I'm so excited for this Stitch it and Gift It Blog Hop to begin. Big thanks go out to Carla @ Creatin in the Sticks for hosting this. It has certainly given my gift list a jump-start.
Today is my day to share and this is what I came up with. First off I started making soup bowl cozies. My DH and I tend to eat dinner in front of the TV and instead of having a towel to hold a hot bowl, these soup bowl cozies are just the thing. There are all sorts of patterns out there, but I used this free pattern here by Happy Hour Stitches. I had made one for DH and I several months ago, but messed up on mine, so I also made myself another. I made some last year for my sons-in-law, so this year I made some for my daughters, brother and sister-in-law and sister. Plus made some for granddaughter Kyleigh and her roommate. For these bowl cozies you should use 100% cotton batting, 100% cotton thread. I bought some Wrap and Zap by Pellon.
There are also instructions here at The Birch Cottage, which also gives you a sheet of instructions which I am going to include with each bowl cozy.
Next up I made Microwavable Potato Bags. A number of years ago, I bought a kit when I was on vacation in Northern California. It never got made. But I got the idea to make up a bunch of these also. The kit was made with something called Warm Tater batting by the Warm Company. I made up the kit for myself. Again for these you should use 100% cotton batting, 100% cotton thread. The instructions for the Potato Zapper are here on Pellon
This was mine made from the kit. I love the potatoes. The lining has tiny potatoes!
I didn't have anymore of that fabric though so the others I used different fabrics.
I found instructions for the potato bags too here. There are all sorts of places that have directions for use, but I used this one here. It also has a different way to make the potato bag
Next up, I promised granddaughter Kyleigh I would make a new pillow cover for her pillow I had made her for Halloween. They are all removable with envelope openings in the back. So this is the one that should last her till spring.
Next up, I had a couple of Christmas panels I had bought a number of years ago for my daughters. I really liked them with the 3D effects. Basically certain parts of the panel were duplicated like the birds on the snowman one, the snowman's hat, and the letters for the word "PEACE". The instructions said to iron the cutouts to some fusible fleece and just glue-gun them on. I had my doubts about this, but did it anyway. Well the fleece started coming undone from the cutouts. I finally attached them to the quilt with a zigzag stitch. Really had a difficult time where the glue had touched. I kept having to clean off my needle! But I finished them. These were actually on my Quarter 4 Finish-A-Long list!
Next up, I made 2 of Jenny of Elefantz's Sew with a Merry Heart bags. I also made one of the needle cases as a gift. I purchased the needle case instructions from Jenny.
The straps of the bag call for twill tape, and I have had a hard time finding it recently. I looked in my miscellaneous bin, and found some twill-like Moda ribbon that tied together FQs, so I used that.
Lastly, I was recently working on this redwork piece.
I made it into a mug rug. The half-square triangles were left over from some other project, and matched the project pretty well.
I also found some mug rug poems here at Resliced by Jordan
Hope I have given you some inspiration for holiday gifts. Be sure and check out the others that are posting today. I have included the whole schedule for the hop. Thanks so much for stopping by!
Stitch It and Gift It Blog Hop Schedule
Monday, November 11th
Tuesday, November 12th
Wednesday, November 13th
Thursday, November 14th
Friday, November 15th