quilt in her memory, for my granddaughter some day.

    Linda, July 16, 2014

    —Linda Ewick on July 16, 2014
  • When my son was 9 he made, in school, a ceramic frog. He sits on my window sill still with his mouth wide open to catch a bug. Last year his 9 year old made me a ceramic green snake that sits right beside the frog.

    —Carole Young on July 16, 2014
  • Christmas tree ornaments that my kids made with their school pics on them!! They are all grown with families of their own, but I still put those little ornaments on my tree every year!

    Janet Leigh on July 16, 2014
  • The best handmade gift I ever received was from my mother. She made my beautiful wedding dress & train with glass organza embellished with lace, seed pearls, sequins and sewn with much love.
    Cheers…Babs xx

    —Babs on July 16, 2014
  • When I joined our quilt guild and then a smaller group I had someone present me with the cutest petal pin cushion and now every time I use pins from it I think of her and my wonderful quilting friends. Since we always use pins in our works, needless to say she is thought of often. Thanks quilting pal.

    —M. Rizz on July 16, 2014
  • I can’t decide which gifts are the best! My uncle gave us beautiful hand tatted doilies for our wedding, one grandmother made me a very nice quilt, I have hand made doll clothes that my other grandmother and my mother made for me. Also, my mother used to sew my clothes for me, and my aunt sewed my bridesmaid’s dresses for me, everything was much loved and appreciated!

    —Denise L. on July 16, 2014
  • My daughter made a pin for me in school in the 1st grade. It is a small wooden heart with pink buttons glued on it. I still wear the "brooch" and it makes her laugh to think she made it over 20 years ago. It is precious to me.

    —Janet Clark on July 16, 2014
  • A few years ago I was part of a small group of quilters who met on a monthly basis. In the fall one of my best friends was working on a raggy quilt, and I sat and helped her snip through our evening "meeting". My fingers ached and we were covered in lint! Christmas arrived and my friend and I always exchange gifts. She arrived at my house with a huge bag and when I opened it, there it was…the beautiful raggy!!
    She’s a great friend!!!

    —Sandra on July 16, 2014
  • I hate to say this, but the best handmade present I’ve received is a glass mayonnaise jar covered with pieces of fabric. My daughter made it for me when she was a child. I still think that is the ugliest thing ever, but it was a surprise and totally thought up on her own with fabric scraps of her favorite colors – it looks like a patchwork something or other.

    Ida Houston on July 16, 2014
  • The best handmade gift I ever received was a cross stitch piece from my daughter. She did it on her own and framed it in a round hoop. It reads "kisses are for mom" and still hangs on my wall.

    —Susan Grancey on July 16, 2014
  • The best handmade gift I ever received was placemats and napkins.

    —Aggie Norman on July 16, 2014
  • When I got married, almost 36 years ago, my best friend made my wedding dress. I was (am) big and couldn’t afford/find a dress that fit me. She made my dress, and even had to remake it to make it fit. Will never forget my husband’s face when I walked in as we had told him I was just going to wear a street length dress. It was beautiful, long satin with applique. Still treasure it.

    —Donna S on July 16, 2014
  • A patchwork pillow from my sister’s boyfriend’s mother back in the late 60s. I still have it in my bedroom. 😀

    —DebbieLynn on July 16, 2014
  • The best handmade gift l made was a full super queen quilt for my niece. I knew the colors she loved and while shopping for another project, l came across the beautiful pink and purple fabric at the quilt store. So l bought enough to make her the quilt with matching pillow cases. Part way through the project, my sister saw the project and knew she would love it. I presented it to her on Christmas and she was so thrilled and so was l. A lot of love when into making it.

    —Anne on July 16, 2014
  • Hallo,

    my best present I got was a little key-holder like a real house. My sewing-friend sewed it outside with windows, little stitched flowers and a door. Inside is a ring for the keys and you can pull the keys with a red ribbon through the roof into the house.

    Have a nice day.

    Greetings from Germany
    Elke

    —E Moeller on July 16, 2014
  • Anything my grandchildren make and give me is special. But another handmade gift that I love is an afghan that my sister crocheted for me!

    —Paula W. on July 16, 2014
  • My mother couldn’t sew on a button so she arranged for her dressmaker Doris to teach me to sew. Doris had two boys and no girls. She adored me as I adored her so she loved having me there for a few weeks each summer. She taught me to make school clothes for myself, but that Christmas she surprised me with the most beautiful doll clothes that she and her mother had been making for me for months. I loved Doris and know she loved me. She had an early death, but she will always be in my heart. Although almost 70 I still have that doll as well as the little doll wardrobe packed in a suitcase, reminding me of how much love can be found in a Christmas gift,

    —Jill Kershner on July 16, 2014
  • My Mom made me a clutch purse from plastic canvas and gold threads for fancy occasions. It has a clasp and my initial on the inside and holds a lot although small. Although Mom is gone now for many years, I smile when I use it and proud to say who made it for me.

    —Adeline on July 16, 2014
  • My great aunt was a knitter extraordinaire. She made me some beautiful sweaters when I was a child. I especially remember one that was blue and yellow with short sleeves.

    —Jacqueline Gould on July 16, 2014
  • As I am usually the person who makes the gifts I really had to think about this question. But I received a beautiful crochet doily from my mother-in-law about 36 years ago.

    Thank You for the opportunity to win some beautiful fabric

    —Sharon Harmon on July 16, 2014
  • My mom made me a lunch bag with cute pig fabric. I love pigs.

    —Heidi Reed on July 16, 2014
  • Several years ago my cousin in England made a lap quilt for me and mailed it to me for my birthday. I have enjoyed it so much and it is such a great reminder of the friendship we have had since I left England at 6…50 years ago!

    —Lynda Nunez on July 16, 2014
  • When my first child was born , my best friend presented me with an adorable crocheted bunny blanket complete with whiskers and floppy ears!

    —Sandy on July 16, 2014
  • The best handmade gift I received was a macaroni seashell painted gold with my daughter’s picture in it as a Christmas ornament when she was in preschool. Every Christmas I look forward to hanging it on the tree.

    Trina

    —Trina Miller on July 16, 2014
  • My girlfriend surprised me with a beautiful hand stitched red work pillow with a Santa and his Sleigh scene and she personalized it with a saying including our last name. It was rectangular with a white background and red tiny pom pom trim. I absolutely love it. It goes on my bed every Christmas.

    —Diane Nagle on July 16, 2014
  • I have to correct myself. I just remembered that my favorite homemade gift was a beautiful cross stitched Christmas street scene that my daughter made for me when she was going through a very difficult time many years ago. It hangs on the wall year round, and it meant so much to me that she put so many hours into it when she really was struggling just to get by, support herself and go to college too. I cherish it.

    —Diane Nagle on July 16, 2014
  • A wall hanging made by my special education students.

    Penny Alby on July 16, 2014
  • A neck pillow for a 14-hour plane trip to Asia, with ties to attach it to my carry-on luggage.

    —C. Delostrinos on July 16, 2014
  • I received a small wall quilt with hand applicaed flowers on it to help me forget about the pain that I was in after breast cancer surgery I really loved this and it is still hanging on my wall.

    Dawn Rasmussen on July 16, 2014
  • A chenille potholder made by my BFF. Then she taught me how to make them & we turned it into a very successful fundraiser for a non-profit, no-kill cat shelter. The project is in it’s 8th year.

    —Carol Gearey on July 16, 2014
  • My sister gave me a handpainted chair with a family tree painted on it. I love it.

    —Margaret Schindler on July 16, 2014
  • My favorite quilting tool is a handmade roll to keep my applique blocks in.

    —Audrey Paulsen on July 16, 2014
  • The best handmade gift I ever received was a set of stained glass window hangings made with quilt patterns. They hang in my sewing room windows and they are gorgeous! Thanks for the chance to win!

    —Pam S on July 16, 2014
  • My best friend makes me a wool applique table runner every year for Christmas…..I treasure these and look forward to unpacking them and using them over the holidays.

    —Joyce on July 16, 2014
  • A friend gave me a set of Christmas placemats and table runner. I enjoy using them for the Holidays and think of her since we don’t live near each other any more.

    —Pat on July 16, 2014
  • One Christmas, each member of the wait staff at the restaurant where I worked, made a handmade Christmas ornament for me. Over 30 years later, I am still using those ornaments on my tree. I believe those ornaments were the most memorable and cherished gift I have ever received.

    —Stephanie S. on July 16, 2014
  • My mother does not quilt, however she use to make the most beautiful gourd baskets with sweet grass sewn around the top. Besides being beautiful they smell wonderful. I was so very happy to receive two of them from her. Her workman ship was awsome and I know the love that she put into each one. I am still very proud of her and I cherish them both.

    —Tina on July 16, 2014
  • I cannot choose the best, because I got lots of them from my children and grandchildren, and they are all precious for me: framed drawings and paintings, collages, a necklace, a handbag, silk scarves and a painting, hand-painted glasses and mugs… loads of them. Our family loves hand-made presents, tehy are much more personal than any expensive gift from a shop.

    —Mária Kočanová on July 16, 2014
  • My mom gave me a quilt of different tree blocks–hand quilted. It is still my favorite quilt.

    —Angelia on July 16, 2014
  • I have two greatest treasures. Fist is a quilt top that my Grandmother made, she passed away before she completed the quilt. Second is that I have all of my mother-in-laws crocheted table cloths and table toppers. She has passed away as well.

    —Debra R. on July 16, 2014
  • My grandma made a gingerbread man baby quilt for my younger brother, Larry, the first grandson. Larry was killed by a drunk driver when he was 13, 43 yrs ago. My mom gave me Larry’s baby quilt, and I have it where I can see it everyday and thnk about my brother. Priceless gift! Linda

    —Linda on July 16, 2014
  • The best hand made gift I have ever received came from my sisters daughter Audrey Alltop. She asked if she could use some fabrics from my scrap tub (which is huge) and I sent the tub home with her to sort through. Christmas that year I received a beautiful lap quilt made out of scraps from many quilt I had made for others! It brought tears to my eyes and we spent alot of time talking about the various quilts I had made and who they were for. What a wonderful surprise and a cherished gift!!

    —Sandy Crosby on July 16, 2014
  • A quilting friend made me a tesselating cat quilt out of green and lavender fabric, and it’s the perfect weight to sleep under all year long!

    —Melody DeGraziano on July 16, 2014
  • My Grandma taught me to crochet. She made an afghan of very bright colored yarns that she gave to me. As she is no longer here with me, it means even more.

    —Teresa S on July 16, 2014
  • A beautiful mudcloth doll.

    —Venetta on July 16, 2014
  • I have lots of hand made gifts my kids have made over the years, ceramics, key chains, wood carvings, I love them all and they are all displayed on shelves in my bedroom. But my most prized gift is the one my mother gave me. My grandmother made a double sided game board when my mom was little.. it has Chinese checkers on one side and a Sorry! board on the other. It’s been painted and re-glued numerous times in it’s 60+ year life. My mom learned to play games on it, my gram taught me to play on it, she taught my kids to play and now that she has passed I am teaching my grandchildren. It’s a prized family heirloom and I was blessed to receive it.

    —Laura on July 16, 2014
  • My best handmade gift I received was a picture of my oldest grandson blued to a paper doily. He is 17 now – so for 12 years it has had a special place on my Christmas tree.

    —Carole Franson on July 16, 2014
  • I have cherished all of the little handmade gifts from my sons as they grew to young men, first and foremost…….However, I can not forget the Lovely quilts and afghans that my mother-in-law has made for me over the years. Because I love sunflowers, the sunflower one she made is probably the first one that comes to my mind!!! To me handmade gifts of any kind are so special!!

    —Barb Humphreys on July 16, 2014
  • Many years ago my grandmother, her sister and sister-in-law made a quilt for me using fabrics left from dresses made for me over the years. It is my very precious to me and I will always treasure the memories of them quilting.

    —Carol Sanborn on July 16, 2014
  • a counted cross stitch done by my daughter

    —Jeannine Stoddard on July 16, 2014
  • My mother-in-law made a Marine Corps rug. It’s gorgeous and was made with love!
    Rachel

    —Rachel Fiegener on July 16, 2014
  • Five years ago a very good friend made me a wall-hanging quilt for others to sign at the memorial service for my husband. It still hangs on my wall where I can go back and read all the words of love toward him.

    —Cassie on July 16, 2014
  • Hands down, my favorite handmade gifts are the quilts made by my grandmother.

    —Gina on July 16, 2014
  • The best hand made gift I received was a beautiful oak quilt stand so I could display my hand made creations.
    Eliza

    Eliza Dinner on July 16, 2014
  • My daughter made me a king sized quilt. It was the first real quilt she ever made. When she gave it to me she said, "Mommy, you always make pretty things for everyone, but no one makes you anything. I wanted you to have something pretty, made by my hands just for you". It’s my most valued item in the world.

    —Jami Price on July 16, 2014
  • When my son was about 12, he stayed up all night and made all of us in the family handmade gifts with his woodburning set. He knew I loved owls and he made me an owl keychain.

    —Angi on July 16, 2014
  • After making afghans (both knit and crochet),household gifts, clothing etc. for years as gifts for others, the best handmade gift I ever received was an Afghan that my mother in law made for me. It is purple, lavender and white. Any shade of purple being my favorite color of course. I treasure that afghan more than words can say. Due to arthritis in her hands she doesn’t crochet much any more. That makes it even more precious. If what I make for others brings 1/2 the joy this crochet afghan brings me I’ll be a happy camper.

    Karene Sheppard on July 16, 2014
  • Handmade gifts are always the best, since the person making the gift was thinking of me when they were making it. While the best handmade gift is not quilting related it is still the one that brings tears to my eyes when I use it. My mother-in-law loved crafting and she was very talented (she has passed, and I miss her), she and my father-in-law loved to restore furniture. I had a desk that was given to me for Christmas as a child and it needed a little facelift. They took it and refinished it and then my mother-in-law tole-painted on it, she even painted a desk blotter on the top and a piece of paper and pencil and wrote a note on the paper that will forever remind me that I was more than just a daughter-in-law.

    —Susan on July 16, 2014
  • My favorite handmade gift is a framed cross stitch picture of a Christmas-theme cat that looks like my cat made by my daughter.

    —Kay on July 16, 2014
  • My daughter-in-law did a framed cross stitched "Welcome" for me. She knew how I loved handmade gifts, and I know it was not easy for her. I think it may have been the only cross stitch that she ever did. It is beautiful, and I treasure it.

    —Barb E., Highlands Ranch, CO on July 16, 2014
  • the best handmade gift I ever received was a blue crocheted baby sweater my sister made for my first baby.

    —Diana on July 16, 2014
  • Cards and clay handprints made by my children when they were young.
    Also my grandmother had a loom and wover her own fabric and other items. I have a blanket and place mats she made for me that are very special.

    —Sharilyn on July 16, 2014
  • I have treasured every single gift my kids have made for me over the years but the gift that has been the most useful is a rice bag warmer my youngest made. He put it together at school using a simple sock filled with rice & tied off at the end. Nothing fancy, but I have used that warmer for 7 years! I love it because it’s effective & makes me think about him every time I need it to soothe my aching shoulders. (Usually because I’ve been bent over a sewing machine for too long!)

    —Judy F on July 16, 2014
  • The best handmade gift I received was many, many years ago. My mother made a large selection of doll clothes – a bridal gown and full trousseau for the dolls my sister and I played with most. She must have worked hours on those tiny seams and buttons.

