Easy Gifts to Make – How to Host a Fiber-full Gift-Making Party

Here's a fun and easy way to enjoy see your artistic friends, enjoy some delicious treats, and get some gift-making done in the process.

gifts for quilters easy necklace kit
Make these beautiful necklaces with re-sized
images of your fiber art.
You could win a kit if you leave a comment below. 

First, choose an easy gift to make with a group. If you're inviting 2-4 friends and enough space, you could make a small quilted gifts like mug rugs, pincushions, or a fabric bracelet. With a larger crowd, you'll want to choose easy handmade gifts that your guests can create in a small space.

I have just the project for a larger party: our Gifts for Quilters: Easy Necklace Kit. Have your guests bring pre-sized and printed images of their favorite quilt art. Then have them choose jewelry findings from the kit and assemble necklaces that turn their artwork into a pendant. You can make 16 necklaces from one kit. The kits make great gifts for quilters (hint, hint).

Of course, you will want to serve refreshments at your holiday gift-making party. I recommend this easy recipe for melt-in-your-mouth Dutch butter cookies from Quilting Arts Managing Editor Rose DeBoer. This recipe is included in Quilting Arts Holiday, along with other favorite sweet and savory recipes from our contributors.

Grandma's Butter Cookies

Ingredients:
1/2 C. butter
1/2 C. sugar
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 C. flour

Directions:
1. Pre-heat overn to 350 degrees.
2. Cream butter and sugar together.
3. Add flour and baking soda. Mix well.
4. Roll into small balls and place on a greased cookie sheet.
5. Chill for 10 minutes. Press with a fork.
6. Bake for 15 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.

grandmas butter cookies quilting arts holiday
Grandma's Butter Cookies from Rose DeBoer, perfect
for a gift-making party (or to give as a homemade gift).

If hosting a party isn't your thing, I have one more suggestion for getting your holiday quilting/gifts done, or at least a great way to gather handmade gift ideas. A blog hop with the contributors to Quilting Arts Holiday magazine. Each will have a technique, giveaway, or some inspiration to share. 

We're kicking off the hop with a giveaway of our own: an Easy Necklace Kit, a Beaded Snowflake Kit, a 2 yards of Pellon interfacing and a copy of Holiday so you can make Village Houses (directions in the magazine). All these projects are featured in Quilting Arts Holiday.

NOTE: The blog hop and giveaways have come and gone, but please visit these artists to be inspired by their wonderful artwork:

Saturday, September 13, Lyric Kinard 

Sunday, September 14, Claude Larson

Monday, September 15, Linda McLaughlin,  and Kathy Kerstetter

Tuesday, September 16, Lori Miller

Wednesday, September 17, Melanie Testa and Liz Kettle

Thursday, September 18, Susan Brubaker Knapp

Friday, September 19, Lisa Chin

Saturday, September 20, Sarah Ann Smith

Sunday, September 21, Catherine Redford

Have a good time, and don't forget to leave a comment! 

The giveaway winners are: Catskill Quilter, BJRI, and jodian22, Congratulations!

We hope you all had fun. Please visit the Quilting Daily Shop to see all our Holiday Kits

 

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173 thoughts on “Easy Gifts to Make – How to Host a Fiber-full Gift-Making Party

  1. I love to make Christmas cookies and can get rather carried away. They have been known to last until Easter–the uneaten ones. Now I just make a huge pan of cinnamon rolls for the city guys to make sure my street gets a visit from the snow plow.

    So many fun things coming up, and I just got my latest issue of Quilting Arts today.

  2. This would be a wonderful idea for my granddaughters to make for their friends. My granddaughters make home made gifts for everyone at Christmas and are always looking for new and interesting crafts that they haven’t tried yet. This seems just perfect!

  3. This would be a wonderful idea for my granddaughters to make for their friends. My granddaughters make home made gifts for everyone at Christmas and are always looking for new and interesting crafts that they haven’t tried yet. This seems just perfect!

  4. I’d really like to win the Pellon interfacing! I made some wooden houses for a project while I was in college and I’m ready to go back and explore that theme again.

  5. I am the program chair for our guild and I am always looking for ways to have different programs….. I love the idea of the necklaces!!!! thanks so much for the continued inspiration

  6. With autumn and cold weather upon us, I’m ready to get back to sewing and visiting with quilting buddies. We’ll check out the necklace kits, thanks for the ideas!

  7. There are 8 women in my Monday Night quilting group. They are all so talented and creative but I would love to host a gift making party using the necklace kit. Finding scraps of fabric for the pendants would not be a problem! Butter cookie recipe looks like a good one to have on hand for friends who drop by. Seems like in my mother’s generation, there was always a cookie tin filled with homemade treats ready for a spontaneous visit from family and friends.

  8. There are 8 women in my Monday Night quilting group. They are all so talented and creative but I would love to host a gift making party using the necklace kit. Finding scraps of fabric for the pendants would not be a problem! Butter cookie recipe looks like a good one to have on hand for friends who drop by. Seems like in my mother’s generation, there was always a cookie tin filled with homemade treats ready for a spontaneous visit from family and friends.

  9. This is a great idea! For about 10 years or maybe more a gift from me to some friends was that I helped them make melt and pour soap items for their gift list, maybe I’ll expand on that idea a bit and do it again. Thanks for the idea!

  10. Quilters love all things “quilts” so the necklaces would be a hit with our bee. Food is a must when we gather so the cookies would be a hit. (Is it baking SODA or baking POWDER?)

  11. What a great idea! I’d love to get a group of my crafty friends together on a Saturday afternoon and do something really creative! We talk about it frequently, but never seem to get something organized. This would be the perfect project to get everyone involved.

