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    homemade/handcrafted gifts. (Surprise!)

    I'm working on an idea for a gift bundle "for the home" to give to my husband's father & step-mom.

    So far I'm including:
    - a set of 6 Criss-Cross Coasters
    - a set of 2 small / 1 medium / 1 large Microwave Bowl Mitts


    I've thought about making matching oven mitts.. but for some reason, I'm just drawing a blank on thinking of others small items to make.

    Any idea spring to your mind???

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    Those are interesting. I may try them myself. :) Thank you for sharing.

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    What about mug rugs, you could personalize one for each of them.
    Have fun making your gifts, I wish I was as ready for tHe holidays as you are.

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    I like Trif's mug rug idea. Another idea, a little easier than oven mitts, is a trivit or 2 (just like hotpads only a little bigger).

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    Good idea but icksnay on the mug rugs..
    they are the afternoon cocktail type.
    I figured the coasters would at least get used.

    Oven mitt / hot pad / trivit.. gotcha!
    All matching.

    Maybe I could figure out something to make as a "remote control" corral too..

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    How about some pillowcases

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    Placemats?

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    Placemat, napkin, tablerunner set.
    potato sacks
    toaster, blender, mixer covers

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    placemats always a good idea, how about chair rugs, my MIL puts bath towels on the back of the easy chair, I guess she is afraid someones hair with get the chairs dirty, lol ! So I think I will make her quilted chair rugs, it will look better for sure!

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    Hi, I live in The Woodlands, which means we could be neighbors. I think the 10-minute table runner looks nice and is so easy. There are also some great casserole carrier patterns free online. My sisters have requested quilted journal covers...easy!

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    If they are the coctail type why not some smaller coasters (as opposed to mug rugs). Or if they are wine drinkers I have made some 'sleeves' for the bottom of wine glasses. Make up a set of 4 different ones if they are entertainers so everyone knows which glass is theirs?

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    check emblibrary.com; they have all kinds of project ideas and you don't have to use them as embroideries; just take the basic concept for it.

    I'm also making everyone Christmas gifts. Money is really tight so I'm first of all pulling out all of those UFO's and seeing who would go with what and I'm going to do some embroidery on towels for my daughter and her first apartment and others too. good luck on your projects

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    I was thinking the remote caddie and pillows.

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    I am making computer chair cushens for the back and seat cover and adding cushons on the arms as well.

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    Placemats? table runners? rice heat pads? http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-76662-1.htm
    potatoe bags? http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-145924-1.htm
    Quote Originally Posted by incoming2me
    homemade/handcrafted gifts. (Surprise!)

    I'm working on an idea for a gift bundle "for the home" to give to my husband's father & step-mom.

    So far I'm including:
    - a set of 6 Criss-Cross Coasters
    - a set of 2 small / 1 medium / 1 large Microwave Bowl Mitts


    I've thought about making matching oven mitts.. but for some reason, I'm just drawing a blank on thinking of others small items to make.

    Any idea spring to your mind???

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    Great ideas everyone!

    They have a large square pub-height table.
    I'm thinking a small square table topper would be nice.
    (Think very large square place mat.)
    Perfect for placing a flower arrangement, salt & pepper or napkin holder type things!
    OOooooh.. matching napkin rings..


    Here's another question.. with all these little things, how many things would be considered a decent gift without going overboard?
    I ask this as knowing me, I'd keep making stuff right up until we visit in November and have to rent a U-Haul to get it there. ;-)


    Quote Originally Posted by marymm
    Hi, I live in The Woodlands, which means we could be neighbors. I think the 10-minute table runner looks nice and is so easy. There are also some great casserole carrier patterns free online. My sisters have requested quilted journal covers...easy!
    We're in Northampton - not sure if you know where that is, but we're about 5 minutes from post office on Gosling at Panther Creek. :)

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    I live south of ya'll down 288 on the way to Alvin
    Quote Originally Posted by incoming2me
    Great ideas everyone!

    They have a large square pub-height table.
    I'm thinking a small square table topper would be nice.
    (Think very large square place mat.)
    Perfect for placing a flower arrangement, salt & pepper or napkin holder type things!
    OOooooh.. matching napkin rings..


    Here's another question.. with all these little things, how many things would be considered a decent gift without going overboard?
    I ask this as knowing me, I'd keep making stuff right up until we visit in November and have to rent a U-Haul to get it there. ;-)


    Quote Originally Posted by marymm
    Hi, I live in The Woodlands, which means we could be neighbors. I think the 10-minute table runner looks nice and is so easy. There are also some great casserole carrier patterns free online. My sisters have requested quilted journal covers...easy!
    We're in Northampton - not sure if you know where that is, but we're about 5 minutes from post office on Gosling at Panther Creek. :)

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    IF they use remote control items, a holder that lays over the arm of couch and chair is great. My DMIL had one that hung over her headboard and she could always reach the remote, glasses, teeth, etc.
    Pockets for every item she liked to keep near her.
    peace

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    Quote Originally Posted by ube quilting
    IF they use remote control items, a holder that lays over the arm of couch and chair is great. My DMIL had one that hung over her headboard and she could always reach the remote, glasses, teeth, etc.
    Pockets for every item she liked to keep near her.
    peace
    The remote control caddie is something I was thinking, but probably something of a box type thing to set on their end tables as they are right up to the arms of the couch and loveseat.

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    Hi, I do know where that is. Good lucky with your projects. lots of good ideas here!

    By the way, if you can find or make the Twister tool, it makes a really nice small table topper--square. They are really fun. If you don't know what I'm talking about, do a search. The board got me hooked on the tool (So far I've made three table runners, two squares and aChristmas wreath wall hanging. I have one more fall wreath almost finished and then I have to start quilting them.)

    Alvin's not that far away (when It's not so hot!)

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    So many great ideas!

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    How about adding a tissue box cover, or a bread basket and hot pads or a hanging dish towel. Can you tell i've done a few of theese for gifts for all occasions. Good luck and have fun.

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