Holidays, birthday and other gift-giving occasions mean lots of stress and (for us quilters) gifts to make! Over the years we’ve picked up some great hints and tips for easing the stress of gifting. One of these tips is that not every gift you give needs to be handmade.
Here we’ve compiled a list of great gifts for quilting friends (or yourself), so that the gift is special and thoughtful, even if it isn’t handmade.
1. Rotary cutting mat
Most of us have cutting mats at home, but are they in tip-top shape? Cutting mats come in so many different sizes, styles and colors these days, it’s fun to have a couple to use for different projects and needs.
Magazine subscriptions are always an appreciated gift. For the friend who has everything, check into subscriptions for some of the newer art-quilt, embellishment and inspiration magazines.
3. Quilted tote bag
Tote bags can be fun and functional and are very hip these days. If you have time, choose from the many available tote bag patterns, and create a bag for your friend in her favorite color. Our 1-Hour quilted tote bag tutorial is a super fun project you can whip up in a flash. If you’re still short on time, check with your local quilt store. Chances are, they have quilted tote bags ready for purchase — how quick and easy!
4. Quilter’s FabriCalc
The FabriCalc is a wonderful tool from Calculated Industries. This amazing calculator figures backing, binding, borders, yardage for a quilt, and more. About the only thing it can’t do is sew. This item is useful in any sewing room and comes at an affordable price.
5. Gingher scissors
High-quality scissors are essential to any sewing room. We love these 5″ Gingher sewing shears that allow us to cut through layers of fabric with ease.
6. Greeting cards for quilters
Check out these fun (and FREE!) greeting cards for quilters! Print up a batch in color, bundle them with a pretty piece of ribbon or raffia, and you have an instant, inexpensive gift!
7. Gift certificate
A gift that never goes to waste, give a gift certificate to your friend’s favorite local quilt store. You could even offer to go shopping with her (as if you needed an excuse!) Earn bonus points for stitching up your own fabric gift card holder.
8. Dinner delivery
Do you know a friend who has trouble carving out time for quilting? Offer to bring her (and her family) dinner, then instruct her to head into her quilting room/area for the rest of the night! Provide her family with a yummy dessert, so that they don’t mind the disappearance.
What gifts do you like to give your quilting friends?
Do you love giving handmade gifts?
Join the online class Quilt Quilted Gifts today to learn to swiftly sew stylish infinity scarves, eye-catching table runners, lovely lap quilts and wall-hangings you can customize for any occasion!