    —Mona on July 16, 2014
  • My 7-year old granddaughter made me a tote bag. No instructions, cutting was rough, sewn by hand, ribbon handle…but I love it so much!

    —Diane Kummelman on July 16, 2014
  • I would say the best handmade gifts I’ve received are those given to me by my students at school. I have a plethora of Christmas ornaments, pictures, notes, and beaded jewelry that I treasure. Each was made with love and given from the heart!

    —Kathy E. on July 16, 2014
  • My mother had 4 sisters and they often quilted together. I can remember as a youngster playing beneath the quilt as they quilted and talked. When I was in my 30’s they presented me with a quilt they made together. It is especially precious to me today because 4 of the 5 are gone, including my mother.

    —Betty on July 16, 2014
  • My best handmade gift was the first quilt I received as a wedding gift from my husband’s grandmother. Little did she know that quilt would start me on my own quilt odessy. With her daughter’s help (my mother-in-law)I made my own quilt and have kept going since. I loved that first quilt to bits; it had many repairs made to it.

    —Terri on July 16, 2014
  • The best homemade gift I received was a quilt made from my aunt and mom;
    the wedding ring quilt. Its was the most special of all. Becky V

    —becky on July 16, 2014
  • My grandmother gave me a quilt when I graduated from high school that she made out of scraps of material from clothes that she had sewn for herself, so every time I look at it, I remember the outfits that she had worn from the pieces of material. So very special.

    —Ann L on July 16, 2014
  • The best handmade gifts I have received are the ones made by my grandchildren. I am fascinated by kids drawings. I made 2 wall hangings from the pictures my grandkids have made. Love…Love…Love!

    —Mary on July 16, 2014
  • My all time favorite handmade gift is a felted wool mouse wine bottle cork stopper…territbule description but the mouse was her first attempt to do wool animals….it is amazing and she has become a dear Internet friend….a running joke on a group we belong to is merlot is my inspiration libation when quilting has home awry….often I don’t have any in the house…thus the mouse to keep it safe.

    Jane Modjeski

    —Mj Modjeski on July 16, 2014
  • Years ago, my Dad was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Since we were from a large German family we gathered together to support him. He had our Mom go up into the attic and bring down a trove of handmade quilts from the 1800s that his mother and her mother had made. He had been an only child and I did not even know he had such old quilts. He then looked them over and gave one to each of us. I treasure that quilt more every year as I approach my 70s and quilt memories for my family. That is my memory.

    —Blanche Lozar on July 16, 2014
  • I live in a family of artists and makers, so most of our gifts are handmade. I think my favorite is a pencil sketch of me at age 2 that my brother did.

    —regina on July 16, 2014
  • Like many others I have received many homemade gifts from my children and now from grandchildren that are all special to me. What I cherish most is the cross stitched nativity picture my daughter did for me during an incredibly hard time in her life. Second has to be the pictures my grandmother painted and or crafted from recycled items, long before recycling became a household word.

    —Cheri Williams on July 16, 2014
  • A handmade quilt from my husband’s grandmother. She knew I would treasure it and I do. 🙂

    —Donna V. on July 16, 2014
  • About thirty-five years ago my mother-in-law made a quilt from my old wool skirts that I wore in highschool. She had cut and stitched them by hand while I was at work. I don’t know how long it took her to do this quilt top; she was visiting for about a month at that time and must have hid them very well because I never saw a mess from the scraps or any other signs that she was in the process of making the quilt. It is a very heavy, warm quilt.

    —Dee on July 16, 2014
  • A cross stitch picture for my sewing room from a daughter who does not embroider. Thanks for the giveaway.

    —Jane from MA on July 16, 2014
  • The best hand made items were the clothes my mother made for my sister and myself as I was growing up. She started my love of sewing and quilting. I didn’t know at the time that making clothes for us was a necessity as ‘store bought’ clothing was so expensive.

    —Nancè W on July 16, 2014
  • My daughter wrote a Mothers day poem across a photo of her and I together. I still have that. Thanks for the giveaway.

    —Janie on July 16, 2014
  • More than 40 years ago i received as a wedding gift a beautiful set of white pillowcases with crochet edges from a great aunt who I can’t remember even her name, but each time I use them, I think of all the time she took to make them. It gives me great pleasure when I use them. That is what a gift should do.

    —Margaret Andrews on July 16, 2014
  • Anything my granddaughter makes for me is my favorite. But if I had to choose one, it would be the glass that she painted. She has been crafting for many years, is very talented, and is now only 13 years old.

    —Lana Frazier on July 16, 2014
  • The best handmade gift lately was the built-in wooden shelves my daughter and son-in-law made for my fabric stash after we had to redo our basement from flooding. The shelves are deep enough to hold bolts of fabric and they are covered with vinyl so the fabric pulls out easily. There is room at the bottom to store plastic tubs for projects or small items and at the top there is space for pillow forms and quilt batts. The whole unit fits into an alcove along one wall. I can now see my fabric when I stand at the cutting table, so I am inspired every time I look at the shelves.

    —Estelle Torpy on July 16, 2014
  • A purse from my sister-in-law who got back to sewing after 30 years.
    I stayed at her home for a few days for a refresher course to her and away she went and she is loving every minute of it. Has made many items for her grandson’s as well as friends.

    —Trish Davis on July 16, 2014
  • My aunt made me a quilt for my high school graduation.

    —Pam B on July 16, 2014
  • The dresses my mother made for me.

    Sharon on July 16, 2014
  • Rag rug made by my Aunt.

    —Marsha on July 16, 2014
  • About 35 yrs. ago for Christmas, my mother gave me a royal blue and white rayon and mohair sweater which she had knitted. It has long since gone out of style, but it is much too beautiful and precious to part with. When her hands were still able, she did the most incredibly perfect stitches! It is a gift I truly treasure.

    —Margaret Lawrence on July 16, 2014
  • A quilt that my Grandma had made for me!

    —Brenda hulsey on July 16, 2014
  • Best hand made gift I ever received – Was a hand crocheted Angel for my Xmas Tree Top, back in the 80’s. I still have it. 🙂

    —Linda Klein on July 16, 2014
  • The best handmade gift I ever got was crocheted blanket for my wedding. That was over 30 years ago and I still have that blanket.

    —Rhonda Casey on July 16, 2014
  • My best handmade gift is the quilt my mom made for me – lovely hand applique!

    —kathy on July 16, 2014
  • When I went off to college, my grandmother crocheted me an afghan cover for my bed that was beautiful. It kept me very warm at night. Just knowing that she put her time and love into it also made it very special.

    Cindy Schneider on July 16, 2014
  • There was one of my great grandmother’s quilts left and many of us wanted it. My great aunt took the quilt and had 5 teddy bears made from that quilt so that we each were able to have a part of the wonderful piece of our family’s history.

    Jenny Mahieu on July 16, 2014
  • I received an angel from my daughter, age 6 at the time, made out of a Readers
    Digest book with a styrofoam head, spray painted gold. She is now 38,
    and I still have it. Am I bad for keeping it all these years!?

    —Re on July 16, 2014
  • usually I am the one that does handmade gifts. But the things that my children made for me in elementary school art classes are priceless.thank you..

    —marta on July 16, 2014
  • A pincushion my grandson made from a terra cotta starter pot, filled with batting and topped with fabric.. "Because you love to sew, grandma."

    —Joanne on July 16, 2014
  • When I got married, my aunt crocheted several sets of doilies for me. She is gone now, but I think of her every time I see them.

    —Pat V. on July 16, 2014
  • The best handmade gift I ever received was a picture quilt from my daughter. It had pictures of my Mom and my children with notes from each of my children to me. It is priceless.

    —Bert Mayberry on July 16, 2014
  • My oh so sweet little granddaughter made me a comfort pillow to take with me to the hospital. She was so thoughtful to make this for me and I feel her special love every single time I squeeze it. ♥

    Thanks for the chance to win your giveaway! ☺

    —Maree on July 16, 2014
  • My best friend, Flo, of 60 years, knitted cute hats for me to wear, when I lost my hair from chemo. I was always so cold and they kept me warm. I even wore it while sleeping. I did not realize how much heat you lose through your head. The best gift ever.

    —Barbara Faver on July 16, 2014
  • My mother sewed many dresses for my sister and I when we were growing up. But when I graduated from eighth grade, our school had a special dinner and celebration for the graduates and their families. My mother bought me some low heels (my first!) and made me this exquisite dress in soft blue, with organza over the main dress. I felt like I was on a cloud! Beautiful dress and beautiful memories from the early 60’s!!

    —Marie Eddins on July 16, 2014
  • My father gave me a quilt before he passed away that was given to him by his grade school alumni for his years of work as their historian. I always loved that beautiful handstitched quilt and he knew it would be cherished in my hands, and he felt it was part mine because of all the help I gave him in research for the school and all the restoration we did on trophies, penants, and other items of history for the school. Now that he is gone it is cherished even more because it reminds me of of those times when were hunting and scavaging the nnoks and crannies of the USD school storage facilities, courthouse record archives, and the many hours we spent in his workshop restoring broken trophies and other treasures relating to the schools history that we had unearthed during our hunts. I smile everytime I look at that quilt! :o)

    —Cheryl on July 16, 2014
  • My sister is a weaver and also makes pine needle baskets. Her work is so skilled that First Nations basket makers come to her for advice. I think that my most favourite hand-made gift is one of her pine needle baskets with a handle made from a root she found at her creek.

    Gail G on July 16, 2014
  • The best gift I ever received was a quilt made by my mother & sister.

    —Nancy Harvey on July 16, 2014
  • The best handmade gift I have received is a garter stitch shawl made out of Lion’s Brand Homespun by my 15-year-old granddaughter who stuck with it in time for a Christmas gift one year. She’s 25 now and I am still using the shawl. Good gifts don’t have to be fancy or costly.

    —Donna Wilson on July 16, 2014
  • Went to a quilters day out and received a roll-up ironing mat to take to class or traveling.

    —Elizabeth Starks on July 16, 2014
  • Hand made cards made by my children.

    —sonia afanador on July 16, 2014
  • A teddy bear made from an old, worn family quilt made by my mother-in-law. A treasure.

    —Donna Keating on July 16, 2014
  • hmmmmmm…..it was my Christmas stocking….the gift that keeps giving …hehehe

    anna brown on July 16, 2014
  • I wouold love to win these bundles for my charity quilts.

    —wilma young on July 16, 2014
  • I don’t think I have one "best" handmade gift. All the little handmade gifts my children gave me when they were little are the best! 🙂

    —Allison Evrard on July 16, 2014
  • My grandmother knitted me an afghan for my wedding.

    —Jill on July 16, 2014
  • Quilts and pillows made by my mother and an embroidered doily made by my grandmother.

    —Melinda on July 16, 2014
  • My grandma made me dresses when I was young & I just loved them.

    —Diana Scott on July 16, 2014
  • My favorite handmade gift – my online quilting group made me a quilt when my mother passed away. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

    —Sheila Fernkopf on July 16, 2014
  • Very cute fabric !!!

    —Rosie Garcia on July 16, 2014
  • I received a strip pieced star quilt made by my Mom with scraps of fabric that she had saved from clothes she made for me when I was a child. It evokes so many good memories!

    —Deborah K. on July 16, 2014
  • The best handmade gift I received was when my mother gave me a quilt that my grandmother, who died in 1947 (the year I was born) had hand pieced and quilted. It is priceless to me.

    —Barbara Coulter on July 16, 2014
  • I am a long arm quilter and one of my regular customers came to pick up her quilt and handed me a gift. I was so surprised and pleased. She had made me a darling purse, in my favorite color, blue, from the Downton Abby collection. I love blue, Downton Abby and all of my wonderful customers….I’m a lucky girl!

    —Becky Marshall on July 16, 2014
  • When I was about 7 or 8 my mom made a carrying case for my Barbie doll and clothes. It was round with a flat bottom and had a zipper that went around it, and of course handles for carrying. She used rickrack to put a large cursive L on front for my initial. At the time I was a little disappointed because I wanted the pink plastic case like all my friends had, but I quickly learned to appreciate the uniqueness of it because when it was time to pick up my stuff and go back home after visiting friends, there was no problem sorting and trying to figure out which one was mine. Over the years, I have come to understand the work of love that was put into that little carrying case, and many times I have wished that could have it with me still.

    —Linda Edwards on July 16, 2014
  • My sister made and gifted ME her first hand made with love quilt. I still snuggle up on the couch with it and my coffee in the evenings

    —Cherri on July 16, 2014
  • One of my BFF gave me an embroidered x-stitch afghan, very beautiful.

    —Evelyn Shedlock on July 16, 2014
  • quilts, afghans, ornaments, doilies, slippers, and everything else made by my mama. She passed away this year and I am so glad to have these as a reminder of her. Everyone in our family received handmade slippers every Christmas along with another item she would make for each of us.

    —Linda on July 16, 2014
  • My grandmother made me a wall hanging once. It was done on burlap and she cut and glued pieces of carpet, fabric, and glass beads. It took a lot of time and effort but she knew that I loved that she spent that time and effort on something for me.

    —Dee D on July 16, 2014
  • The best handmade gifts that my family received were crocheted baby blankets made by my husband’s grandmother. She was in her late 80s/early 90s and made sure that all of her great grandchildren had a baby blanket made by her to give to their firstborn children. My children do not have any children of their own as of yet, so the blankets are wrapped loosely and stored away for that day. I only hope my children realize what a precious gift this is to them from their great grandmother.

    —J. Robertson on July 16, 2014
  • My aunt gifted me the afghan that my grandmother had crocheted for her years before. It is a treasure to me with memories of my sweet grannie!

    Loris Mills on July 16, 2014
  • When I was a child, homemade gifts were common. I remember receiving a number of hand made sweaters for christmas, but I think the best were the small little sweaters for my dolls.

    —Cecilia on July 16, 2014
  • I have a pair of very beautiful doilies that my grandmother crocheted for me one year. I have them framed and hanging on my sewing room wall where I can see them daily. They’re very inspiring, and they remind me of her. I don’t crochet, but I hope that someday, I’ll be able to leave my grandchildren quilted gifts that mean as much to them as these doilies do to me.

    —Judith on July 16, 2014
  • A beautiful hooked rug purse from my nephew’s wife

    —Gail on July 16, 2014
  • I have so many talented friends and family that it’s hard to narrow it down to just one item. I love and appreciate them all from the simplest tree ornament from my friends and children to the large oil paintings from my mother. Literally every item given to me is used and cherished for the thought and talent each item holds.

    —Deb W on July 16, 2014
  • A doll handmade by my mother, with handmade outfits to match! It’s a treasure that I still have.

    —The Quilted Dog on July 16, 2014
  • My currant best gift, & I wear it with pride is a button with a hand made inscription that my neighbours child made for me. It states " The
    wolds best Person" Most people who read it do not notice that he left the "r" out of world. This child is 8 years old & he is the nicest little buddie.

    —Gene Brann on July 16, 2014
  • Clay hand prints my girls made in school for Mother’s Day.

    —Denise/Folsom,Calif. on July 16, 2014
  • a wallhanging made by friend who was dying and knew her days were numbered

    —Barbara Long on July 16, 2014
  • All of the hand made ornaments from my children they made in school.

