Sewing Guild meeting offers ideas for holiday gifts

Staff Writer
Tri-County Times

The holidays are just around the corner, which also means getting gifts for the important people in your life. This year, why not sew a few gifts? Personalized presents are bound to please. (And we’re talkin’ tasteful, not tacky.) It also means one less trip to the mall, plus a little time invested on your part is sure to be good for your budget.

Two of the state’s top sewers will present their best ideas for quick gifts at the next Central Iowa Chapter of the American Sewing Guild meeting. Mary Hilliard, a former “best in show” winner at the Iowa State Fair, has been sewing for decades. She is known for her exquisite taste, and has made countless clothes for her children and herself. She has even upcycled old wool clothes into a fashionable duvet cover. Alison Barnhill, has been sewing since age eight, creating theater costumes while attending Grinnell College. She has always had the skill to knock off clothing she saw in fashion magazines. She now sews mainly for her kids and family, including gifts.

In addition to Hilliard’s and Barnhill’s designs, Guild members will be giving additional suggestions and showing samples. This event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 9 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 102 Lynwood Drive, Huxley. There will also be a “free table,” including fabrics and patterns. Refreshments will be served, admission is $2 at the door and the public is welcome. Go to for more information.

The American Sewing Guild (ASG) is a national organization that promotes sewing as a creative art and life skill. It welcomes sewers of all skill levels and backgrounds. Members meet to learn new techniques, network with others who share a passion for fashion and sewing, and participate in community service projects.