Monday, November 15, 2010

Simple Gifts--Part 1


Can you believe it's the middle of November?  This year has just flown by for me, so it's definitely time to get going on gift making.  I love to give homemade Christmas gifts and thought it might be fun to post each Monday about my simple gift ideas for this year--so six weeks of ideas!  I'll make sure to save something really, really simple for the final week which will be the week of December 19th.


My first simple gift idea is potholders--I made seven this weekend in just a few hours.   I used the pinwheel hotpad pattern from Camille's pattern "My Simple Kitchen." 



 I followed her pattern except that along with one layer of "Insul-Brite" I added one layer of batting for the filler. Using layer cake squares for the backs really makes this pattern go together quickly.  For the fronts I actually used scraps from my FatQuartershop 2010 Designer Mystery Block of the Month.


The fabric is 12 Days of Christmas by Kate Spain for Moda...I absolutely adore this line which has whimsical prints along with more sophisticated designs--every piece is gorgeous! There are some other fun bloggy Christmas ideas going on...be sure to check out SewCalGal's Christmas Quilt Show and the Mistletoe Make and Bake 2010!  Have a wonderful day!


36 comments:

Amelia said...

What a good idea! I love that it doesn't take too long to make too. Yours look so great!

Linda said...

Great idea for gifts. Looks like they'd go together quick too. Thanks!

Karen said...

I am already looking forward to 5 more weeks of ideas!! Is that crazy or what that Christmas is so close?? These are adorable :).

KaHolly said...

Super gift ideas and a great way to use up those pretty scraps. Looking forward to next Monday's gift idea! ~kaholly

María Cristina said...

Fantástica idea!!!
Gracias por compartirla!!!
Hasta el próximo lunes!!!

Carol said...

How did Christmas sneak up on us already? Very cute! Great use of those scraps...and there sure are a lot of them.

Carol said...

I have that pattern, good to know it's super easy. I love yours with the 12 Days of Christmas fabric.

Michele said...

Thanks for the great gift ideas! They are so cute! I'm looking forward to the next one.

Kathy H said...

Sherri, thanks for the Christmas ideas. I love to make things for people and quick projects are great for this busy time of year. Your potholders looks so festive.

Thimbleanna said...

Those are adorable Sherri!

Mama Pea said...

Very cute and clever!

Pat / Silver Thimble Quilt Co. said...

Super project. I need so quick gifties. Did you sew the binding down by machine or hand whip it on the back?

Pat

Terriaw said...

What a great series you are starting! I love being able to whip up a couple small gifts over the next six weeks. These potholders are really adorable and perfect for a gift. Of course, they couldn't be cuter than with the 12 Days fabrics.

Elizabeth D. said...

Awesome idea! I might just make some of those potholders for myself, they're so cute! :)

Darlene said...

They are really cute made with 12 Days of Christmas - great use of the scraps.

Ruth Ann said...

Won't the polyester batting layer melt when a hot pot sits on that side of those sweet potholders?

Needled Mom said...

Great idea for a quick gift. You know they will be appreciated too.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Super cute. Trust you to be on time and headed in the right direction. Good for you. These are wonderful.

Carrie P. said...

Great idea. Can't wait to see what else you share.

Rene' said...

Thanks for sharing these ideas Sherri. I can't wait to see what you share with us next week!

comfortstitching said...

Really??? mid November you say??!
Already?
Love the pot holders, can't wait to see the other treats you have in store too!!

Stray Stitches said...

Very cute potholders!! Thanks for the idea.

Katy (France) said...

Thank you, thank, thank you!! What a great idea!
I have posted a few links to some jolly holly seasonal stuff on my blog too..please feel free to pop in.
I LOVE Christmas ! ♥

Belinda said...

Well...now who wouldn't want a drawer full of these cutees!!!! Oh my goodness...I WOULD!!!

I'm anxious to see what else you have in store for us!!!

Deb said...

Those look great! Simple, practical and such wonderful fabric!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Fantastic gift item Sherri, thanks for sharing...

Homer and Queen said...

Will you be mailing mine? :)

Barb said...

How fun...just love your potholders...

Bluzbrod said...

Oh, thank you. Sometimes inertia sets in when panic strikes :-o I can do little thingies. Cute.

Millie said...

I love the cute potholders and the fabrics are gorgeous!

Diane said...

Those are adorable. I love this time of the year when everyone is sharing cute projects like this!

Colleen Greene said...

Those are beautiful! And so handy! I'm totally saving this idea.

-- Colleen @ Made by Colleen

Beverly said...

I love your blog and I've been checking it out for a long time and realized today I never 'followed' it. So today I'm now a follower. Love the potholders! I have some of that fabric as well. HMMMMMM, might just have to make those potholders! Thanks for a great idea for my fabric!

on vacation with di and Paul said...

I'm going to make some of those, too. Thanks for a great idea.

Dana said...

Merci beaucoup for the fabulous idea which I am promptly going to steal!!! They are so pretty and who on earth does not appreciate a handmade gift? Love your creativity...

Micki said...

I love your potholders!
Micki