Yesterday, the post was all about coasters! If you missed it, you can read it here. Coasters make a great gift. Today, let’s look at some other great and quick gifts. I love my embroidery machine because it is a great way to make quick gifts, but if you don’t have an embroidery machine, then this Spool Stocking is the perfect gift for a fellow sewist.
It can of course be used as a Christmas stocking, but it is also great in a sewing studio to hold sewing tools and rulers as well! The full step-by-step tutorial, including the free, downloadable paper-pieced pattern is here.
If you do have an embroidery machine, cute Christmas themed kitchen towels are a great gift! I can’t get over how much I love this Reindeer in Boots design.
I used this set from the Sulky Holiday Headquarters to stitch him out, and the towel was one I picked up from Target at some point; but we have some good kitchen towels on our site if you don’t have one in your stash already.
Are throw pillows more your style? Pick up a simple one that fits the decor of the person who will receive your gift and add the name! Everyone likes to have their name on a pillow, right? That can’t just be a southern thing.
Pillows are fairly easy to embroider on, but let me give you a couple tips. Since this isn’t something you could easily do over if you messed up, use a little extra stabilizer. The most common mistake people make when doing machine embroidery is not using enough or the right stabilizer. For this pillow, I used two layers of Sulky-Tear Easy™ and Sulky Solvy® as a topper. I inserted the hoop inside the pillow cover and hooped the Sulky Solvy, pillow and Sulky Tear-Easy (in that order from top to bottom).
After I had the whole thing hooped, I turned the cover inside out and used Clover® Clips to hold the rest of the pillow away while it was sewing.
Once the embroidery is done, gently tear the Sulky Solvy and the Sulky Tear-Easy away, one layer at a time tearing towards the stitching line. Iron, and put in the pillow form.
All done! Onto the next gift…
Want more gift ideas? Here is a post I did awhile back with some other really great quick gifts.
If you still want more, stay tuned! tomorrow I will give you a few more projects.