Sentimental sewing: 10 sweet hand-stitched gifts (+ giveaway!)

Turn pretty embroidery, simple patchwork, and sweet appliqué details into extraordinary gifts that will inspire smiles!

Stitched from the Heart

Sew your love into the gifts you give—you’ll find ten ways to do just that in Stitched from the Heart. From throws and wall quilts to a pincushion and mug rug, these ready-to-personalize projects are sure to create long-lasting memories.

From Stitched from the Heart

Patterns for a hand-lettered alphabet in two sizes make it easy to embroider the heartfelt phrases provided or to customize projects with names, dates, sayings, and more. Whether you want to celebrate, inspire, empower, or comfort, these charming gifts all come from the heart.

We’re happy to have author and quilt-shop owner Kori Turner-Goodhart of Olive Grace Studios as a guest writer to tell you more about her beautiful new book.


Kori Turner GoodhartI am still in pinch-myself mode that this small-town girl got to write a book and that I get to share with you these sweet projects that I have held close to me!

Following my heart has guided me through my life. When I proposed the idea for Stitched from the Heart, I wanted to make sure that makers could see my heart in each project. One of my biggest joys in life is giving gifts, and what better way is there than to stitch those gifts with love? Each stitch you take, no matter if it’s by hand or machine, means something.

Pocket for Your Thoughts Wall Hanging
Pocket for Your Thoughts Wall Hanging


Pocket for Your Thoughts close up—look at all the lovely embroidery details!

In each of the projects there’s a sentimental way to celebrate your project’s recipient. You can use my customizable hand lettering for monograms or to add words and phrases that are important to you and your loved ones.

Brave Little Love Quilt
Brave Little Love Quilt


Detail of Brave Little Love

One of my favorite projects in the book is the Signed with Love Quilt:

Signed with Love Quilt
Signed with Love Quilt

The quilt is a modern take on a signature quilt, meant for a new couple or a couple who has many years of love under their belt. Imagine making this for a niece or nephew who’s getting married and presenting it at the bridal shower. Then, guests at their wedding can sign their names in the light rectangles.


Details from Signed with Love

I encourage you to use grandma’s old button box for this quilt. Pull out pretty black buttons for the olive branches. You could even add old lace to some of the blocks from a loved one’s wedding dress. The possibilities are endless for making the quilt original to you and your recipient. And always make sure you add your own handwriting somewhere, even if it’s just on the quilt label.

Be Yourself Pillow
Be Yourself Pillow

I’m so honored for this opportunity to share my designs with you. From the bottom of my heart, I hope you enjoy each project as much as I have. They say it’s better to give than to receive, but I hope that you make one of these special projects for yourself!


Stitched from the HeartThanks for sharing your new book with us, Kori!

We have a copy of Stitched from the Heart to give away to one lucky winner today! To enter your name in the random drawing, tell us in the comments:

Who’s the lucky person who’ll receive a handmade gift from you next: a family member, a friend, a sewing buddy . . . yourself?

We’ll choose a winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And if you’re ready to start winning at gifting all year long, pick up Stitched by the Heart at our website and you can instantly download the eBook for free.

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

“I love your book! I would to make the You are Brave quilt for both my daughters – what a wonderful gift idea. Also, my mom would love any of these ideas for Mother’s Day.”

We’ll email you about your prize, Terri—congratulations!


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