Fons & Porter’s Holiday Gift Guide 2014

Welcome! It’s Day 3 of the Ho-Ho-Holiday Blog Hop and if your holiday to-do list looks anything like mine, you’re probably also kicking up your sewing projects a notch. The holiday season doesn’t have to be a stressful timeHo Ho Holiday Blog Hop. The holidays can as much a gift for you as for the lucky receivers of these cute and thoughtful handmade gifts, and best of all, you get to spend overtime in the sewing and quilting room.

Instead of spending your time standing in line at the stores on Black Friday, order some of the cutest small projects online and make them at your leisure.

As if that doesn’t sound like the sweetest deal of the season, keep reading to find out how to win one of five prizes worth over $75 of quilting supplies including fat quarters, a quilting DVD, a Love of Quilting magazine and a quilting book.

Him. Her. Kids. Grandkids. Cuddly. Warm. Quilts.

For Him:

Navy quilt hanger Blaze of Stars quilt kit Hourglass table runner digital pattern

Men can be hard to shop for, but everyone likes handmade gifts. Make a small, themed quilt for the veteran in your life and hang it from a military quilt hanger. We’ve got a hanger for every branch of the military and holiday themes. A masculine quilt like Blaze of Stars is a steel gray throw perfect for matching dark decor or brighten up his “man den” with a handmade spruce of color.

For Her:

Woodland Meadow quilt kitYoga Mat Bag digital pattern Crisscross Laptop Bag digital pattern

I always have fun making gifts for the women in my life. I can make colorful, creative, handy and cute things and trust they’ll be used and appreciated. Pretty little table runners, a yoga bag, wall hangings, throw-sized quilts. It can be anything. We even have a tote bag made especially for carrying around a cutting mat and ruler.

For Kids, Grandkids, Baby:

Little Ark quilt kitLadybug Ladybug quilt kitFly Me to the Moon digital pattern

What will it be, a boy or girl? Make a cuddly quilt for them both! This flannel rag quilt for baby works for either a boy or a girl. Liz Porter’s ladybug quilt with appliquéd ladybugs is perfect for a little girl. Fly Me to the Moon is a great quilt for an aspiring astronaut. Appropriately framed in star blocks, the space-themed print will be part of your youngster’s life for years.

Small Projects:

Confetti Party Pillow digital pattern  Gift Card Ornament digital pattern  Wool Projects digital pattern

Small sewing and quilting projects are great because they can be made and gifted in great quantities. Make 3 pillows or 3 wool projects; these fun small projects are cute and quick to make. They’re great little gifts for the family, friends or book club.

For the Learners:

Fons & Porter's On Demand web seminars   Join QNNtv Join Craft Daily

It’s like getting a gift card for Christmas. You’re thinking “Wow, I get to choose whatever I like best!” or if you’re like me “Free money!” Sometimes it’s hard to know what kind of gift to buy for the quilters in your life. Instead of making something for them, give them a gift that keeps giving. Fons & Porter has online web seminars for every topic from quilting basics to perfect curved piecing and using colors in your quilts. Or give them a subscription to and Craft Daily and let them choose what videos they want to watch. has over 2,500 quilting videos to choose from and Craft Daily has over 500 videos for the crafter on subjects like weaving, paper crafts, jewelry, quilting and more.

Below is the schedule for the Ho-Ho-Holiday Blog Hop. Hop along to each of the remaining blogs for a chance to win more great prizes and get more gift ideas.

Sat. Nov. 1 – Sew News
Sunday, Nov. 2 – McCall’s Quilting
Monday, Nov. 3 – Fons & Porter
Tuesday, Nov. 4 – Quilting Daily
Wednesday, Nov. 5 – Quilter’s Newsletter
Thursday, Nov. 6 – Quilters Club of America
Friday, Nov. 7 – Quiltmaker
Saturday, Nov. 8 – Creative Machine Embroidery

What crafty, handmade projects do you like making friends and family for the holidays or have made in the past? Leave your answer in the comments for a chance to win one of five prize packages from Fons & Porter. Prize winners will be announced Monday, Nov. 10th.

And the winners are…

Thank you all for your comments! You all had great gift ideas, and they’re much appreciated by me and the other readers.

