Artful & Practical Gifts

by Judy Gula

Artful & Practical Gifts

by Judy Gula

My dear friend Liz Kettle of Textile Evolution was one of the teachers at Art & Soul, and is always a huge help to me setting up and staffing the onsite store. Yesterday I dropped her off at the airport for her journey home to Colorado, and couldn’t help but notice her artful luggage tags.

Liz Kettle luggage tag Liz Kettle luggage tag, reverse Liz Kettle luggage tag

It’s always nice to find ways to use our art in practical ways that we can enjoy everyday, and I think it’s one of the best ways to gift others with our art. After all, anyone who travels has to have a luggage tag. Why not make them something beautiful? Not to mention something that will be one of a kind as it rotates by on the luggage carousel!

Liz used Roc-lon Multi Purpose Cloth for her tags, which is comparable to canvas, but doesn’t fray or ravel when cut, and is flexible, soft (but durable) and already prepared for painting and collaging. Liz also used Multi Purpose Cloth in her travel charger/cord organizer tutorial (another gift idea!) It’s great stuff!

Other practical, everyday items that can be made artful for gift giving include coffee cup or travel mug sleeves, tissue pack covers, photo frames, smartphone cozies, and more. I’ve previously posted about creating journals....

Quilting Arts Holiday 2014

If you are looking for more patterns and ideas, Quilting Arts magazine creates a special edition each year that focuses on projects for gift giving. This year’s edition, Quilting Arts Holiday 2014-15, was first released in August! Okay, when it arrived, the date caused quite a bit of grumbling that they are rushing things...but then again, if your recipient list is long, it doesn’t hurt to start early, does it? This popular issue includes 35 projects: decorations, greeting cards, fabric jewelry, and gifts for everyone on your list.

Paper Holiday from Cloth Paper Scissors

Just added to our website, a new special issue from Cloth Paper Scissors magazine: Paper Holiday, filled with ideas for gift giving and holiday décor! The editors of Cloth Paper Scissors have combed through past issues of Cloth Paper Scissors, Cloth Paper Scissors Gifts, I Heart Paper, and PAGES, and hand picked a varied selection of easy projects for gift giving, decorating, and wrapping. This magazine includes 31 project ideas for a fun, handmade holiday, including mixed media ornaments to make; garlands to decorate with; gift tags made from artwork scraps and much more.

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