    —Ann Boehm on July 16, 2014
  • My favorite handmade gift I have ever received. Well since I like snowmen, my friend made me a quilted wall hanging of a dressed up snowman as a Christmas gift. It was embellished beautifully.
    Martha in Tellico Plains, TN

    —Martha Sanchez on July 16, 2014
  • My favorite gifts are the ones my grandchildren make for me. I have a watercolor, a coffee cup (tea’s my thing), several bracelets. The list goes on and on.

    —Jonnie L Staggs on July 16, 2014
  • My mom crocheted a blanket for me for Christmas and I was so surprized. I didn’t have any idea she was making it for me.

    —Janice on July 16, 2014
  • My daddy who is gone now, Made me a cradle for my first born and he also made me a small beautiful oak corner table for my foyer. Those are my most treasured gifts that someone made for me. 🙂 Thank you for the chance to win this pretty fabric.

    —Kathy Gates on July 16, 2014
  • Quilt squares from members of our PQ quilt group!

    —Susan Bray on July 16, 2014
  • My mother made me a cloth doll with a pear-shaped body when I was about 7 – I named her Pearsie and always treasured her. Mom made others for other girls in the family, matching hair color (she used cotton fringe!) to the recipient. Mine was the very best one, though!!

    —Elizabeth Bolton on July 16, 2014
  • My favorite handmade gift was a huge tablecloth from my Great Aunt Bea, who was 79 at the time. She had just been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, so it was also one of the last projects that she ever made. It was the 12 days of Christmas all in hand beaded applique. I was so thrilled, as I had just gotten married and had just refinished our first dining table. I used it for our first Christmas dinner for our combined families. My Aunt has since pasted away but I still think of her when I use the tablecloth.

    Kim Goodin on July 16, 2014
  • Years ago, my mother made a small wall hanging of the three Wise Men in blackwork giving it to me prior to Christmas. She, and her mother, are my sewing inspirations and were my early teachers.

    —Barbara on July 16, 2014
  • The best was a ceramic little pot my 9 yr. old daughter made for me at school. They even got to use good paint on it and had it fired, beautiful!
    Thanks for the chance

    —Shari Morrison on July 16, 2014
  • My best friend gave me a table topper quilt for my birthday and got me into quilting! We have such fun together sharing ideas, tips, techniques and quilting shopping!

    —Janet L. on July 16, 2014
  • The quilt my grandmother made me from a geometry class drawing I gave her when I was 14.

    —Carol Riggs on July 16, 2014
  • My granddaughter’s hand drawn picture of me(: Very telling.

    weezie on July 16, 2014
  • That must be something my kids made at school, but I can not pick just one!

    —Janne Ellingsen on July 16, 2014
  • My granddaughter made a picture with hearts for her Papa and me the first Christmas she lived with us. She was four and I will cherish that hand-drawn picture of her "family", Papa, Mimi & Rylie, forever.

    —Karole Walla on July 16, 2014
  • A Christmas Mouse my best friend made me when we were kids.

    —Mary W on July 16, 2014
  • I’ve received many handmade gifts, since my mother and sisters were/are all quilters and fabric artists. The best would have to be a quilt I got from my mother several years ago. That Christmas she gave a handmade quilt to all 5 of her children.

    —Roberta Johnson on July 16, 2014
  • A friend of mind made me a lap quilt, as a house warming gift, I use it often.

    —Grace Mauer on July 16, 2014
  • A quilt made by my mama. Love it still.

    Penny on July 16, 2014
  • A quilt my sister made for me. The only quilt I’ve received except the one my grand mother made me when I was 12!

    —Susan on July 16, 2014
  • It was a painting my daughter did when she was almost two years old and she handed it to me and said "for you, mama".

    —Linda on July 16, 2014
  • I treasured all the things my son made and gave to me when he was young. Also my MIL gave me a wonderful handmade baby quilt when I was pregnant. I hadn’t started quilting at that time, but maybe it helped get me interested.

    —Lisa Marie on July 16, 2014
  • My Greatmother’s quilt made for her husband the first year they were married; 1880!

    —Diana on July 16, 2014
  • One year after we were married I went home to spend the summer with my family. My husband had planned on taking courses during the summer break, so I decided to spend time with my family. When I got back my husband surprised me with a canopy bed that he had made. He even sewed the ruffle himself.

    —Claudia on July 16, 2014
  • A cutting/storage table made by my SIL and a beautiful paperpieced quilt from my dear friend.

    —Sandra Chavez on July 16, 2014
  • A pincushion my daughter made at school for me !

    —Gill on July 16, 2014
  • I love handmade gifts, but the best is one shawls , full colored, knitting by My best friend, presented me in My last
    Birthday.

    —Sônia Viana soares on July 16, 2014
  • a hand hooked chair pad given to me by a very dear friend (her mom made it and she gave it to me after her mom passed away) it is hooked from old strips of wool clothing…. I LOVE IT

    —Sandra on July 16, 2014
  • Solids! And American made!

    —Sue on July 16, 2014
  • When I had breast cancer and was going thru chemotherapy my daughter and her college girlfriends (my adopted daughters) knitted an afghan for me. It made me feel so much better to be wrapped in their love!

    —Donna Hendricks on July 16, 2014
  • Favorite handmade gift cross stitch from my sister. I use to do this and got away from it with the quilting.

    —Sue on July 16, 2014
  • My friend Betty Ann made me a pair of socks when I had pneumonia and could not get warm. She has since passed away but because of her goodness will never be forgotten.

    —Patricia Hinkle on July 16, 2014
  • A clay bowl my daughter made when she was 6. I still use it to hold my pins, 17 years later.

    —Nona on July 16, 2014
  • Quilts hand stitched and hand quilted by my Mom , who is no longer with us. She passed the addiction on to me 🙂

    —Janice Regier on July 16, 2014
  • The best handmade gift I ever received was an afghan my best friend made for me. When she asked me what I wanted I jokingly pointed out the pattern in a magazine I had just received. Without telling me she decided to make it for me and I was beyond surprised when she gave it to me. It did turn out to be much more work than she anticipated and I don’t think she ever made another one, but it is my most treasured gift.

    —Judy on July 16, 2014
  • those are the cutest tags and the fabrics are scrumptious

    —Flor Chavarria on July 16, 2014
  • A quilt from my grandmother for high school graduation. It is at the top of my "evacuating in 5 minutes" list.

    —Laura Carter on July 16, 2014
  • a pot holder from my daughter

    —michelle aronhalt on July 16, 2014
  • The Christmas table cloth my mom embroidered many years ago.

    —Deb on July 16, 2014
  • The best handmade gift I’ve ever received was made partially by my grandfather. I was about nine or ten and for Christmas we received small wood boxes that had colorful ceramic tiles on the lids. Our grandfather was blind and that was something his blind group had done. It’s still beautiful even after fifty-five or so years of use. I treasure it because Grandpa made it.

    —JoAnne T. on July 16, 2014
  • After sitting so intently concentrating on threading quilting needles for my granny, at the age of 5, sitting under the big frame suspended from her ceiling I was hooked on quilting. I was thrilled beyond words when she gave me a Grandmothers Flower Garden quilt she worked on when I was not around (with the "path" worked in my favorite shade of blue.)

    —Elizabeth Schnelle on July 16, 2014
  • I have received many handmade gifts I love, from wall art to handbags; its really hard to pick just one 🙂

    —Dawn Hollingsworth on July 16, 2014
  • My husband made me a slate wall hanging with a mirror on it years ago – etched with my name 🙂 It hangs in my living room…

    —Norma on July 16, 2014
  • My father made me an emerald ring for my birthday. He cast the gold and carefully selected the emeralds to go in it. My mom used to knit me sweaters and give me fabric to sew the skirts. I have been well home-made gifted by my family!

    —Pat on July 16, 2014
  • OMG,WAY TOO MANY GUEST?WOW! WELL I GUESS EVERYONE COULD REALLY USE MORE FABRIC?LOL THANKS FOR SHARING!

    susan Bass on July 16, 2014
  • My grandfather cut and polished agate into a cross pendant that I treasure. It reminds me how lucky I was to have had him in my life for a short time.

    —Tesuque on July 16, 2014
  • My Grandma and Grannie made me two quilts when I was little and let me "help" – the kind of help that it takes longer. I’m sure, but great memories. My Mom also made me a quilt that is very special to me.

    —Gwen on July 16, 2014
  • The only gift I can remember was a vest made by my mother. She used to be a very good seamstress.

    —beth daniels on July 16, 2014
  • When I was about 7 – 8 years old, my grandmother made a doll with an over-sized skirt sealed on the bottom but split in the back. The skirt was stuffed every day with my pajamas and she sat on my pillow for many years full of pajamas. I still have the doll, but she is pretty tattered after 50+ years.

    —Jennifer P on July 16, 2014
  • In third grade, my daughter made an angel out of salt dough in school. I treasured it for 30 plus years until moisture from a flooded basement dissolved it. She wasn’t thrilled with the art work as she grew older, but I dearly loved it, and it hung in a place of honor on the Christmas tree every year.

    —kate on July 16, 2014
  • A queen size, appliquéd butterfly quilt…butterflies are all of 1940’s flour sacks,
    Entirely hand appliquéd and quilted by my oldest sister for my 70th birthday…
    She passed away 2 years later…

    —Mary Tibbetts on July 16, 2014
  • I sew and quilt so no one ever makes me anything because they are afraid it wouldn’t be good enough. Years ago though at work we drew names for a Chistmas gift exchange and the gift had to be home made. The lady that hot my name was a crafter and she made me a snowman that stood about 18 inches and was really cute. I still get that out at Christmas and it has been at least 30 years ago.

    —Barbara Daniel on July 16, 2014
  • My mother used to make clothes for my sisters and I. We’re a big family, so by the time they got to me they were very hand-me-down. When I think about them now, I realize what a gift they really were. Thanks Mom.

    —IbbyD on July 16, 2014
  • I loved the Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy dolls that my Aunt Sammie made for me when I was about 8 years old. I really wasn’t much of a "doll" girl, but those dolls were my constant companions.

    My mom had me pass them on to children in the hospital when I kind of outgrew them. So I hope that some other little girl loved them as much as I did.

    —Karen Neal on July 16, 2014
  • I think the best gift I have ever received was a quilt that a very good friend made with the help of a few ladies from the church we were attending as a going away gift when we moved. The quilt was a 9-patch and was handpieced and hand quilted in a frame that she let down from the ceiling. I will always think of that lady as well as the church and all their kindnesses each time I see that quilt.

    —Gayle L. on July 16, 2014
  • That’s a hard question. One of my favorites would be the stain glass piece that my mom made for us. My husband made a stretched canvas print from one of my childhood pictures that I really love. I have a wall hanging and other small handmade things from friends that mean a lot to me. So I don’t think I can pick just one.

    —Pam on July 16, 2014
  • The best hand made gift I received was a hand made peanut. It was during the Carter era and my Auntie made for me. There were even 2 little peanuts that came out. It was just the right size to snuggle up with at night. It was such and unusual gift. One I still have and love today.

    —Carol B on July 16, 2014
  • My favorite is a set of Raggety Ann and Andy dolls my Mom made for me many years ago. I will always treasure then, especially since she’s no longer with us.

    —Cindy Pilkington on July 16, 2014
  • My mother has made me many gifts over the years but the Mary Poppins doll she made for me is still with me, in my sewing room. Several years ago I had to make her a new skirt and bag and redecorate her hat, but she’s just as lovely now as she was when I first got her as a young girl.

    —Shelley T on July 16, 2014
  • My daughter made a Christmas ornament for me when she was maybe 6 or 7. i still treasure it. E July 16, 2014

    —Edna on July 16, 2014
  • Recently I was given a pin cushion shaped like a donut with decorative pins stuck in it. It LOOKS SO REAL it makes my mouth water! LOL!! But my favorite homemade gift is a seam ripper and matching ink pen that my Daddy made for me out of Olive wood. Beautiful!

    —T Hays on July 16, 2014
  • A mouse pin cushion made by a friend.

    —Peggy Lee Mervine on July 16, 2014
  • A pretty, pretty handmade pincushion from my quilting friend, Bev.

    LeAnn Frobom on July 16, 2014
  • I have been fortunate to receive so many wonderful handmade gifts from friends over the years, but my fabulous husband of many talents once made me a beautiful velour caftan in secret. And I didn’t even know he could sew! Since than he has made me lots of gorgeous furniture. I am so lucky!

    —Pamela Reim on July 16, 2014
  • My daughter made me her first ever quilt. I will always treasure it.

    —Carla on July 16, 2014
  • One of the best gifts I’ve been given was a painting by my sister! It seemed like everyone else in the family had gotten a painting from her, except for me – so I finally spoke up! She had thought I wouldn’t be interested – silly sister!!

    —quiltzyx/sue on July 16, 2014
  • Hand embroidered pillow cases with crocheted edging made by my mother.

    —LaDonna Lateadah on July 16, 2014
  • It was a baby food jar filled with water and a Lego man that my grand kids made. I don’t have it any more but it is a great memory.

    —Judy Morin on July 16, 2014
  • A quilted table runner of Christmas theme for my birthday.

    —Rose Pullen on July 16, 2014
  • I got a handmade pillow from my friend, it was just my style and very beautiful. Love it!

    —Jenna O on July 16, 2014
  • Got a scrap quilt for a wedding gift 40 years ago.

    —Barbee Ziemer on July 16, 2014
  • A handpainted rock with a caricature of me, given by my first dorm resident assistant. I still have it! It’s one of my most treasured possessions.

    —Maria on July 16, 2014
  • A dear friend game me a handpainted wooden box, lined with padded fabric. It has a lovely inscription painted on the lid, and I treasure it to this day.

    —Glenda in Florida on July 16, 2014
  • Best handmade gift I received was gifts the kids made in school for Mothers day!

    —Linda Cartwright on July 16, 2014
  • The best handmade gift I ever got was a wooden bowl that my husband made for me from one of the trees on our land.

    Carrie P. on July 16, 2014
  • I’m trying to think. I’m the one who makes the gifts. I do know my mom made dresses for my Barbie dolls when I was little. I got handmade gifts for my son’s nursery, too. Those were sweet. I don’t remember anything recently.

    —Maryellen on July 16, 2014
  • the best thing i received was a Elvis Presley quilt made by a very good friend. i do a lot of crafts for others and this quilt was the best thing i have ever gotten

    CHRISTINE BRADEN on July 16, 2014
  • My mother-in-law knitted me a wonderful Arran jacket!

    —Linda Fleming on July 16, 2014
  • anything my kids made (and now my granddaughter!!)

    —Judy S on July 16, 2014
  • I have to think that the best/most memorable hand-made gift was the baby quilt my sister made for me. My husband was stationed in Germany at the time and this was our first child. I went into labor 5 weeks early, however, within the first week my sister had made a baby quilt and carrier cover and had it mailed to us before we could go home from the hospital.

    —Janelle Bucher on July 16, 2014
  • to me the best gifts have always been handmade so they are all my favorites.

    —carolyn montgomery on July 16, 2014
  • The best handmade gift I ever received was a counted cross-stitch bookmark made by my daughter when she was in 7th grade. The stitching was of fuschias, which are one of my favorite flowers. She also made bookmarks for my sister & mother; each was different and the picture specific to that person.

    —Judy on July 16, 2014
  • Dishtowels that were embroidered by my young granddaughters.

