Simple handmade gifts can become treasures to enjoy for years to come. They are are welcomed items to decorate our homes, as well as many providing a useful purpose which can be made using Christmas fabrics, or any fabric prints and colors. On my quest to share some of my favorite tutorials, for making handmade Christmas gifts, today I want to heighten awareness of two very easy to make projects: Fabric Bowl Potholders and embellished Dish Towels.
Barb of Bejeweled Quilts, is a very talented designer, continually creates unique and inspirational projects and shares on her delightful blog. She also has provided very helpful free tutorials which needless to say, are filed in my list of Favorite Tutorials:
While these fabric bowl potholders are great for bowls of hot soup, I think they could also come in handy to hold holiday snacks. Either way, I think they’d be absolutely adorable in Christmas fabrics too!
Dish towels can be embellished with applique’, machine embroidery, fabric bands as well as ribbons, etc.. For me, Barb of Bejeweled Quilts is so very creative on how she embellishes dish towels I’m always looking at what she has done, when I embellish a simple dish towel. I love to include these in gift baskets, as well as cookie baskets. They are also fun to drop off in the kitchen, when invited to someone’s home for a holiday dinner or party.
I also love her inspirational No Sew Snowflake that makes for an excellent Christmas ornament, as well as an embellishment for a gift package.
In addition to all the inspiration and free tutorials on Barb’s blog, as a designer she also has many beautiful and easy to follow instructions for all sorts of projects to decorate your home, as well as to give as gifts. And, all of her purchased patterns are very reasonably priced. Here are some of her designs that certainly get me into the Christmas spirit, and I think would also make for wonderful decorations for your home, as well as handmade gifts:
Wonky Christmas Tree – table runner or wallhanging
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