Mother’s Day Gifts for Sewers

Easy-DIY-pillow-coverCould someone please explain to me how it is almost May? Wasn’t Christmas just a couple of weeks ago? Life is flying by! May means it’s almost Mother’s Day. (Yay moms!) I was contacted recently by IKEA to see if I would be interested in receiving a bundle of creative supplies and to use them to make something for Mother’s Day. I love IKEA so I said sure! I was pretty curious to see what they’d send.


A fun box arrived with a basket containing sewing supplies, thread, a white sheet, a pillow cover, and some cheerful knitted patches

mjuknava crocheted patches

Because of teaching this month and a few other deadlines – I decided I needed a quick-finish project. So I opened up the GURLI white-zippered pillow cover (a perfect blank canvas) and the knit patches, called MJUKNAVA and KARRNAVA respectively. Each package had 5 different patches and some coordinating thread..

applique-patchesI pinned the patches to the pillow in a grid of 3 x 3 and hand stitched them in place with the coordinating thread using a simple applique stitch which is easily hidden. I think you could come up with a lot of fun uses for these patches.

Easy-DIY-Ikea-pillow-cover-hackThis was a SUPER quick and easy and colorful project. The GURLI pillow cover comes in a variety of colors available online and in the store itself. The KARRNAVA and MJUKNAVA patches are available in the sewing section of IKEA stores themselves. The sewing section is also a favorite place of mine for buying extra-wide fabric for quilt backs and bags.

Gift Ideas for Sewers and Quilters

If you’re looking for other fun gift ideas for Sewers and Quilters, I’ve updated the list of my favorite things with a few fun new ones. There’s a variety of ideas of things you can buy or make for your favorite sewing fanatic in your life!

Other fun sales this weekend in preparation for Spring and Mother’s Day:

Lady Belle Fabrics is offering 15% off store-wide with the code SPRING at checkout.

Duckadilly (think Liberty fabrics!) is having 10% off storewide with code SPRING2015

And Craftsy is having a big flash sale this weekend on fabric, yarn and kits!


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    April 24, 2015 at 5:38 am

    Thanks for updating your favorite things lists!

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    Jennifer lewis
    April 24, 2015 at 5:40 am

    IKEA! That is quite the accomplishment! Congratulations. The pillow was perfect.

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    April 24, 2015 at 5:57 am

    I love your favorite gifts list — it’s so full of great ideas. Thanks for the update! And what a cute project. It reminds me of yoyos, if we were quilting! (And, does the package actually say they are crochet? ‘Cause they look knitted to me! ;-8 )

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      Amy Smart
      April 24, 2015 at 6:51 am

      Yep! They look knitted. My bad! I updated the post. The package is in Swedish, so I don’t actually know what it says, lol, but I’m guessing it’s correct. 😉

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    April 24, 2015 at 6:27 am

    Thanks for the idea – makes a really quick decorative pillow cover.
    Ref. IKEA – pretty embarassing for a company of that size and reputation to market something clearly knitted as crochet – WORLDWIDE. They only needed to ask the women and children in India who are producing them !!!!

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      Amy Smart
      April 30, 2015 at 9:26 am

      Oh, that was my bad. Thanks for pointing that out. I’m the one who put in crocheted (shows how much I know!). The packaging was probably correct. (It was in Sweedish, so I don’t know for sure. 😉 )

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    April 24, 2015 at 6:48 am

    Very cute, but are you sure these are crochet patches? They look knitted to me.

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    April 24, 2015 at 8:40 am

    Love this…we have been discussing an ikea trip and now I want to go just for the patches. 🙂

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    Michelle @ from bolt to beauty
    April 24, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Yes, it’s hard to accept that it’s almost May … especially when I still have two Christmas 2014 gifts to finish up! I like your approach here: a quick but unique gift idea. Thanks! : )

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