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Thread: Need some ideas

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    Senior Member blzzrdqueen's Avatar
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    Hi everyone.

    School for me started two weeks ago (I'm in my third week) and it's keeping me very busy! (studying part time to be a medical assistant). I really miss my sewing machines but all the projects I have right now are long term ones and I want something I can work on one or twice a week and will only take about 10 hours to do...I'd like to start with some Christmas gift but am at a loss of what to make that won't be a repeat of last years gifts ( a bow tuck, table runners, pot holders...) Any suggestions?

    Edited to add that I must use from my stash, at the moment I have no extra $ to go buy anything, including batting...luckily I have a ton of Warm and Natural!

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    How about the microwaveable bowl holders. There is a great tutorial posted on this list. Just be sure to use only 100% cotton fabric, thread and use the potato sack batting.

    Kat

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    First think of the people you are wanting to give gifts too. I write all the names and then go back and decided from there. You should know their likes and dislikes. I quilt and crochet and I have little ideas. So I will be watching for ideas. I know this year from my scraps I am going to make some of theose chickens that a memeber made on here. They are so cute. I did see a member made for children a crayon holder. Maybe do mug rugs and give a mug with it. I'm thinking about doing it for the teachers. Hopefully someone will come along and give us both ideas.

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    I have been making tissue box covers and mug rugs. They don't take much fabric at all

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    Can't miss with crazy quilt Christmas ornaments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VaNella
    Can't miss with crazy quilt Christmas ornaments.
    Where could I find some patterns?

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    If you have kids on your gift list, I would suggest pillowcases. They love novelty fabrics and bright colors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blzzrdqueen
    Quote Originally Posted by VaNella
    Can't miss with crazy quilt Christmas ornaments.
    Where could I find some patterns?
    I was going to ask the same thing? Where do you find the pattern?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pinkiris
    If you have kids on your gift list, I would suggest pillowcases. They love novelty fabrics and bright colors.
    Adults too. I made a man a set of camo pillowcases and he still talks about them. I gave women holiday ones. Used my stash:)
    A couple of younger women I made some out of beach fabric.:)

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    Mug Rugs

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    Here is s link for a casserloe carrier- I think it will make a great gift

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-145579-1.htm

    Here is another one for a bread basket liner- I have given a bunch of these for gifts & everyone loves them.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-84437-1.htm

    I have my eye out for some reasonable baskets to include with the liners too.

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    There was a great post awhile back with a really nice fabric wallet. I am not normally the fabric wallet type but this was very nice ... I will look for the link .. maybe someone else here knows where on the board it is.

    Found it !
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-146097-1.htm

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    Mug rugs are a good choice. You can purchase nice mugs in thrift stores for $1 or less. Then make the mug rugs to go with the mugs. Depending on how extensive your stash is you can pick mugs to go with your stash.
    Use Christmas cookie cutters to cut out the crazy quilt ornaments mentioned above. Use a muslin backing, sew odd shaped scraps onto it. Make a piece about 20" x 20" or size easy for you to handle. Then add backing and batting, quilt with the preprogramed stitches on your machine with contrasting threads and maetallics,top stitch rickrack, ribbon, lace on then trace and cut out. Use glue to add glitter along the edges or zigzag.

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    how about placemats?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kateyb
    Mug rugs are a good choice. You can purchase nice mugs in thrift stores for $1 or less. Then make the mug rugs to go with the mugs. Depending on how extensive your stash is you can pick mugs to go with your stash.
    Use Christmas cookie cutters to cut out the crazy quilt ornaments mentioned above. Use a muslin backing, sew odd shaped scraps onto it. Make a piece about 20" x 20" or size easy for you to handle. Then add backing and batting, quilt with the preprogramed stitches on your machine with contrasting threads and maetallics,top stitch rickrack, ribbon, lace on then trace and cut out. Use glue to add glitter along the edges or zigzag.


    :( I love your whole idea...except the pre-programmed stitches....I have the most basic machine EVER and I'm dying for a new machine!! Hubby says I don't sew enough to constitute a new machine, can't afford one anyways, but I've had my eye on this Brother machine in Wal-mart for months, $400 and has I think 75 stitches and fully digital.......somday!

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    Senior Member blzzrdqueen's Avatar
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    What is the general measurements of a pillow case and place mats?

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    This is a great you tube video for a piilowcase. She gives fabric amts and step by step instructions. Love the tube method. No raw seams! I do a french seam on mine. One extra step, but I like the no raw edge..Fun too!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrYWCma9wgM

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    This site has great directions for tube pillowcases and a size chart.

    http://extension.usu.edu/files/publi...2006-102pr.pdf

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