View Full Version : Sewing Gifts for Grandchildren

January 1st, 2015, 08:32 PM
I made large pillows, 27"x27" pillows for my four grandchildren for Christmas. They were a huge hit. I would much rather make something for them than spend money on toys because they have way too much. I have three grandsons, 6 1/2, 4, 3 1/2, and a granddaughter 3.

What kind of gifts have you sewn for your grandchildren? The oldest will be 7 in February so I need to get busy on that one!

Claire Hallman
January 1st, 2015, 08:42 PM
Not much help here but I am making a Frozen quilt for my granddaughter for her 2nd birthday in a couple of weeks. I may make her some PJs, too.

January 1st, 2015, 08:44 PM
I don't have grandkids yet, but have nieces/nephews and great nieces/nephews. I have done lots of pillow cases - whatever they are "into" for the year. Have done quilts for most of them as they were born or after - I started quilting after a few of them got here. :)

I have an embroidery machine, so I have done embroidered hooded bath towels. Those have been big hits with the kids all year long.

My next thing I am going to do for the kids, that I am going to start on now, so that it is not such a rush next year are indoor snowball fights. Basically it is a soft white ball with a snowman face embroidered on it in a bucket. I bought the pattern last December and still have not made any of them.

January 1st, 2015, 08:46 PM
I gave my grandson a quilt for Christmas and am working on the granddaughter's quilts and they will get them when I'm finished with them. I also gave my son and his wife a quilt for Christmas.

January 1st, 2015, 09:15 PM
I have made all four of them quilts. That's why I'm looking for new things. The oldest has two quilts because he outgrew the other. I'll make more for the others as they grow bigger.

January 1st, 2015, 09:19 PM
This year for the great grands I did stockings that when you turned them inside out were horse head puppets. Not sure with all the other stuff they have how much they enjoyed them.

Sylvia H
January 1st, 2015, 09:24 PM
I have one grandson. Three years ago, after my first year of quilting, he received a wrestling themed quilt. The backing had skulls on it that glowed in the dark! He was 13 at the time, and I wasn't sure if he was going to appreciate a quilt, but, because of the theme, he really liked it. For his 16th birthday, I made him a full sized quilt in black, red and grey. It is called "Lightning Strikes", and you can see it in my album "Completed Projects". In the future, he will get at least one - two more quilts from me. Possibly one, if needed, if/when he goes away to school, and I plan to make a wedding quilt for him. That may be something that gets made in advance, to be given when appropriate.

My daughter will have a step-daughter when she is married in a few weeks. The little girl is about 10 years old. I made her a quilt last year and a quilted purse. I plan to make her and my daughter matching aprons. I will probably make a special placemat for her as well, and I have a cute pattern for a Hanukkah wall hanging that I would like to make for her. I am sure there will be a few other quilts as well. My daughter has asked if the three of us could make a project together. I will enjoy doing that, although I don't know what it will be.

January 1st, 2015, 09:38 PM
I made each of them a rag quilt last year with matching pillow cases. Huge pillows sound like a great idea for next year for the little ones. I did make doll quilts for the two granddaughter's American Girl dolls for their birthdays this year. PJs inside of a large stocking for each of them might work too! I would have to decide and start now or they would never get finished in time for next Christmas!

January 1st, 2015, 10:17 PM
A couple years ago, I made every grandchild a quilt....from queen sized down to twin. Five of them. I have also made Ryan purses, which she loves (she is 13 going on 20!). That said, one of these grandchildren (and probably her mother) won't be getting another quilt from me (hers was an oversized twin) because I found out she gave it to the dog!!! She wadded it up and put it in his kennel and her mother let her do it! Makes my blood boil just thinking about it. This grandgirl was going to get a very cool backpack bag this last Christmas that looked like a guitar, but I won't be making her anything else.

Grama Debbie
January 1st, 2015, 10:20 PM
3 grandsons, ages, 7,2 and 3 months. Have made each of them a quilt and this year, made matching PJ pants for them. We will have them all together in January and hope to get a picture of them in their matching PJ's.

Sandy Navas
January 1st, 2015, 10:22 PM
I made large portfolios for the granddaughters one year, outfitted them with drawing paper, crayons, rulers, etc. (http://forum.missouriquiltco.com/members/sandy-navas-albums-christmas-2011-portfolios.html)

One of the younger ones brought hers to me a few months later and all the supplies were gone. She told me I needed to refill it for her, but this time would I just put candy in there . . .

K. McEuen
January 1st, 2015, 10:24 PM
I don't make them a darn thing! Probably because I don't have any ...

Bags - totes, messenger bags, backpacks, just bags to keep stuff in. Kids always have stuff to carry around.