Happy Gifting!
Fons & Porter Sheyenne

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Carrie Sisk

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Carrie's first sewing machine was a gift from her dad—a better gift was never given. A crafter, trained pianist and experienced paintballer, when the opportunity arises, she's hiking in Yosemite or Rocky Mountain National Park.

377 thoughts on “Fons & Porter’s Holiday Gift Guide 2014

  1. I like giving items that are kitchen related. Tea towels, potholders, quilted pot handle covers, dishcloths with cookie or bread mixes are often gifts for extended family and close friends.

  2. The hard part is coming up with new ideas each year. I have to start thinking early. I have made every kind of ornament, pincushion, book cover, pot holder out there. I do a lot of blog hopping looking for new stuff.

  3. In the past I have made tablerunners, this year I am making pot holders and my mom a twin quilt since I had to move her to a nursing home. I like making smaller items so I am sure I finished them. Appreciate ideas for small items.

  4. I took an old quilt top that had belonged to my grandmother and made teddy bears for my sister and 3 brothers and myself .Then friends started bringing me flannel night gowns and pajamas of loved ones that had passed on and ask me to make them a teddy bear. These are my most treasured gifts.

  5. I like making small Christmas tree ornaments for family members and friends — and with 26 nieces and nephews, and their children, that’s a lot of ornaments!

  6. Each year I make Victorian Christmas ornaments for family & close friends. I always make something for everyone, usually a table runner or wall hanging or lap quilt. When you are a quilter, everyone knows they will get a “quilt-y” gift of some kind! I love the blog hop….great for new ideas!

  7. Ever since my own children were small I would make them a pair of new pajamas which they would open after returning from Christmas Eve services to wear to bed awaiting Santa’s arrival. Now that they are all grown, I have started making them for the grandchildren.

  8. I love all the ideas everyone has. Last year my daughter and I made Christmas tree skirts for 11 families (all our family). This year we are going to try to finish some Santa boots that are about 3′ tall made out of felt. We have machine embroidery designs for each family member and they will be on the boots but time is getting short and illness has cut into play time. If not this year, there is always next.

  9. Thank you for this fun opportunity to participate in something new and creative for the holidays!! I recently placed my Mother in a Care Facility and she is now wheelchair bound, so, I’m looking for wheelchair accessories to make for her for Christmas.

  10. I always make homemade carmels but alway put something with them in the past it has be ornament, rag quilts, table runner, Cross stitch pictures, pillows, I am always looking for new ideas, This year I am making fabric bowls with clothesline.

  11. I love making handmade gifts for my family and friends for Christmas and special occasions, but the favorite gift that I have made, I think would be for my sisters last Christmas when I made a tea towel that was made from material that had a recipe in my mother’s handwriting. I love sentimental gifts.

  12. I love to make handmade gifts for my friends and family! I have made personalized pillows, quilts as well as receiving blankets and Christmas stockings and tree skirts.

  13. This year everyone wants t-shirt quilts. But in past I make a lot of lap quilts, book bags, and doll quilts. Also this year I have a new grand daughter due at Christmas so I’m making a pretty little girl quilt and lots of baby items. Sew excited!

  14. I love to make handmade gifts for Christmas. It’s a gift from the heart. I have made pillow cases, name pillows, wall hangings, purses, quilts, table runners, baskets and many more. I

  15. I have made my Mom a flannel quilt and am planning on making one for my daughter. She fell in love with Grandma’s so I’m going to try to get her one done as well.

  16. I usually make pajama pants for everyone, but since they last a couple years I need to take a break from that this year. So this year is pot holders/hot pads, aprons (made from a man’s dress shirt! I found online), fabric books for the grandkids, and tote bags.

  17. This year I have made a quilt, a hopscotch mat and a flannel story board. I still have to make aprons and potholders. Also made a few refrigerator magnets with felt. It has certainly kept me busy.

  18. I love to make quilts as gifts. But, I also like to find small, quick projects I can make plenty of for when you need that quick small gift or to add to a gift basket.

  19. I have made several tree skirts and am starting to make table runners. I have made a few quilts but seem to have time to work on the smaller projects now.

  20. The things I’ve made the most of for gifts are Christmas stockings. My parents always filled stockings for us (My Dad continues it still.) So my Daughter, Son-in-law, and 2 Grandsons each have their own stocking.

