Searching for gift ideas

This is a week of birthdays and graduations. And –naturally– I would like my gifts to be handmade.

I already have one gift resolved (that is, if I actually finish it in time!). And I have made my favorite hexie pincushion for one of the gals in my sewing circle.

But I would like to add something to it, and I’ve run out of ideas. We’ve been together for several years now, so I’ve already made several other sewing accessories for her. Like a chatelaine and a sewing caddy. So I’m sitting here, racking my brains, trying to figure out something else I could make (rather quickly). Any ideas?

The bigger headache is trying to decide on a gift for one of Jamie’s closest friends, who is graduating on Saturday. She has already been the recipient of quilted bags, pencil cases, totes from me, and of jewelry and crocheted scarves from Jamie. She likes things very low key – no big graduation party for her. Just a private dinner party with her family and a few friends. And we know she likes handmade things. But we’re stumped for ideas. The only thing I have been able to think of so far is quilted laptop case.

Help? What would you do?

 

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6 Comments

  1. MARIA CRISTINA
    Posted June 8, 2011 at 6:11 am | Permalink

    Hola Angie!!!
    Tal vez un individual para taza sería un buen accesorio, ya que un té o café acompañan nuestras cosrturas.
    Me parece fantástica una funda para el portátil.
    Saludos afectuosos!!!

    • Posted June 8, 2011 at 7:33 am | Permalink

      Gracias, amiga, por tu idea. Creo que un “mug rug” no estaría mal, ¿verdad? Quizá con algún diseño relacionado a la costura. ¡Es una excelente idea!

  2. Posted June 8, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    Hi Angie,

    The only language I can speak fluently in is English, but I think the above postings are for a mug rug to go with the pincushon. You could make a trivet to match so your friend could put her tea pot right there in front of her.
    For the other gift, what about a nice quilted camera case that you could put on your belt. I know they come with leather pouches and mine will fit my belt, but it looks so masculine to me. After a day of thinking I’m not much help, am I?

  3. Posted June 9, 2011 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    Bright luggage tags to go on all luggage would be good for both. Bright so you can ID your luggage at the airport as no one will have tags like yours. I have a tutorial on my blog on how I made them. I had to make hundreds for a convention and they go together pretty quickly.
    http://nebraskaviews.blogspot.com/2010/03/fabric-luggage-tags.html

    • Posted June 9, 2011 at 10:36 am | Permalink

      Thank you, Lynn. Love your tutorial!

  4. Posted June 9, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    Ooooo – that pincushion is darling! 🙂

    p.s. Thanks for your kind words on my quilting. Those fabrics are among the prettiest I have ever worked with. 🙂

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