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talesofawannabe
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Date: 12/8/13 6:23 PM

I'll spare everyone the boring details, but in a nutshell I have been living in a different city than my sewing machine and all my sewing goodies for a while. Hopefully all the sewing stuff, which is a ton, will be moving with me soon. I will be traveling back for 3 weeks though and have access to my stuff.

Does anyone have any suggestions or ideas for things that are relatively quick to sew? Any ideas for quick and easy items for my boyfriend's mom, sister, and niece?

My mom and aunt both love to cook so I'm thinking I could whip up an apron for them and maybe some PJ pants for my two brothers.

For everyone else I was thinking some sort of make-up bags or simple clutches. Can anyone point me in the direction of a good, free printable pattern for those?

I'd love to hear any other ideas or links to any free, printable patterns. I will have time to hit up Jo-ann's before I head back if here are any good pattern sales for quick and easy items as well.

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Date: 12/8/13 7:15 PM

Check out the free bag classes on Craftsy. They come with free, simple patterns, and they turn out quite nice.

Reversible Tote Bag and Zipper Pouch

Drawstring Bag and Bucket Bag

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Date: 12/8/13 7:38 PM

I found this free tutorial for a circular earbud pouch awhile ago, super cute!

Earbud Pouch

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Date: 12/8/13 7:54 PM

I was going to make that Craftsy bag but asked about tote bags on the creative sewing thread. I ended up making several of the Schlep bags and love them. They are so fun and easy to make.


Tote bag discussion

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Date: 12/8/13 9:34 PM

Thank you ladies for the suggestions! I will go check those out now.

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Date: 12/8/13 10:26 PM

Infinity Scarves!
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Date: 12/9/13 1:55 AM

I've recently made a Microwave Bowl Potholder. It's very easy and it is something everyone can use. Here is the link. If the link doesn't work, just do a search for it on the boards.

"Starting Christmas sewing early?" is another topic on the boards that is full of great ideas. Here is the link.

-- Edited on 12/9/13 1:59 AM --

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Date: 12/9/13 6:32 AM

Lots of awesome projects here: Sew4home projects

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Date: 12/9/13 10:59 AM

Last year, I hurriedly had to whip together 12+ gifts. I bought each recipient treats of the sort they like -- speciality flours, fancy teas, pastas, pet treats, favorite candies, etc. -- and made each recipient a unique gift bag from holiday-themed fabrics.

I made up each bag as I went, starting with a boxy or flat tote shape. It was pretty darned easy since a flat tote is just two pieces of fabric sewn around three sides and hemmed around the top -- and a boxy bag was the same thing but with the bottom corners flattened and sewn shut to create a boxy bottom. I made most of the bags tall enough to be gathered and tied shut with an attached ribbon. On a few, I added drawstrings, handles, or a front pocket ... whatever was needed to hold the goodies.

It was fun! I used nothing but stash, and everybody enjoyed comparing what they'd received, and all the different bags.

Hope this is helpful. Let us know what you end up making!

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Date: 12/9/13 12:11 PM

I'm making everyone snuggies this year using this tutorial with a few small tweaks:
https://blog.fabric.com/2010/11/the_12_crafts_of_christmas_day_4.html

The "tweaks" I'm doing:
-I'm putting the armholes about 17" from the top since my first one with the reccomended 23" felt really bulky.
-I'm using 95-100" for the body piece because 2 yards felt really short- I like to really burrito myself up in my blankets, and 72" wasn't really enough for that, and I'm not even 5' tall!
-I'm covering all the edges including the sleeve edges in satin blanket binding. The binding at the bottom edge I'm using my machine's embroidery function to embroider "Merry Christmas 2013/Made With Love A.S." on 2 different lines (the embroidery and embroidery clean up is the most finicky and time consuming part of the whole thing).

Once I get the embroidery done and all the space stitches cleaned up, it takes me about 4 hours to complete 1 snuggie.
I did 8 of them to give at Thanksgiving, and they were a big hit! I have 7 more to do before real xmas, and I've been dragging my feet because the embroidery is such a PITA, but I found it's easier to get that part ready for all of them first, and then I can churn them out pretty quickly.

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