Quick Handmade Holiday Gifts

quick-gifts-tie-to-go-three-purses-logoAs we dive headfirst into the holiday home stretch, you might find yourself scrambling to nab those last-minute gifts.  Good news! You can still pack your tree with one-of-a-kind, homemade presents. Skip the stress with these speedy projects and wrap up your Christmas shopping for the season.

Meet your Santa’s helpers: Reinventing and recycling!

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The Tie-To-Go Purse Pattern stitches together quickly and beautifully, and gives the opportunity to feature a unique necktie in a different way.

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They can be made with purchased ties or a tie you already have on hand!

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The Origami Purse can also be made with purchased fabric, or repurposed linens like a favorite vintage napkin.

quick-gifts-bedtime-boots-logo-squareThe Bedtime Boots (for adults) and Sleep Time Slippers (child size) come in sizes for everyone in the family, large and small, and are a great “warm-up” gift. Pun intended!

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They’re sure to be slipped on immediately before all of the other presents get opened on Christmas morning. Make them in favorite colors, or even in fun novelty fabrics to celebrate family member’s different interests.

PLUS you can create them out of recycled sweaters!

See all of our recycling and upcycling patterns here!

Quick and Easy gift patterns from Indygo Junction! Something for everyone on your list!

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Handmade Holiday Gifts – Apron

With the holidays comes a lot more time in the kitchen, and while most of us don’t necessarily wear an apron on a daily basis for putting together family dinners, something about the combination of more kitchen time and great holiday outfits means that this time of year is when we reach for our aprons over and over again.

The great thing about aprons is that since everyone wears them there is a style of apron that is uniquely suited for all different personalities, just like any other part of a wardrobe. But they can be a fun statement piece as well. So not only do they make happy projects that we can stitch up for ourselves in an afternoon, they make ideal and apropos host and hostess gifts. Indygo Junction has a wide selection of apron patterns, so you’re sure to find a style for everyone on your list!holiday-apron-very-mary-apron-logo The Very Mary Apron is a great pattern for featuring a few favorite fabrics. With fun angles and a front fold over design, it’s made to celebrate large prints, and accent a smaller one too.holiday-apron-very-mary-back-logo

The Bistro Apron is a classic apron design, made delightfully modern with no ties in the back, and still maintaining a slim silhouette.

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This apron is perfect for crafts and gardening as well, and would be a wonderful work apron in Crossroads Denim!

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The Crossback Reversible Apron is another Indygo Junction apron design without ties, which makes for easy on and off.

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Since it’s reversible, you get twice the fun in one clever design! And this apron pattern comes with sizes for everyone in the family, including children’s sizes.

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All of our apron designs can be found here!

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Land that I Love: Embroider Your State Pride

Our new embroidery book, Land that I Love, is made to celebrate our state pride and the locations our stories are written, while carrying on the tradition of handmade home decor. This book perfectly embodies vintage made modern–a classic way to celebrate our modern homes.

ltil-kansas-pillow-towel-chairThese patterns are perfect for lots of different types of projects like stitching on ready-made blanks. Stitching on items such as dish towels, aprons, tablecloths, napkins, or pillowcases make a rewarding quick project, and are perfect for gifts too. Any kind of blank household items can be stitched up to show state pride. You can find some of our favorite blanks at Colonial Patterns.

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Or keep it simple and just display your design in an embroidery hoop!

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Not to mention quilts and throw pillows-the options are endless! Did we mention that the book comes with two pillow projects included?

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Each state template is ready to be personalized! You can make them as simple or as complex as you want. Options for customizing include: two state outlines (one is pre-sized to place on a dish towel), state bird and flower as well as options for stitching in things that are special about each state–schools, cities and iconic landmarks. Add in your own routes hearts and stars to mark important places to you.

The book includes three sizes of alphabet (in addition to the provided cities list for each state) so you can customize your design even more. In this stitched up sample, Torch Lake is marked with a heart since it’s Amy’s favorite place in Michigan where she vacations each summer.

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If you only want to stitch up one state, they are each sold separately in digital format only Indygo Junction’s Etsy shop.

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If you’re looking for some supplies to get started, click here to visit Sulky’s website – they sell Crossroads Denim, dish towel blanks, transfer product and the thread!

