It’s nearly October which means it’s time to get started on those Christmas gifts so they’re ready for the holidays! In fact, Barb had a client drop off a quilt this morning for longarming and it will be a Christmas gift, so we’ll call that the inspiration for this blog post.
Clients often come into the shop, looking for quick, easy ideas for gifts. We’re here to help!
There are a number of great gift ideas out there, for quilters and non-quilters alike. Today, let’s focus on the non-quilters. Below are some ideas for quilters to give as gifts to their non-quilter friends and family members.
We just got a new pattern for hot/cold bags, which are excellent for achy joints or just keeping warm on those chilly fall and winter nights. The pattern we have calls for uncooked rice as a filling for the bags. We’ve also been told that crushed walnut shells work great and don’t break down. Fill the bags with your filling of choice and a little of your favorite herb for some aromatherapy! We also found an online tutorial here that you can follow that uses the same concept.
For the young ladies in your life, the Little Glam Bag is the perfect gift! We offered a class featuring these bags last Spring and had 2 very beginner sewers complete these in class and do a great job, so these quick little wristlet bags are perfect for novice quilters.
If you’re interested in making a bag, but looking for something a little more multi-purpose, the Peek-a-Boo bag might be a good choice. It’s excellent for so many different things: children’s arts & crafts supplies, small toys for traveling, toiletry bag, sewing supplies, make-up bag; there are so many uses!
If you’re just looking for a way to personalize and spruce up some gift cards, these gift card sleeves are great! We featured these last year during our Small Business Saturday workshop and they were a big hit. Goodies are worth repeating, right? 🙂
If you’re in the mood for something super quick and fun, try making one of these lap quilts! If you haven’t heard of the Jelly Roll 1600, you’re missing out! These 48″ x 64″ quilts are made in an obscenely short amount of time, so if you need something SUPER fast, try one of these! We’re doing a tournament focused on these fun little quilts starting in October. The $5 tournament registration fee is waived when you purchase your jelly roll at Quilter’s Compass.
Hopefully we’ve got your creative juices flowing now. There are, of course, loads of other gift ideas out there, so tell us in the comments what you’re planning on making for gifts this year!