Handmade Holiday 2012

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Happy New Year! Hope 2012 ended on a good note for everyone! I didn't realize we'd be without internet in Virginia, hence the lack of posts this week! I'm sure everyone was busy celebrating and gearing up for the new year, right? :)

Before I wrap up last year's happenings and talk a bit about 2013, I want to share a few final projects from last year.  I tried again to give some handmade gifts, and I think they were well received!  The biggest one was a table runner for my parents new home.  They have a giant table and so it's hard to find tablecloths and runners for it.  I choose Bari J's Splendor 1920 fabric line to make this simple (but giant) runner.  I cut 8"x22" strips of each print (20 total), and stitched them together to create a 152" long runner.

It's backed with a yellow gingham vintage sheet and bound up in a deep navy Pure Element, Nocturnal.

I basted and quilted this runner at Quilt Camp last month, but couldn't share it right away since it's a gift!

Wide Open Zipper Pouch by Jeni Baker
Wide Open Zipper Pouch, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
I also made my Mom a zipper pouch using Anna's awesome wide open zipper pouch tutorial.  We gave her a new carry on suitcase so I made it to match! I used prints from Rhapsodia and blenders from Art Gallery Fabrics.

Quilted Pink Zipper Pouch by Jeni Baker
Quilted Pink Zipper Pouch, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
Quilted Green Zipper Pouch by Jeni Baker
Quilted Green Zipper Pouch, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
I made Michael's Mom and Sister each a quilted zipper pouch! I used the quilt as you go method again, so they're pretty sturdy.

Flannel Scarf by Jeni Baker
Flannel Scarf, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
Finally, I whipped up a simple, flannel scarf for Michael's Dad.  Warm and manly! It's constructed like my Quick Scarf Tutorial, except I used two 1/2 yards of flannel rather than voile, with no trim.

I'll be back soon to share my favorite projects from 2012!


  1. Happy new year to you too! Here's to a great '13!!

  2. Jeni, these are all awesome gifts. I bet everyone was really excited to get them.

  3. Beautiful! Especially love your loooong runner & the zippies!

  4. I really love your zippered pouches! Did you use a pattern or tutorial for them? Happy New Year!

  5. Love your very long table runner. Your parents must have been thrilled with it. The zipper pouches are just gorgeous. May you have a happy, creative and inspirational 2013.

  6. Jeni your gifts are truly special, from the heart and hands is always best. I love reading posts like yours (I just posted my workshop 2012 post too) since these types of gifts are what make up my work so I can appreciate the time and effort that goes into each and every project. Well done. PS - Love Anna's wide open pouch, I just posted some plaid versions earlier this week but definitely need to make more, I'm thinking seersucker for spring!

  7. your HUGE table runner turned out great! glad you had a fun holiday

  8. Happy New Year Jeni. I made it through your whole blog and am up to date. I will be a regular follower from now on. I made a couple of those triangle pin cushions the last couple of days. I think that is going to be my little gifty for my pals at retreat this year. I sure hope I will be able to get lizard litter here, otherwise I will have to fill them with something else. How do you mark your fabrics so that you know the maker, designer, color, line, etc. when you write about them? Thanks, N.

  9. I just love the runner. I have a long table too though not as long as your mom's and finding runners for it is tough. Plus homemade ones are much better. I was just thining yesterday that I'd like to try to make scarfs for my kids and didn't know that you had a tutorial. Finding scarfs for little ones is tough too so making them will be a ton easier. Thanks for the help.

  10. You do such lovely sewing!
    Love the zip bags and that scarf is brilliant ~ what a great idea for a manly man!

  11. missed you while you were gone. :) love all your project jeni, you're prolific!

  12. love the fabric combos on EVERYTHING you sew, jeni! welcome back and happy new year!


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