Handmade Gift Ideas using Scraps

Scrap gifts ideas

Holy smokes. I seriously can’t believe it’s the week of Thanksgiving here in the US. Because that means Christmas is tomorrow. Or almost. Whoa! With that wake-up call, who else is looking for Handmade Gift ideas? Well Sew Mama Sew can hook you up. Every day for the past month they have had round-ups with links to different hand made gift tutorials and patterns in a huge variety of categories.

SMS Handmade holidays

Today I’m sharing a list of gifts made from using scraps. We all accumulate scraps and finding pretty and awesome ways to use them has become one of my life’s missions. And since you’re using something you already have on hand, it’s like making free presents! You can see the post with my list of suggestions here on the Sew Mama Sew blog.


I’m also feeling happy because I got three quilt tops off to the quilter this week. For some reason I’ve had an abundance of quilt tops waiting for me to get my act together and choose/piece a back. I’m hoping to get one of them bound and share it by next week. Others are for Christmas.

Also, I finished prepping my yard for the winter – so I’m looking forward to sewing this week with no yard guilt hanging over my head! I’m also trying to enjoy these last quasi-warm, fallish days before they’re gone.

Have any other links to great handmade gifts made with fabric scraps? Leave them in the comments!

Pattern sale from The Cloth Parcel

Logo The Cloth Parcel

Sponsor shout out today to the Cloth Parcel, an online fabric shop owned by mother/daughter team Audrey and Diane with a pretty selection of fabrics from Art Gallery Fabrics, Riley Blake, and Free Spirit.
Confetti Weave Quilt 5 web

Audrey and Diane also specialize in creating and publishing a variety of unique quilt patterns. Their newest release is called Confetti Weave and is made using a Jen Kingwell Gardenvale Jelly Roll and a solid gray fabric for the background. I love the way the fabrics and colors pop!

Candy Shoppe Quilt Pattern

Another popular pattern is the Candy Shoppe Quilt. This quilt is also made using a single jelly roll and a solid background fabric.

Cloth parcel patterns

You can see more of the Cloth Parcel patterns in their shop. Patterns are available as both hard copies and PDF’s.

thanks20And through the end of the month, the Cloth Parcel is offering 20% off all their patterns using the code “thanks20″ at checkout.

There are also some great collections (including past, popular hard-to-find collections) in their fabric SALE section as well.

To keep tabs on the latest news, tutorials, and deals, you can sign up for the Cloth Parcel newsletter, or follow them on Instagram and Facebook!

Charm Squares and Fabric Destash sale

blue, aqua, green fabric bundle

For the past few weeks and days I have been pulling fabric and cleaning out my stash. Today I am listing bundles and yardage pieces in my Etsy store starting at 4:00 Eastern.

I spy charm packs

I am also listing charm packs of I-spy squares like the ones I used to make the quilts in the previous post (not all fabrics shown in those quilts are included in this kit). Each charm pack has 65+ different fabrics. The fabrics are the ones seen in the above photos.  The order also comes with a free I-spy quilt pattern PDF that will be emailed.

Fabric Destash

I’ve got bundles and yardage pulled from cleaning out my personal stash and all are high quality quilting cottons. They include fabrics from Heather Ross, Denyse Schmidt, Cotton + Steel, American Jane, Bonnie and Camille, and Lizzy House as well as many others.


Finally, I’m also listing signed copies of my book, Fabulously Fast Quilts for a temporary deep discount if you are looking for Christmas gifts and want to combine shipping. :)

Shipping minutia: I’m trying the Etsy generated shipping rates for the first time, so we’ll see how this goes. Hopefully it’s more efficient and accurate than my previous guesses. I will refund shipping overages if it’s cheaper to ship once things get combined. I will be packaging and shipping through this weekend.

Thanks so much for all of the support over the years!

Two I-spy quilts

children's quiltsTwo quilts just for fun. Both of these are for gifts. I pulled out all of my novelty fabrics and past i-spy kits to put these together. An i-spy quilt is typically made of novelty prints with little pictures to play a game of ‘i-spy’.

i-spy baby quilt-001

I decided to try something different from my previous I-spy quilts. In the past I’ve used the Essex Linen as my off-setting squares. This time I decided to use the Riley Blake black Swiss-dot. I also laid out the colored blocks in color-spectrum order.


I cut all my squares 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″.

riley blake swiss dot

I really like the texture that the dots give. I think it makes for a fun change giving it a little more of a vintage look.


The backing on this one is a piece that I’ve had in my stash forever. It’s an Alexander Henry print that I got years ago called Paris Park. (Which is a little extra poignant today.) It was the perfect backing for this quilt.

And I’m feeling proud that I actually put a label on it. I used one of my personalized labels from Modern Yardage.

i-spy baby quilt kits

I also made one with alternating i-spy blocks. It makes the quilt a little busier, but gives you lots more things to “spy”.

mini polkadot fabric binding

I love the little black and white Moda micro dot on for the binding.

