The Winter Swap will soon be upon us, as is the holiday season and officer gift time. It is early, but there are a lot of gifts to make so it is time to get started. You may not have your swap partner yet so take a look at some of the ideas. See what interests you and think about what you might want to make. There are a lot of ideas. Starting early means you can check out tutorials that seem interesting and be ready to start creating as soon as you get your swap partner. You also have time to test out patterns so you can avoid the duds when it comes to making a fabulous swap gift.

The following list contains a few ideas. Ideas for projects were originally exchanged at the September 2015 meeting. Your editor has expanded on that list over the past few years. S/he has added  a few this year. 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
  • Sewing pattern companies such as McCall’s, Simplicity and Vogue all have apron patterns. the packets often include multiple versions.
  • Betty Cooks Lightly links to 20-ish Apron patterns


  • Sew4Home’s Summer Sling bag tutorial
  • Sew Sweetness has a couple of backpack patterns as well



Bath bombs tutorial
Bionic Bag
Board/ruler bag
Boxy bag

  • KelbySews boxy bag tutorial
  • Snappy boxy pouch tutorial from Clover & Violet
  • Talk to Lynette about her boxy bag pattern

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
Cell phone sling
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

Cold pack tutorial from SewVery
Composition book cover tutorial from Hip to Be a Square
Craft organizer tutorial
Cup holder/ coffee cozy

Cushions / Throw pillows

  • Use any block

EPP Travel Kit

  • The Zen of Making pattern and tutorial. Make sure you look at the link for the optional pin cushion and other tutorials on EPP.

eReader /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
Gift card holder – pattern from Valori Wells
Glasses case
Grocery bag

  • Jane Market Bag/tote pattern by Alicia Paulson
  • Pattern by Michelle Patterns
  • Ruby Market Tote tutorial from Clover & Violet

Grocery bag holder

  • In Color Order grocery bag holder tutorial

Handwork helper/Mini maker station pattern

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

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. If you can find one of these patterns somewhere buy it. You won’t be sorry.)

Pencil pouchtutorial from Craft Buds


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

Pincushion resources

Phone sleeve (tutorial)




Project bag

  • Betsy Makes Project bag with zippers tutorial
  • In Color Order lined drawstring project bag free tutorial. Jeni Baker, the designer also has a pattern for sale with different sizes of the same bag. Great for gift bags. Pocket add-on tutorial can be found on the tutorials page. She also sells a pattern with multiple sizes of this same pattern.
  • Sew Mama Sew Fat Quarter project bag tutorial


  • Wristlet Cora purse pattern from Clover & Violet

Purse organizer

Remote control organizer

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

  • tutorial by Debbie Shore
  • reversible – tutorial
  • Undercover Maker Mat by LilyEllasWorld pattern – yes, it’s also a sewing machine cover

Sewing Machine Table Mats

Sewing Organizer Bag – handwork tutorial
Sketchbook cover tutorial
Sleeping mask  (pattern found in In Stitches book)
Small bags and pouches


  • Stuffed fox with antlers pattern by

Stitching folder

  •’ Sew Perfect project by Linda Lum DeBono (you may have to sign up for an account or newsletter to get this project)

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)
Undercover Maker Mat – free pattern on Craftsy by LillyElla Designs

Wall Organizer

  • In Color Order wall organizer tutorial

Water bottle strap
Wrist pin cushion

Zipper pouch

There are numerous other resources with multiple projects, including:

You can also support local pattern designers by choosing from a myriad of great patterns by purchasing from: