10 Quick and Easy Gifts to Make for the Holidays

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A Handy Gift Guide for Busy Quilters!

Christmas will be here before you know it and, if you’re like us, you’re already working hard stitching up special gifts.  Even so, you may find that you need some quick projects to round out your gift list. You’re in luck as we’ve found several appealing projects that make wonderful gifts and that can be finished up in just a few hours. All of them are easy to make, even for beginning quilters.

Many of the following projects can be completed in an afternoon, making them ideal for hostess gifts, stocking stuffers and appreciation gifts for just about everyone on your list. We’ve selected an array of projects that are certain to delight and to be treasured, especially when given your personal stamp of creativity.


Snowman Mug Rugs

Snowman Mug Rug

These charming guys are so much fun and will bring smiles to those who receive them. While they’re meant to be mug rugs they can also be used as pot holders. Just add a hanging loop and a layer or two of Insul-Bright batting (find it here) for heat proofing.

Simple piecing, a bit of fusible applique and fabric from your stash will combine in a flash into these fun fellows. The pattern is found, along with several other quick and easy projects, in A Quilted Christmas from Quilter’s World.

Click here to purchase the digital version of A Quilted Christmas.


Gift Box No-Sew Ornaments

Gift Box No-Sew Ornaments

Folded fabric, ribbon, straight pins and styrofoam forms are all you need to make these impressive ornaments. While they look complicated, older kids can help, making this a fun family project.

The ornaments are beautiful made up in Christmas fabrics (as well as in other colors) and will be treasured for many holidays to come.

The finished ornaments are 4″H x 4″W x 2″D.  

Click here to purchase the “Gift Box No-Sew Ornament” pattern.


Holiday Oven Mitts

Holiday Oven Mitts

Anyone who cooks is sure to enjoy these festive oven mitts and you’ll appreciate how easy they are to make. Fusible applique motifs are easy additions and give the mitts an abundance of good cheer.

Choose bright colorful fabrics, such as in the example shown here, or choose fabrics in styles and colors to match the recipient’s kitchen. Either way, a set of these will be a welcome gift.

The mitts are 7″ x 12″ once completed.

Click here to purchase the “Holiday Oven Mitts” pattern.


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