I didn't make as many gifts this year as I would have liked, but I did work on small projects here and there. I'm notorious for seeing a cute idea on a blog somewhere and not writing it down. So, when the inspiration strikes for me to make something I've seen I can't ever remember how to track it down for specific instructions, and I can't link to the blog to give credit where credit is due. I should write more things down.
Anyway, I didn't come up with this clever little idea for dish towels. Is saw it.....somewhere. On a blog. Since I couldn't find the original source, I improvised and made things up as I went along (and with what I could find on sale at Hobby Lobby). I made a few of these for hostess gifts this season. Of course, I never took pictures of the ones I gave away, and the only one I have left here is the "dud" that didn't really turn out right. I had to use two different sized buttons and one of my tree trunks is too short. But, I want to remember this idea for the future, so I'm posting a picture of it anyway.
I also found a cute little pattern to make card holders. These were quick and fun to make and I think they're super handy. I always seem to have too many cards in my wallet....grocery store cards, library cards, etc. I gave several away and just bought more fabric to make another batch. I noticed today at the quilt shop that this same pattern company does journal covers too. It's never too early to start thinking about next year's stocking stuffers!