  21. Last year I made tiger fleece pajama pants for 9 of ten family members. (The 5 month old didn’t get hers so she will have some coming soon.) This year I have a placemat and napkin set waiting for my time in the sewing room! There rest of the family gifts are still undecided.

  22. I like giving different kinds of handmade gifts. I have given any things from small quilts to purses and much more. I try to do most of my gift giving with things that I have made myself.

  23. I love making items for those on my list that are unique and tailored to that person only. I really enjoy seeing the look on their face as they realize that it is personal and just for them.

  24. I make lap quilts for my father in law (98) years. and pot holders for the other ones. I have made lap quilts for my nieces of the High School colors they went to also

  25. I usually make either wooden or fabric ornaments for my Grand’s. I was thinking about aprons this year but might go to table runners. I have lots of charm packs stashed away!

  26. I love to make notebook covers for their pocketbooks. It covers a notebook on one side, a pocket for notes, coupons, etc, on the other side and a pen holder in the middle.

  27. I am making Christmas half aprons (waist tie aprons) that are will reverse to a solid color apron on the back side (for woman). I like to give seasonal gifts that can be used also during the non-season times. I am also making keepsake pouches and small hang-up bags with the huge pile of scraps that I’ve accumulated and Christmas fabric jar lids for the empty peanut butter plastic containers that I’ve collected all year for home made cookies or candy and nut mix (for the men). And for anyone else, I will make felt gift card holders to hold gift cards.

  28. I like making table runners, but this year I was thinking that I’ve made table runners for about everyone I know, so now what. I think I am going to make candle mats & put a candle with each one.

  29. I have made wall hangings, placemats, pot holders, tote bags for sleepovers, small purses to hold cell phones and ID’s and golf club covers. When the grandkids were toddlers, coveralls and dresses. Now that they are teenagers they don’t care for that sort of stuff!

  30. In the past I have made Christmas Tree skirts, A Grand-children hand print quilt, special jackets in school colors, Stuffed animals, kitchen potholders, doll clothes, Pillowcases, Christmas Tree wall hangings, Christmas Pillows, Christmas Lap Quilts,
    Quilts for my grandchildren… and many more things. I have always made most of the Christmas and Birthday Gifts that I give to my family and friends. Have A Great Sew Blessed Day!

  31. I have been sewing for Christmas for 50 years. Tree skirts, stockings, ornaments, home décor and gifts. I make pajamas for our grandsons every year, given in homemade pillowcases. All of the family have gotten quilts, themed with their current interests. It’s always nice to see what everybody else is doing as I run out of ideas sometimes and it’s good inspiration.

  32. I am currently working on throw size quilts for each of my grandchildren. Each one is the same pattern, but using different fabric and appliqueing each ones name Trapunto style on each one.

  33. I like making tote bags for the girls. Guys are a little tricky. I’m always on the look out for something for them. Love the Veterans quilt hangers! Thanks for the ideas!

  34. I made a baby quilt for each of my seven granchildren as they were born and as they got to be teenagers and older I made quilts for their special interests: a shark wall hanging for one, a layered-waves surfer bed quilt for a grandson who was then serving in Iraq, a wildlife quilt for another grandson, etc. Also, a thirties themed wall hanging for a sister.

  35. Too late to do much. Finishing my daughter’s quilt, hurt my shoulder & had to sit out a couple weeks. Now to finish that and make pot holders & mug rugs for family & friends. Hurry! Hurry! Why do I wait so long???

  36. I’m a potter by profession, so at some point everyone in my family has received a piece of pottery for a Christmas present, but I have also made crocheted afghans, crazy quilted pillows, purses and wall hangings.

  37. I have made holiday table runners as Xmas gifts for my sisters, nieces and cousin. Also lap quilts for them in their favorite colors.
    I have made holiday pillowcases for grandchildren.

  38. I’ve made dozens of 10 minute table runners to give as gifts as they are quick, easy and fun to personalize. This year I am working on aprons, coasters and towels. I also try to make an ornament for each family member every few years.

