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6 Free Sewing Patterns for
Beautiful Homemade Gifts
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1 A Festive Setting
Jane Dávila
4  Short & Sweet
Candy Cane Napkin Holders
Pokey Bolton

Holiday
2 Open House
Advent Calendar 5 Easy Wine Bottle Gift Bag
Elin Waterston
judy coates perez

3 Snow Play Table Runner


kathy mack
6

Quick Quilted Jewelry Wrap
laura west kong

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Adapted from
Quilting Arts Gifts
Holiday 2007/2008

M at e r i a l s
for the place mats
• Main fabric (you can get 3 fronts
from a 1⁄2 yard of fabric)

a festive
• Accent band fabric (you can get 3
accent bands from 1⁄8 yard of fabric)

setting
• Backing fabric (you can get 3 backs
from a 1⁄2 yard of fabric)
• Binding (1⁄4 yard will yield enough
by J ane D ávila binding strips for 4 place mats)
• Batting—one piece at least
12" × 18" for each place mat (use a

S et the perfect table for any occasion by coordinating your


centerpiece display with place mats, napkins, and napkin
rings. Create a festive mood with color and pattern in fabric and
thin, flat batting to prevent glasses
and plates from wobbling)
• Fusible web (1⁄2 yard will make
4 place mats)
• Variegated thread
embellishments.

Place mats 2. Apply


 fusible web to the back of 3. Layer
 the main fabric and backing
fabric right sides together. Sew
1. Cut
 a 12" × 18" piece from both the accent band fabric. Cut 1 piece
4" × 12" from the prepared accent the 2 short sides with a 1⁄4" seam
the main and backing fabrics.
band fabric. Consider cutting the 2 allowance, leaving the 2 long sides
Cut 2 pieces 2" × 18 1⁄2" from the
long edges with pinking shears or a open. Turn right-side out and
binding fabric and cut 1 piece of
pinking blade. press well.
batting 12" × 17 1⁄4".

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4. Slide
 the batting between the
fabric layers, keeping it flat
and even. If it is too large to fit
comfortably, trim it slightly
until it fits.

5. Position
 the accent band 2" from
a 1⁄2" seam allowance. A walking
the left edge of the main fabric
foot on your sewing machine will
and fuse in place. Topstitch along
make this much easier. Press the
the long edges of the accent
seam allowance away from the
band. Quilt the place mat as
place mat and toward the binding.
desired using variegated thread
Turn over and press under 1⁄2" on
for interest. I chose a different
the remaining long edge of the
geometric pattern for each—
binding strip. Press the short ends
diagonal lines, straight lines,
in to meet the finished edge of the
zigzags, and curved lines.
place mat. Press the long, folded
6. Trim the top and bottom long edge over the raw edges of the top
edges even. Pin a binding strip to of the place mat and pin in place
the top edge, right sides together, over the stitching. Hand sew the
centering the excess from left to binding in place to the back of
right. Sew the binding strip to the the place mat. Repeat to bind the
top edge, through all layers, using bottom edge.

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tips
• Avoid beads and any lumpy
stitches to consider are blanket stitch,
zigzag stitch, feather stitch, and Setting
embellishments so that plates and
parallel rows of straight stitching. the table
glasses sit well on your place mat. 4. Lay the other piece of the main fabric Position your centerpiece in the
over the stitched unit, right sides middle of the table. Decorate with
• Try decorative stitching (by hand
together. With a 1⁄4" seam, sew both candles or small vases with flowers,
or machine), stamping motifs, or
long sides and 1 short side, leaving if you’d like. Get out your beautiful
appliquéing.
the other short side open for turning. dishes and flatware and set your table!
• Make certain any paint you Backstitch well to reinforce the Add a gift tag with a guest’s initials
use when stamping or painting
opening. or name to each napkin ring to show
on your place mats is heat-set
them where to sit. They can take these
or permanent so that they are 5. Clip the corners and turn
tags home with them to hang on a
washable. right-side out; press well. Turn
1 tree or to keep as a memento. Sprinkle
⁄4" to the inside of the short end
sparkly sequins on the table for added
opening and press again.
M at e r i a l s glitz.
6. Embellish with beads along the
for the napkin rings To see more of Jane’s work,
accent band. I chose coordinating
• Main fabric visit janedavila.com.
beads and sewed them on in
• Accent band fabric geometric patterns. Consider adding
• Lightweight to medium-weight hand or machine embroidery to the
fusible interfacing accent band as well as or instead of
Need fresh
• Beads beads. i n s p i r at i o n ?
• Beading needle
• Beading thread
7. Overlap the short ends about
look inside
1" and hand stitch together to form
a ring. cloth paper
N apkin scissors®
rings M at e r i a l s
1. Cut 2 pieces 2 ⁄2" × 8" from the
1
for the napkins
main fabric, 1 piece 11⁄4" × 8"
from the accent band fabric, and • Fabric (1⁄2 yard for 1 napkin)
1 piece 21⁄2" × 8" from the fusible
interfacing.

