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    Ideas for projects

    I remember last year, particularly being new to this type of group, being so confused about coming up with ideas for gift projects.

    How about listing some ideas to help others come up with homemade gifts? I'll start with some of the tried and true ones.

    holiday/seasonal wall hangings
    table runners
    mug rugs
    zipper pouches
    Women are Angels. When someone break's our wings we will continue to fly-usually on a broomstick.We're flexible like that.

    Some of these are not homemade but are also nice to receive.

    One can always use a nice pair of scissors. I like to have a pair at my cutting table, Ironing board and by my sewing machines. I prefer a smaller pair by my sewing machine. Same goes for a tape measure and marking pencils/pens oh and straight pins plus something to hold them like a pin cushion or magnetic bowl. Thread catchers are nice also to have everywhere. Hot pads are always useful or an apron is especially wonderful for around holidays when dong a lot of cooking. Oh and I'm a bag lady so you have to have a big enough bag to take your quilting stuff in if you go to retreats or just over to a friends house to sew for the weekend.

    So to recap my list of items:
    Scissors-Big and small
    Marking pens/pencils-temporary and permanent
    Straight pins-all sizes
    Pin cushions
    Thread catchers
    Hot pads
    Bags-of all sizes



      I am also new to this type of swap but have come up with a couple of ideas that might help others find inspiration.
      I love the idea of
      mug rugs and
      themed runners,
      but how about a cute pincushion,
      a needlecase,
      a tote bag.

      If you think the gift does not stand by itself as being substantial, augment with some thread, sewing machine needles, chocolate, souvenir-type coffee mug from your city/state/province/country.

      Hope that helps a little.

      "I don't need to get organized, I just need a bigger sewing room." :)


        Keep the ideas coming!

        Lanyards (for thread trimmers or small scissors) - made with one jelly roll strip
        kitchen towels
        fabric bowls
        fabric boxes
        coffee coozie
        microwave bowl cozie
        seam rippers

        misc.: buttons, thread, rick rack, zippers, ribbon, elastic, etc.
        patterns or books (can be ones you have tried or ones you know you will never use)

        One thing I did last year was pick up extra copies of the freebie patterns for sewing & quilting projects whenever I was in Hobby Lobby or JoAnn's and tossed them in for fun.
        Happy Quilting!


          What is a thread catcher? Thanks everyone for the ideas!


            Neller - a thread catcher is like a bag that hangs over the side of your table that you toss your threads in while sewing. They have a weight that sits on the table so the bag will not fall. The weight is usually a pin cushion. I posted a picture of one. Sometimes quilters will use a fabric box or bowl that they have made as a thread catcher. You can find free patterns on Pintrest.


              Why is there is a "thanks for this post" button with a little smiley face beside it, when it does nothing when I click on it? Kderr, thanks for the explanation and picture of thread catcher! :-)

              Thanks also for the 1/2 square triangles; I'm pretty sure I saw some with your name on them!


                These are all great ideas - thank you to all who posted them.

                What if you woke up today and the only things you had were the things you thanked God for yesterday? :icon_hug:quilting trish


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