There is Still Time – Quick and Easy Gifts from Atkinson Designs

Terry Atkinson is a legend in our industry for a reason – nine out of the top 100 patterns today are her designs!  All of her patterns are easy to follow; usually come in a variety of sizes, and can be finished in an afternoon.  That means there is still time to get dozens of these done by Christmas.

Need a tree skirt or table topper?  Happy Holidays is the perfect choice!  It comes in three different sizes – 23″; 35″; or 47″.  What a great wedding gift!  Add some ornaments – or use one as a gift tag – to add the awe factor to the gift!


Item #ATK147  Retail $9.00

Why not make a set of aprons for your favorite bakers?  Include some fun baking supplies and add a cookie cutter for the gift tag…


Item #ATK176  Retail $9.50

Love to cook?  Make this casserole cover for a 9″ x 13″ or three quart dish.  Add some wooden spoons as a package tag – and of course the casserole dish.  Terry collects Fiesta.  Why not start your collection today???


Item #ATK163  Retail $9.00

The “Bucket Brigade” comes in four different sizes.  Make a set – or just one – and fill it with a kit or supplies.  Why not add a cute pair of scissors as a package tag?


Item #ATK170  Retail $9.50

Cash and Carry comes in two sizes and are the perfect cases for purse organizers.  Slip in a gift card for that perfect gift.  In this case, the purse can be the wrapping!  Or, teach a class for free if they buy a gift certificate to YOUR store!


Item #ATK148  Retail $8.00

The Zippy Strippy also comes in three sizes so choose the perfect size for your specific needs.  Fill it with make up, lotions, sewing gadgets…you get the picture….or fill it with a collection of your antique buttons for a gift that is simply priceless!  Use a card of buttons as the gift tag….


Item #ATK149  Retail $8.00

Classmate is a perfect carrying case for all of your sewing needs – but is perfect for jewelry as well.  Fill a few pockets to personalize it into the perfect gift.  Why not add a pin or earrings as a package tie?


Item #ATK164  Retail $9.00

Have a little girl on your gift list?  Why not make a slumber bag for her favorite doll?  And, once again, there are four sizes.  Add a doll or teddy bear to complete the package.


Item #ATK177  Retail $9.50

Why not start a Caring Cupboard series of classes?  Make a different project each month so your customers have a constant supply of gifts for every occasion.  Who can make just one????

Summertime – and the Classes are Easy

Summertime….and the quilting is easy….

Let’s face it – in the summer, our customer base changes.  School teachers are home – along with the students.  Snowbirders have returned to their nests, etc. so you need to plan some classes that provide instant gratification.

These top 20 patterns meet that requirement…

Why not switch gears and teach a clothing class?  This jacket comes in sizes 8 – 24 and two different lengths.  It has a wonderful drape.  Three quarter length sleeves are supposed to take 10 pounds off and the slight flare at the waist gives you a waist – even if you don’t have one!  How great is that?  It accents all of the positives and down plays all of the negatives.  And, as a summer jacket, it would look great in batiks.

Item #CNT2501  Retail $11.98

This Barbados Bag is fat quarter friendly and includes six pockets.  Four of them are on the outside of the bag so your sunglasses; keys; cell phone and I.D. are easy to find and easy to reach!  Why not do it in fabrics that match the jacket above?  You have just given BOTH projects that awe factor!  And no one will be able to resist making both!

Item #PSB120  Retail $10.00

If you choose to attach the strap with swivel handles….

Item #PSB220  Retail $3.59

And, why not go to those picnics and summer reunions in style?  Hot Stuff is just the ticket – and can be made in an afternoon….in two different sizes…..

Item #ATK163  Retail $9.00

Everyone wants to go to the beach….or the pool….and Aunties Two provides the perfect bag – which also features a new technique….

Item #AT244  Retail $9.00

Once you have made the samples, these classes are a piece of cake – there is very little prep time.  With the onset of Social Media, why not offer impromptu classes on rainy days?  If your customers know that you are the go to place when plans change, they will love you for it!

10-1/2in wide x 10in tall x 2in deep. Stylish bag is great for traveling. Six pockets – 4 outside, including one for cell phone. Easy zipper top closure. Fat quarter friendly. Full color instructions with pictures. Optional Swivel Hook & D Ring #PSB220