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    Need Ideas for Small Gifts

    My dear MIL just passed and I saved a few of her dresses to make lap quilts for her two daughters. I have 4 SILs and am trying to think of a small gift I could make to give each of them from the dress scraps. I thought of a Christmas ornament. Any other ideas? Can't be too big or too time consuming, and all the SILs are very different personalities so something kind of 'generic.' Ideas?

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    How about those little dress tops that are sew to a hand towel for the stove handle? Maybe a plastic bag dispenser?

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    I am sorry for your loss and I really like your idea to give the girls a memory of their mom and MIL.

    How about book marks with one of MIL favorite sayings or something she said a lot on the backs.

    Tea towels using the dress fabric for an appliqué or ruffle.
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    Tissue holders come to mind...fast and easy and we all carry those little tissue packets in our purse...
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    how about those neat fabric boxes that have been pictured here so frequently.
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    Coin purses, mug rugs, fabric Kleenex thingies (directions on Pinterest).............calla

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    Stuffed hearts - small teddy bears - sachets - coin purse

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    I really like the idea of a Christmas ornament. Each year when they put up the tree, memories of her will be included. Plus the fabric won't get frequent wear and tear so will be better preserved.

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    ok i got a new one .......i made some memory quilts for a family in town ...took the shirts made the quilts for the daughter son wife and mom-n-pop ....and then i said what about sisters .hummmmm took the buttons from the shirts made earrings --and bracelets.......for sisters and nieces ..they loved them

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    Not sure how much material you can get but you might have enough for a table runner that could be used on their dressers

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    Perhaps use the dress fabric in a 12-inch in a star block or other pattern that works well as a single block. Add a border and backing in other fabric and make a small pillow. I wouldn't worry so much "their" personalities...this is about a memory, not a decorating style.

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    Sorry for your loss.
    I was recently looking to make something simple for my niece's first birthday. I bought a small pillow form from the craft store, and made essentially a pillowcase from the bridesmaid dress I wore in her parents' wedding. I accented it with other elements of the dress. It didn't Take too long.

    Good luck with whatever you choose.

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    I think keepsake Christmas ornaments would be perfect, they would suit everyone and would preserve Mom's fabrics rather than use them.

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    My FIL passed away last summer. He loved his plaid shirts so I made 15- 9 patch potholders by cutting up his shirts. I put a loop of ribbon to hang each one up and a tag on the back saying Memories of Grandpa, dates of birth & death & made with grandpa' shirts. These were made for children, grandchildren & great grands. A momento for them all to keep. found the pattern on this Quiltboard last fall.

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    Fairly large monogram for the wall, or small one for a mug rug.

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    A few years ago a friends MIL passed away & she had a couple of quilts all the daughters & grands wanted. The quilts were old & very worn, not very useable. I took the quilts & with their permission, of course, made teddy bears for each of them. They were ragged & very old looking, which they were, added some hand embroidery stitches & made beautiful teddy bears. All the girls loved them.

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    You guys have the greatest ideas, thank you!! I'll get everything made this summer and give them next December. Thank you!

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    How about a fancy pin coushion

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    I'm a huge fan of mug rugs, can never have too many. They are functional, pretty and a constant reminder of who made it AND of your MIL
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    i'm loving the idea of a christmas ornament.

    if it were my mother's fabric, i would hate to wear it out in the form of a usable item. i would rather preserve it as an ornament.
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    Instead of a pot holder with lo how about a heart with a loop.
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    How about the small Snappy coin purses for some of them. They're very easy to make and always useful for something!

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    I have Christmas ornaments I keep out all year in my sewing room. mostly the homemade ones from the swap,
    but it's a good idea to keep out.
    put off till tomorrow what you can do today, and if you procrastinate long enough, you may never have to do it.

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    Maybe a cloth quilted candy dish, easy to make and pretty on a table?
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