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ltil-crossroads-abfabpiles01Want to learn the basics of hand embroidery or need a refresher course? Be sure to visit our YouTube channel to watch our Crossroads Embroidery Series. We cover the basics of hand embroidery, transfer methods and stitch tutorials. Subscribe to our channel so we can let you know when we have new videos in this series.

What state do you love? And what Land that I Love projects will you be stitching up? Use the hashtag #landthatiloveembroidery to share them with our community! We can’t wait to see!

You can read more about the vintage inspiration for this book at Amy Barickman’s Studio.

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Vintage Made Modern: Stitcher’s Garden

Stitcher’s Garden is the second collection in my Vintage Made Modern fabric line from RJR fabrics. I have a passion for all things vintage, and this fabric line allowed me to combine my love of vintage fabric and embroidery. I designed it to be versatile for all types of sewing.

You can look through the Stitcher’s Garden Inspiration Sampler here.

In fashion sewing, here are a few of our top selling apparel patterns created in the new collection. The Boardwalk Dress shown here features the Lilac Collage and Small Gingham Indigo prints.
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I love the Meadow Plum print here for our Everyday Tank pattern.

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Since Stitcher’s Garden is made to feature embroidery as well, it’s a great option for purses and other accessories. The Mad Money Mini Bag featured below features how you can fussy cut the Lilac Collage to feature your own stitching. We simply stitched over the daisy line art in the print using my 12-weight Crossroads Decorative thread from Sulky to add some embellishment to our bag.
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Here again, we used the line art of the collage print to embellish our top selling Petite Stitched Purse pattern in the Strawberry Collage print.
sg-petite-purse It’s delightful for crafts around the house, shown here with Chloe our office cat, and the Tutorial Reboot I just did for Missouri Star Quilt Company, using their Love Notes quilt block and the Indygo Junction Banded Basket pattern. I love how the fabric pairs with my Crossroads Denim fabric line shown on the basket in Eggplant.

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See that quilt behind Chloe? You can see the full quilt created for my fabric line – the Starstruck quilt on The Quilt Show’s blog, and watch my interview from Spring Market with Tracy Mooney, talking about Stitcher’s Garden and what inspired my design. Click the link above to download a FREE copy of the Starstruck quilt pattern.
starstruck-jpg__600x0_q85_crop-scale_subsampling-2And in the Fabriflair™ Brio Sphere! It’s fun to add embroidery to these first before stitching them together, for a little extra texture and dimension.

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The Collage Prints were made to be embroidered in all different ways. It’s exciting to see how each person chooses to stitch this fabric, highlighting different colors and features of the print. If you’d like to learn more about the basics of embroidery, be sure to visit our YouTube channel to view my Crossroads Embroidery series where I teach the basics of hand embroidery as well as provide stitch tutorials.
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We’ve also created printable Stitcher’s Garden labels for you! Download the Stitcher’s Garden Printable Labels here.
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Stitcher’s Garden is available in Independent fabric stores and online. Ask for it at your local Fabric Store!
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A FabriFlair Holiday!

Here at Indygo Junction, we are pretty excited to usher in our first holiday season with FabriFlair™!

These dimensional paper piecing kits offer unique, clever, and practical projects to showcase your favorite fabrics, embroidery and fiber art for quilters and sewers alike. They are a great on-the-go project, and a perfect gift for loved ones.
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The Brio Sphere and Bowl gives you options – create a fun home decor piece (use as a bookend or door stop) or you can make a clever handmade bowl for storage. Each Brio Sphere kit makes two projects so you can have one of each with one kit!

The Radiant Star makes a great centerpiece or tree topper. This kit is a real showstopper!

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The Trilliant Ornament Kit comes with the templates to create three 4 inch ornaments. It will add delightful dimension in modern style to your tree. Perfect for leftover scraps from a quilt, or a way to celebrate your favorite team in handmade style! Create for your own tree this Christmas or use for your annual ornament exchange.

The Navette Needlecase Kit gives you the templates for two tri-fold needlecases. Just add fabric of your choosing, and hand stitched with love. One for you, and one for a stitching friend!

You can see all of our FabriFlair kits here.
We can’t wait to see what you make with these kits for this holiday season. When you share them on social media, please use the hashtag #fabriflair so we can see your images!

Dimensional Paper Piecing: Eye candy for fabric lovers!

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