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Last Minute Christmas Presents

One way to organize and store scarps is to sew the big enough pieces into HSTs (half square triangles) and trim the strips into uniformly wide. Even if you do not know at the time what you are going to do with them, keep saving them for last minute presents.

It is quick and easy to assembly them into placemats, potholders, totes and baby quilts.

Batiks always match, regardless of brands or manufacturers. Other fabrics require a bit more coordination.

The placemats on the photo are assembled from 3 ½" x 3 ½" HSTs. The beige strips are 1 ½" wide and the borders on the sides are also pieced from 1 ½" wide strips. The finished size is 14" x 20", the size I prefer for placemats.

If you have made many quilts then you also have more than enough batting scraps. For the backing I usually use my "ugly" fat quarters from various FQ bundles I bought on sale.

If you want to go through the season without using gift wrapping papers and gift bags, make draw string bags for this purpose. These easy to make little bags can be repurposed after the holiday and used for storing various items.

For bread or other food items choose linen color lining.

You can make these bags is any size and embellish them with applique or some fancy strings.

If you went through a Dresden phase (like most quilter do), I am sure you can find a few blades in your scrap bag. Appliqué them on a neutral background (approximately 24" x 24") and turn them into cushion covers.

I recommend to make 20" x 20" square cushion covers since this is the most popular standard size. Use your leftover batting and your dated fabrics for the backing of the top.

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