The Winter Extravaganza-Palooza Swap is coming soon. It is time to get started. Even if you don’t have your swap partner yet, take a look at some of the ideas below so you can check out tutorials that might seem interesting and be ready to start making as soon as you get your swap partner.

Some ideas for projects were posted at the September 2015 meeting. Your editor has expanded on that list (below) and there are numerous other sources with multiple projects, including:

The following list contains a few ideas. Where patterns are listed, it is for ease of use. Patterns have not necessarily been tested. Also, there may be other patterns and tutorials out in the blogosphere that are just as good or better. Not all patterns listed below are free.  The guild, generally, has no affiliation with the sites or vendors listed.


  •  Sew4Home’s Festive Half Apron with Extra Large Pockets tutorial


  • Sew4Home’s Summer Sling bag tutorial

Bath bombs tutorial 
Bionic Bag
Board/ruler bag
Boxy bag

  • Snappy boxy pouch tutorial from Clover & Violet

Camera case wristlet – pattern
Camera pouch – pattern
Camera strap – tutorial by
Catch All Caddy by ByAnnie
Car trash bag – pattern 
Car ditty bag – tutorial
Cargo Duffel 2 – Noodlehead revised tutorial on the Robert Kaufman site 
Casserole carrier- pattern
Chair bag – tutorial 
Changing pad – pattern (make sure your giftee has a baby!)
Checkbook cover tutorial from SewVery
Clipboard (fabric covered) – tutorial from SewVery
Clutch bag – pattern from Clover & Violet
Coin purse – tutorial from Clover & Violet
Cold pack tutorial from SewVery
Composition book cover tutorial from Hip to Be a Square
Craft organizer tutorial 
Cup holder/ coffee cozy

eReader and Tablet bags and cozies

  • Book Style Kindle cover tutorial from Clover & Violet
  • eReader sleeve with zipper closure – pattern
  • Scrappy Striped Tablet bag pattern

Eye pillow
Fabric basket (One Hour Basket)
Fabric boxes (tutorial)
Floor pillow – tutorial from SewVery
Garment bag tutorial from Sew4Home
Glasses case
Grocery bag –

Hanging toiletry Basket (pattern found in In Stitches book)
Happy Birthday banner
Heating pad/ rice pack

Holiday banner

  • Charm square bunting tutorial from Hip to Be a Square

Idea pouch (pattern by Michelle Patterns) – holds notebooks, pens, pencils, etc
iPad Cover – (pattern by Michelle Patterns)
Iron Caddy

  • Starburst wrapper bracelet pattern

Jewelry roll
Journal cover

Lanyard (tutorial)
Light switch plates (covered) – tutorial from Craft Buds
Luggage tag tutorial from Clover & Violet
Manicure roll-up bag tutorial from Hip to Be a Square
Mini ironing table (pattern/tutorial)
Mini quilt / wall hanging
Mug rug
Name tag
Needle safe

  • Kantha Stitched Needlebook pattern  
  • Sew4Home’s Full zippered Sewing (& More) Case tutorial

One Hour Baskets pattern/tutorial

  • Friends of the One Hour Basket pattern (for purchase)

Pattern weights (tutorial/pattern)
Pencil case
Pencil roll (Pink Chalk has an excellent pattern, but the shop is closed. Contact them for more info)
Pencil pouch – tutorial from Craft Buds

  • Artquiltmaker Guide to the burrito style pillowcase pattern
  • Clover & Violet French Seam pillowcase pattern
  • Reversible pillowcases pattern  
  • Romantic Floral pillowcase with decorative cuffs tutorial from Sew4Home

Pincushion resources

Phone sleeve (tutorial)
Placemats –


Project bag

  • Wristlet Cora purse pattern from Clover & Violet

Purse organizer (tutorial)
Remote control organizer

Retro Rucksack pattern from Radiant Home Studio 
Sash with Beaded Fringe (pattern found in In Stitches book)
Scissor Sheath (tutorial)
Sew Together Bag
Sewing machine cover

Sewing Organizer Bag – handwork tutorial  Sleeping mask  (pattern found in In Stitches book)

  • Stuffed fox with antlers pattern by

Stitching folder
Table runner
Tablet cover
Tea cozy

Thermal cup holder
Thread catcher/pin cushion – tutorial
Tissue box cover tutorial from Craft Buds (you might want to include a box of tissues so the giftee knows the size) 
Tissue holder
Tote bag

Triple zip pouch (tutorial)
Water bottle strap
Wrist pin cushion
Zipper bag

I am sure you can find many other patterns on the web. Not every pattern or tutorial listed above is free. Leave a comment with any great tutorials you find and I will add them to the list. Please don’t complain about broken links. This is an all volunteer organization and complaints are not helpful. We are doing our best. 😉