Moda Passport New York map fabrics

For the backing on this one I used the Moda Passport map of New York City. I only had a yard so I pieced some cheerful clouds above the city. :)

I-spy quilts

I am going to be listing sets of custom i-spy charms  in my shop next week. Probably Tuesday or Wednesday. (I don’t want to make a hard and fast promise, because who knows what wrench will get thrown in… ) So as soon as I have everything ready, I will update the day here and write a new post as well as post it on Instagram to give a heads up ahead of time. I am also pulling some fabric bundles to destash.children's i-spy quiltsFinally, thank you SO much for all of the kind words this week. They were a huge boost and lift. I could not do an adequate job of thanking you all individually, but please know each kind word meant so much.

I have been feeling so sad for Paris. It’s one of my favorite cities and I’m praying for Paris. It’s awful to see that there is so much bitterness and sadness in the world, but encouraging to see the outpouring of love and support that brings people together under adversity. Keep being kind and seeking out the beautiful. Don’t let ugly win!

POST EDIT: Etsy shop will be updated with I-spy kits and fabric destash Wednesday, Nov 18 at 4:00 Eastern/1:00 Pacific. SHOP LINK HERE

Not always pretty and perfect

amy smart sewing room

First of all, behold the clear, tidied-up sewing table! We were having neighbors over Friday night and since this table is right off my kitchen, I was feeling motivated to not scare the neighbors by the disaster that was there. (Just please don’t go look in my basement where I relocated most of the aforementioned disaster.)

IMG_1763I’m glad to say we enjoyed having our neighbors over (I really should do things like that more often) but the rest of the weekend was kind of tough.  Saturday afternoon was the funeral for a sweet, long-time friend who lost her battle with darkness. She was one of the most truly good, kind people I’ve ever known. It broke my heart that she suffered so much in her life. I grieve that she carried those burdens and find peace in knowing she will not have to carry them any more.IMG_1972

Then this was my Sunday night. Not the best thing ever. I really debated whether to share this because A) I’m so embarrassed that it happened and B) I tend to only share the pretty that’s going on in my life. Because I think beauty is good and inspiring for all of us.

But I don’t want anyone for one second to think my life is only “pretty.”

It’s the scary, rough, disconcerting, difficult stuff in life that makes us so much tougher and deeper and more compassionate – if we let it. That hard stuff is the very thing that brings clarity to what really matters most. This weekend has been a poignant reminder of that.

And there is still so much “beauty for ashes” if we look for it. I drove by this wall last Friday. It was on the side of an abandoned, old school on a pretty blighted urban street corner, and yet look at that beautiful color! I made a u-turn so I could pull over and take a picture.

I am beyond thankful – and do not take for granted – that I walked away from that accident with only bruises and that the other involved was not seriously hurt. And spending time with other sweet friends following the funeral was such a poignant reminder that our relationships with each other are such a beautiful gift and what really matters the most in this life.

So be kind and love each other. And embrace the growth and deepening that comes through the hard, not-so-pretty- parts of life.


Just like cleaning out my sewing table before my neighbors come over, I think I do that a lot on my blog for you friends. I put up the tidiest front, when really there’s a spot in my basement that would horrify some of you. I don’t share that spot because it’s not that pretty or inspiring to look at or dwell on, but rest assured that it’s there. The same goes with my life. I mostly only share the good parts because I figure you all have your own load to carry and I want this to be a happy inspiring place. Just rest assured that no one’s life is perfect – especially mine.  I hope I can find the balance between keeping it real and sharing good. (Because I love good!)

Fort Worth Fabric Studios giveaway

Fort Worth Fabric StudioToday a fun sponsored giveaway from Forth Worth Fabric Studio. FWFS is an online-only fabric store out of Texas, owned and operated by Jodie Heinold.  She has a fabulous selection of fabric collections from many of the major fabric manufacturers.  I love how easy it is to see and search the available fabric collections available. I love an online shop that is easy to navigate!


Some new collections in stock include Purebred by Erin McMorris for Moda. This includes fat quarter bundles as well as yardage. This is a great collection – especially if you’re a horse lover!


Also new in stock is Canyon by Kate Spain (gorgeous colors and florals in this line), Gooseberry from Moda (LOVE this one!), Dot Dash Stripes (such a cool neutral), cute vintage Toy Chest Conversationals from P&B Textiles, and cheerful Bloom and Bliss from Riley Blake.

Fort Worth Fabric also specializes in and carries a large variety of novelty fabrics and quilt kits.


One of Fort Worth Fabric Studios specialties is custom fabric bundles, with a new bundle available each week. This week’s bundle is Christmas inspired – called Home for the Holidays. You can see other custom bundles, as well as manufacturers bundles here. I’m particularly smitten with their custom low-volume bundle.

And be sure to check out the November Bargains that are available through today (November 7) for great deals on yardage as well as selected Fat Quarter bundles.

Gift Certificate 25 (1)

Today Jodie is giving away a $25.00 gift certificate to one of you lucky readers. To enter visit Fort Worth Fabric Studios find something you love and come back here to leave a comment telling me what it is. GIVEAWAY CLOSED

You can also follow Fort Worth Fabric Studio on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to keep up on the latest arrivals and bargains!

WINNER: Cindy Pilkington says 

I love the Low Volume half yard bundles! That was be an awesome bundle to use in a quilt. Thanks for the chance to win!