Quilt in a jar: a “little” gift idea from Kim Diehl 🎁

Kim Diehl’s done it again. We LOVE her fun idea for quilter-to-quilter gifts below! With the holidays on the horizon, it’s the perfect time to start planning for presents. All you need for this gift is a pretty little collection of fabrics, a mason jar, and a copy of Kim’s book Simple Whatnots. We’ll let Kim fill you in on the how-to!


Kim DiehlHere’s a fun and easy “quilt-in-a-jar” idea for gift giving.

First, pick a petite quilt project (Simple Whatnots projects work beautifully).

Next, choose a vintage jar or even a basic canning jar. Gather the fabrics needed for the quilt, and then fold and layer them together in a width to fit your jar, with the prints staggered so that several can be seen.

Roll the fabrics up jelly-roll style before popping the bundle into the jar.

Quilt in a Jar

If desired, cut a piece of cloth to fit the lid insert, attach it with spray adhesive, and cap the jar.

Use twine, ribbon, or raffia to add a cute hanging tag. For an even sweeter gift, use a taller jar than needed and fill the open space above the fabrics with Hershey Kisses. Add a copy of Simple Whatnots with the project page bookmarked.

The result is a unique and yummy gift for special quilting friends!


We bet you have someone in mind to make this adorable gift for—and the best part is getting to choose which project they’ll make!

How about a sweet housewarming gift?

Home Again quilt
Home Again

Here’s a quilt to match a blue-and-white home:

True Blue quilt
True Blue

And here’s a quilt for a red-and-white home!

Scarlet Stars quilt
Scarlet Stars

Here’s one for that friend with scads of scraps:

Plain Folk quilt
Plain Folk

And here’s one for that friend who adores appliqué:

Hopscotch quilt
Hopscotch

There are 18 little quilts to choose from in Simple Whatnots—pick your favorite, pack a jar, and delight your quilty friends with a gift from the heart.

What quilt-happy gifts have you given to your quilting friends? Tell us in the comments!


63 Comments (leave a comment)

  • I made little needle books to sit by the machine, each page had a different size. When you have to change your needle size but can still use again, just put it in the booklet with the size.

    Love Mini Quilts and this book fit the bill.
    Thanks

    —Marilyn on October 22, 2018
  • I have made little quilt kits before. I have given pincushions and fat quarter stacks. I think homemade ironing spray would be nice. Beautiful little quilts in this book!

    —Nyla-Jean on October 22, 2018
  • I have given several quilt related gifts, but the one I like the best is a quilt kit I cut out of scraps of red fabric with the pattern for our guild gift exchange. It made a nice gift and only cost me time to cut the pieces from my scraps. My best friend ended up with it and made the quilt.

    —Phyllis on October 22, 2018
  • What a terrific idea!

    —Jenny Nugent on October 22, 2018
  • Last year for Christmas, my quilt buddy received a a kit of Kim Diehl fabrics and a pattern to make a table runner. It was in a cute little bundle. Wish I had thought to put it in a jar.

    —Maria L Zook on October 22, 2018
  • I’m giving my friends wool pressing mats this year.

    —Ann on October 22, 2018
  • Two appliqué years ago to my sons. Irish chain quit to my sister in law. Two 5” patchwork for friends. Embarking on special gifts for friends and family for helping when my husband had a stroke this summer.

    —Karen Higgins on October 22, 2018
  • An adorable idea! I’ve given sewing themed mugs with a fat quarter or two rolled up inside! What an adorable book – would love it!!!

    —Geri on October 22, 2018
  • I have never given anything as clever as this idea. Mug rugs, fat quarters that go together, etc.

    —Cindy on October 22, 2018
  • Thank you so much for this idea! I have a group of my sewing friends and we have a Christmas party and we all give out little gifts – plus I have one friend that I exchange with – I am full of good ideas now! Thank you again.

    Martha Morgan on October 22, 2018
  • I love making mug rugs and including a mug filled with sewing notions and zippered pouches with the same for my quilty friends. You can never have too many needles, seam rippers, snips or cute quilt pins.

    —Annette J. on October 22, 2018
  • Love giving sewing related items to friends for Christmas and birthdays. This is a great idea! I am party planner for several years, always a new rotary blade, fabric and some years a project bad. And friends have received books on sewing,usually of some sewing star they like!

