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{buy the book} gift ideas galore

Looking for some quick gift ideas for the holidays? Look no further than your local quilt and fabric shop for one-stop shopping for gifts, both for the fabric lovers and for those who appreciate the love behind handmade gifts. This year we’ve been wowed by all the great books that have come out and plenty of them have great gift ideas. Check out these titles for some handmade gifts that are sure to please someone on your list:

Origami Organizer from One-Yard Wonders

For jewelry or sewing bits or just random odds-and-ends, the origami organizer in One-Yard Wonders (Storey Publishing) is a must-make. It requires some measuring and precise folding to create an organizer unlike any other.

There are 101 different projects in One-Yard Wonders, ranging from home accessories to children’s clothing. There are several easy apron patterns and tote bags to check out, as well.

Cozy Hood by Oliver + s

Oliver + s includes a simply sewn cozy winter hood in their Little Things to Sew (STC Craft) that can be made from microfiber fleece or coat-weight wool. The little ears take over the top from useful to adorable!

More ideas: Little Things to Sew also includes patterns for simple fleece mittens, juggling balls, cape, smock and the cutest little town play set.

Egg Potholder from Quilt Retro

Jenifer Dick’s new book Quilt Retro (Kansas City Star) has template and instructions for fried egg potholders. They are whimsical in bright colors and made with heat-resistant materials, you can give them as a cute and useful gift.

Quilt Retro also includes some groovy table-runners with a serious mid-century modern feel, as well as wall hangings, placemats and bed-sized quilts.

One more? Folded flower bowls from Brett Bara’s Sewing In A Straight Line (Potter Craft) can be made using fat quarters and heavyweight fusible interfacing from your local quilt and fabric shop. With a few seams and some top-stitching, these little fabric bowls are super quick and easy.

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