Thursday Treasury Feature – Gift Edition

This week has been about handmade gifts as part of Christmas in July.  Do you have a favorite from the gift ideas below?

Over on my Facebook page I asked for people to post a link to their favorite handmade gift, either received or given.  Share your links too.

‘Handmade Gift Ideas ‘ by quiltytherapy

Handmade gifts are my favorite to give and receive. These products would be great for many people on my list this year. Of course some are for me. PS that bacon marmalade will change your life. DELICIOUS.

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Wooden Volcano Stacker- Wald…


Fabric Note Cards, Fabric Sc…


Bike Pattern – Nail Art – Na…


Dinosaur Magnets – 8 piece s…


Vintage Ribbon – 10 yards


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Star Wars Inspired Finger Pu…


Toddler Hat 1T to 2T Toddler…


AHeirloom’s Indiana Stat…


Coral and Turquoise statemen…


Diaper Caddy, Fabric Organiz…


Organize / Wall Hook / Frenc…


Cute Kitsch Retro Apron . Fu…


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Guest Post – Amanda from CottonBlossomThreads

I have known Amanda from CottonBlossomThreads for years, we had lockers two down from each other for like 7 years.  Over the last couple of years she has shared her craftiness with her blog.  She has gardening skills that are impressive and her chickens live the life too.  In addition her sewing skills have really been developing as well.  Oh yeah, she cooks too.  Another person that I’m in awe of everything they accomplish each day.

Handmade gifts are great to share during the holidays or anytime of the year.  I was so excited when Amanda said she was doing a gift.  Do you have a favorite that you have made or received?  Please share below in the comments.

Handmade Whale Softie

Hi Quiltytherapy readers,  this is Amanda from CottonBlossomThreads.  I wanted to help Tisha out with her Christmas in July special and nothing says it better to me, than handmade gifts.  Anyone can go out and buy a gift for someone, but it really shows you care taking the time to make something with your own hands.  So, for this guest entry, I’m going to show you how to make a special whale softie for a baby or child.

whale softie 1Supplies:

  • 1 fat quarter (fabric measuring 18” x 22”) cotton, linen, flannel, etc.
  • Coordinating thread
  • Polyester fiberfill
  • Ribbon scraps

Choose whatever color fabric you like, even a Christmas print would be cute to see peeking out of a stocking. This whale can be made out of flannel, cotton or I even made some with terry cloth.  I added a couple ribbon spouts on top for sensory play and babies like to pull and chew on the ribbons.  I didn’t add any button eyes for safety but you can always stitch a little “x” for an eye or use safety eyes, if you choose.

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After you have chosen your fabric, freehand draw a simple whale shape or look one up online to trace.  I made mine with sturdy cardstock and then traced the pattern onto two pieces of fabric.  Cut out and place right sides together.  Pin together, sandwiching your ribbons with the loops going down inside the whale and leaving the cut edges ¼ inch past the top of the whale.  Your ribbons can be 5-6 inches long, however you want the spouts to be.  When you sew and then flip right side out, the ribbons will be on top.  Sew with a ½ inch seam allowance leaving a couple inches open on the bottom of the whale, use your pins to help you remember where to stop and start sewing.

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After sewing, clip all your curves with a little snip, being careful not to clip into the seam allowance.  After turning right side out, use a chopstick or blunt pencil to poke out the tail and all edges.  Then fill the entire whale with filling, using either polyester fiberfill or cotton.  It’s best to stuff with small pieces of batting rather than one big ball of it.  Push it all inside until the whale is a good fluffy toy to your liking.  Then sew the bottom seam shut with a little whipstitch or slipstitch, trying to match your thread color to the fabric.

These come together pretty quickly and mixing different ribbons with fabrics is the fun part. So make a whole boatload now ready to give out at Christmas!

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Thanks for reading and happy sewing!


I have been crafting and sewing for years.  I always love making clothes, toys and other accessories. My other hobbies include chicken keeping, baking, canning and gardening.       I’m always out in my garden with the chickens late into the evenings or in my craft room, sewing!  During the day, I am a licensed clinical social worker and work as a therapist at a residential facility for kids with behavior problems, mental illness and intellectual disabilities. I utilize lots of creativity and crafting with my kids there, too and love teaching them new things!

Guest Post – Darcie of Clover Quilts


There are many great sewists within Indianapolis Modern Quilt Guild.  Darcie, of Clover Quilts, is one that I always enjoy her work.  She uses bright colors and isn’t afraid of a challenge.  She quilted an enormous quilt on her home machine.  It’s a monster!

giant purple quiltShe has created a fantastic tutorial for a Christmas table runner.  I immediately thought this is a great scrap buster and fast weekend project. Maybe this pile could be put to good use.  Christmas fabric scraps


Christmas Table Runner

By Darcie Mair of Clover Quilts

 christmas table runner 1If you’ve worked with half square triangles (HSTs), this Christmas table runner is easy-peasy. And if you haven’t worked with HSTs, this table runner is a great place to start! It’s fast, fun, and definitely beginner friendly! The finished project measures about 12 x 36 inches.