  39. I’ve made pillow cases, place mats and small change purses, as well as a crayon roll. All were happily received. I do like to make gifts for Christmas, but the ideas don’t come to me until I’m very close to the deadline. Makes it fun

  40. For Christmas gifts past I’ve made pillows, pillowcases, ornaments (photo ornaments for nieces and nephews every year), quilts, quillows, kitchen towels, mug rugs, scarves, aprons, table runners, and Christmas stockings. This year I have one quilt to make for sure and the microwave bowl pot holder thingies for friends and fun. Thanks!

  41. Found a pattern for an infinity scarf made with minky/cuddle fabric.
    Last year made padded fabric picture frames and included my Christmas picture of my dogs and me.

  42. In the past I have made potholders out of washcloths…..crocheting the edges after folding the corners to a point and essentially making a four sided potholder. Thick. Washable. Last forever.

  43. I just purchased my sewing machine a couple of months ago. I’ve had such a blast making things for my friends and family…. I made some pumpkins for all the girls in my office and am making some 3D Christmas trees right now. 🙂

  44. I have a custom wallet-coin purse design I have made. Also similarly made cases for handheld video games for DGC, which I embroidered with their initials. Before then, I always made them flannel PJs or nitegowns. Some years I have included pillowcases for parents and children from fabrics chosen according to their interests. Friends have gotten mug rugs and custom designed holders for circular knitting needles.

  45. I have made Christmas ornaments every year for the last 39 years. It started as gifts for my nephews as I sat in the waiting room while my father in law was in intensive care. Some are sewn some are crafted, always something a little different from before. We love Angels in our family so many are angels. I made crocheted stockings when the kids are young and now We all have fabric stockings with our names on the cuffs in counted cross stitch. I make them of different fabrics I think each will like and coordinate the name threads with the fabric.

  46. I get overwhelmed when I try to think of what to give people. This year, I am just picking things and making them: a quilt for my dad, a wall hanging for mom, some napkins for my sisters, and dresses for my girls and nieces.

  47. I usually try to give a quilt for Christmas to a family member. This year I’ve been making QOV for Vietnam Veterans so no quilts this year for family. I will be making and giving rug mugs to friends.

  48. I love to make Christmas ornaments to give to family members every year. Different ones every year…hoping it will bring back sweet memories in the year’s ahead.

  49. I usually make the grand kids the 20 minute pillowcase in a fabric I know they will like, then put their gifts inside. They get a special new pillow case and I don’t have to wrap anything.

  50. I have people who always get a quilted item for Christmas. But my favorite was a needle folder with a quilted cover for my younger sister. Now she has her embroidery needles in a safe convenient place and a reminder her big sissy loves her when ever she pulls out a piece of work. This year the pillowcases are sounding like a fun idea for the neices and nephews.

  51. I’ve made table runners, small wall hangers for all 12 months, stockings. I love coming up with new ideas and that is where folks in the blog hop come into play, so thanx!

  52. I have made throw quilts, afgans, table runners, embroidered clothing, pot holders, knitted hats & scarves. I love making things for my family and friends. I love the personal touch.

  53. I have made large Christmas stockings fo all my 22 grandchildren and quilts for some. Still working on the rest of the quilts. I have also made many Christmas gifts for friends and coworkers, they especially love the table runners. The best time of the year!

  54. One year I made quilted totes for my daughter and two daughters-in-law. I chose fabrics to suit their interests. Dogs for one, cupcakes for another and sewing room/cats for the other. Another year I made aprons for them. Haven’t decided yet what to do for this year.

  55. I have only been quilting for almost two years, so I’ve not really made holiday presents. This year, however, I found a lovely small paper piecing pattern for an ornament. It got me to try out paper piecing and I think I can make more of them to share with my fellow teachers before winter break!

  56. 1 Xmas made 5 full body pillows embroidering the kid’s name’s on them. Other times depends on how long it takes me to come up with new ideas. Sweatshirts with names on them in solar thread (changes as they go in sun) Always a challenge and fun doing new things.

  57. I can always look for great homemade gifts when I get my Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting…so many ideas and with templates or great directions….This year I am making wall hanging for family to use a window coverings…All of us (5) have the same glass back door. A rectangle and this will be a great addition to the winter season…..

  58. i make present for all of adult family members. It usually something for the house such as dish towels , towels, Drying towels, table runners and wall hangings.

