I wanted to stitch something for Christmas presents, but wanted to make it something practical (not everyone rocks hoopla walls) so I made tortilla cozies. I'm including a booklet of my favorite Mexican food recipes and some tortillas with each one.
The one I'm keeping, had to do a prototype. Design is a comic by Natalie Dee. Who knew french knots would be perfect for taco meat?
A vintage pattern I did in redwork.
A lovely senorita for my sister-in-law.
A gentleman taking his pig for a walk.
The pineapple price haggler.
Sweet sleepy burro.
Edit: I added this action shot so you can see how they open (thanks melissanorth):
I got all of the vintage Mexican motif patterns from the Hoop Love Vintage Transfers group on Flickr.
Mini-Tutorial, no pictures, but piece of cake to do:
I stitched each design on a 13" square piece of unbleached muslin keeping the design about 8" square. Then I cut each one into a 12" circle. I then cut two 12" circles out of pre-quilted muslin (or you can deal with batting if you are braver than I am). I placed the embroidered panel on top of one piece of the quilted fabric, then stitched extra wide double fold bias tape around them. I then stitched another piece of bias tape around the second quilted fabric circle. Stack your two circles together, sandwich a hanger in between and starting halfway up the circle, stitch an arc including your hanger over the top of the circle to the other side leaving a gap in the bottom for your tortillas to go in.
C&C welcome. Thanks for looking. Closer photos of each design are in my Flickr photostream linked below.