Materials Needed:

  • - 18 6” squares
    • 6 in white (background)
    • 2 squares of print A & 2 squares of print B (3 sets)
  •  - ½ yard Insul-bright (hot and cold resistant batting)
  •  - ½ yard fabric for backing
  •  - 1/8 yard for binding

To Make One Block:

Step 1

Match one Print A square and one Print B square. Line up each square right sides together. Using a ¼ inch seam allowance, stich around the outside.

Step 2

Cut along both diagonals of the now sewn together squares. *Tip: Rotate the mat when cutting the second diagonal as opposed to the fabric to get a more accurate cut.*

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Step 3

Press seams open.

Step 4

Repeat steps 1-3 using one white square and one Print A square.

Step 5

Repeat steps 1-3 using one white square and one Print B square.

Step 6

Trim all HSTs to 3.5 inches.

Step 7

Lay out HSTs in layout as shown in picture below.

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Step 8

Sew HSTs together row by row, then column by column. Your completed block should measure 12.5 inches.

Step 9

Repeat steps 1-8 for remaining 2 blocks.

Step 10

Sew all 3 blocks together.

Congratulations! Your table runner top is complete!

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Quilt and Bind with your favorite technique. The Insul-bright will allow you to use the table runner as an extra long potholder as well! Perfect for family meal time during the holidays!

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For my binding, I used the single fold technique shown in this tutorial at Calvin and Carolyn. Meghan’s tutorial on machine binding is excellent! If you have never tried it, now is the time! (Seriously, go check it out) – Tisha


Darcie is a quilter and crafter based out of Indianapolis, IN. Her quilting knowledge and appreciation stems from a long line of women going back four generations. As an active member of the Indianapolis Modern Quilt Guild, she loves to combine her traditional knowledge of quilting with fun new modern techniques and fabrics. You can contact her via email,, or her find her blogging at She is always willing to collaborate on new projects for commission and/or fun!

Giveaway Winners


Thank you to everyone that entered the giveaway.  I appreciate you stopping by and reading my blog.  Four people are lucky winners of my Christmas potholders.

Congrats to:


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Mary V

christmas in july potholder giveawayDon’t forget my entire Etsy shop will be on sale tomorrow 7/10 – 7/20, 25% off, no coupon needed.  Stock up, it’s my only sale this year.

Guest Post – Meghan of Calvin and Carolyn


To help celebrate Christmas in July I mentioned there would be guest posts.  Don’t forget to enter the giveaway below.

Today is our first guest, Meghan of Calvin and Carolyn.  We know each other through the Indianapolis Modern Quilt Guild.  She makes great quilts in record time.  I swear she must never sleep.

You really have to check out her Home Is Quilt, seriously you won’t regret it.  She designed the pattern herself and it’s amazing in person.  home_is_f


Hi quiltytherapy readers!  Meghan here from Calvin and Carolyn today, with a fun Christmas in July project to share.  I made some fun reusable gift tags that you can use for Christmas, birthdays, or any other gift giving occasion!

Growing up my sister and I would do anything we could to figure out what our gifts were, before Christmas morning.  As a result my parents decided to stop putting tags on our gifts, so we didn’t know which gifts were for me and which were for my sister.  Unfortunately by Christmas morning, my parents couldn’t remember which gifts were for whom either.

If you family is anything like mine, here is a simple solution, reusable fabric gift tags.  These tags feature chalk cloth (or blackboard fabric) that you can get on-line or from your local craft store.


  • 1/8 yard chalk cloth (or blackboard fabric)

available here:

  • 1/8 yard accent fabric of your choice.  This can be a solid color or other non-holiday print for use all year long, or holiday specific.
  • 1/8 yard Pellon® 70 Peltex Ultra Firm Interfacing
  • Thread
  • Sewing supplies (scissors or rotary cutter, ruler and cutting mat


  • I cut my chalk cloth and accent fabric into rectangles measuring approximately 2.5-inches X 4.5-inches and clipped two corners on one short end to give it a classic gift tag shape.  If you would like to make your gift tags bigger or smaller feel free.  You could also make your tags round or square or any other shape.reuseable gift tags 1


  • Cut a piece of Peltex slightly smaller than your fabric, my piece is 2-inches X 4-inches, and again with clipped corners.
  • Place the chalk cloth and accent fabric right sides together and stitch a ¼-inch seam allowance, leaving one end open.  I used Wonder Clips ® to hold my pieces together while sewing.

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  • Turn the fabric right side out, and slide the piece of Peltex in.  This is a bit challenging due to the stiffness of the Peltex.  You can use a point turner or other pointed object to push out the corners.
  • Turn the remaining raw edge under and top stitch near the edge to close.
  • Ad an eyelet or buttonhole at one end and a piece of ribbon to attach your new gift tag to your gifts.

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  • Now you can add the recipient name or a personal note to your gift tag with a piece of chalk.

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  • Once all of your gifts are open and the wrapping paper is in the recycle bin, you can wipe your gift tags clean and reuse them for your next gift giving occasion.


Meghan is an Environmental Engineer by day and quilter, seamstress, and blogger by night.  She started quilting by hand in 2006 and was immediately hooked.  She is currently an active member of the Indianapolis Modern Quilt Guild and the online quilting community.  You can find her latest sewing project, tutorial, or creative inspiration at  Or contact Meghan at to see how she can help you with a custom sewn item, or your sewing and crafting blog content.

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