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Thread: Handmade Gifts

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    Smile Handmade Gifts

    I love the idea of giving a handmade gift and need to make some for friends. A number of you have mentioned pincushions. Now, I'd like to know....what are your favorites ?

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    How about tissue holders and cosmetic bags? I made lots of tissue holders for a church ladies day and they were well received and I made cosmetic bags as wedding party gifts for my nephew's wedding in January. I used the tute on this board for the tissue holders, check out my postings for the info on the bags. Both were quick and easy.

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    there are soooo many pincushions posted here on the QB. here is a link to the pincushion category in the quilt gallery
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/members...bums16967.html
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    Aprons are a great item - they take more fabric but aprons are making a comeback.

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    a new pincushion tut was just posted on the QB http://www.quiltingboard.com/tutoria...r-t219652.html
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    Yes see the Flower Pincushion -- my avatar just posted today.... NO SEWING MACHINE and simple not to mention cute!
    I had purchased one of these a couple years ago for $9.00 at a craft show... !
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    How about these?

    I made these as gifts for the women in my family for Christmas. The pattern is called "A Little
    Duffle Do It". The pattern is very easy and they are quick to make! Here's a link to the pattern that you can download. They're so much fun to make...be careful! They're addictive!

    http://www.connectingthreads.com/pat...__D10068D.html
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    I have been making purses for my daughters in law and one of the things they like that I include is a check holder. Most of us only us those checks once in a blue moon so it is nice to have a separate holder for them so that they don't get ruined. I also include a spot for the credit/debit cards and drivers license in the flap so that if they want to go for a quick shopping trip without their whole purse that is all they need to grab. The other things I include are a coin purse, cosmetic bag etc. They have been well received and are so quick and easy to make. I use velcro to hold the pieces closed.

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    Rice bags are nice for heating and using on the body(I give mine with lavendar). Aprons that are unique are another thing I give out(like the one made from a man's shirt- kids go nuts for them as well as my tween & teen granddaughters). IF its kids: A backpack reader with a soft book in it, Tweens: a makeup case, Teens: a quilted something or another (Backpack, purse, etc..) of their choice after fishing around. LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grandma Mary View Post
    I made these as gifts for the women in my family for Christmas. The pattern is called "A Little
    Duffle Do It". The pattern is very easy and they are quick to make! Here's a link to the pattern that you can download. They're so much fun to make...be careful! They're addictive!

    http://www.connectingthreads.com/pat...__D10068D.html
    These are very nice
    SoniSew

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    Microwave bowls have been a big hit with my family & friends. Have had so many orders for them & am delivering another 12 to Idaho next week. They are easy to make & handy to use.

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    Table runners, bed runners, hot pads, casserole carriers, the list is endless and always fun and appreciated

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    Oooh, I agree! I'd love to get an apron as a gift. Maybe I should start an apron exchange. I've sewed four. One simple one from a panel, one retro one, one with sun-dyed fabric, and one "quilty" one. They can be quick and inexpensive or elaborate -- either way we wear them all the time, we call them our "bibs" .

    Quote Originally Posted by Nammie to 7 View Post
    Aprons are a great item - they take more fabric but aprons are making a comeback.
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    Would love to have a tute or pattern for these. I'll PM Halo.

    Quote Originally Posted by Halo View Post
    Microwave bowls have been a big hit with my family & friends. Have had so many orders for them & am delivering another 12 to Idaho next week. They are easy to make & handy to use.

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    I make potholders and sell them both retails and wholesale to stores so needless to say, I usually have plenty on hand so I very often use them as gifts. I also recently started making coasters/mug mats with my scraps. I am finding I often include one in a birthday card or in a note to a friend. They are especially good when sending an encouraging note to a friend who is not feeling well or who is going through a difficult time.

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