    —Marilynn on October 22, 2018
  • I love this idea! I used to give “cookies in a jar” or “soup in a jar” but this will be my next gift in a jar for quilting friends. I usually look for a Knick knack with a quilting theme because I never know what notions or tools my friends may already have. They can always use another quilt kit. ❤️

    —Julia S. on October 22, 2018
  • What a clever idea! I’m going to use it for my quilting buddies.

    —Susan on October 22, 2018
  • I know this is old…was done a few years ago. But I love making quilted Chicken pin cushions. I give them to all my friends who actually raise chickens. One friend has 5 and she made a little pen where she keeps them all…so cute, just like her real chickens in the pen….lol

    —val Bourque on October 22, 2018
  • I love this idea! In the past I’ve given “cookies in a jar” or “soup mix in a jar” to friends. I usually buy quilt themed knick knacks because I’m not sure what notions or tools my quilting friends already have. Friends could always use another quilt kit!

    —Julia S. on October 22, 2018
  • Last year I made cute little pincushions for my quilt group

    —Rilla Burnham on October 22, 2018
  • A really precious idea. I have no imagination, I usually give a subscription of a quilting magazine, or better yet at Martingale book. The book is always a hit.

    —Stephanie Woodward on October 22, 2018
  • Our little group has exchanged wall quilts, tote bags, pillows, fabric ornaments, and lap quilts. We are always looking for new ideas and will add quilt in a jar to the list.

    —SandyMay on October 22, 2018
  • Cute idea! I have a fabric cutter, I’ve been cutting 2 1/2” squares to put into large mouth jars for my friends for Christmas. I am cutting up all those scraps they have been giving me. The jars look so pretty with all those colors in them. It’s going to be fun when they see them!

    —JoAnne T. on October 22, 2018
  • making make-up bags with ultra-suede and my embroidery machine.

    —Fran Claassens on October 22, 2018
  • I have made small thread catchers, pincushions using the log cabin block, needle books and tote bags. I love the idea of the Mason Jar mini quilt kit. Not craft items include herbal teas made from my herb garden. Pottery and gardening accessories

    Deb on October 22, 2018
  • I have given small bags of scraps (love scrap quilts), made tote bags, scissor holders quilted ornaments, table runners and pillowcases — probably some others that I don’t remember. I have been quilting for over 45 years, so lots of opportunities 🙂

    —Carol Schon on October 22, 2018
  • I have given quilt related Calenders, Books and fabrics to my friends as gifts. Special Fat Quarter bundles is a favorite I like to give.

    —Jackie Wisherd on October 22, 2018
  • Pot holders.

    —carol on October 22, 2018
  • My range is mostly totes, fat quarters and notions; I like this and want to give it to myself, love the houses, but then I like them all and truth to tell I have a miniature in progress that got set aside–oops. The book is lovely.

    —carol on October 22, 2018
  • I made cute halloween banner for my work wife’s daughter. …happyness04431@yahoo.com

    —Anna brown on October 22, 2018
  • pot holders

    —theresa j on October 22, 2018
  • I have embroidered towels, made napkins, and then sometimes I find a really different quilt notion and purchase that or give a notion that they may not buy for themselves ( one year I purchased a few brass stilettos for some friends)

    —Linda A Foust on October 23, 2018
  • I made Christmas tea towels using Nancy Halvorson’s patterns. So cute!

    —Linda Ahn on October 23, 2018
  • I like to give gift cards to the recipenients favorite sewing/quilting store.

    —Janice Hixon on October 23, 2018
  • I don’t start a project with anyone in mind, but it may start "speaking" someone’s name as I work on it. I don’t have much experience, so so far, I’ve gifted a table runner and a mini-quilt.

    —Teri D. Gailey on October 24, 2018
  • Three small quilts, a table runner, a wreath, and a batik throw have been gifts that I’ve given to quilting friends.

    —Brenda K. on October 24, 2018
  • I like to find & give unique pincushions from other countries when I travel. Also decorative quilt hangers & even quilt clocks!

    —TheQuiltedDog on October 24, 2018
  • I have made cusoins and potholders. But the quilt in a jar is a nice idea

    —A. Bouwman on October 24, 2018
  • I have not done this before as I have only one friend that quilts but I think this would be a perfect item for her birthday in April.

    mandy whalen on October 26, 2018
  • Little quilts like these are my fav for hand piecing and quilting.

    —Sieg Leland on October 26, 2018
  • Fabric! I figure they will make any things they want so I’m reluctant to make actual items for friends who quilt.