  12. What a great idea to share the art with friends – a party, food and art to boot . And, the bonus of getting a head start on holiday gifts. I’m starting my planning today. Thanks for the reminder!

  13. The idea of a craft making party is great. My gardening group has recently decided to become a winter “making” group, once we’ve put the shared garden to bed for the winter. After we’ve pieced the quilt -already cut out, and a gift for a mutual friend – we’ll want another project, so thanks for the nudge and ideas.

  14. Keep up the inspirational work online. It’s great to be able to learn a new skill or tweak a new idea from my sewing room. I really am enjoying the magazine I just received.
    Linda Bernhardt, Quilting Arts subscriber

  15. Oh, I would LOVE this kit to use with images of my fiberarts! My biggest problem is that I give everything I make to others! All I have after that to remind me are memories and photos. Great way to wear your accomplishments… Thanks!

  16. Well, first let me say that those cookies look delicious but then I am a cookie-aholic! Secondly, what a neat gift to make for another quilter. One can never have too many necklaces, right? These would be wonderful to make with others then pass on to a friend. Thanks for the great give-away!

  17. I know who I’d invite to a gift-making party. In the past I’ve take photos of friends’ finished quilts and made greeting cards from them on my computer, then bundled them up and gifted them back to the quilter. These pendants would be a great next step.

  18. I may not wait until the holidays for a party. My niece is going away to college in a couple of weeks and this sounds like a good excuse for one last get-together before she leaves. I’ll head down to my local fabric store in search of the Holiday Gifts magazine; no time to wait for it to arrive by mail!

  19. Sounds like a fun way to introduce new quilters to project possibilities and pick up good advice. I just retired and am eager to begin this new hobby/craft. I am an amateur photographer so hope I can somehow blend the two art forms. Diane F.

  20. Thank you for your site. You have so many wonderful ideas and so many links to other like-minded individuals that I feel I’m in a candy shop and my mind is just buzzing with so many ideas and directions to go. Thanks for the inspiration!

  21. The projects in this year’s holiday gift magazine and absolutely wonderful…I want to make them all! Bought the mag the day after your newsletter arrived in my email and my art quilt group jumped on the village houses project.

  22. Just simply beautiful. Congrat to Sarah Ann Smith for the reissue of her book, awesome. Although it’s not a quilting art, I loved that she shared the photos of the Sutton Hoo archeological find in England. I’m green with envy.

  23. The jewelry could also become a fancy gift tag for that someone special.
    You could also make it a cookie exchange with guests bringing a dozen of their own sweet creations. Kind of a “2 birds concept”!!

  24. This would be a blast to do with my quilt group. But not only that – this year, my family is only giving hand made gifts. We are trying to focus on family, not commercialism. This is an amazing way to start!

  25. I’d like to try making some snowflakes myself. Also, thanks for the recipe–it looks just like one I used to make and enjoy a long time ago. I’ll have to try it and see if it’s the same.

  26. I just forwarded the link to this page to the neighborhood group leaders of the American Sewing Guild North Central Florida Chapter. What a great meeting this would make! Thanks!

  27. Thank you for this wonderful post! I’ve been looking ahead to the holiday season with very mixed emotions because I’ve lost my mom. How to bring some joy and fellowship into the holiday this year even though it will be so different without her? Your idea of a gift making party could be the new tradition to bring warmth and joy to what might otherwise have been a cold and lonely time. And, yes, I will be making your grandma’s butter cookies. (My grandma used to buy hers in a blue tin. Yours look much better!) Thank you!

  28. We are beaders as well as sewers. We meet every year where we regift something from our closets and play holiday bingo to get the gift. Then we eat, drink, create a piece of jewelry and have fun!

  29. We are beaders as well as sewers. We meet every year where we regift something from our closets and play holiday bingo to get the gift. Then we eat, drink, create a piece of jewelry and have fun!

  30. One of my nieces has an IPhone that I will make a cover for with the ideas from the iPad informaiion on Sara Ann Smith’s blog. I have admired her work for years. I’m looking forward to reading the magazine.

  31. What a great way to inspire creativity. This comes at the perfect time of year, too, as summer ends and we find ourselves cooped up inside – gives us something to look forward to with friends, and gives us a chance to make new friends with new ideas for the upcoming holidays. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  32. I think a gift making party sounds great and I’m going to suggest this to our quilt guild as a good way to break up into smaller groups and enjoy the holiday. Thanks for the ideas! The necklaces are darling!

  33. I LOVE both the kits — I just wish my grandgirls were a little older. The houses are really cute. I’ve already figured out how to adjust them so a seven year old can do it. Thanks so much.

  34. Loved this post, it reminds me of a friendship tradition I have… Every Christmas season my girlfriends and I get together for lunch and a cookie swap. Calling ourselves the Cookie Gals. It’s been a tradition since 1998, in the old days we used to start early and make all the cookies, that was always an adventure! Now we just have wine and swap them. But every year we also exchange little gifts, I always try and make mine if I have time. Any of the gift ideas in the Quilting Arts Holiday magazine would be perfect for the “Cookie Gals” especially the necklace kit. Crazy I know, but I’m Looking forward to the holiday season!

  35. Loved this post, it reminds me of a friendship tradition I have… Every Christmas season my girlfriends and I get together for lunch and a cookie swap. Calling ourselves the Cookie Gals. It’s been a tradition since 1998, in the old days we used to start early and make all the cookies, that was always an adventure! Now we just have wine and swap them. But every year we also exchange little gifts, I always try and make mine if I have time. Any of the gift ideas in the Quilting Arts Holiday magazine would be perfect for the “Cookie Gals” especially the necklace kit. Crazy I know, but I’m Looking forward to the holiday season!

  36. What a great idea! That would be so nice to get together with friends for an evening, and get a few gifts made at the same time – they would love it! Thank you!

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