Help is here! Get ready for the gift-giving season (+ sale)


As soon as I typed the title for this post I instinctively ducked, knowing that somebody was going to want to throw something at me 😄. I can’t lie, though! That season is coming up quickly!

Wouldn’t it be nice to NOT be quilting that table runner for your sister or stuffing that pincushion for your sewing buddy the night before it’s time to wrap it up and give it to them? (Feel free to tell me all about it because I may never know!)

Whether you’re making ALL your gifts this year or just a few for special friends and family, our books on sale this week are full of ideas for everyone on your list. The books featured are 40% off this week only, so now is a good time to start planning!

Sew the Perfect GiftSew the Perfect Gift: 25 Handmade Projects from Top Designers

With this wonderful collection of gift items, you’re sure to find something for everyone on your list. How about a handy apron for your favorite gardener? This pattern would make a great craft apron as well. And a reusable lunch bag is a useful, customizable, and environmentally friendly gift that will work for just about anybody.
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Green Thumb Gardener’s Apron and Lunch-Break Reusable Bags

Sew Embellished!Sew Embellished! – Artistic Little Quilts, Personalized with Easy Techniques by Cheryl Lynch

What do you do for the loved one who has everything? Why not make them a precious one-of-a-kind keepsake? Cheryl guides you through a staggering variety of techniques and embellishments to help you create a piece of art that will be loved and cherished for years to come.
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Celebrate Family

Everyday HandmadeEveryday Handmade: 22 Practical Projects for the Modern Sewist by Cassie Barden and Adrienne Smitke

Do you need a gift for a world traveler? A domestic goddess? A student? A fellow sewist? You’ll find something for everyone in this creative, stylish, and practical collection of projects.
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Wanderlust Pocketbook and Literary Genius E-Reader Cover

Sew DecorativeSew Decorative: Quick and Easy Home Accents from Sew News

Home-decor items always make for welcome gifts. You can never have too many table runners, pillows, place settings, or pillowcases, can you? Best of all, these small, doable projects are super adaptable and be customized to fit in anybody’s home.
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Patchwork Place Mats and Lounge Sack

Are you sewing for friends, family, or yourself this year? Tell us in the comments!


9 Comments (leave a comment)

  • Yes, I am piecing three quilts for my brother to give as gifts to his son-in-law, great-grandson and the deacon at our Church. I just started and hope to get them done by Christmas. Wish me luck.

    LUCK! 🙂 -Jenny

    —Linda on August 22, 2016
  • Great books packed with creative projects for gifts and this is certainly a perfect time to start thinking about making handmade gifts for the holiday season.


    QuiltShopGal on August 22, 2016
  • I am hoping to finish a quilt started by my husband’s grandmother. The crazy patch blocks are all hand pieced on foundations and need to be sewn together and quilted. If I can finish some small projects, I just may be able to accomplish this by Christmas. Then I would be sewing for family and for myself!

    —Linda Towers on August 22, 2016
  • Hahaha! ‘Tis to laugh.

    —Patricia Hersl on August 22, 2016
  • After a year of making commissioned quilts, I’m going to spend some time finishing the quilts started at retreats that have been left, languishing, in storage tubs. When I get through that lot, I’m going to decide which (if any) I want to hand-quilt, and send the rest off to be professionally quilted. Then I’ll have the fun task of deciding who to give them to 😀

    —Kayt Deans on August 22, 2016
  • Family and friends…mostly for special events. But I’ll keep the "mistakes" to fix up for myself. 🙂

    —Rose D. on August 22, 2016
  • The very first quilt I made when I was nine was a nine patch and I’d love to receive this book.

    —ANN on August 22, 2016
  • Finishing up ufos I don’t know who will be receiving them right now.

    —Lynn on August 26, 2016
  • I WAS putting sashing on a wall-hanging when my machine decided it was possessed. Seriously. It began running at XXX speed and I had to turn it off to stop it! THEN when I turned it back on awhile later, all the lights flash but that’s all. Somehow I have a feeling this is going to be expensive.

    Seriously, I have spent the summer finishing up UFOs and have three done, ready to quilt. One twin, One queen and one throw.

    —Nancy Eriksen on August 26, 2016

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