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Message Board > Sew Alongs > Starting Christmas sewing early? ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Date: 3/6/13 2:54 PM

I'm slowly starting some of my Christmas sewing now - trying to get ahead so that it's not crunch time as usual in December....We'll see how that goes. :)

Right now, I'm working on holiday table runners from the 10-minute table runner pattern. I have a few people on my list who enjoy seasonal decorating, so I'm making table runners for different holidays and planning to give them sets for their birthdays and for Christmas. Right now, I have Valentine's Day and Fourth of July fabrics, but I'm keeping my eye out for other holiday fabrics, especially in the post-holiday clearances. I can get 3 out of about 1 yard of main and 1.5 yards of contrasting fabric.

I'm also working on linen/lace infinity scarves for the women and teenage girls on my list. Quick, easy, fairly inexpensive, and stylish!

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Date: 3/6/13 3:16 PM

Last Christmas, I made a bunch of Coffee Cozy's (designed to go around a Starbuck's cup instead of the cardboard) from this tutorial. I used batting that I believe was meant for ironing boards (there's something metallic inside it). For fabric I bought a pack of fat quarters, and I used a big bag of colorful buttons.

I also made one of these - padded, lined camera strap cover, and a few fabric gift bags (actually wanted to make more). There are millians of gift bag tutorials - I ended up loosing track of which one I had bought fabric for and just winged it.

This site (TipNut) has tons of ideas. It's where I first heard of a coffee cozy.

Noodlehead also has some great tutorials. I've made the gathered clutch and the open wide bags. I want to make the fold over bag, and maybe a couple other things there.

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Date: 3/6/13 9:46 PM

I am going to try to make each of my grandkids a quilt for their beds for Christmas -- that's going to be a tall order as there are 7 of them. Two will be queen size, 4 will be twin size and 1 will be a larger crib size.

I'm trying to use stash as much as possible -- the strips for the first one are cut out and I've started to assemble them. It's a Thomas the train quilt for my 4 year old grandson.

I won't be doing the quilting myself -- I will be sending them out to someone with a long arm quilting machine. I enjoy the piecing the most so that works for me and fits into my schedule.

Right now that's all that's on my Christmas sewing schedule but we'll see if I end up adding more projects.

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Date: 3/7/13 10:30 AM

Thanks for all the gift ideas, Khurtdvm and DonnaH.

I'm glad this thread is starting even earlier than last year (6/9/12). With how long it takes me to complete all my projects before the big day, I need all the lead time I can get. Last year, I did my first gifts in mid-April. However, I didn't continue to make gifts each month along the way. It wasn't until December that I finally started focusing on Christmas gifts again. Unfortunately, I ended up making a couple items AFTER the holiday. This year, it's going to be different. I'll start my 2013 List today. Thanks for the push, Khurtdvm.

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Date: 3/7/13 10:33 AM

Those infinity scarves are beautiful! Thanks for posting the tutes! I will have to make some up.

I keep a bin marked Christmas projects and I've had one project that's been in there forever....am now feeling inspired to make it up. It's tropical fish made out of washclothes and I've collected cute shell dishes from Target to set the fish in and I see so many pretty soaps on Etsy to complete the look. Here is a sample pattern of a fish fish pattern. I would also like to make felt advent calendars for several family members.

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Date: 3/7/13 11:10 AM

I LOVE the coffee cozy idea...so many coffee addicts in my life would adore that.

I started making boot stuffers a few months ago. They're a fantastic gift for the boot lover in your life! You can find plastic boot shapers in stores, or you can cut a rectangle of fabric, sew the long sides together, attach a circle at the bottom, sew ribbon to a matching circle and attach it at the top, turn it and stuff it with poly fil (or fabric scraps if you're careful!) and sew it shut. You can make them any length (I have as short as 8 inches and as long as 20 inches) and you just stuff them down the boot, zip the boot closed, and it prevents the boots from flopping over and getting damaged in the closet. I felt so brilliant, haha! Only thing is that it can eat up a lot of poly fil pretty quickly if you're not careful...that's why I started using fabric scraps in some pairs. There are all kinds of tutorials out there...I like the three piece kind because you can also use contrasting tops and stuff, but they are a bit harder/take some more time. sample tutorial although you can, of course, change the shape however you would like.as an aside, the shapers don't have to be taller than your boots, or as wide as your leg either. So long as they go up most of the height of the boot and fit snug into the heel, you should be alright. I also put some cedar balls into pairs I made for my mother, since she loves the smell of cedar.

I would like to ask some help if possible...? My family is getting our first niece/nephew in September this year. I have no idea about anything about babies. Suggestions for gifts for the baby-to-be and the parents would just be lovely; I really want to make something that will be useful for them. Part of me wants to try to learn quilting for the baby, but I think I'm better off crocheting a baby blanket and leaving the quilting til the kid gets a bigger bed. XD


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Please excuse my typos...sometimes it is harder to go back and edit on mobile than it is worth!

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Date: 3/9/13 11:07 PM

Quote: HanPanda
I would like to ask some help if possible...? My family is getting our first niece/nephew in September this year. I have no idea about anything about babies. Suggestions for gifts for the baby-to-be and the parents would just be lovely; I really want to make something that will be useful for them. Part of me wants to try to learn quilting for the baby, but I think I'm better off crocheting a baby blanket and leaving the quilting til the kid gets a bigger bed. XD





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Baby blankets are easy and useful - I tend to make them double-layer and 40-45 inches on each side, so that they can be used for swaddling. (Most receiving blankets are smaller.) Baby clothes are always fun, but you might want to wait until you know the gender and then sew for an older baby - new moms usually get a lot of newborn and 0-3 month clothes at baby showers, and not so much for older babies. If you know that the mom wants to breastfeed, a set of reusable nursing pads can be a great gift. I've gotten good responses when I've given those. Here's my review for the pattern I use. A baby sling can also be a great idea. I made one for my sister-in-law, and when I asked months later if there was anything she wanted, she asked for a second one, saying that she used it every day! I made hers single layer linen blend, using the directions here.

I hope that gets you started!

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Date: 3/10/13 11:20 AM

I'm probably not getting started yet - but I do have this in mind for several retired military members in my family...


Camo Apron

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Date: 3/10/13 11:27 AM

Tam, congrats on being published and the aprons are really great looking and love all the pockets!

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Date: 3/11/13 11:28 AM

Congratulations on being published. This is a very cool idea. You have really done a great job finding just the right way to lay out your design on a pair of cammies.

I have some old Navy dungarees that I may be able to repurpose using a modified version of your apron. I'd love to be able to put them to use again and it would bring some nostalgia back at the same time.
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