Alright, quilters and crafty folk, the clock is ticking! We’re running out of time to make those handmade projects we want to share with all our friends and family, so here’s a rundown of some quick projects that will leave you plenty of time to frost your cookies and sip hot cocoa by the fire!
Relaxation for the Win
Who doesn’t need to relax? The GO! Microwaveable Eye Masks are quick and easy to make for everyone on your list. You can cut them out in seconds using the GO! Eye Mask Die, leaving you plenty of time to make several! These soothing items would be perfect to include in a gift basket full of pampering items, like lavender-scented candles, lotion, bubble bath, fuzzy socks, and more. (Maybe some chocolate could be thrown in there, too...)
Serve Up Some Fun
With the GO! Big Bowl Cozy and the GO! Small Bowl Cozy Dies, you can make a dozen of these useful items in just an evening! Bowl cozies are great for keeping hands safe from hot bowls of soup, leftovers heated in the microwave, or keeping hands warm while eating ice cream! They’re also great for cute, catch-all baskets.
Consider personalizing them with fun fabric or favorite colors, embroidery, or applique - just let your imagination run wild! Gift someone a set of these with a ladle and your favorite soup recipe or filled with cookies and candy for a gift that’s sure to be a hit.
Be sure to use all 100% cotton materials, including thread and batting, like Wrap-n-Zap, so they are microwave-safe. You can check out our GO! Holiday Bowl Cozy Pattern to help you get started.
Put a Mitt on It
Use the GO! Oven Mitt Die to make useful kitchen items that are quick to make and can be used all year long. Pick fabric to match the recipient’s decor, or maybe whip up one for every season! You can tuck in a few kitchen utensils or maybe just some homemade cookies for a “gift bag” that will get lots of use!
Be sure to use special insulated batting, such as Insul-Bright, to protect everyone’s hands!
Hung by the Chimney with Care
Speaking of “useful” gift bags, the GO! Santa Stocking Die is a great way to present gifts to others or decorate your home! Enhanced with some fun applique, like these GO! Penguin Stockings, these would be fun to have full of goodies at each place for a holiday dinner. Add names and they can even serve as place cards.
Looking for a fun way to gift some goodies to co-workers or neighbors? Fill one of these with cookies and candy (or a bottle of wine) and you’re sure to “win” the holidays!
While You’re at it…
Decorating your stockings with the adorable GO! Penguin Die? Be sure to use the die to make a gift tag as well! The dies cut felt, craft foam, and card stock so beautifully, and it’s sure to make your gift stand out from the rest!
Over the River and Through the Woods
If you’re planning to transport food to parties, or even if you plan to gift someone a pan of your favorite brownies or famous cinnamon rolls, there’s a die for that! You won’t believe how easy it is to make this GO! Burp Cloth Casserole Cover. Using ribbons for the dies makes it even easier, and you can have one made in 30 minutes (or less)! Who knew you could do that with the GO! Burp Cloth Die?
Set the Table Right
A set of the GO! Deer Head Buffalo Plaid Placemats are a perfect gift to help someone set a wintery table in no time. These placemats are a snap to make using GO! Applique Dies, especially the GO! Deer Head Die. Simply make your placemat tops, iron fusible onto your applique fabric, cut out your shape, and iron them on! Finishing these couldn’t be easier - with no binding even!
If you want to personalize these a little more, consider using the machine embroidery designs available at AccuQuilt, changing up the applique shapes, or adding names. This look is great for both fall and winter, and buffalo plaid is right on trend with home decor ideas now!
All these patterns are available as free downloads at AccuQuilt.com, and available on GO! Quilt to help you imagine them in different fabrics and colors as well. So, relax - you’ve got plenty of time to whip up some of these great projects before the holiday season ends!
Make These Projects Sweeter with German Cinnamon Rolls
An 8" x 8" foil pan of these wonderful rolls with baking directions, or fresh from the oven, tied up in a GO! Burp Cloth Casserole Cover would warm even the Grinch's heart! My friend, Janet, served them at her B&B.
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1 cup of butter flavor shortening
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1 cup of boiling water (up to 115 degrees)
- 2 package of active dry yeast
- 1 cup of warm water (up to 115 degrees)
- 2 eggs, slightly beaten and at room temperature
- 6 1/2 cups of flour
- 1/2 to 3/4 cups of melted butter (enough to spread over the dough)
- 2 cups of lightly packed brown sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon
- 3/4 cup of melted butter
- 1 cup of chopped nuts, optional
In a large bowl, cream the sugar and shortening well. Add one ingredient at a time, beat in the salt, boiling water, yeast, warm water, and eggs. Beat in four cups of flour. Gradually add the remaining flour, beating well after each addition.
Cover and chill the dough at least four hours or overnight. In the morning, divide the dough in half. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to a 10" x 18" rectangle. Combine the filling ingredients and sprinkle half over the rectangle of dough. Starting with the long side, roll up the dough, jelly roll fashion, and cut it into 12 rounds at 1 1/2" wide. Place the rolls into greased pans so that they are not quite touching. Repeat with the other half. Cover with a towel and let the rolls rise in a warm place until the dough has doubled, about 1 hour. Brush with melted butter. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Invert immediately after removing from the oven.
You can also let the dough do its initial rise right away, form the rolls, and then refrigerate them overnight. They will need to come to room temperature for best results. You can also freeze rolls after cooling and reheat them later.
These are at their best and light as a feather right out of the oven!