And here was his present--a French press cozy made from a pattern I found on CraftStylish. This one was made almost entirely of Spoonflower fabrics with a couple of scrap basket strips thrown in to tie the colors together. See Stephen's merman print there? Our press plus the one-inch seam allowance was just the height of an 8-inch swatch, so perhaps your Spoonflower swatches could be used this way, too. It was a super-fast project.
Oh, and being of modest Scottish stock, Stephen would never admit that he'd love some birthday wishes today. But if anyone feels like wishing him a happy birthday, I promise you he'd be very, very pleased.
Happy birthday, hon!