  59. As all the young people begin their lives away from home, I find I can recycle old ideas with new modern fabrics for things like kitchen linens and sofa throws. Keeps things interesting for me and I get to buy new fabric.

  60. I love love love the ladybug quilt. will have to make it for my great-granddaughter!!! All the gift suggestions leave me wanting to make each and every one!!

  61. I just love when my sisters start a new quilt top. Then bring it to me to finish. After I figure out where they went wrong. I finish the top and give it back to them as a present. They are surprised at how beautiful it is.

  62. Some years I make aprons for presents, another year I made cute potholders, but table runners and quilts have also been a favorite gift for family members.

  63. OMGosh – I’ve made everything from macrame (there’s something not many people know about) plant tables, to crocheted afghans, to counted cross stitch pictures and pillows, to quilts, to favorite character pillow cases, to…………….. I love making gifts of all kinds. Thanks so much for the chance to win such great prizes! 🙂

  64. I like giving gifts that are useful, easy to make, and attractive. I’ve done pocket handwarmers, kleenex package covers, potholders, bookmarks. It is fun and if making a lot can be easy to do in a production line.

  65. I’ve made machine embroidered coasters, fabric bowls, folded star pincushions, handmade christmas stockings (filled of course) and small ornaments as gifts. I’ve also knitted scarves. And Christmas cookies! I enjoy making them, happy when they are appreciated, if they aren’t appreciated, I know the thought is what counts, and I still have the joy of having made them!

  66. I have made many different things in the past but the most common have been pillowcases, pot holders, tea towels, quilted pillows, small wall hangings or table runners, and of course quilts. Thanks!

  67. I have made a variety of things – an embroidered family tree for my parents, a quilt for my in-laws and a scarf for my sister. I just loved giving handmade items as gifts!

  68. I love giving quilted items, big and small, to friends and family. Over the years I have given many gifts like this. And one year I gave several people quilt racks or shelves (purchased) to store some of the many quilts I had given them previously.

  69. I love making anything handmade for family and friends – not only crafty things, Table runners, pretty towels, pot holders but food items as well. Homemade caramels are a Big hit for everyone. What to give a really busy person? Drop off frozen Cookie dough balls ! Instant cookies!

  70. I love making handmade gifts for Christmas. They have ranged from bed quilts, table toppers, tree skirts to tiny pouches, ornaments candy and baking. My favourite medium is fabric but yarn and other craft materials provide me with what I need for one of a kind gifts made with the recipient in mind. Thanks for offering a giveaway.

  71. For the last 7 years my three quilting buddies and I have made a quilting retreat a must. One year I chose to make each of them a small table runner. They were so surprised. It’s so much fun to look forward to a sewing weekend every year.

  72. I adore making hand-made gifts for family and friends all year long! One year, I gave my friends personalized pot holders, then another year it was mug rugs, now this year it will be personalized cozies! Everyone loves their gifts!

  73. I make new flannel Jamma’s for the Kiddo’s every year, and now have some Grankiddo’s added to my List! 🙂 I have made quilts, throws, & Pillows past few years too.

  74. I love giving homemade items as gifts for Christmas and all year long. I have made quilts, dolls, bags, table runners, towels, potholders, and pillowcases as gifts for friends and family. Thank you for more ideas for gifts and what a lovely giveaway.

  75. For the past 10 Christmases I made 60 ornaments for the library staff, trustees, and volunteers, plus gifts for the library department administrative team. I retired in May so I won’t have to do that again. My P.E.O. (sorority) chapter has an ornament exchange at the holiday party. I maintain that “ornaments don’t have to hang on the tree). I’ve made table runners and wallhangings. One year I made draft-stoppers with Christmas blocks.

  76. I have always made ornaments in all sorts of crafty ways. I also make quilts, afghans, wall hangings, and pot holders. I’ve made some crocheted slippers and hats, too. Last year I made all the women quilted purses.

  77. Each year I plan a craft day with my four daughters, their children and sometimes their spouses. We have made many ornaments for all our trees, quilted tree skirts and sewed their own stockings to hang. This year we are making an ornament and painting on burlap to make coasters.

  78. I love making handmade gifts. My current favorite is the quilt I made my son. It is my own design using a center panel of pin up girls on cars. I can’t wait until Christmas to give it to him.

