These days more and more people purchase impersonal gift cards for holiday and family celebrations, which makes the time and care put into handcrafted gifts all the more appreciated. Whether you are a traditional patchwork quilter, piecing fabric together in your own geometric designs, or a quilter who prefers choosing from the many fabrics available in stores, you can have fun creating patchwork gifts for everyone on your list.
Gifts for Babies and Toddlers
New moms on the go need washable carryalls for diapers, bottles, wet wipes and other necessities. Be sure to choose a pattern with inner pockets to keep everything organised. To protect babies or toddlers from germs at the grocery store, create a colourful shopping trolley seat cover, which prevents children from touching the germ-laden cart handle. These covers also fit restaurant high chairs, keeping germs off the child and finger food off the floor. To add personalised flair to the nursery, sew a set of patchwork letters to hang on the wall, spelling out the baby's name. Soft patchwork blocks keep babies and toddlers busy for hours and are safer than hard plastic or wood.
Gifts for Soccer Moms and Dads
Busy families appreciate gifts that keep them organised. Cases for cell phones or glasses are easy to sew, and you can use up remnants left over from previous projects. Car organisers that hang from the back of the front seat keep tissues, treats, small toys and "sippy cups" clean and accessible. Growing families can never have enough storage space. Colourful patchwork covers turn plastic ice cream buckets into handy places to store small items like crayons or to send to school filled with birthday treats.
Gifts for Grandma and Grandpa
Elderly relatives appreciate colourful fabric bags to hang from their walkers, electric wheelchairs or scooters, keeping newspapers, glasses, coin purses and other necessities in easy reach. Seniors who are prone to chills will put a patchwork lap quilt to good use. Many nursing home residents enjoy personalising their space with door decorations. Consider making a variety of door hangings for the whole year, such as a Thanksgiving cornucopia, a winter wreath and holiday decorations.
Gifts for the Home
The list of quilted gifts for the home is endless: hot pad holders, trivets, place mats, decorative pillows, wall hangings and holders for tissue or a spare roll of toilet paper. But if you are ready to move on to something more creative, consider a set of table runners for use on holidays throughout the year. Door draft snakes, long cylindrical pillows that block threshold drafts, are fun to make, and those who receive them will appreciate lower heating bills.
Gifts for Other Crafters
Check your list for relatives and friends who sew, knit and do handicrafts. Stitch up a patchwork sewing machine cover in colours that match a friend's sewing room. Design a unique pin cushion for relatives who sew. Knitters will enjoy a roll-up organiser to keep needles in separate slots by size.
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