    —Linda on July 16, 2014
  • I would have to say all the wonderful doll clothes for all my dolls when I was a child; lovingly made by my aunt who raised me. Now that I am in my 60’s; I still have them and enjoy looking at them and touching them with fond memories.

    —Diane on July 16, 2014
  • The best gift I ever received was the hand pieced quilt by my great grandmother, made especially for me. The fabric was from dresses she had worn out, and the backing was from used material that had been bleached white. The little quilting stitches are so even and precise. I love it because she made the entire thing with her own two hands. What a treasure.

    —Vivian Fitzpatrick on July 16, 2014
  • My mother made two log cabin quilts and she gave those to my brother and sister. She developed severe arthritis – had surgery on all her fingers; her neck and had to wear a neck brace; could barely walk; she attempted a Dresden quilt. She worked so hard and in so much pain. She got it all pieced, QAYG and but could not do the binding or complete this quilt. The colors are beautiful. She gave it to me and was sorry I did not get a log cabin quilt also. I know how hard this quilt was for her to do. I treasure my quilt from her. I miss my Mom but so happy I have this quilt.

    —carol on July 16, 2014
  • Would you believe a beautiful wooden bowl made by the husband of a friend! No one ever knits or crochets or quilts for me. I have to do it myself!

    —Diana Salmon on July 16, 2014
  • The best and most useful handmade gift I have received is a sewing cozy for a coffee mug.

    —Janet F on July 16, 2014
  • The best handmade gift I’ve ever received was the quilt my grandmother made for me when I was a little girl. She also made 2 quilts for my Barbie!

    Teresa Stanulis on July 16, 2014
  • When my daughter was 11 or 12 she stamped some paper and envelopes with a palm tree on an island, used colored pencils to color the stamp and made me a half dozen stationary papers with matching envelopes. I still have one set today.

    —Carolyn White on July 16, 2014
  • My favorite niece made me a stuffed puppy when she was 8 years old. She is 27 now and I still have that puppy, sitting in my bedroom with several other special stuffies.

    —K R Ritchie on July 16, 2014
  • When I was in high school my mother made all 4 of her kids a scrap quilt. The wonderful thing about it was that it contained pieces of clothing that she had made for us. Great memories!

    —Kathy Ulrich on July 16, 2014
  • My mother, Josie, took up crochet later in life and proceeded to make many, many things for everyone she knew. But the best gift was found after her death. She had a baby sweater and hat tucked away in there. I cried, held it, smelled it and touched it. Then gave it to my daughter-in-law at her baby shower. The best gifts are those that can be shared.

    —Patricia Hersl on July 16, 2014
  • A dress that my grandma made me when I was 10 years old. It was an orange gingham dress that she did cross stitch on. She didn’t even use a pattern to make the dress. As #13 of 29 grandchildren that dress meant a lot to me. I still have it 45 years later.

    —June on July 16, 2014
  • A wall quilt of an Easter bunny made by my Mother h
    Who had very crooked fingers from arthritis. I’ve always treasured it, but even more so since she passed.

    —Kimberly P on July 16, 2014
  • A crazy quilt my grandma made me for my birthday when I was 7. I still have it but it needs repaired. It is all sewn and quilted by hand. I will be 60 in September.

    —Lori Chvojka on July 16, 2014
  • A sunflower pin cushion. It is beautiful, big and so easy to use. I love it!!

    —Verna Thomas on July 16, 2014
  • I treasure the Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt that my grandmother gave me about forty years ago. She joined the blocks with small green diamonds that give it a unique look. I remember as a child playing with her quilt blocks, arranging and rearranging them to my heart’s content. All of her quilts were hand sewn and hand quilted and there was love in each stitch. I also have a quilt that my great-grandmother made. It’s beautiful, too, but the special one is from the grandmother I knew and loved.

    —Virginia in AK on July 16, 2014
  • My DH made a HUGE Bookcase with doors to hold all of my Creative Memories albums one year. He’s not a craftsman at all so it meant a lot to me.

    Mary C in WA on July 16, 2014
  • A beaded necklace and matching earrings from my granddaughter was the best handmade gift I’ve received.

    —Kathleen Dalecio on July 16, 2014
  • I have three grown sons. Each one, as they went through 5th grade, made a beaded "Christmas bell" – an a bell-shaped ornament. Each year, hanging them on the Christmas tree gives me a wonderful feeling, and when the boys are home, they like to find their bells.

    —Beth on July 16, 2014
  • My mother had knitted me a bedspread that was made up of many different colored flowers. It took her a couple of years to do in her spare time. I was heartbroken when my cats got into my stored things and by the time I discovered it they had completely destroyed my beautiful bedspread. It took me quite sometime to tell my mother about it. It hurt so much.

    Cindy on July 16, 2014
  • I love cotton quilts. I have some from my mother’s family and they are very special

    —Mary on July 16, 2014
  • My favorite handmade gift was a cross-stitch picture of violet hearts done by my daughter.

    —Annie on July 16, 2014
  • When I was a little girl, my mom made me a stuffed toy frog using a pattern she found in a magazine. I loved that frog until I wore him out!

    —Leslie on July 16, 2014
  • The best homemade gift I received has to be the beautiful pinecone wreath my sister made for me one Christmas. I had lived in New England all my life and moved to the south when I was married. I missed New England, the cool temps, snow, etc. She walked through the woods and gathered huge pine cones, acorns, caps, and various other items. She made a beautiful wreath for me that measures about 4′ x 4′. It has almost everything on it that one would find in the woods in New England. I still have it and at Christmas time, I add a large red, velvet ribbon and hang it outside on the front of my house. I can’t even begin to count all the compliments I’ve received about it’s beauty and size over the years. I treasure my special wreath to this day.

    Sandi on July 16, 2014
  • The best handmade gift I every received are the Christmas ornaments that are made by friends and family. Displaying the ornaments bring back fond memories every year.

    —Missy Mulligan on July 16, 2014
  • The best gift was gifts from the heart from my kids when they were little.

    Bonnie on July 16, 2014
  • I was given my grandmother’s embroidered quilt blocks and many of her crochet doilies. I was a little girl when she passed away and I still treasure them in my 70’s.

    —BarbB on July 16, 2014
  • A quilt from my grandmother. I can see bits and pieces of clothes she made me when I wwas little and it brings back wonderful mrmories.

    —Kiska Stevens on July 16, 2014
  • The best handmade gift I every received was a quilt that my great grandmother made for my mother and father’s first Christmas after they were married in 1945. Then my mother gifted me with this treasure when I moved into my first house and I am hoping that I will be able to gift it to my daughter or a granddaughter to enjoy.

    Carol Meadors on July 16, 2014
  • I have never been given anything hand made. Would be wonderful if it happened

    —Martha on July 16, 2014
  • I received a silhouette of my preschool daughter from her teacher. Yes, every parent got one, but most are probably gone by now. I still have mine & my daughter is in her mid 30’s now.

    —Linda on July 16, 2014
  • A crocheted hot pad from childhood friend blind mother!
    What an inspiration!

    —Judy Morgan on July 16, 2014
  • The best handmade gift I ever received was a doll house that my mother and father made for me as a child. That same year they also made a barn for my brothers. Of all the gifts I have received over the years, I still have the doll house and it is sitting in my sewing area.

    —Nancy on July 16, 2014
  • I would say the best handmade gifts I’ve received are those given to me by my daughters when in school. Each was made with love and given from the heart!

    —Marcia Albers on July 16, 2014
  • I love all of the handmade gifts I have received, but my favorite is one I received last year from my son and daughter-in-law. They made a clock out of a circle of wood and tiles. The tiles are decorated with pictures my son has taken and denote the times. It also shows our travels throughout the year. January (12 o’clock) is a cactus and March (3 o’clock) is Mariner’s Spring Training. Our time in Washington through the summer months has hot air balloons and wheat fields. It is so original and I love it!

    —Linda Zumwalt on July 16, 2014
  • The album my mom made me of my life before she died. Also a fleece music quilt my sister made me last year for my birthday.

    —Susan on July 16, 2014
  • My favorite gift wasn’t a quilt or sewn project, but it was a craft snowman made by a 7 year old who loves to make things for seniors every Christmas with the help of her great-grandma! This past year she did it all by herself. I see a very crafty person in her future!

    Linda Shumway on July 16, 2014
  • A simple wool pin cushion. It means a lot to me because of the person that gave it to me.

    —connie b on July 16, 2014
  • Three hold equal place in my heart: a Texas Star quilt top made by my grandmother, which I got from my Dad. A crocheted thimble holder made by my maternal grandmother that I got from my Mom. And some quilt blocks that my mother made back in the 50’s! Love them all!

    —Teckla on July 16, 2014
  • The best handmade gift I ever got are the hand embroidered pillow cases that my great aunt got me when I was 14. They are done with silk thread and I still have them , after 50 years. I don,t use them any more but still love them very much.

    —Jeanne Brown on July 16, 2014
  • When I graduated from high school a little old lady at my church ask me to come to her house because she had a gift for me. She took me to her spare room where there was a stack of quilts laid out on the bed. She started flipping back the corner, one at a time, and said pick one. I almost cried right then and there. These were all hand pieced and hand quilted entirely by her. Such an overwhelming gift. The fabrics were all cottons that had come from old clothes and such. There was the most beautiful and colorful Wedding Ring quilt with a scalloped edge that caught my eye and had to be the one. I still have that quilt, 30 years later. It’s a true treasure.

    —Lisa Diamond on July 16, 2014
  • The best gift I ever received was a plaster of Paris heat with my oldest granddaughters Han prints and the youngest foot prints. The best gift in the last 16 years!

    —Pat on July 16, 2014
  • The best handmade item given to me was a simple tote bag in Christmas fabric. Before I received this, I’d hide away small gifts for my family which I bought during the year, only to forget where many were hid when Christmas came around. Now, I’ve a specific bag where I can hide small gifts, and the bag screams "Christmas" with its holiday fabric.

    Judy Garling on July 16, 2014
  • My daughter gave me a quilted tote bag. It has carried things back and forth to school, books to the public library, my laptop, all of my makeup and ‘power tools’, and has been used as a carry-on when I flew on the plane. It is shows no wear although I have had it for about 10 years.

    —Barbara on July 16, 2014
  • My favorite handmade gift was a quilt made specially for me by my mother.

    —Lynn D in NC on July 16, 2014
  • A Christmas stocking from my mother. She strip cut – sewed and then created 1.5 inch squares, to randomly piece together in the shape of a stocking.

    —laura tabaccki on July 16, 2014
  • My mother-in-law used to make us a cross-stitch gift each Christmas. She died a few years ago so they’re all really special to us now.

    —Suzanne B on July 16, 2014
  • We was having a sparse Christmas one year when I was not working. Some friend made little drawstring bags, hand embroidered on the outside and put little gifts inside. These were left on our door. I just cried, they were so pretty and thoughtful. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

    —Debra Kay Neiman on July 16, 2014
  • A beautiful afghan with crosstitched roses, from my grandmother.

    —Gwendolyn Clark on July 16, 2014
  • The doll my Grandmother made for me when I was 4, with a beautiful handmade wedding dress and wardrobe including underwear.

    kathy nielson on July 16, 2014
  • Fabric pieced portrait of my Border Collie.

    —Barbara on July 16, 2014
  • It was a patchwork clutch. It was beautifully made by my friend from Okinawa, Fumie Jahana.

    —Mary Karzon on July 16, 2014
  • A beautiful basket from my very dear friend. It sits here beside my computer desk full of quilting notions and patterns. Years ago, I adored every gift that was brought home to me and made by one of my boys’ very own hands. I still put their ornaments on my Christmas tree!

    —Nancy on July 16, 2014
  • My grandmother made me a sunbonnet sue quilt. was her last quilt she ever made. <3

    —Heather on July 16, 2014
  • Solids are always a nice thing to have for fillers.

    —Victoria on July 16, 2014
  • I got myself in a Swap Club and I received a beautiful Mug Rug from a very nice lady in Alaska. I treasure it. She did such a wonderful job on it.

    —Grisel Martinez on July 16, 2014
  • The best hand made gift that I’ve ever gotten is my Mickey Mouse fabric tote bag, note pad & quilt register that my sister made and gave me for my birthday last year – I love it! and Mickey Mouse too!!!
    Thanks for the chance to win! 😉

    —Debby E on July 16, 2014
  • Pictures hand drawn by the neighbor children–even though I am not related the still think of me!

    —valerie csmith on July 16, 2014
  • My hubby made a log Razorback bench for me. He does woodwork, I do quilting. I made him a Razorback t-shirt quilt. We are definitely Arkansas Razorback Fans!!! GO, HOGS, GO!!

    —Sarah Monk on July 16, 2014
  • The best gift I ever received, and continue to receive, are handmade by my children. I frame and hand their artwork on the walls. They are my pride and joy. I love making quilts for them and love seeing them actually use them.

    —Elaine on July 16, 2014
  • A bright yellow quilt my mother made just for me. She sewed the clothes and quilts for all three of us girls until we demanded to buy our own underwear. By the time we got to junior high school and had to change our clothes in gym class, the cotton bloomers and little slips with a ruffle on the bottom had become embarrassing. My mother, however, continued to sew on her old treadle machine and made many quilts for the family for years to come.

    —Sharon on July 16, 2014
  • My grandmother made me a quilt from her old clothing. It’s been years and years since she passed but everytime I look at it I can still remember the outfits the fabric came from.

    —Lesa M on July 16, 2014
  • The best handmade gift I received was from my son in kindergarten. He made me a clay necklace on a red yarn choker. Thanks for the giveaway!

    tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

    —Tabitha Keener on July 16, 2014
  • My husband made me a tomato pincushion one year for Christmas!

    —Janice on July 16, 2014
  • The best handmade gift was a crochet throw my friends mother made for me just before she went blind.

    —CarolAnn H on July 16, 2014
  • My grandmother made pillow cases for her granddaughters then added a crocheted edging. I still have mine.

    —Judy on July 16, 2014
  • I have a long, narrow, handmade bag purchased at a quilt shop and given to me by my daughter-in-law. I use it all the time as a knitting bag when I’m making scarves. It is just the right size and shape for a ball or two of yarn and the needles.

    —Marjory W on July 16, 2014
  • My favorite handmade gift is a wind chime from my son.

    —Sandy on July 16, 2014
  • The best handmade gifts have been from my children. Especially a pink vase and ceramic heart made by my son when he was in the hospital.

    —Pam on July 16, 2014
  • My mother, a holocaust surviver, gave me a runner and square table topper,both embroidered richelieu [cutwork]on white muslin.They were both embroidered by her mother,my grandmother , before she married.These are the only items my mother managed to save from her life before the horrors of that time. Both parents and 9 siblings were murdered.

    —Rivka Hamdani on July 16, 2014
  • The best handmade gift was my wedding dress!

    —Peggy Moller on July 16, 2014
  • My best homemade gift is a quilted wall hanging from my mother, who passed away 6 years ago. It is a picture of a Victorian doll house and every detail on it is hand quilted. My mother was a full-time nurse and worked on it every evening after work until it was finished. I cherish every stitch.

    Gwen on July 16, 2014
  • The best handmade gift was a miniature dresser which my grandfather made and clothing sewn by my grandma for the doll I received from my parents. The doll’s wedding dress was made from pieces of my aunt’s wedding dress.

