Wednesday, April 20, 2016

My five favourite gifts to make for Mother's Day

Just thought I would share a few of my favourite Mother's Day gifts if you are going to make something. There are so many things you could make but I'm just limiting to a couple of my favourites.

Lil Pip Clutch

Last year I wrote tutorials for metal frames supplied with the Sew Box monthly subscription. Every frame is different and it is fairly easy to work out the pattern (I say that but you should see all my test versions!). 

This one was one of my favourites - a quilt as you go version. You might prefer the little coin purseplain clutchglam version with lace and beading detail, glasses case (I'm not responsible for damage to glasses!) or add a little hand stitching (surprise, surprise mine has an owl!).

Cushion cover
My mum is moving into a new house in May. I'm sure she will spend some time in deciding how to decorate, perfect colours and so on but I know she would love a little handmade cushion by me. I have a few quilt blocks that I made last year for the Quilt Block Boot Camp that I didn't finish but I'm just as likely to go back to the drawing board and find something that suits her perfectly. 

I love Ros' aka Sew Delicious version of the Economy Block Cushion, Raspberry Kiss Cushion with all that low volume or the striking London Calling cushion

My Economy Block cushion top - I'm not sure mum would love this!
Emma Clutch Tote
My friend Amy's (of Ladybug and Daisychain fame) first pattern was the Emma Clutch Tote. I was lucky to be one of the original testers but challenged myself a little too much with my fabric choices. I need to circle back and make another with some pretty cotton fabric (rather than the heavy drill I used the first time!). 

Here is Amy's example. Love how you can hold the handle or flip it over to be a clutch. 

Mug Rug
I think I could do an entire post about mug rugs but will limit to my favuorite that I found online by Mack and Mabel who guest posted on Simply Solids. My mum drinks a lot of coffee and I could actually see her using this. Will have to see what I can come up with. 

Commuter cowl / scarf 
I don't think I ever see my mum without some type of scarf. Maybe it is just because when she visits us from Brisbane to Melbourne, she is freezing!

I made this commuter cowl last year - was so quick and easy to put together. I also have this Make it Perfect Scarves and Cowls pattern (seriously $3 - bargain!) so I might try one of those too.  

Lots of options to make, hope this inspired you a little? What are you making this Mother's Day?


  1. Thanks Jane. I can't wait to see what fabric combo you put together for your next Emma clutch. I also love the commuter cowl too 😃

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