Nothing says you care as much as a handmade gift. When someone on your list is a gardener, handmade craft items with garden themes make very good gifts. Most any kind of craft technique can be used for garden gifts from stenciling to collage, decoupage, sewing, and quilting. Here are a few books to get you going.
“Creating Papercrafts-Stylish Ideas and Step-by-Step Projects” by Labeena Ishaque was released by Ryland Peters and Small. This features 14 delightful projects, including everything from picture frames and lamp shades to table runners, cards, and stationery to a travelog. Don’t worry about buying gift wrap as this book also includes gift wrapping projects as well. For each project, there are templates along with simple and easy instructions. A number of these items feature garden themes, including an oak leaf wreath, a floral book cover, and decorated flower pots.
‘Wonderful One Fabric Quilts” by Kay Nickols was published by the American Quilter’s Society. The author shows how to take one fabric with a border and create all sorts of stunning quilts. Many of these projects feature garden themes or floral printed fabrics. There are easy to follow step-by-step directions, showing how to choose and cut the fabrics, how to construct, and finish the quilt. Some of these pieced quilts are easy enough for beginners. With very few exceptions, most of them feature garden themes.
“Quilted One Block Marvels” by Carolyn Sullivan was also released by the American Quilter’s Society. This presents twelve wonderful designs that are easy to create just by manipulating the block in some way. In the introduction, the author provides all the basics, including how to choose suitable colors. For each project, there is a list of everything you’ll need along with layouts, cutting charts, and step-by-step illustrated directions on making the blocks and completing the quilts. A number of these quilt projects feature floral or garden themes.
“Treasured Twenties Quilts” by Silver Threads with Sharon Newman was published by Four Corners Designs. This features charming historic patterns from the period. Of the six projects, all but one has a garden or floral theme. Among the projects are pillows, table runners, and pillow shams as well as quilts in various sizes. The introduction covers all the basic techniques. This has full size pattern pieces on tear-out sheets. For each project, there is a list of the materials you’ll need along with complete instructions from cutting to finishing.
From C and T Publishing comes “Table Toppers” by Jean and Valori Wells. This is part of the Oh Sew Easy Series. If you can sew, you can easily finish these fast and simple projects. This book features many items made from floral and nature-themed fabrics. One project is a gorgeous tablecloth with a purple vegetable print in the center with green borders for accent. There are complete instructions for each of the techniques and projects. These projects include stylish items like placemats, napkins, table runners, table cloths and napkin rings. There are easy to follow charts showing everything you’ll need.
“Holiday Charm” from Indygo Junction features 17 delightful felt projects that would make perfect gifts. Among the projects are pillows and wall hangings as well as stuffed figures and Christmas stockings. For each project, there are complete, easy to follow illustrated instructions with full-size pattern pieces and templates. This has suitable items for every season and holiday, including spring, fall, and winter as well as Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween, and Christmas.