    —Jolene Otter on July 16, 2014
  • The best handmade gift I ever received was a counted cross stitch piece that says "I cannot count my day complete until fabric, thread and needle meet". That is so true for me!

    —Barbara Reifsnider on July 16, 2014
  • The best handmade gift I ever received were beautiful wildlife pictures my late husband cross stitched for me.

    —Linda Johnson on July 16, 2014
  • An afghan from my grandmother ,three different shades of orange!

    —Anita Ezzell on July 16, 2014
  • My mother-in-law made a magnificent 2 ply heirloom quality christening shawl for my first born. It is cherished.

    —Julia on July 16, 2014
  • My daughter made a throw pillow for me 🙂

    —Jeni on July 16, 2014
  • Beautiful colours would make a fine Christmas table cloth.My neighbour is very good at sewing.

    —Leisha on July 16, 2014
  • MY OLDEST DAUGHTER MADE ME THE MOST BEAUTIFUL APRON.

    —Kim Cebula on July 16, 2014
  • The best gift from my grandmother was a quilt – made when I was a baby. My grandfather cut all the pieces and she pieced and quilted it, all done by hand. And I now have the last quilt my grandmother made, also all done by her loving fingers. Her name was Harriet Lillian Emily Arillea Frey Edison McIntyre Klaber. Family always gets a kick out of our Nannie’s name.

    —Jerry Coats on July 16, 2014
  • Towels with lovely fabric decorating them….thanks for this chance

    Marjorie on July 16, 2014
  • My family has always preferred homemade items as gifts, so its tough to pick out any particular one since they all have memories attached to them which make them more precious with each passing year. Another reason my cabinets and closets are stuffed to the brim, but I just can’t part with them. My father passed away last year, and his personal written memoirs are very, very precious to me.

    —JEA on July 16, 2014
  • My Grand-ma made me a quilt when I first moved out. I also inherited a sunbonnet sue my Great Aunt made and wore it to scraps…it even went to college with me.

    Lyn Kaufmann on July 16, 2014
  • My favorite handmade gift is a "crazy quilt" jacket. A gift from a very dear friend – the one who taught me to quilt.

    —Sandy Ralston on July 16, 2014
  • One of my very first swap gifts from someone was a beautiful bag. It had embroidery and was hand quilted. I was so amazing that someone would spend so much time making something for me. Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

    Christine M on July 16, 2014
  • handknit ski sweater from my Mom

    lynne mulcahey on July 16, 2014
  • The best Christmas handmade gift was a wooden, highly scroll worked clock made and given to me from my Brother. He is my eldest sibling and one I dearly love so having this personal item means a lot to me.

    —Janet Crossman on July 16, 2014
  • The best handmade gift I ever received was either a crochet dress or a doll quilt my Grandmother made for me when I was seven years old. I still have them both. I guess if I had to choose, it would be the doll quilt.

    —Kathy M Boice on July 16, 2014
  • I hand crocheted table cloth with matching china cabinet scarfs. made by my Grandmother and given to me when I was 16 years old it am now 59 .She is the one who taught me how to crochet when I was 8 years old

    —catherine schueler on July 16, 2014
  • Hand embroidered, hand quilted quilt from my aunt.

    —Stella on July 16, 2014
  • A teddy bear from my non-sewing sister, priceless!

    —Mcm on July 16, 2014
  • My Grandmother made a quilt for me, out of scraps of clothes she had made for my sister and I.

    —Karen on July 16, 2014
  • Over a period of 8-10 years a co-worker gave me small handmade Christmas pillows depicting a Christmas theme. When I retired and downsized our home, I took apart the pillows and incorporated the front panels into a beautiful full size quilt, using the pillows back panel for the binding. Every Christmas it is displayed with great fondness of my coworker and many great memories of us working together.

    Susan Marlow on July 16, 2014
  • Quilts and paintings from my mother who is now gone.

    Janie steele on July 16, 2014
  • Would have to be the first handmade quilt I received for my high school graduation. It was made by my grandmother from all types of material( read this as double knits!) It sure was warm for the cold winter nights at college.

    Linda on July 16, 2014
  • Any thing my children made. Our oldest son made an oak TV stand when he was in high school. 20+ years later we are still using it.

    Lucinda Collins on July 16, 2014
  • Both my grandmothers made me quilts for Christmas!

    —Cindy Flanegan on July 16, 2014
  • It was a quilt made by my grandmother. She lived her entire life in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Quilts were made with whatever fabrics were available — usually scraps from old clothing or leftover scraps from clothing sewn at home. She machine pieced it and quilted it by hand. It was my wedding present. It isn’t beautiful but I cherish it.

    —Theresa on July 16, 2014
  • The best handmade gift I received was from someone who is not an avid quilter. My niece made me a drag a rag quilt made from Mickey Mouse (my fav) flannel. It is my watching TV lap quilt and all the more special because she is not into sewing so much…like her mom and I are.

    —cindy on July 16, 2014
  • When I came home after graduating from college, I walked in the front door and there was this dainty roll top desk sitting there. I knew my father had made it and was going on about how beautiful it was. And then Daddy said, "It’s for you!".

    —Susan K. on July 16, 2014
  • Anything my grandchildren make but my favorite quilt is a Christmas one my mom made a couple years before she died. I think of her and all her hard work when I put it on our bed at Christmas.

    —K Petry on July 16, 2014
  • I would have to say that I always loved any handmade gifts etc. that my sons made me in school or camp! Even have most of them ( if not perishable) tucked away in a plastic bin, so hopefully if I ever have grandchildren I can share them with them. Still waiting for both ( ages 37 & 33 to get married)!

    In a strong second place, I would have to say the hand carved and beautifully painted wood Santa figure that my sister who is a very talented artist gave to me many Christmas’s ago. I cherish it and all the handmade items she has given me. How lucky can a sister get!!!!

    —Joan on July 16, 2014
  • A Christmas ornament. Every year I get to remember great times shared with the giver.

    —Jane on July 16, 2014
  • Hand pieced fabric ornament on the front of a Christmas card. They used gold metallic fabric to accent the red and white ornament. Stunning!

    Chris on July 16, 2014
  • My best handmade gift ever was a bedspread from my great-grandmother, given as a high-schook graduation present. Done in size 10 thread, it probably took her several months to crochet it.

    —Lynne on July 16, 2014
  • My nieces have made me beautiful Christmas ornaments. I felt special because they included me when they thought of making presents for their mom and grandma.

    —Joy Meetis on July 16, 2014
  • Stained glass picture from my daughter in kindergarten.

    —Nancy Beck on July 16, 2014
  • A picture drawn by my son when he was around 6 years old. He cut out the paper into a heart shape and drew a picture of himself and me planting and watering flowers in a garden. Both of us have huge smiles. He wrote at the top of the picture ‘Me and Mom helping make the world a better place."
    I treasure that picture to this day.

    Kim Sysa on July 16, 2014
  • My best homeade gift was a small rooster that my father carved. It was only about 3in. Just a very small peice. My father didn’t make alot of things so now that he’s gone, its even more special.

    —Curt on July 16, 2014
  • When I was a little girl, we didn’t have a lot growing up. My mom made most of my sister and my clothes. She would go to Gooodwill find clothing that wasn’t real worn cut them up and make clothes for us. One Christmas when Barbie dolls came out my sister and I both wanted one but they were a little too expensive. Mom bought a generic doll about the same size for much less than the Barbie. She then, made a complete wardrobe for the dolls. There was even a wool coat with fur trim. I think she got that at goodwill too. She sewed them all on a Featherweight 221. Which I have now. I still remember waking up on Christmas morning before everyone, running out to the tree and seeing the dolls with their wardrobe. I never touched a thing as I waited for the rest of the family wake up. At the time I thought they were a gift from Santa, but I think that is the best hand made gift I’ve ever received.

    —Debbie Peterson on July 16, 2014
  • quilt made from an elderly lady who sewed for my Mother

    —Gayle Arnold on July 16, 2014
  • Beautiful fabric. I am beginning a Grandmother’s Garden. And need soft solid colors for my centers. These would be perfect.

    —Jean Hardy on July 16, 2014
  • My daughter painted a plate for my mother’s day gift. Still have it 23 years later! It has a special place in my sewing room.

    —Cindy on July 16, 2014
  • The best gift I ever made was a small cola glass that I painted an acrylic rose on in Sunday School, over fifty years ago, for my Mom for Mother’s Day!!! I still have the glass and the memories it holds over the years! Best gifts are homemade with lots of love!

    —Judy Whitby on July 16, 2014
  • Hello,it is the beautiful hand pieced and hand quilted queen size quilt my Aunts,Marie and Esther made for my husband and I when we were married! That is now over 50 years ago,and it remains as beautiful in pinks,limes+creams as ever! This Quilt is Special!
    Thank You for sharing!

    —Linda on July 16, 2014
  • Eu ganhei uma colcha de retalhos bem antiga mesmo e já era usada, mas a senhora (D.Minervina) que me presenteou, me fez a pessoa mais feliz naquele dia… adorei, mesmo sendo muito simples….

    —Maria Angelica on July 16, 2014
  • My best handmade gift ever was a rock painted by my daughter. It reads, "Home," and it sits at my front door on the front porch and has been there for years.

    —vickie on July 16, 2014
  • Every handmade gift is special. If I have to choose just one (category), my choice is anything made by by children or grandchildren. I cannot pick just one.

    Thanks for the chance to win great fabric.

    —Beth B on July 16, 2014
  • my friend gave me a tiny basket made of horsehair

    —mary powell on July 16, 2014
  • One Christmas when I was a teenager, my mother (who HATES to sew, BTW) stayed up every night after I’d gone to bed to sew a wedding dress for a doll. This particular doll was hers when she was a child and it had originally come with a lovely wardrobe of ball gowns and matching heels. She had let me play with the doll when I was little and I apparently lost or damaged all of the clothes, thus the doll had sat naked in a closet for years. Anyway, that year my mother decided that she wanted to officially gift me with the doll, and seeing that a naked doll would not quite have the same effect on Christmas morning (can you imagine the look on my teenage face had I opened THAT gift?!) she set about to make something for her to wear. She didn’t use a pattern; just set decided to construct a wedding outfit. I say outfit because the dress wasn’t enough for her. She lovingly crafted not just the dress (which was AMAZING!) but also a veil with rosebud trim AND the cutest pair of heels! She carved the heels themselves from wood and used satin and lace to cover them and turned out with a perfect pair of slide style heels for the now gloriously clothed bridal doll. When I opened that box on Christmas morning, I was stunned! I remembered the doll and how she had been pretty inappropriately clothed when I had seen her last, and once I found out how she’d become a bride, I cried. I still have and treasure that doll and hope to one day pass her down to my daughter.

    —Crystal Flemmer on July 16, 2014
  • best was a quilt made 50+ years ago by my grandmother

    —mary ann johnson on July 16, 2014
  • I’ve recieved numerous homemade gifts it’s hard to choose which is my favorite. I’m going to pick a pincushion/thread/scrap catcher that an on line quilting pal made me. I love it and the love that went into it

    —Debbie Rogowski on July 16, 2014
  • My daughter made a plaster handprint of her hand and decorated it all by herself in 1st grade. It’s the most precious gift I’ve ever received.

    —Crystal G. on July 16, 2014
  • A Christmas soldier ornament my son carved out of a bar of soap.

    Sallie on July 16, 2014
  • The best gift was an afghan that my grandmother made.

    —Chris on July 16, 2014
  • A sweet pin cushion for my wrist. Each time I put it on I say a prayer for the friend that made it for me.

    —D.Dianne on July 16, 2014
  • My kids made me a bird house, because we love to watch the birds from our windows. They even painted their names on it.

    —Annette S. on July 16, 2014
  • The best homemade gift I have ever received is a afghan knitted by my best friends mother and grandmother and the knitted embroidery on it done by my friend. My friend and her grandmother have since passed away and her mother is still living at a spry 95 years old.

    —Shirley Harrison on July 16, 2014
  • The best gift I ever received with the quilt made by my friend for my 50th birthday…it’s on my bed right now and I love it. Other than that, any gift my children have made me. ;o)

    —Kathleen Giles on July 16, 2014
  • A porcelain head arms feet doll filled with millet in a silk bean bag type dress! I call her Hortensia.

    —Melody Lutz on July 16, 2014
  • I would have to say a picture my son drew in kindergarten of the family at the "big tv" (drive in).

    —Lori Beck on July 16, 2014
  • The best handmade gift I ever received was a quilt mde from my childhood dresses by my mother, hand pieced and hand quilted. I want to do the same for my daughter.

    —Connie Douty on July 16, 2014
  • I think I would have to say that every year my Mother and Dad would make some crafty gift for us kids at Christmas, all seven of us. One year dad made all of us girls and inlaws these cute little wooded sewing machines and Mom made us all one of her many beautiful table toppers, or a quilt. We all have lots of treasure from them. And that cute little sewing machine proudly sit on a shelf in my sewing room today.

    Rita on July 16, 2014
  • A hand-turned, hardwood handled seam ripper.

    —Jo Anne on July 16, 2014
  • I would have to say a coloring page from my grand daughter on my birthday.

    —Jenelle Boxberger on July 16, 2014
  • My best handmade gift was a Christmas ornament all painted up to look like a penguin when it was actually made out of a light bulb! !

    —Cindy Schmitt on July 16, 2014
  • A poem by my daughter, she was 5 and used my initials to write the poem. Really sweet.

    —J a n Ringer on July 16, 2014
  • Received a quilt from my aunt,she was 80 when she made it. Will be cherished and passed down to one of my granddaughters.

    Sam Bane on July 16, 2014
  • A quilted photo wall quilt.

    —Karen on July 16, 2014
  • The best gift I received was a hand crocheted blanket. Thanks for the giveaway.

    —Linda V on July 16, 2014
  • A special knit sweater from my MIL.

    —Kris S in WI on July 16, 2014
  • My niece came to visit us from the UK a couple of years after we moved to Australia & had made our Christmas gift… a set of place mats & coasters with decoupage maps on the face showing where we live now & where we were from in the UK as well as where our family still lives. brought tears to our eyes….

    —Suzanne Keal on July 16, 2014
  • Other than item my kids made at school for me I would have to say an afghan my mother made me for my 18th birthday. Now that she is gone it is even more special.

    —Diana Collins on July 16, 2014
  • I have been blessed with many talented artists as friends. I have some beautiful painted items, knitted and crocheted, and a quilt from my grandmother that I absolutely cherish. Yes, I have been blessed with many treasures.

    —Marti Morgan on July 16, 2014
  • The sister made me an handmade ornament for my Christmas tree, it was the only handmade item I ever received.

    —Linda King on July 16, 2014
  • A Welsh spoon carved by my Dad.

    —Katherine Grimsdale on July 16, 2014
  • Hrmm .. I dunno if I’ve ever received a handmade gift other than crocheted afghans which are pretty awesome in their own right! 🙂

    Naomi on July 16, 2014
  • One of my dear friends, who does not sew, made a felt hanging for me. It was pain-staking for her. It had so much love in it, it made it the most beautiful handmade gift I ever received.

    —Robbie Schoonover on July 16, 2014
  • A hand embroidered wall sigh that said. "Your The Best Mom in the World"
    Done by my daughter when whe was 21.

