Christmas Present Items

Continuing on with sewing projects for the Christmas Holidays is enjoyable and surprisingly relaxing.  There was a need to sew up Christmas Hostess Towels.  These come in pairs.  They are the size of a handtowel or kitchen towel so the recepient can use it either in the guest bathroom or in the kitchen.

Here are a few of the sets to give you an idea.  I’ve included three pairs to provide a variety.

Set 1

These make nice hostess gifts especially when you are invited to a Christmas party.

Getting Ready for Thanksgiving

We are hosting this year’s Thanksgiving Dinner.  Invitations were sent out.  Menu planned and indgredients purchased.  Decorations were dusted off and placed about the house.  Wanting to add a personal touch, I decided to create another table runner.  I wanted one that would complement the dining room table runner I made a couple of years ago.  This meant I had to go through my fabric stash to locate the extra yardage.  It did not take long to locate the fabric.

   Now, I have a matching runner for the rich mahagony coffee table.  These decorations will definitely add to the festivities of the day.

Since I had a bit more of this fabric, I wanted to some color to the guest bathroom.  To match the toilet seat cover I made a couple of years ago.  So now I wanted to make sure that I had a cover for the extra role of toilet tissue.  The circular top is made from a muted yellow/orange paisley print and the turkey print was used for the band. 

Can’t wait to see the looks on my grand niece’s face when she walks in and sees all of the Thanksgiving decorations.  For me, I’m in heaven as I get to relish in the autumn colors that I am so drawn too.  Now, my decorations are complete.

Only thing left will be the cooking for the big day.  Count down is on ….


Getting Ready for Christmas

One of my friends asked me to whip up a dozen of these shoe bags for her.  Her only request that they be made using Hawaiian print.  Here are a couple of samples I sewed up for her.

Monstera Leaves         This one is abou 12 by 16 inches.

X-Large Shoe Bag

This bag is larger than the others and will hold a pair of men’s athletic shoes.

This one is about 18 by 24 inches.  Both bags are closed by a drawstring.  These bags were not lined as the weight of these fabrics were suitable. I enjoyed sewing these and selling them in pairs or single units.

Placing her order early allowed me to provide her with the finished products so she can get them wrapped and mailed off to her family and friends.

I hope she will be happy with her order.

New Project

Since my hubby and I have retired we have started traveling a little more.  But, no matter where I travel, I’ve come to realize that I end up packing more shoes than my hubby.  Maybe that’s a girl thing.  I am tired of using plastic bags to separate them from my clothes.  So, I whipped up fabric shoe bags.  The first one I made was lined.    This shoe bag is perfect for a pair of female shoes  I started off with a rectangular piece of fabric measuring 12″ by 16″.  I finished each edge (surged) and used a 1/4″ seam.  To close the top opening, I tried using elastic, but, did not like it so I substituted with a fabric drawstring.  See …    What you see is the bias tape that I opened up to make a casing.  Then cut and sewed a 16″ piece of bias tape for my draw string.  Prior to sewing the casing on, I made a buttonhole and that is how I inserted the drawstring.             Here is the finished product.  A pair of walking shoes fits very nicely in it.  So does a pair of my athletic shoes.

In essences, I used less that 1/2 yds of fabric.  In total, it was a little more than 3/4 yd for both the lining and the outer layer.  I’m not sure that these shoe bags need to be lined.  If the original fabric is a cotton polyester or a twill then I do not see the need to line.  Thinner fabrics, of course, would need the stability of a lining.

I will have to make it a bit larger (wider) to accommodate a pair of men’s athletic shoes.


Christmas Comes Early

Bagful of Possibilities  Last week a dear friend of my dropped by for a visit.  She presented me with a shopping bag full of fabric.  This assortment of fabric came in various sizes, prints, colors, and textures.  It was such a delight.  Now, to go through the bag and sort this new stash.  I’m thinking I will take the larger pieces and finish off the edges (surge them) and then put them through the wash cycle.  Then I can measure them and put them away in ziplog bags with the necessary information printed on each bag.

Anticipation of future projects.  I can use the smaller pieces to make shoe bags to give away.  These will come in handy for those who love to travel.  What a neat way to keep their shoes from dirtying the clothes.  No more plastic bags.  Fabric shoe bags are washable.  Hope they will like it.

I guess I can start creating more blankets for Project Linus or to add to my gift box.  Always looking for nifty projects that will help me to deplete my fabric stash.

It is so nice to have friends who appreciate one’s sewing abilities and encourage one’s creativity.

Thank you dear friend.