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StoutGirl:
Hi everyone, I would like a little help with a wedding gift idea please.

I met the couple while I was studying abroad in Scotland a few years ago.  We became very good friends and they live in the same state as me and we have gotten together a couple of times since.  We always have a very good time and I consider them to be a couple of my best friends.

Their wedding is next year, and even though it is far away, I am already starting to think about what I am going to get for them as a gift, and I am stumped.  It is mostly because I would like to veer away from using a registry and give them something handmade, preferably something that is tied to our Scotland experience.  In my book, if I decide to give something handmade, then that means that the person/couple is very special to me.  I also believe that they are the type of people that would appreciate a gift like that.

I have considered a quilt, but it is way out of my budget and I am not sure about timing since I do still have a semester to go plus job searching.  I thought of a tablecloth or runner, but I am worried about being off with measurements and it would be unusable.  Sewing is my special hobby and I would like to stick with that, but I don't want to break the bank or bite off more that I can chew.

If anyone has any ideas as to what I could possibly make and give, I would appreciate it. I can always trust you guys!   :D 



purple:
Tartan placemats?

Runningstar:
Stoutgirl, what about a simple throw blanket sized quilt?  It could be of some different plaids and even be fleece backed.  If you keep it to simpler patterns, it would be a lot quicker to make.

TootsNYC:

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 I thought of a tablecloth or runner, but I am worried about being off with measurements and it would be unusable.  Sewing is my special hobby and I would like to stick with that, but I don't want to break the bank or bite off more that I can chew.


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You can look to see if they've registered for a tablecloth.

Or you can make cloth napkins. Or, buy really good napkins and apply some sort of trim to them (tartan ribbon as an edging, or Scottish lace appliqued on the corner, or something with a thistle design). (I have a thread on Celebrating Craftiness about this, actually.)

A big set of 12 of them, or may 16 to allow for staining, would probably be something they'd use a long time.


This company makes stuff for tabletop--you might find something to inspire you there.

http://www.scottishlace.com/cgi-bin/store/agora.cgi


These guys have a Scottish thistle lace (farther down on the page, about halfway, or do a "find")
http://www.mackenziebelts.com/AboutUs/OriginalRibbon.aspx


Here are some thistle appliques:



Or, ooh! Make very small quilted scottish thistles, and them applique them onto placemats or napkins.
http://ww.free-quilt-patterns.net/applique/ScottishThistle.html



Here's a Scottish love token pillow.
http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/quilting/home-decor/scottish-love-token-pillow-pattern/84926

Mergatroyd:
You could make a simple wall hanging style quilt, with white middle and some kind of scottish motif around the edges, then sneakily have all the guests sign it with a fabric permanent marker at the wedding before wrapping it and giving it to the happy couple?

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