Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Small Quilting Projects and Gifts

Hello Friends! Happy Tuesday!

Small Quilted Gifts

I needed a few last minute gifts before I traveled to Texas to spend time with my daughter and her family.

Pocket Potholder & Kitchen Towel

Handmade Potholder Kitchen Towel Gift Set

I made this adorable kitchen towel and potholder set for one my daughter's friends.  I used scrap 10 inch squares from the Pie Making Day Fabric collection. The prints have a vintage/retro vibe to them and thought they'd be perfect for her.

The potholder pocket front is a 6 inch log cabin quilt block with a 1.5 inch border. Pocket potholders are my absolute favorite and using orphan quilt blocks as the pocket is a bonus! I was inspired by this tutorial from Accuquilt.

Sewing together the scraps from the potholders I was able to create the band around the kitchen towel.

Cosmetic Bags

Cosmetic bags are great for keeping small necessities organized while on the go. These were made for the ladies at the hair salon.

Handmade Cosmetic Bags

Another good friend of my daughter is a member of the AKA sorority whose colors are pink and green. I used pink and green Kaffe Fassett and Amy Butler scraps to make the hexagon shaped trivets/mug rug. The cosmetic bag was made from pink and green batik scraps. 

Handmade Cosmetic Bag in Pink and Green

Tote Bag

This last gift was perfect for the woman who is like a second mom to my daughter and great friend of mine. She's a classy woman and I thought the regal African women in this Michael Miller print was perfect.

Handmade Quilted Tote Bag

Handmade Quilted Tote Bag

The tote bag measures 16 x 14 inches. I used foam instead of batting or fleece and love, love the results.  I added both a zipper pocket and slip pocket on the insides of the tote bag. I originally had planned on adding a recessed zipper but didn't have anything long enough on hand to use. To fasten the bag I used a button and loop. Using the remaining fabric I made a  matching cosmetic bag.

Gifts For Me

3 Piece Toiletry Gift Set

I love taking my favorite quilts on the road! I've been gone for a month on this trip so I had to bring a lot more necessities.

I combined my love of sewing and crafting to create this gift set.

Small Quilted Toiletry 3 Piece Handmade Gift Set

Small Quilted Toiletry Handmade Gift Set

I was inspired by this tutorial by Alanda Craft for the roll up bag. I modified the pattern to fit the scrap fabric I had on hand and adjusted the pocket/slots to fit deodorant, moisturizers, face wash, toothbrush and tooth paste.

I tend to prefer roomier/larger cosmetic bags, this one measures 7.5 x 10.5 inches. I used the remaining scraps from the roll up bag for the bottom portion of the cosmetic bag giving the gift set a more coordinated look.

Using the Cricut Joy and some white glitter iron on vinyl I embellished both sides of the cosmetic bag. The smaller cosmetic bag was made from scrap canvas and measures 5 x 8 inches, I also used glitter vinyl to decorate the bag, which contains make up brushes and beauty sponges.😀

Kindle Cover

After having success using foam in the tote bag I decided to try it again and made a new cover for my Kindle. I'm so in love with using foam! 

Yes, foam is thicker but smooth to sew on, and no difficulty trimming out bulk from the seams.

Handmade Quilted Kindle Cover Using Foam

Handmade Quilted Kindle Cover

I have seen others use foam in their bag making and recommend Bosal or Annie's as their brand of choice.  Our local quilt shop carries both but the price was way more than I wanted to spend so I purchased Pellon Flex Foam from JoAnn Fabric Store, and was quite happy with the results.

Do you use foam in your bag making? Do you have a preference?

Until next time....craft the life you love ❣

1 comment :

  1. Hi Karla! All of these are great gifts and gift ideas. I am really thrilled with your make-up essential choices. It's fab that you personalized them with your name, and your fabric choices are pretty. The tote bag is fab, too. I have not used foam or made bags, but your version makes me want to. Right now! {{Hugs}} ~smile~ Roseanne


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