    —Carol Bauman on July 16, 2014
  • My late husband commissioned a pendant from a friend of ours who does wire wrap jewelry. It was silver wire wrapped around a sunstone,a moonstone, and a hematite star. He said that since he couldn’t give me the REAL sun, moon, and stars, he hoped I could accept his meager substitute.

    —Deb on July 16, 2014
  • I can remember the pajamas my Mom made for me when I was a little girl. I have 4 younger brothers. I don’t know how she found the time to do that for me.

    —Liz L on July 16, 2014
  • It was a crocheted blanket that I asked my mom to make of grannie squares surrounded by by black.

    —Karen Schultz on July 16, 2014
  • The best handmade gift I ever received was a crocheted bottle cover (years ago) that looked like a poodle. Wish I still had it.

    —Clareene Bussini on July 16, 2014
  • My daughter made me a beautiful scrapbook album of memories of my mom(her grandma). My daughter is a fabulous scrapbooker.

    —Mary Ann on July 16, 2014
  • A prayer shawl for a friend who was newly widowed.

    —Sharon Fisher on July 16, 2014
  • Quilt blocks made by my quilt bee friends that I put together into a beautiful quilt.

    —Christine on July 16, 2014
  • The best handmade gift I ever received was a fabric covered photo album my sister made to hold my wedding photos . It is something I will always cherish.

    —beverly lukes on July 16, 2014
  • My sister-in-it specially for me.law made me a lovely blue glass dish. She has a kiln and made

    —Judy Allen on July 16, 2014
  • Any handmade gift from my children or grandchildren….they are all equally precious in my sight!

    —Barbara Bell on July 16, 2014
  • My sister crocheted a tablecloth out of cotton crochet thread. Beautiful and full of love!

    —Susan Juarez on July 16, 2014
  • I have a lovely knitted sweater that my sister made for me.

    —Karen A on July 16, 2014
  • A quilted wall hanging from a special friend.

    —Sue White on July 16, 2014
  • This is really silly but my husband gave me an elastic band bracelet he made, when stretched it said, "I love you."

    Meg Jewell on July 16, 2014
  • Easy answer! A hand hooked rug from my artistic mother! My mother’s taught me may fiber arts…quilting, knitting, weaving etc. and the one that I never caught on to was her traditional wool rug hooking. I have one very special rug she designed and made for me and it graces a very special place in my house. She passed in November of 2013 and I not only treasure her gift but the most important lifetime gifts she gave me which contribute to my obsession with making quilts, sweaters and pieces made on my simple rigid heddle loom.

    —Anne on July 16, 2014
  • It’s a toss up. My daughter is a scrapbooker and when she got married a couple of years ago, she put together a scrapbook of pictures of her new family expecially my new granddaughter.
    My son is a handyman and wood worker and he made me a small jewelry box shaped like the letter C with a drawer in the center of the C. When you stand it on its side it also looks like a tulip.

    —cmh on July 16, 2014
  • I taught a girlfriend how to stitch and as a thank you she stitched ‘Keep Calm, Cross Stitch’ I framed it with several pieces of wonderful fabric, quilted it and hung it on the wall. One of my favorite things to look at.

    —Mary-Carol on July 16, 2014
  • Mine was a quilt made by my mom!

    —Lee on July 16, 2014
  • My best gift was all the years of school clothes my mother made for me, until I learned to sew myself.

    —Margery on July 16, 2014
  • I have made many gifts for others, but the best received was a hand collected coffee can full of special rocks from my daughter when she was 3.

    —Karla Bird on July 16, 2014
  • Quilts- I know each was made with love.

    —Mary Herbel on July 16, 2014
  • Years ago my sister made a travel bag with a southwest design on it. It has traveled back and forth across the country, as well as many times to our RV that is 75 miles away.

    —Janie on July 16, 2014
  • My favorite handmade gift is a modern quilt my daughter made all by hand; it’s even hand quilted, and she made up the pattern herself! It was my mother ‘s day gift this year. I was so pleased and surprised that I cried!

    —Dixie on July 16, 2014
  • The quilt my mom made (with her sisters help) the year mom passed away…it’s so beautiful

    —Lorraine Emineth on July 16, 2014
  • My best gift was log cabin coasters from my sister that we have used for over 20 years.

    —Regina Harris on July 16, 2014
  • A stocking made by my mother in law. She hand made the stocking with pretty embelishments

    Karey Hardesty on July 16, 2014
  • I received a small framed quilt piece representing the USA flag. It is very simple yet so meaningful! thanks for the opportunity. The colors are yummy!

    —Donna on July 16, 2014
  • The best handmade gift I’ve received is a drawn picture by my 5 year old granddaughter while she was in the hospital.

    —Joyce on July 16, 2014
  • The best hand made gift I have ever received was a baptismal dress for my daughter made by one of the members at the church we belonged to when my daughter was born. I was so surprised and flattered that this member would do this for my baby!

    —Lois Leader on July 16, 2014
  • I had a college roommate from a little farming community and she was on a very meager budget and had 1 skirt, 3 pr of pants, and 4 tops (she had sewn) that she would wash and wear over and over again. So for Christmas my other roommates pooled resources and gave her some Pendleton wool so she could expand her own wardrobe a bit.
    Well… when we came back in January, on each of our beds was a vest… made from the Pendleton wool.

    Karee on July 16, 2014
  • My mother in law painted me an angel on wood with the quote"Believe in Angels". I so do believe in angels, she’s watching over me.

    —Dot on July 16, 2014
  • Green bags

    —Hilda Krebs on July 16, 2014
  • A beautiful photo album made by my daughter-in-law.

    Jeannette on July 16, 2014
  • The best gifts I ever receive are handmade. I treasure them all. My favorite is my youngest grandson’s picture that had inscribed on it "I love you Nanee"

    —Holly on July 16, 2014
  • My best handmade gift was a lovely, little box that opened up into a photo album and was filled with pictures of my twin granddaughters, It is so precious.

    —Joan on July 16, 2014
  • Favorite handmade gift…a quilt pieced by my great-grandmother (circa 1870), quilted by my grandmother, and fabric identified and dated by my art historian daughter.

    —Deb Mac on July 16, 2014
  • It would have to be the Barbie doll clothes that my Mom used to make for me when I was young. Each year I would get a whole new wardrobe for my dolls. Thank you for the giveaway and the tags. This book looks very interesting.

    —Cecilia on July 16, 2014
  • The first thing that comes to mind is the packet of "gift certificates" that my daughter made for me as a gift – for Mother’s Day, I think. Each one was carefully drawn and was good for a specific household chore. I ran across it the other day when I was going through a box of her old school papers/artwork/report cards, etc. I guess I never did redeem any of them, LOL!

    —Barb Johnson on July 16, 2014
  • A sewing cabinet with tumbling blocks inlaid exotic woods made by my Father.

    Lois on July 16, 2014
  • One of those clay plates with my son’s handprint pushed into it that he made in Kindergarten. Still bring it out at Christmas.

    —Nancy McFall on July 16, 2014
  • Best hand made gift I ever got was a quilt. That was got me interested in quilting myself.

    —Cynthia Green on July 16, 2014
  • The first quilt my mom made me – flannel backed for Michigan winters!

    —Sue on July 16, 2014
  • The quilt made by my mom!!

    —Dana Womack on July 16, 2014
  • Handprints of my preschool children on wall hangings and small pottery pieces made by my children at school (they selected glazes and decorative elements based on ones they knew I liked)!

    —Marty on July 16, 2014
  • The best handmade gift I received was homemade soup and some fruit juice from my mother in law when I was so sick I couldn’t cook. My husband (her son) had to go to her home to recuperate from surgery so he wouldn’t catch the bug I had. She was wonderful and we both miss her.

    —Ida on July 16, 2014
  • The best home made gift I ever received was a water color iris print. A very nice gentleman painted the original for his wife for their 50th anniversary, and gave prints to all who attended their vow renewal ceremony. Beautiful!

    —joan on July 16, 2014
  • That’s hard!
    My grandma made each of us grand kids stuffed puppies (Pound Puppies were huge when I was that age), and we got to choose colors, and then she visited us when they were almost done. She had us help her stuff them, and she taught us to hand-sew their tummies shut. I still have that puppy!
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    Rachell R on July 16, 2014
  • The best handmade gift I ever received was a beautiful granny square afghan my mother made me for Christmas.

    —Bonnie on July 16, 2014
  • The best homemade gift I have ever received is a little dish my daughter made in class.

    —Daynora Lynn Clements-Caul on July 16, 2014
  • A carved wooden heart with an arrow through it

    —Debbie Pete on July 16, 2014
  • Anything my children made me.

    —Carol on July 16, 2014
  • My mother crocheted a bunch of ponchos and capes for me when I lived in New Mexico. I used them all winter long and never needed a coat.

    —Donna B on July 16, 2014
  • A lapquilt my mother made me a few years before she passed. I have played countless games of I spy for colors, designs, hot foot etc. with my grand daughter with it. Of course it will be passed down to her and I am sure she will smile remembering our games. We call it the happy quilt.

    —Helen on July 16, 2014
  • A wooden box made by my son in shop class.

    —Kristin Rigsbee on July 16, 2014
  • My husband is an artistic blacksmith. He has made several shelves, hooks, quilt hangers, thread holders, iron holders, etc., for my sewing room. It makes things so much easier. They all come from his heart and hard effort.

    —Sherbie Tollefson on July 16, 2014
  • My best handmade gift I received was a crocheted ripple afghan from my grandmother in Maine in the 1970’s. I still have this afghan.

    —Renee on July 16, 2014
  • A cross that was tatted by my husband’s Aunt when she was 100 yrs old

    —Margaret on July 16, 2014
  • A hand appliquéd tree of life quilt my Mom made for my husband & I for a wedding present. We finally got it on our 5th anniversary when she got it done. it’s still my favorite handmade gift of all time.

    —Michelle on July 16, 2014
  • When we were college freshmen, my mathematical boyfriend made me a cricket cage hung from an elaborate helix made of cotton thread. It took my breath away. In China, crickets are good luck and you could keep a cricket in a small bamboo cage. You could be gifted with a cage, but you had to catch your own cricket, since luck cannot be given to you.

    —Sandy on July 16, 2014
  • the girls that worked for me at my childcare center had each child make their hand print on a fabric square and they were made into a quilt by a seamstress. I cherish it and appreciate their creativity. This was 1991 before I started quilting

    —Jennifer Essad on July 16, 2014
  • The best handmade gift I have received is the crib my dad made for his granddaughters.

    —Diane P on July 16, 2014
  • Several years ago, my son didn’t have much money to spend for Christmas gifts. He made me a Bonsai tree using a twisted branch, silk leaves, gravel, model glue, and a plastic plant tray. It is simple and beautiful.

    —Julie B on July 16, 2014
  • Dont ya just love christmas

    —Kathy Luehrs on July 16, 2014
  • I have to say a red plaid flannel granny nightgown my aunt made me for Christmas when I was about 10.

    —Jill Meador on July 16, 2014
  • The best homemade gift was from my mother-in-law. She had crocheted a beautiful small rug that I used as a table topper. I didn’t even know she knew how to crochet.

    —Donna on July 16, 2014
  • When I was a young girl my aunt made me a pretty green gingham dress. I wore it in my school picture that year.

    —Izzy Prado on July 16, 2014
  • A pair of hand knitted socks.

    —Teresa C on July 16, 2014
  • That’s kind of hard but a friend made me a beautiful Afghan once that I treasure.

    —Chris on July 16, 2014
  • One that I treasure is a quilt made by my sister.

    —Celia on July 16, 2014
  • I large snowman quilt that my sister made for me after we had been estranged for ten years.

    —Debbie Chenoweth on July 16, 2014
  • My mother -in-law surprised me with a large crocheted afgan, the kind with big granny squares. I loved it. She had told me she was making me a bathing suit coverup and out popped this wonderful afghan. I treasured it.

    —Fran on July 16, 2014
  • It’s not one in particular but all the things my kids made me throughout the years as they were growing up. Nothing can compare with the love that went into them.

    —Cindy on July 16, 2014
  • A dear friend made me a pin cushion and it is in an old fashioned ice cream dish (from the 40’s/50’s) and it is just precious to me! I love it and figured out how to make it myself, and made some for some close girlfriends for Christmas last year! They all loved them!

    —Jeanette Spellmeyer on July 16, 2014
  • Looks a nice bundle of fabrics, very useful if I am successful.

    —Beverley Rivett on July 16, 2014
  • A handmade shoe bag, so useful for travelling, lovely bundle of coloured material, could make lots of things with this lot.

    —Beverley Rivett on July 16, 2014
  • Last year I was lottery block chairperson for my guild and I thought well if I am in charge I want to have a theme for all the blocks. I choose purple my favorite color. I loved seeing all the purples come in every month. In February of this year one of the ladies that won blocks several times throughout the year came up to show and tell and brought a quilt that she made with blocks she had made to donate to our charity quilt drive. Then she pulled out another smaller quilt and presented it to me and said that she knew how I adored all the purples that came in over the year and she had enough to make me one so I could remember the year. Although I am a quilter this is my first quilt that I own. I love it. Now I am searching for the perfect curtains to match for my bedroom.

    —Brenda Howard on July 16, 2014
  • My dad was a carpenter and he made a dolls cot for me when I was very young – I loved it and I kept it and gave it to my daughter Rachael – then when our daughter Heather came along my husband made an absolute replica of the cot my dad made and gave that one to Heather. When Tess was born (Rachael’s daughter) she gave her cot (the original one my dad made) to her. I wonder where it will finish up – I was born in England and now live on Vancouver Island and my daughters and grandchildren live on the mainland outside Vancouver.

    —Pauline on July 16, 2014
  • The best handmade gifts I ever received were the hand knit and crocheted Barbie doll clothes that my Mom made for me every Christmas. They were beautiful and unique.

    —Cindy Dahlgren on July 16, 2014
  • The best ever handmade gift I received was from my daughters…..they were just learning how to applique and they made me each a tulip applique block….that I made into pillows……it was so cool seeing the learning steps they did to make them…..Have an awesome day.

    —Darlene Krystal on July 16, 2014
  • My sister and I went to Mexico together a few years ago and while we were there we would walk the beach and collect pieces of glass and shells. Last Christmas I received a picture of the two of us having dinner in Mexico in a picture frame covered in all the shells and glass we had collected. I truly treasure this gift!

    —Wendy Hausauer on July 16, 2014
  • The best handmade gift I received is a rainbow bracelet made by my 10 years old grand daughter, The cards she and her brother make are 2nd.

    —Elizajane on July 17, 2014
  • Tough question… hard to pick just one! I’ll say the clay Nativity set my son (now 38) made in middle school, which I still use every Christmas! Mary is taller and stockier (built like a football player) than Joseph, and the garlic-pressed hay is mostly gone from the manger, but it gets a place of honor every year!

    —Kathy Schmitz on July 17, 2014
  • The best handmade gift I ever received was a lovely afghan which my youngest sister (who I didn’t even realize had learned to crochet) made for me as a wedding present. She was still a teenager, and had managed to make this lovely piece for me in total secret. I still treasure it, 30 years on.

    —Helen Lord on July 17, 2014
  • I have never received a handmade gift…guess that’s why I quilt. I have given many quilts as gifts.