  79. Thank you for the quilty gift ideas! I am making quilts, quilted table mats and lovely quilted bag for knitting supplies to give this year. I’m also putting some caramel corn in large mason jars using a fabric square to decorate the top. Thank you for the giveaway!

  80. I usually make small handmade gifts for coworkers. I’ve done scarves, make-up bags, and Christmas ornaments. This year, I’m thinking either coasters, placemats or pot holders. There are too many cute projects to make – it’s so hard to decide!

  81. I have made many different things over the years as gifts: Candy, baked goods, jewelry, even fountains. This year has been so crazy busy, no handmade gifts from me this year.
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  82. Every member of my family has their own personalize Christmas Stocking. They stay at my house and get hung every year. I also like to make seasonal pillow cases for my grandchildren.

  83. This is the year of new tree skirts for everyone for Christmas, along with matching table runners. Thank you for the opportunity to win to add to my list of ideas for gifts for next year. Happy Holidays everyone!

  84. Years ago when I sewed alot of clothing, I would make pajamas for family members as Christmas gifts. Lately I’ve been making stockings and table runners for hand-made gifts.

  85. A few years ago I gave a quilt to each of my 7 children as well as to my parents. That, I must say, was a bit too much pressure. I also like to give smaller handmade items, such as place mats, scarves, tote bags.

  86. I’ve made quilts, pillowcases, pouches, dolls, pincushions, tablerunners, purses, and bags. This year I’ll be making several cosmetic pouches. Thanks for the fun!

  87. I usually make all my family baskets filled with homemade goodies like cookies, fudge, jam, etc. Eventually all will get a quilt to go with the basket 🙂 I just can’t see spending money on something that most of the time ends up in a closet or in a garage sale.

  88. In 2008 I made Christmas themed quilts for each of my Married children. They came with a poem to sleep under the quilt each night starting with the youngest in December then leave it under the Tree fro Santa to take a nap on Christmas Eve. I love my Homemade Christmas gift giving! Thanks for the GIVEAWAY!

  89. I like to do small useful projects like coasters, napkins, placemats, and bags. Then I don’t lose interest before I finish and even if they don’t appreciate the handmade quality of the gift they still enjoy the use of it.

  90. Last year I made quilted wall hangings and twisted wreath table toppers. I may make more table toppers this year & want to try some jellyroll bread baskets and a loaf of bread this year.

  91. I love to make table runners as gifts. After years and years of saying that I’d make Christmas stockings, I finally made one for everyone…. Even our pooch!!

  92. I have used patterns from Love of Quilting to make 3 of the same pattern using different materials for good friends. I used “All A-buzz”. Can’t recall the issue now.

  93. I love to make cloth dolls for special people on my list and to sell at our church fair.
    Each one has its own personalities and they all let me know who they are as I make them.

  94. In the past for baptism gifts for a niece and a nephew I made Old and New Testament twin size quilts. I used liquid embroidery and hand embroidery to do the pictures on the quilt squares, some applique techniques and then machine sewing of the squares. Worked almost every spare minute I had to get those two quilts done. Granted the squares where big at 12″ x 12″ so I wouldn’t have so many squares to do, but still many squares in each quilt. In between each square of embroidered embellished Bible story squares where crazy quilt technique squares. Helped me use up little bits and scraps of fabric, but also took some time. Wish I would have taken pictures of the finished quilts, but I didn’t. Don’t know if I’ll ever be that ambitious again on quilts.

  95. Tutus and doll clothes are a couple of my favorite gifts to make for great nieces and other special little friends. I also enjoy creating “road rugs” and pj bags for great nephews and students.

  96. over the years I have made pillows, cosmetic bags, ornaments, stuffed reindeers, stuffed sewing Bees, coasters, pot holders, quilts, tote bags, cloth grocery type bags, all in quantities of about 20. I never start too far in advance…..always swear I will next year…lol. I am always most productive under a deadline.

  97. Embroidery towels, embroidery sweatshirts, are the only things I have made outside of wearable items. However, I want to learn how to quilt and believe I have a super machine to make a lot of wonderful gifts.

  98. I am making 6 bed sized quilts and 1 lap quilt for Christmas thus year. Working on my last one now – and I did all thebfmqnon my domestic. I’ve been quilting just over a year.