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December 13, 2015 @ 1:54 PM

I know this is a day late but as Bob Cratchett said to Scrooge the day after Christmas, "I am sorry I am late but I was making Merry Yesterday."  A good belated birthday lunch with the youngest Junior Partner, her boyfriend, and cousin.

For the last project we are making a 'money stocking or mitten'.  We have two different ways to construct them.  One for the night before Christmas when you need a creative package for a monetary gift and the second just a tad more involved.

 

These are really simple but you can embellish them with names or spray glitter to look like melting snow.

 

 

Cut the shapes out, remember it isn't imperative they be perfect as the pieces will be stitched ............

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December 11, 2015 @ 10:46 PM

Day 11 and I have thought of one more project--can't say that will happen on day 12 though.

 

 

This is a very easy ornament to make but does take quite a few buttons!

 

You will need an assortment of 3/4" wool squares cut with pinking shears.  The number of squares depends upon the thickness of the wool.  The completed ornament shown had 33 fabric squares and 22 buttons.  The ornament I have shown partially already has that number of squares but needs probably another 33 squares.  You will also need 2 to 3 feet of wire.

 

Use a thin wire and thread through the wool and buttons.  Three pieces of wool, 2 buttons

 

 

Continue in this manner until you can make a ............

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December 10, 2015 @ 3:48 PM

Day 10 and amazingly have thought of another project.   This one can be one of two ways using either the instructions for the flannel ornaments from Day 1 or using the fused fabric from the last two days.

The pictures are from the fused fabric from yesterday.

 

These are made from cookie cutters or simple Christmas Shapes.   

 

Trace a cookie cutter and use it as the pattern.   Cut three shapes from the fused fabric or   Cut 6 shapes and make 3 as in Day 1 Project.

 

 

Place the shapes one on top of another matching sides.

 


 

Stitch down the center of the shape.

 


 

Press the ornament so the six sides fan out.

Decorate with ribbons, bells, or ............

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December 9, 2015 @ 10:29 PM

I'm beginning to think I needed to think this thing through a bit more.  3 more days and I am definitely running out of time each day!

Today's project is somewhat of a continuation of yesterday's chains.   Using two pieces of fused Christmas fabric you can make just about any paper decoration out of the fabric.

 

You can get ideas from those paper foldings your kids do when they are bored but can't use the phone!

 

This fan starts with an 8" x 9" piece of fused Christmas fabric.  

 

Be sure the edges are pinked or cut with some decorative pattern.

 

Fan fold the fabric along the 8" side.   You will need to have an odd number of folds.   I used about 5/8&............

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December 8, 2015 @ 6:53 PM

Today we are taking a trip down memory lane to elementary school when we made paper chains.

 

Start with two quarter yards of Christmas fabric.

Using a fusible webbing fuse them together, right sides showing.

With pinking shears or a pinking rotary cutter trim the four sides of the fused calico.

 

If you are using fat quarters cut them into 9" x 22" pieces with the pinking shears.

 

Cut as many 1 1/2" x 9" strips as possible from the prepared pieces

 

There are two ways to finish the chains--as we did in elementary school just making loops and using fusible web to 'glue' in place or by twisting the strips before gluing.  

 

Slip the second inside the first ring and ............

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December 7, 2015 @ 11:10 PM

I may have been real organized yesterday but as it is now after 7 p.m. I guess today that is not the case.  There are however many new stamped embroidery patterns on the site as well as new panels and a new quilt top from the pansy panel.

 

Today's project is a real quick one, if you have the right type of lace!

 

These lace wreaths are quite easy to make, just takes a pipe cleaner and 1/2 yard of ruffled lace.

I could only find the craft pipe cleaners--I know there are some regular ones here but I have no idea where!  They were 12" long so I cut one in half for a 6" piece

Be sure they are not real thick and be sure the binding on the lace is stitched on with a straight stitch and not a zig-zag ............

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December 6, 2015 @ 2:32 PM

I would have taken the weekend off from these postings but then the date and day wouldn't match.  Don't think I can handle any more confusion!

Today the project is for strawberries.   These can be used as ornaments, filled with a scented filling and used as refreshers in linen drawers.  Or I have also strung them together with more ribbon and formed a garland. If you don't put the ribbon hanger on you can make a whole lot and fill a berry basket.  I used to be able to find strawberry scented room refreshers but haven't seen that sent for a while.  Used to really make people look when they visited the booths since they could smell Strawberries.

This is for a grouping of 3 but any number can be ............

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December 5, 2015 @ 12:27 PM

After three tries, lets see if this stupid computer will cooperate to let me post today's project

Burlap Table Runner

 

This project can keep the kids busy and combat that line in "Its Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas"--you know the one that says "...and Mom and Dad can hardly wait for school to start again."  

 

Cut a piece of burlap the size of table runner or placemat you desire.

Stitch around the four edges about 1" in from the edge.  

To form a fringe, pull the threads from the edges of the placemat.  They will stop when you get to the stitching.

 

Use a stencil to trace a pattern onto the burlap and have the kids color it in.  Or have them draw their ............

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December 4, 2015 @ 5:13 PM

 

Let's make a few Santa Hats to spread some cheer.    They can be made just about any size and take only a few minutes

Directions are for an adult sized hat but by using a smaller radius on the circle can be made to fit little ones.

 

Cut a quarter circle with the straight sides (the radius of the circle) about 20"   from the hat fabric and the lining fabric.

 

Trim a couple inches from the side of the hat piece so it is not a full quarter circle:

If you are making a hat to fit over a wig pin first to see if you need to trim this piece off.  The more you trim the smaller the hat size.

If you are making the smaller ornaments and doll sized hats this does not need to be trimmed.

Fold ............

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December 3, 2015 @ 2:44 PM

Today we used the Minion fabric to make a Christmas stocking.   Of course when I got it all done I realized the lining should have been cut 'upside down'.  It was a real trial getting the outsides correct!  If you are using a fabric that is not directional or a one way print you can get a stocking out of two one-third yard pieces.  If not you need 5/8 yard of two prints.

First draw your pattern using the photo and these instructions:

Cut the 'L' shape using the dimensions listed.  Trim the corners so they are rounded and taper the sides of the leg of the stocking.   

 

Cut 4 pieces of the 'L' , 2 of the outside fabric and 2 of the lining.  If you cut the first ............

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