    —karen fisher on July 17, 2014
  • My 90 year old friend, Eloise, gave me a picture of the Patnude house that she stitched in counted cross stitch. It is a delightful house that was built in 1893 (on a foundation of Patnude bricks) by Charles Patnude for his large family. Charles was a builder and mason who worked on some of Olympia’s finest early buildings, including the Chambers Block and the Old Capitol. Charles cheerfully mixed features from a number of number of popular residence styles: Carpenter Gothic gables and dormers; Queen Anne scrollwork and lathe-turned posts; Italianate brackets and arched upper windows with prominent hoods. The Patnude House is located east of downtown Olympia on Eighth Avenue SE, between Boundary and Central Avenues. It is listed on both the National and Washington State Registers of Historic Places, as well as on the Olympic Heritage Register. I had the stitchery framed and it hangs in our livingroom. I just love all the "gingerbread" trim and the lovely landscaped setting. It was the last piece that Eloise stitched, as she lost her eyesight due to Macular Degeneration. It’s priceless!

    —Billie on July 17, 2014
  • My best handmade gift was a clay flowerpot that my grandson made for me

    —Ann Nile on July 17, 2014
  • Anything my grandkids make for me especially cards they have made telling me they love me!

    —Çarol on July 17, 2014
  • A baby quilt from my DH’s grandmother.

    —Melissa on July 17, 2014
  • Never got anything handmade but gave handmade items

    —Anna Barnett on July 17, 2014
  • The very best homemade gifts I have received are the handprints of my children done on burlap with a poem for Mothers Day. The Girls are long grown and I now have passed this Mothers Day tradition on to my Grandchildren.

    —Brenda W on July 17, 2014
  • One of my best homemade gift I received was a cross-stitched chocolate kisses wrapped around mason jar made by my then 10-year-old daughter!

    —Patti on July 17, 2014
  • My husband planned a surprise birthday party in which my friend made a wonderful mexican dinner for a small gathering of friends….Best birthday ever!

    —Marsha Smith on July 17, 2014
  • It is a warm shawl I got from a dear friend. Just loove to waer it every winter.

    Martina on July 17, 2014
  • I would have to say it was the Wedding Ring quilt that my sister made and gave me on my wedding day.

    —Annemarie on July 17, 2014
  • The very best homemade gift was a quilt made for me by two very special friends. It came at a very difficult time in my recovery from surgery for cancer. Knowing they shared the fabric, the piecing and quilting made one very very special day when it arrived .

    —Bwv on July 17, 2014
  • My grandmother had many talents, including sewing and knitting, but my most treasured handmade gift is a hand painted mirror that she made as a wedding gift which hangs in a special place in my home.

    —Trish Palmer on July 17, 2014
  • It was a quilt made by by grandmother. I believe it was all hand sewn and quilted and alas, I was to young too appreciate all of the work that went inti it. Boy do I know it know!

    —Lisa Timmer on July 17, 2014
  • The best handmade gift I’ve ever received is a pastel drawing by one of my sisters. It is of six penguins and one is slightly different in color standing apart from the rest. She titled the drawing "Odd Man Out". I treasure it.

    —DDMinard on July 17, 2014
  • One of the best homemade gift I ever received was an origami wooly mammoth made by my 13 year old grandson – it took him 3 hours to fold it! Thank you for the chance to win those lovely solids!

    kathy o on July 17, 2014
  • I like quilting, my girls are grown so it gives me something to do and makes for very nice gifts

    —Regina D on July 17, 2014
  • The best Hand Made gift I’ve ever received was a crochet lace Doily from my mother before she died. It had a hand written card that said "a pretty piece of lace for a pretty face"

    —Regina D on July 17, 2014
  • The best homemade gift I received was made by my son when he was in Kindergarten. He made me a bracelet with lots of different colored blue and silver beads. My baby is now 22 years old and I just wore that bracelet Monday. I will always treasure it.

    —Vanessa Smith on July 17, 2014
  • A needlepoint tapestry that my mom made for me shortly before she died of breast cancer. It has 4 white tan-tailed doves on a deep red background.

    —Rynetta Coetzee on July 17, 2014
  • The best handmade gift I’ve ever received was a Queen size Trip Around The World Quilt.

    Thanks for the give away.

    —Valerie A. Clark on July 17, 2014
  • One of my most treasured gifts are all my handmade Mother’s Day cards made by my 4 children over the years.

    —Carole L on July 17, 2014
  • a wall hanging from my small quilt group. I moved far away from them and miss them everyday.

    —Sue K on July 17, 2014
  • my bernina QE| Daniela

    —daniela on July 17, 2014
  • The best handmade gift I got was…Last Christmas my youngest and his fiancée gave me a framed scrapbook page they decorated with scrabble tiles spelling out all my grandchildren’s names. It looked like a filled in crosswords puzzle. The best part is they are giving me another grandchild and there is room to put HER name on the frame too. Do you think they planned that?

    —Robin Armstead on July 17, 2014
  • A small quilt of a messy sewing room made by my daughter. It hangs in the messy sewing room 🙂 She never made a quilt before and rummaged through all my sewing scraps of clothes I made for them years ago.

    —Mary S on July 17, 2014
  • The best handmade gift I have received is a lap throw my daughter made for me.

    —Crissy Nesselrodt on July 17, 2014
  • I received crocheted blankets for each of my daughters when they were born, from my Mother-in-Law. Beautiful work.

    —Linda Taylor on July 17, 2014
  • My sister made me a granny square afghan and a Churn Dash pieced throw pillow. Sisterly love is great.

    —Dorothy Lawson on July 17, 2014
  • The very best handmade gift was when I was 8 years old. My mother made me a leopard print fur coat for school. I felt very fashionable and special. We mostly had hand me downs and this was one thing none of my cousins had worn first.

    —Joy on July 17, 2014
  • A Colonial Lady quilt from my MawMaw. If a fire broke out, that is what I would try to save first!

    —Beth Scott on July 17, 2014
  • the one and only handmade gift(i’m the only crafter in the family) was a needlepoint picture my grandmother made for my wedding waaaay back in 1986

    —barbe on July 17, 2014
  • The table runners my daughters have made me. I love the variety and I know there is love in every stitch!

    —EdieS on July 17, 2014
  • A workbench that my husband and brothers made for my stained glass work. It’s now well used!

    —Tanya on July 17, 2014
  • The best gift was a embroidered pillow.

    Nancy Post on July 17, 2014
  • The best handmade gift I have received is a Holly Hobby quilt from my Gram.

    —Darcie on July 17, 2014
  • Christmas ornaments made by my grandchildren using paint and their little hands!

    —Bea K on July 17, 2014
  • I love to get handmade gifts. My sister knit a shawl for my wedding. My daughter wore it for hers and it will be passed down.

    —Marion on July 17, 2014
  • Thanks for the gift tag download! I haven’t gotten a lot of hand-made gifts … I’m usually the one to make them. I did recieve a beautiful crocheted afghan from a friend though and have treasured it.

    —Dawn Barach on July 17, 2014
  • A quilt that my mom and sister worked on together.

    —Elaine on July 17, 2014
  • My very dear friend, Betty, made miniature recreation of my sewing room, even down to the small patterns with illustrations, books, a rag rug, a little pottery pitcher from Europe. Not a detail was missed including all the fixtures and replica of the flooring. Every time I revisit the box, which now hangs on my latest sewing room, I am reminded of my friend and all the fun times we spent together learning to quilt and create keepsakes. Truly a wonderful gift!

    —Ann McKenzie on July 17, 2014
  • A Jane hat from my twin sister. Very fun wearing something that other fans recognize. Thanks! notwendy gmail.

    —Kelly Wilson on July 17, 2014
  • One of the best gifts I ever received was a scrappy quilt with a pink flannel back from my grandmother. As a child I didn’t really appreciate it as much as I should have, but I used it until it was falling apart at the seams in several places. A few years ago I went home and tried to find the quilt but no one knew what had become of it. I do have a set of pillows that she made and gave to me when I was much older. Those I cherish and take very good care of.

    Cindy A. on July 17, 2014
  • As a teenager my grandmother cross-stitched in brown a 8 inch design on an aqua & white gigham checked skirt. The skirt was 3 yards around with pletes. The design went all the way around the skirt. I loved that skirt with a matching blouse in a shirtwaist style which also had some identical cross stitch on it. She told me each stitch was a stitch of love. That love went both ways. I was so lucky!!! Yes, and proud!

    —Julia on July 17, 2014
  • OOH such a decision! I would have to say one of my favorites is the my quilt called the grandmothers flower garden, which is made up of hexis! And coincidentally was also made by my grandma for me.

    —Stacey C. on July 17, 2014
  • Easy – Picture of my grandchildren’s handprints.

    —Lillian on July 17, 2014
  • It took some thinking to decide what was the best handmade gift I received. I narrowed it down to 2. A friend made me a cross stitch, single rose in a vase on a black background. What made it so special was that this friend was not a cross stitcher. She tried something new just for me. The other handmade gift that really touched me was a cabinet my father made me. It started out as a gun cabinet for my husband (at the time) and I. Later that year he left with all of the guns so I didn’t need a gun cabinet. For the following Christmas he modified the cabinet into a china cabinet. My mother bought my a set of china from an antique store so I would have something to put in it since my ex took the china when he left.

    —Lori Sutton on July 17, 2014
  • A picture of my husband on a fly fishing trip to canada that he enlarged and put in a frame for me.

    —Diana on July 17, 2014
  • my husband made me a solid wood cutting table with fold down wings- perfect fit for my sewing room! I have used it faithfully and treasure it

    carol on July 17, 2014
  • My Mom made a quilt for me for my birthday. 🙂 And then hand quilted it! It is a treasure.

    Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts on July 17, 2014
  • The best handmade gift was a crocheted doily done with size 20 thread. Her work is done so well that even 30 years later it is still being used.

    Sue Mohr on July 17, 2014
  • A hand made quilt from my grandmother that both her and her mother hand quilted. It had many squares made from our old cloths. Brings back memories.

    —Joyce on July 17, 2014
  • My great aunt, who loved handwork, gave my sister and I each a shoe box full of handmade Barbie clothes-including a wedding dress, fur cape, and man’s suit jacket. I think she was my early inspiration for learning to love sewing and quilting.

    —Joan on July 17, 2014
  • I have a needle case made by my Aunt around 1915. She was the inspiration for me taking up sewing.

    elr on July 17, 2014
  • The best handmade gift I’ve ever received was from my son, Tom, when he was in kindergarten and made a clay mould of his hand print and framed it with an aluminium pie plate.

    —Linda Webster on July 17, 2014
  • When I was in 7th grade, my best friends mother surprised me with a beautiful handmade dress to wear to the schol dance. I was so overwhelmed and grateful that she thought of me. She knew my family was very poor and couldn’t afford a dress.

    Susan Moore on July 17, 2014
  • My best handmade gift was two prayer shawls this past year – one from my niece and the other from the pastor’s wife at my mother’s church. Both are very comforting.

    —Kathy C on July 17, 2014
  • The best handmade item- a afghan made for me by my Grandmother- in her 95 th year- she lived to be 102 and 7 months- I treasure this, and every thing she made for me- aprons, to match the tablecloth she made me for a wedding gift, and hotpads to match, pillowcases- and other very special items over the years- when I look at these items and think of her I remeber the times we spent together –

    Martha Hood on July 17, 2014
  • The very best is my "quillo" my BFF made for me as she knew I loved teddy bears! She doesn’t sew and the mistakes are many but the end result is… it was made and given with the best wishes/love ever so it will remain most dear to my heart until it is shreds! My grands all love it as well .. it is the comfy lovey feeling cotton that is just right so babies sleep on it and toddlers cuddle in it and I snuggle! Thank you to my BFF of 40+ years!

    —Tonie Peterson on July 17, 2014
  • The best handmade gift I have received was jam from a dear friend. it was so thoughtful she spent time making me a gift and even better since it was delicious and I don’t cook.

    —Heather on July 17, 2014
  • A prayer shawl from my sister.

    —Cindy Harrington on July 17, 2014
  • My daughter compiled my recipes into a cookbook that we’ve been able to share with other family members.

    —Carol on July 17, 2014
  • The best homemade gift i ever received was a Crochet bedspread. A Gift from my Step Grandmother.

    —Gina LaRochelle on July 17, 2014
  • A TEE SHIRT Quilt that my friend made for me I was totally surprised , and I use it for my afternoon nap.

    —Charlotte Ceeko on July 17, 2014
  • A very dear friend knitted me a shawl with amazing koigu yarns. it has so many bright colors that it goes with just about anything and really brightens up my day. I have moved far away from her now and wearing that shawl always makes me smile and think of her! I get so many compliments while wearing it too.

    —Lauren on July 17, 2014
  • The first gift was from my mother she made clothes for me, and then taught me to crochet first and then sewing and I became a quilter!

    Bonnie Miceli on July 18, 2014
  • a beautiful Baltimore pattern that my friend who taught me to quilt designed and when her hands became to arthritic to stich anymore she gave me the pattern. I am in the process now of choosing the’fabrics to make it for her

    —Leanne on July 18, 2014
  • My daughter embroidered a little hand towel for me when she had her first sewing class in school.

    Carolyn on July 18, 2014
  • A quilted snowman wall hanging from my fried Marge. I love anything snowmen.

    —Joyce Phillips on July 18, 2014
  • I still love and cherish the orange potholders my little sister knit when she was only 8! That was decades ago but I still have them and smile when I see them in the drawer.

    —Diane on July 18, 2014
  • best handmade gift — refinished vanity table with chair!

    —Lucinda on July 18, 2014
  • Quilts from my Mom.

    —Judy Dixon on July 18, 2014
  • My son made a heart shaped table for me of wood.
    Very precious to me.

    —Karen on July 18, 2014
  • My grandmother would make fancy dresses for my 8″ dolls. They were made with taffeta and tulle on her Singer treadle machine.

    —Vickie Graveline on July 18, 2014
  • A lovely Christmas tablerunner

    —Linda on July 18, 2014
  • My parents were struggling financially when I was a little girl, the economy was just recovering from the Great Depression and there was no money for Christmas gifts. My Mother owned a black rabbit fur coat with matching hat. She needed the coat to keep warm but not the hat so for my gift, she painstakingly undid the hat and made pink cord coats with fur collars for all my dolls. Such a wonderful present! That gift shaped my life and to this day, many years later, there has not been a Christmas in which I did not give handmade gifts to family and friends. When you make something for another person, you are giving away your love and your time and your talent and your love and getting in return so much more.

    —Patricia Vastine on July 18, 2014
  • It’s hard to decide which was best, I’ve received many! When I was a little girl my great grandma made me a beautiful quilt and I still have it over 50 years later. About that time my mother started teaching me to sew. I spent a lot of time sewing with my mom and my gramma. After they passed they each left me quilts. I still have their buttons and fabric scraps which I include in some of my quilts. I guess my most treasured gift would be the love of quilting passed down through the generations of women in our family which of course will be carried on by my daughter and granddaughters,

    —Debra Horan on July 18, 2014
  • Love the solids in this bundle! Use of solids in a quilt can be amazing!

    Elizabeth Birch on July 18, 2014
  • I love to make homemade gifts for others. The best Homemade gift I received was from my handy handsome hubby. He made me a small side table made from walnut wood. He hand polished it. It is beautiful..

    —Terry Steward on July 18, 2014
  • When my grandmother was 85 (in 1995) and about to enter a nursing home she went through her things and let her children and grandchildren choose what they wanted. I love the glassware (serving pieces) but my favorite handmade item was a Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt that she made in 1930. It graces my banister now.

