Posts in category "Easy to make gift"

Quilt guild orphan block challenge project is complete

I was overwhelmed with extra blocks about a week ago and wrote about it. I loved each and every response, they buoyed me up. All of your creativity made me feel more creative. Thanks to all of you, my quilt guild orphan block challenge project is complete. Let’s begin with my dilemma, shall we? I... Read more »

DIY 4th of July dish towel and other Hostess gift ideas

This is a big weekend for parties, it’s the 4th of July. I am not a big party gal but a good friend of mine has a new house. She is having a combination 4th of July and Housewarming party. She and her husband downsized so I want to give her something that can be... Read more »

DIY Green all over table runner tutorial part one

In the month of March my favorite color is green. I put out my Irish table runners, place mats and dish towels. This year was no exception and again this year, I wanted something new. I decided I needed a green all over table runner without using any strictly Irish fabrics. Last month I turned... Read more »

DIY Supergirl Yoga mat bag tutorial

First time I made a yoga bag, I made 4! This was in 2010 and the straps were in the seam and premade. They kept shredding out of the seam. I decided I needed a new way for Zara.
I have written previously how the TV show Supergirl had captured my imagination and the lucky fact that the Fabric society had sent me the fabric. Making the right project is one of my goals for 2016 and I got total inspiration recently. I have described that I am no longer a Yoga dropout but... Read more »

Modern Baby quilt is all done on time

I love the process of making a quilt and I love a finished quilt. Sometimes the time lapse involved is months and months but this time I had a definite deadline.  I am ecstatic that the modern baby quilt is all done on time no less! I designed it with help on Wednesday, pieced it... Read more »

Make a modern Baby quilt top in a day

I was invited to a baby shower for a sweet baby boy arriving soon. The parents-to-be include the son of a very good friend of mine. I’ve know him since the day he was born and I went to his wedding. He is an art teacher and a musician. As part of my wedding shower... Read more »

DIY How to make a fabric gift bag from one yard of fabric

Start with one yard of fabric. Cut off any rough edges, the selvage and straighten the piece. If you want your bag smaller, start with less fabric. Easy!
I have written before about how I try to avoid using wrapping paper. When I can, I try to share my ideas on how to make a fabric gift bag and I have a new one. Did you see the Facebook post that was going around on how to make a gift bag out of... Read more »

Organize all the toys with DIY bags

I love my grandchildren and they love toys. Lots of toys with increasingly smaller pieces which are not fun for me to step on nor babies to put in their mouths. I also love a clean condo, particularly in the office where we store the toys the 4 days a week our sweethearts are not... Read more »

DIY How to make a darling Christmas Stocking Tutorial

I just finished making Henry's stocking. A stocking is easier to make than you might imagine and becomes an heirloom. Keep reading and find out how. Plus, the last pic has cute little Henry in it!
I have a brand new grandson and you know what that means, I have to make him everything I ever made for Zara. How do people do it with bunches of Grandchildren? Hopefully, they are spaced out so you can have steady projects! As you know, I have already made him a couple of quilts... Read more »

How to create a Turkey applique - pattern included

Thanksgiving is fast approaching and I have a new grandson who will be having his first celebration. I saw a darling Turkey onesie in a store and it was 28.00. I love Henry but for that kind of money I thought, I could make him three. So I decided to do one! The hardest part... Read more »
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