    —Janice on October 26, 2018
  • A magazine subscription to a quilting publication has been one of my most recent go to gifts. But in the past it has been potholders, small table toppers, and small wall hangs. Love the jar idea!

    —Rebecca on October 26, 2018
  • Great idea! Only thing I have made are pin cushions.

    —Carol on October 26, 2018
  • I own several of Kim Diehl’s books and love her quilts. I have made many of them from her Simple Whatnots Club wall hangings. My love of applique and civil war fabrics and colors are something I share with Kim. I would love to win this book too.

    —Donnamarie on October 26, 2018
  • Many many quilts, mug rugs, quilting books, calendars, note cards, hangers, pin cushions, fabrics, patterns and quilt related mugs, charms, etc. I love all things quilty and this is an adorable idea!

    —Renée Welton on October 26, 2018
  • I’ve made table toppers and wall hangings. Actually, what usually ends up happening is I make what I love and when someone loves it as much as me I gift it to them. I’m really liking this idea though, looks like fun to put together.

    —Janet D on October 26, 2018
  • I have made mug rugs, pot holders and table runners before for my quilting friend. But the quilt in a jar is such a cute idea. Love Kim Diehl patterns.

    —Sylvia L on October 26, 2018
  • Such a cute idea. I have made potholders, table runners and mug rugs as gifts before.

    —Sylvia L on October 26, 2018
  • I give a good girlfriend a bedquilt .

    —Rommy on October 26, 2018
  • I have given many quilts and wall hangings I have made. For quilting buddies often I give fabric or new tools. Love this book and this idea.

    Lorene on October 26, 2018
  • I gave my cousin Lori a set of quilt trays that were covered in felt and trimmed in red Gingham. I made 4 different sizes, maybe 3, it has been awhile. I wrapped them all up in a red Gingham bow.

    —Christy Miller on October 26, 2018
  • I’ve given single block hangings, table runners and pot holders. This year I’m making little tree ornaments.

    —Cheri Bergeron on October 26, 2018
  • I gave wall hangings and small quilts for gifts and also quilting notions.

    —Helen Bowie on October 26, 2018
  • I usually give my friends little projects that I have made. I love the idea of giving "Quilt in a Jar" gifts. I can’t wait to make these jar gifts for friends and family members this holiday season!

    —Janna Lee on October 26, 2018
  • Quilty friend gifts I’ve used have been books, mini quilts, fat quarter stacks, quilt themed wine glass markers, mug rugs, and a big favorite is a mini quilt all cut out and ready to sew – my personal pre-cuts!

    —Kyra Franz on October 26, 2018
  • Gifting a book to my friends with a couple fat quarters to get a project going is always fun for me~~sharing joy for both of us.

    Becky Pike on October 26, 2018
  • My most often made gift is pillowcases–so much fun to pick fabrics to go to a special person–have also made them for donations to our local Long Term Care unit and for places like Ronald McDonald.

    —Barb K. on October 26, 2018
  • I have been experimenting, using emptied bags from fun size candy bags, to make little zippered pouches. I use fusible clear vinyl too stabilize the plastic bags. Then they can be treated as fabric, to be cut and quilted.

    —Barbara Ann Jones on October 26, 2018
  • I’ve given precuts and patterns, finished small projects like table runners, and fun notions and nifty rulers!

    —Kris B on October 26, 2018
  • I love tiny quilts, the quilt with the houses and stars would be fun.

    —Coleen Beutler on October 26, 2018
  • I’ve made table runners, placemats, business card holders, many Christmas ornaments, bags, wallets, purses, fabric boxes, project bags for children and rolled up fat quarters in cardboard tissue rolls covered with gold paper like "poppers" as luncheon favors.

    —Ruth Spencer on October 26, 2018
  • I have given fabric and patterns or an UFO that I will never get to.

    —Donna F on October 26, 2018
  • I usually give a gift certificate so friends can get what they know they need or have had their eyes on. But I have given fabric and patterns, thread spools, quilting pattern books, or kits to close friends.❤️

    —Susan B on October 27, 2018
  • This is such a clever idea; many thanks. I’ve given small embroidered gifts in the past, and more recently have given pillowcases.

    —bookboxer on October 27, 2018
  • Such a great ideas. I have given canned fats as a gift. Fat quarters rolled up in a canning jar. Too cute to use.

    —Marilynn Hagan on November 5, 2018
  • I would use the patchwork technique for the red and white quilt.

    —Denise V on November 14, 2018

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