    —Joye on July 18, 2014
  • My best home made gift is from my husband. Using a sheet of tin, he punch dents in the shape of a large heart and filled the inside with smaller hearts using a different tool to make the dents. Hard to describe but it looks amazing. It’s framed and in our front entrance.

    —Dianne B on July 18, 2014
  • Coffe-mugs made by a local potter, a gift for my wedding by my colleagues. I’ve used them almost daily for 24 years! 🙂

    —Inger Martinson on July 18, 2014
  • My Christmas baby!!! Even though she arrived a bit late (27th)
    My blue eyed blonde treasure!!!

    —Maryanne on July 18, 2014
  • My daughter surprised me with a red quilt that she had designed on EQ and quilted on her new longarm for my birthday. It is a treasure.

    —Ann McC on July 18, 2014
  • The first mothers day card my son made for me.

    —Cooky on July 18, 2014
  • Without a doubt, its the potholders that my son and daughter made for me when they were five years old in kindergarten. They were for mothers day and made with those loops of fabric that are shaped like rubber bands. I can’t think of the official name for them. I still have them and every time I use them, it get a tear in my eye because my twins are now 27. To look at them, even with the mistakes, I know they were made with so much love. I can still see their faces and how excited they were waiting for me to open my mother’s day presents. Priceless.

    —Virginia Bronner on July 18, 2014
  • Without a doubt, its the potholders that my son and daughter made for me when they were five years old in kindergarten. They were for mothers day and made with those loops of fabric that are shaped like rubber bands. I can’t think of the official name for them. I still have them and every time I use them, I get a tear in my eye because my twins are now 27. To look at these potholders, even with the mistakes, I know they were made with so much love. I can still see their faces and how excited they were waiting for me to open my mother’s day presents. Priceless.

    —Virginia Bronner on July 18, 2014
  • I have received several quilts made by my mother, my mother-in-law and church friends. I treasure each one of them, though some are getting thread-bare.

    —Karen Funk on July 18, 2014
  • A delicately hand-crocheted book mark. The creator is a friendly 85 year old woman who brought all her needlework skills to the US from Bosnia. She still makes strudel like wonders from scratch. Her home made soup is out-of-this world.

    —Joyce Zaslov on July 18, 2014
  • A plaster print of my first child’s hand with the words "Helping Hands".

    —Barbara F. on July 18, 2014
  • My son knit me a sweater when he was in college.

    —pjb on July 18, 2014
  • The best handmade gift was a bead necklace made by my three children.

    —Mary P on July 18, 2014
  • I had a friend who made me some hotpads with bikes on them, a pillowcase with bikes and some dishtowels and dishcloths with bikes embroidered on them.

    —Cindy Schultz on July 18, 2014
  • Best handmade gift was a pencil holder made by my son when he was in kindergarten. I still have it 36 years later! Today is his 41st birthday!

    —Susan Stanton on July 18, 2014
  • It would be hard to pick just one – Many of my friends have shared their talents of counted cross stitch, wool, and quilting. I love them all and love thinking about each of my friends each time I look at one of their creations.

    —carina on July 18, 2014
  • a blanket made from squares, knitted by my two sisters and Mom. It was made over 40 years ago, but I still use it and appreciate the time, effort and love they put into it.

    —Mary Gonzales on July 18, 2014
  • I received a counted cross stitch from one of my piano students. It still hangs in my living room. Very special.

    —Mary Dahlberg on July 18, 2014
  • A quilt my mother made for me as a Wedding Present. Hand-quilted, pieced, it has her own, personal, whimsical touch, and she made two matching pillows to go with it. I love it on my bed.

    —Sandy on July 18, 2014
  • The first thought for the "best handmade gift" is a fairly recent gift of an exquisite angel, designed and made by a friend who creates beautiful carved objects. The one she has given me is one of a kind, beautifully painted in soft pastels and it seems to glow in the dark. I love it!

    —Norma Weeks on July 18, 2014
  • The handmade cards my grandchildren make for me, for all occasions, are the best.

    Darlee Byron on July 18, 2014
  • There are so many I can think of. The best handmade gift was a bread warming basket that can be used in the microwave. It not only warms the bread but helps to put moisture back into dry bread. We all know how a microwave can make bread hard. I use this gift all the time.

    —Louise Eichhorn on July 18, 2014
  • My mother’s wedding gift to my husband and me was a lace tablecloth that she crocheted. She taught me to crochet as a child so I have a real understanding and appreciation for the amount of work that went into it. She even made a fabric tablecloth to put under it. My mother was a fan of layering her table covers. As a result, her kitchen table was always soft and inviting.

    —Kathy Renz on July 18, 2014
  • The sweaters that my grandmother made me when I was growing up were so lovely and thoughtfully made. Having something unique that every one else did not have was so wonderful.

    —ruby t on July 18, 2014
  • I think the sweaters my mother knitted for me. I treasure them all the more not that she has passed away.

    —Sandy Curtis on July 18, 2014
  • The doll clothes my Grandmother made me. They were all hand stitched and are still used by my Grandkids 55 years later.

    —Charlotte on July 18, 2014
  • My mother knitted when I was young there was 7 in our family and she would make all of our clothes ect. I was the youngest of the 5 and then 13 yrs later has my last 2 siblings. So money was tight and she knitted me a ski jacket with a skier on the sweater so I could use it to go down hill skiing. I was a hit on the slopes and always loved it.

    —renna stevens on July 18, 2014
  • There are many handmade gifts to choose from, but the one that touched me deeply was the quilt my Mom and Dad made for my 50th birthday. Both of them were in their early 70s. Mom rarely quilted and this was a Trip Around the World pattern. Dad didn’t even like tying his own shoelaces, but he tied the quilt. And sometime or another one of them had sneaked in and measured exactly how far the drop needed to be to just touch the wood side rail of my sleigh bed!

    —Cegnfred on July 18, 2014
  • I received a caring quilt from my best friend, who lives in Arizona. Even though I quilt and have many quilts all through the house, hers is the one we ‘fight’ over the most!!
    Thanks for the giveaway,
    Jacqueline in Pitt Meadows

    Jacqueline VH on July 18, 2014
  • Truly the best hand made gift I have ever received is the quilt that my grandmother hand quilted for me as a wedding gift. She took all the scraps that I had been sewing clothing on over my teen years and made us a beautiful quilt. I love it and think of her every time I pass by it on the chair.

    Nothing better than American Made…I would love to win these fabrics and pass the tradition of quilting on to my grandchldren.

    —sharon on July 18, 2014
  • A needlebook. I didn’t even know what one was but I participated in a QuiltBoard swap and not only got to make one but received a very nice one, with extras!

    —Cindy S on July 18, 2014
  • When I was a child and "peek-a-boo" vests were all the rage, my mother crocheted me a peek-a-boo vest with a matching skirt. Just one of the many awesome things my mother made for use kids.

    Laura B on July 18, 2014
  • This has been so much fun, reading all the entries and realizing how much
    our family makes for one another! My mother gave me crocheted squares her mother had made but never finished into a dresser scarf, which I can now easily do b/c she taught me to crochet. I have made many things for our 3 daughters over the years, usually a special cross-stitched ornament, and Easter dresses, and now I am a quilter…will someday make memory quilts. They have made many wonderful gifts for me. My favorite,among many, has to be the hand-lettered and personally researched family tree our oldest daughter made. It has helped me to want to find and frame other family pictures to go on the wall with it. All my side of the family’s older pictures have been lost in 2 floods, so it is very special to me. Thank you for the beautiful fabric.

    —Cathy Slabaugh on July 18, 2014
  • My aunt gave me a hand-carved heart pendant necklace that her late husband had made for her.

    —Evelyn on July 18, 2014
  • knitted socks made by my sister 🙂

    Sarah Vee on July 18, 2014
  • My daughter and grandkids made me an Elvis blanket. I am a HUGE Elvis fan and the blanket is one that you tie, because they don’t sew. But I LOVE my blanket.

    —Linda Barnes on July 18, 2014
  • A flower pot hand painted by my daughter when she was in kindergarten for Mother’s Day complete with a plant in it. The plant is long gone but I still have the planter in the kitchen window. I use it every year to start the seedlings for the garden.

    —Sherry Fram on July 18, 2014
  • I made some beautiful fabric boxes, they were appreciated.

    —sue s on July 18, 2014
  • The best homemade gift was slippers my grandma knitted.

    —Margaret Zupfer on July 18, 2014
  • A miniature Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt for my doll bed. Grandmother was spending the winter. She used scraps from a standard sized quilt she made for my parents. We all went to church on Christmas eve. When we got home, Santa had been to our house. And under the tree sat my baby doll, I had gotten the Christmas before, with a new quilt across her legs. No gift wrap to tear off, or a ribbon to undo. So special because it was made special for my Baby Precious.

    —Deloris Baldwin on July 18, 2014
  • My mother has made me several memorable items, including a mohair blend scarf when I was in college, that I still have carefully folded away, and an afghan for me and my husband when we were first married, that we also still have. Her work was always exquisite, and as she is no longer able to sew, I cherish these gifts even more.

    —Glenna on July 18, 2014
  • A miniature Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt for my doll bed. Grandmother was spending the winter. She used scraps from a standard sized quilt she made for my parents. We all went to church on Christmas eve. When we got home, Santa had been to our house. And under the tree sat my baby doll, I had gotten the Christmas before, with a new quilt across her legs. No gift wrap to tear off, or a ribbon to undo. So special because it was made by Grandmother just for my Baby Precious, and me.

    —Deloris Baldwin on July 18, 2014
  • A construction paper Christmas wreath made by my daughter

    —Gail mckenney on July 18, 2014
  • Many years back I made my first "twin size" baby quilt (to cover mommy & baby for midnight feedings and it was the admired by all at the shower! I never had made one before but, I just got lucky, since I didn’t use a pattern! Using beautiful antique material and the right boarder finishes made it a success! 🙂 I felt very proud!

    —IL on July 18, 2014
  • My dad recently finished my birthday present, which is a beautiful handmade wooden quilt rack. It’s very intricate and took many hours of loving labor.

    —Valerie on July 18, 2014
  • A little thread basket that hangs on the edge of my chair. Started cross stitching with a friend who gave me the basket.

    —Susan on July 19, 2014
  • Can’t say what my best handmade gift is. Anything someone takes the time to make just for me is important and greatly appreciated.

    —mildred plaskett on July 19, 2014
  • The best handmade gifts were made by my mother. She knitted cable afgans that are warm and cozy. Now that she is gone, they are even more special.

    —Donna W on July 19, 2014
  • My current favorite handmade gift is a pincushion my daughter made for me with a cute hedgehog on it!

    —Elizabeth McDonald on July 19, 2014
  • My Mom embroidered a set of dish towels and made some potholders that were made with washcloths that she crocheted the edges on. Mom was not much for handwork but did that for me and my sister which made it very special.

    —Geri Running on July 19, 2014
  • The best handmade gift I ever received was an afghan from my mom mom.

    —Bridget on July 19, 2014
  • My daughter made me lunch for Mothering Sunday this year, it is the first time she has done anything like that without being prompted and it took my breath away. x

    —KAY on July 19, 2014
  • I remember my kindergarten teacher made a knitted hat for each of us in the class. That was thirty years ago.

    —Bro AJK on July 19, 2014
  • My Mother gave me a beautiful hand crocheted afghan…..I have it out all of the time to remember her.

    —Karen on July 19, 2014
  • A pair of pillowcases my grandmother made with rick-rack and crochet trimmed edges and several quilts that her and/or my mother made.

    —Rhonda Davis on July 19, 2014
  • I have received a quilt that my grandmother made before my mother graduated from high school – only the top was completed so my mother sandwiched it and then hand quilted it. My grandmother who was an excellent seamstress died when I was only four years old, therefore every time I look at it I am reminded of her and my mother’s love for me.

    —Marilyn Koestlerr on July 19, 2014
  • My talented daughter made a quilted wall hanging using folded fabric flowers and quilted using sashiko. I’d love to share a photo.

    —Edna Lindeman on July 19, 2014
  • Our quilt recently had a swap and someone made me the coolest sewing machine cover and matching thread catcher. I felt very lucky to get such a great swap gift

    —Allison C on July 19, 2014
  • A good friend gave me one of her paintings when I left where we were working. It’s an oil of a petunia.

    —Carol Y on July 19, 2014
  • My grandma used to make us grandkids sweatpants for Christmas for many years, and I still wear some of them to this day (I’m wearing a neon blue pair right now!). I finally had to retire one of the pairs I’ve had since middle school (and I’m 28 now) when the heels wore out so much I couldn’t patch them a 3rd time. These are my favorite handmade gifts and my most used!
    ~Brandy

    Brandy on July 19, 2014
  • A hand-painted ceramic Christmas ornament my son made in his 5th-grade class.

    —Diane on July 19, 2014
  • The best handmade gift I’ve received is a handcrafted wooden extension table for my sewing machine!

    —Emma Keith on July 20, 2014
  • The very best homemade gift I ever received is a lovely, hand appliqued and hand quilted quilt from my mother. It is truly an heirloom! I have enjoyed it for many years, and my children will enjoy it after I am long gone!

    —Pamela on July 20, 2014
  • One of my Grandsons gave me on a printed piece of paper words that he associated about me like: stuffy-fixer, gives hugs,babysitter etc. Love it and I framed it and look at it often.

    —Sandy D on July 20, 2014
  • The best was a quilt my grandmother made for us when my husband and I got married.

    —Renee G on July 20, 2014
  • I love an afghan made by a parent of one of my students. It was a labor of love from her and I treasure it. Hand-made gifts are very special!

    Carol Kussart on July 20, 2014
  • My favorite hand made item is a crocheted throw that my Grandma made me.

    —Karla on July 20, 2014
  • My maternal grandmother crocheted a ‘special’ afghan for me with colored flowers all over. She was a wonderful role model, and very gifted.

    —Karen B. on July 20, 2014
  • I had breast cancer this year and my quilt group (Wombats OR & WA) made me a lap quilt and under arm pillows. This is the first gift I have ever received. I love it and the love that went into it.
    Pat H. 7/20/2014

    Pat Hubbard on July 20, 2014
  • Four years ago, I lost my business and home due to the construction/real estate recession. Tearfully, I let my mountain quilting group know. Before I left, they threw a surprise birthday/going away party for me, and one lady with an embroidery machine made me a fleece blanket on which she’d stitched a quote from Elanor Roosevelt: "You never know how strong a woman is until she’s been in hot water."

    —Sarge Furman on July 20, 2014
  • I was touched and surprised when my mother made me a very realistic looking little lamb with wooly looking fleece and a black face.(She was in her late seventies at the time and I was married with four children.) I put it under my Christmas tree to enjoy.

    Barb on July 20, 2014
  • Knitted tiny socks really melted my heart. 🙂

    —Silvya Taal on July 21, 2014
  • I haven’t received many hand made gifts, I’m usually the one who does handmade. Two years ago my then 11 yr old Grand daughter painted a picture of an iris for me. Hangs in my sewing room.

    caroline Rohrer on July 21, 2014
  • I’ve received several potholders as gifts.

    —Karla on July 22, 2014
  • I received a cute pouch filled with cool stuff from a friend I just met on Instagram this year! I LOVE it so much 🙂

    —Karrie Smith on July 23, 2014

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