Here are a couple of fast and easy sewing projects for the home that would make a great holiday gift.
In my new apartment, we are without a dishwasher. It is slowly eating away at my soul. But, I have found that pretty dishtowels make the dreaded task just a tiny bit more bearable. I simply added a strip of fabric to these plain white dishtowels, but you can really go crazy and add some lovely patchwork, like in this tutorial at Sew, Mama, Sew.
Use your scraps to whip up some cute quilted coasters. I just cut and sewed (mine are 4.5 inches square), but if you want full blown instructions there is a good tutorial at Make It From Scratch.
I think a cute coordinating set like this also adds a nice, handmade touch to a kitchen wedding gift. (err ... Mitzi - these are for you!)