A Mountain Pillow- Quick and Easy Handmade Gift!

Every year my office has a White Elephant gift exchange with a theme at our Holiday party. Last year the theme was High Low.

We never really tell each other who got what, so I’ve never actually made a gift for the exchange. This year, I had a little problem…

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I bought these beautiful beaded snowflakes from Blair at Wise Craft Handmade. They start high in the sky and end up low on the ground… Get it? High Low….

Well, the day of the party I decided I didn’t want to give up any of my ornaments and I needed to come up with something else to give at the party!

I’d been seeing a lot of these mountain pillows. I got the ornaments at our local handmade craft show. And at the craft show, there were a few people selling these mountain pillows. Most of them were made of beautiful felt and were way over my price range. But I kept being drawn to them! And then I had a great idea…. I’d make a new gift. I’d make a mountain pillow! High Peaks, Low Valleys… High Low!

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I just happened to have this grey fleece that looked kinda like the felt that all the others were made of. And I had this fluffy white fleece, which I totally think looks like fluffy snow!

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Although I didn’t actually made a tutorial, I’ll tell you how I made it! It was so easy and quick, I didn’t even have time to think about pictures! ha! I cut out the mountains, sewed on the snow on top. I made a front and back, with snow on both front and back sides. Next I sewed the front and back together, right sides together and then turned it right side out and Boom! A mountain pillow! SOOOOO easy!

And the pillow was stolen a couple of times, so it was a hit!

These were all adults that loved it, but they could be fun in kids rooms too! Adventure themed rooms… So many possibilities and such a quick make!

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A Kitchen Inspired Gift Set

We didn’t know what to get my in-laws for Christmas. My husband wanted me to make placemats. I didn’t think I had time to make placemats…. So I bought a spoon…

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A really cool Spoon! And then I decided to buy some cool napkins at Bed Bath and Beyond to go with the spoon. When I found the awesome napkins, I also found a really cool Seattle neighborhood map cutting board (yes this one is Chicago, but our store actually had Seattle even though it’s not online. Trying not to take that personally…). And then of course, you need placemats to go with everything else!

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So I made placemats! Everyone needs them. I love making them. So why not!

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This one I used one of my favorite patterns, the Mini Trajectory Paper Piece pattern by Simply Cotton! I’ve used it before a few times… Once for a do Good block, I made a placemat for us with it and I used it for my paper piecing tutorial!

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The wonky log cabins is a favorite. No pattern here!

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Another no pattern mat… Just some hexi’s to match the napkins!

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Again, a bit of paper piecing with improv! This pattern is a free pattern from Wombat Quilts, the Star String Paper Pieced Pattern. I did have to scale the pattern down a bit, just like I did with our placemats!

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I do love the circlular stitching. I haven’t attempted it on a large quilt yet, but it looks awesome on the little placemats!

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And for the back, I used some fabric that I had been hoarding…. For the whole project I used fabric from my stash! So that felt really good!

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Don’t they look good together??? I think so!

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I LOVE making placemats! I think it’s the satisfaction of finishing a quilt, but it’s just a tiny quilt! I don’t do many mini quilts because I don’t’ have anywhere to hang them. And they just get rolled up and stashed… But the placemats get used so I feel like I can make them! And they make for a fantastic gift!