Happy belated Thanksgiving! I hope you had a wonderful day with family, friends, yummy food, and lots of gratitude. I know I did!
I also hope you’ve had a successful start to the holiday gifting season! I’m not a big stand-in-line-to-shop-at-midnight kind of girl, but I do appreciate a good sale—so took advantage of a few Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals. (Some of which may have been for fabric…for me. Because I’ve been very good this year!) 😉
As much as I enjoy buying presents for people, there’s nothing quite like giving a special gift made with TLC. I’d actually love to give only handmade gifts, but let’s face it: Not everyone on our lists would opt for handmade over store-bought if given the choice. So for those loved ones, I shop! And for some particularly particular loved ones, including those who either already have everything or insist they don’t want or need anything, I give the gift of shopping.
Gift cards are great and always appreciated, but they’re not necessarily as fun to give, or open, as other presents. At least they weren’t—until I made this delightful discovery!
These super cute Stocking Gift Card Holders by Julie Hirt for Moda Bake Shop make all those Starbucks, Amazon, and HomeGoods dollars tons of fun to give AND receive. Thanks to Julie’s fab instructions, they come together easily and quickly, and they also make great use of layer-cake pre-cuts. If you don’t have a layer cake on hand, or if you’d rather use other yardage, you can simply do what I did and cut up some 10″ squares of your favorite festive fabric.
I love the flannel-linen combo, but the holders would be absolutely adorable in quilting cotton. In fact, I’ve already set aside some pretty prints for future mini-stocking concocting!
Here are the two I’ve finished so far. It’s hard to tell from the picture, but I quilted the red-and-grey flannel and left the cream as is. I’m happy with both and look forward to giving them away on Christmas day!
Of course, you don’t have to give them away. Because wouldn’t these cuties make great ornaments? And Advent calendar pockets? I can already see them dangling from pine boughs and strung across a fireplace mantel. All the more reason to whip up some more!
Thanks for stopping by! Merry Making!