I made these two Open Wide Pouches by Noodlehead - the one in the back is for my almost-going-to-college sister, and the one in front is for my almost-7-year-old niece for her upcoming birthday (she's a December baby like me!). The tutorial was so thorough and easy to follow, though I did have trouble with the zipper part (leaving the side sticking out). I had to undo some stitches and hand sew. I'm pretty sure I just didn't read something right. Otherwise, they look professionally done, if I might say so myself! I had fun adding different machine stitches to the outside, too.
Plus, they hold so much - an already wrapped notepad and some books for my cutie niece! I knew she'd love that purple Cotton and Steel. :)
I also made a cute apron (tutorial: Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom) for my 2.5 year old niece - she'll use it to serve "tea" and help Mommy in the kitchen. She loves purple, so this favorite Dear Stella print of mine was a no brainer. I felt a bit of separation anxiety... but I also enjoyed actually using some of this hoarded print!
I also made these reversible solid/half-square triangle coasters for a close friend. I chose the fabrics to match her living area! These were pretty self explanatory - I just had to figure out the HST math.
I've determined that, when in doubt, here are some gifts that you can sew up for pretty much anyone:
1. A double-sided tablerunner
2. A pillow or pillow set that coordinates with their home (or for a child, their room)
3. Coasters that coordinate
4. A zippy pouch
5. A quilt!
I still have three gifted quilts (yes, full quilts) to share with you (hopefully before the year is out!), plus a couple of other gifts. I'm tired but satisfied with how all of these have been received!