2. Fuse interfacing to the back of


1 of the main fabric pieces. Center
Napkins
1. Cut 2 squares 18" × 18".
the accent band fabric, right-side A bi-monthly publication
up, along the right side of this 2. With right sides together, sew around
main fabric piece and pin in place. the perimeter, leaving a 2" opening dedicated to collage,
along one side. Clip the corners and mixed media, and
3. Using a matching or contrasting
thread and a decorative stitch on
turn right-side out. Press well. artistic discovery.
3. Topstitch 1⁄8" from the finished
your sewing machine, stitch the clothpaperscissors.com
2 long sides of the accent band edge, closing the opening with this
fabric to the main fabric. Some stitching as well.

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snow play
table
runner

M at e r i a l s
(to make a 13" × 40" table runner)
• 1 fat quarter (FQ) lime green novelty
print (A). A fat quarter measures
approximately 18" × 20".
• 1 FQ solid red (B)
• 1 FQ lime green dot print (C)
Adapted from
• 1 FQ red-and-white novelty print (D)
by K athy M ack Quilting Arts Gifts
Holiday 2008/2009 • 1 FQ solid lime (E)
• 1 FQ white-on-white print (F)
• 1 FQ red-and-pink novelty print (G)

C
• Solid pink scraps for snowflakes
olorful holiday fabrics and easy construction combine to make • Fusible web
this festive table runner for holiday entertaining. Snowflake • Backing and quilt batting,
17" × 44" (Dimensions are 4" wider
templates backed with fusible web add to the fun. and longer than finished size of
table runner.)
Red-and-white striped binding fabric cut on the bias creates a
• Embroidery thread
candy cane finish. Have fun playing in the snow! • 1⁄2 yard red-and-white striped fabric
for binding

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Directions small patterns of each shape.


Trace the patterns onto fusible
7. Machine quilt. I first echo
stitched each shape to make the
1. Cut strips from the fat quarters web. Iron the fusible web to the snowflakes more prominent.
using the dimensions provided back of the leftover solid fabrics. I used a silver metallic thread
in the diagram below. Cut around the stars to make
4. Cut out the snowflakes, arrange
directional prints lengthwise them shine and then chose an
them in a random pattern on
across the fabric. Save leftover alternating stitch pattern for each
top of the pieced strips, and fuse
solid fabrics for making strip. For A, D, and G, I used
them to the table runner.
snowflakes. free-motion work inspired by
5. Using your favorite method, layer swirling snow; B and E were
2. Lay the strips on a worktable and baste the backing, batting, stitched with uneven, closely
in alphabetical order. Sew and top to create your quilt spaced straight lines; and C and F
them together using a ¼" seam sandwich. were stitched with evenly spaced
allowance. Press the seam
6. Secure the snowflakes by straight lines finished with a wide
allowances open.
stitching close to the edge of each zigzag pattern.
3. Use the snowflake templates on shape. 8. Add additional interest by
the next page to make large and
hand embroidering around

A B C D E F G

Cut Cut Cut Cut Cut Cut Cut


5 ⁄2" x 13"
1
8" x 13" 3" 10 ⁄2" x 13"
1
5 ⁄2" x 13"
1
3" 8" x 13"
x 13" x 13"

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For large snowflakes,


enlarge 200 percent.
For small snowflakes,
enlarge 140 percent.

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grants permission to photocopy
this pattern for personal use.

and through the remaining


snowflakes with bright thread.

9. Bind the table runner as desired.


I cut my striped fabric on the
bias to look like a candy cane.

To see more of Kathy's work, visit


pinkchalkstudio.com.

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Adapted from
Quilting Arts Gifts
Holiday 2008/2009

M at e r i a l s
(to make 10 candy canes)
• Holiday-themed fabrics, 6–8 fat
quarters or large scraps (You will
need enough fabric to create 81
squares, roughly 2" each.)
• 18" × 18" sheet of low-loft batting
or white craft felt
• 18" × 18" piece of Mistyfuse™ or
other fusible web
• Iron
• Teflon® craft sheet or a piece of
parchment paper to protect your
iron
• Sewing machine and black machine
quilting thread
• Decorative ribbon, rickrack, or trim
for tying, 18" per candy cane
• Hand needle and thread
• Fabric scissors
• Marking pen or pencil
• Straight pins
Optional
• Needle-felting machine if you want
to give your candy canes a more
distressed and vintage appearance

Directions
Short & sweet 1. With your iron, fuse your fusible
web to one side of the batting.
Make sure to use a Teflon sheet or
Candy Cane Napkin Holders by P okey B olton parchment paper to protect your
iron from the fusible web.

I f you want a low-calorie way to sweeten up your table


setting for the holidays, these candy cane napkin holders
will do the trick. They are very easy to make and, when
2. Lay your batting fusible-side up
on your work surface. Cut your
fabrics into (roughly) 2" squares
(approximately 81 squares), and
you’ve finished hosting a fine holiday repast, they can serve place them on top of the batting.
Arrange the fabrics so that
double duty as ornaments on your tree.

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contrasting colors and patterns


juxtapose each other.

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batting is covered with grants permission to photocopy
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the fabric squares, iron
the fabrics in place. At
this stage, if you choose
to needle felt for a more
vintage appearance, take this
sheet of fabric-covered batting
to your needle-felting machine
and needle felt all over. When
needle felted, the fabrics will fray
and look rather weathered.
On the occasion of
4. Take this sheet of batting-backed
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pattern provided here and, with
a marking pen, trace the pattern inside
packed
onto the top of the fabric. you’ll find with
Note: To get fronts and backs, you • Stitched 148
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