January 1st, 2015, 10:26 PM
I made my granddaughter a quilt when she was born and another last year. I always make her new nightgowns for birthdays and Christmas.

January 1st, 2015, 10:38 PM
Both my nieces were given babyquilts. They are going to outgrow them pretty soon, I made quilt tops for their new bunk bed that I hope to be able to quilt before they move to it. This Cristmas I sewed them Frozen-inspired princess costumes.

January 1st, 2015, 11:48 PM
My grandbaby has only gotten a quilt and a few other baby things. I will continue to make things while she is young.

I have a story to tell and this is something I am not comfortable with in a very public place. When I was a teenager I hurt my grandmothers feeling very badly when she over heard a comment about a made gift. I was young and immature and didn't understand or appreciate the love & time it took to make me that gift. My grandma was the best because she forgave me. In later years when I had grown up she was one that taught me much of what I know, she also would ask what I would like for Christmas each year, all the other grands would get whatever I choose for her to make us. I treasure the things she made me but it took growing up to appreciate them. Thanks for listening and I hope your grands grow up like I did.

January 2nd, 2015, 03:52 AM
I think I am going to work on reading pillows for the young nieces and nephew and study pillows for the older ones. The study pillows are similar to the reading pillows, just a little larger and an extra pocket for pens and such.

January 2nd, 2015, 04:29 AM
Quilts, quilts and more quilts - First one would be a baby quilt, as they grow older and bigger a lap size with fabrics of things they like or are interested in, then a long twin size quilt for college kids and finally a bed size when they marry or get their own place. Pillowcases to match their quilts, rooms or the current fad they like are always a good idea. Made body pillowcases also for the teens. Now I'm repeating those steps as grandkids get married and have children of their own. 3l great grands so far and another one expected in March 2015.

January 2nd, 2015, 10:28 AM
I have three grandsons 9, 6, & 4 and one granddaughter 6 months. I have made the boys crocheted hats, I've made pillowcases, & PJs. I have an embroidery machine, so I have put their names on backpacks, embroidered beach towels, shirts for special occasions. I only started quilting in August of last year so I have not made them a quilt yet, that is on the list for this year God willing! I did make a quilt for my granddaughter for Christmas, I have made her lots for burps and bibs and embroidered outfits. It is so much fun to do things for them. I have also started teaching my grands to sew a little.

January 2nd, 2015, 12:59 PM
Oh, lots of things!! Dress up clothes, felt food, busy books, crayon rolls, pillowcases, library bags, a quilt that doubles as a game board with checkers or tic-tac-toe and accompanying game pieces that fit in a pocket.

My daughter (almost 6) has already started to try to lay claim to holiday decorations for when she grows up, so I'm making Halloween and Thanksgiving items for each of my kids this year.

Sticking just to quilts is limiting, and boys are more difficult than girls, but The possibilities are endless!!

January 2nd, 2015, 03:24 PM
Stuffed animals (Funky Friends Factory has awesome and fairly easy patterns).
I agree with the hooded towels, the kids love them and if made HUGE when they are small, they will still be able to use/wear them through at least elementary school. I have made the designs on the outside of the towel with both terry and scraps of quilting cotton. The cotton was easier to sew than the multiple layers of terrycloth!

Car quilts & travel pillows - Just big enough to toss over car seats and legs as they get older. Great for chilly mornings or when nap attacks hit while on the road. These are also good for older kids who are getting their first cars, as it can be part of an emergency kit. Fleece is usually the easiest to care for with these.

Busy Bags for the car or waiting rooms. Tote bag with crayon roll-ups, blank paper, coloring books, etc.

Towels - I don't have an embroidery machine to personalize them like some of you lucky folks. I have appliqued a name to a fabric strip and then sewn it across the woven border. A strip of novelty fabric that matches their interests can also be sewn across the edge of the towel. I have made sets that include a hand towel and washrag. A hanging loop for drying is a nice thing to add.
If you have a group of these to make, either watch for good 'white' sales or check out Costco or Sams for their bulk pack of hotel towels. They are usually all white, but some fabric dye can fix that if you want each kid to have a different color. Walmart used to carry some that were bleach resistant colors. These worked really nicely for the towels I made for the cousins to take to the pool. They stood up to the chlorine better and had fun colors.

For my older cousins, I have made tote bags and found books they would like. If they have library cards, I put clear vinyl pockets on the outside to hold them. I have also punched a hole in Em's card and strung it on a grosgrain ribbon (missing the important numbers and mag strip) around the handle.
One year, my sister and I went in together for the kids gifts. She bought the new bed pillows and I made the pillow cases.

I am thinking that next year the cousins are all going to be receiving the bowl cozies that Pat/Bubba was making like a crazy woman a few weeks ago.
I'll keep checking in here to see what other ideas I can poach!