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Nine days until Christmas–that means it’s really crunch-time for those of us making gifts–time for some real simple gift ideas! The “Pink Penguin” fabric basket was probably one of the most referred to tutorials when I first started blogging…these little fabric baskets are perfect for filling with baked goods, small sewing supplies, or even fabric. The tutorial is wonderful and goes together quickly (found here.) Mine is pictured above with my collection of ceramic trees and Santas.
Another simple fabric basket tutorial (from Rachel) can be found here. This is another great little basket. I’ve made several in Christmas fabrics but have given them all away. I’m hoping to make a few this year from my 12 Days of Christmas scraps.
Table runners and toppers can be simple…this one was made with just four pieced blocks–the stars with the red points are pieced, while the main focus blocks were pre-printed vintage hankie replicas.
One year I was really in a bind for some homemade gifts. On Christmas Eve I made a few of these Joy hangers. I used fusible web to fuse the cut-out letters to 5″ background squares then did a quick buttonhole stitch around. Ten 1 ½″ by 5″ strips were used to frame the blocks (cut from scraps, of course). Eight 1 ½″ by 1 ½″ post squares were cut and also used in the body of the piece. The only quilting I did was around the edges of each background square. I quilted mine by hand that year, but it could also be done by machine. Binding didn’t take too long since this isn’t a very big project. Finally, I added a rod pocket to the back where I inserted a small dowel. Then I used gold cord ribbon to make a little hanger. Another simple idea just showed up this morning on the ModaBakeShop…I love these placemats! They are wonderful personalized but could be made even more quickly by using 12 charm squares per placemat and leaving out the names.
Well…it’s back to the sewing room for me. I just found out last night that my almost 90 year old grandmother really wants one of my quilted bags for Christmas–so that’s my first project for today–need to get it made and in the mail! Have a wonderful day!