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Monthly Archives: August 2011

Christmas on a Budget, Sewing

Grommet Bow Gift Bag Tutorial – Part 4

Cut a length of ribbon 50”.  Find the center of the length of ribbon and place a pin there. To determine where to place the ribbon, measure down 7 inches from the center of the top edge of the bag and pin the center of the ribbon at that point.    Measure down 7 inched from center of each grommet and…

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Christmas on a Budget, Sewing

Grommet Bow Gift Bag Tutorial – Part 3 Installing the Grommets

Place a pin in the center of the front of the bag.  Measure 2 ½” from either side of the pin and mark a dot with a pencil. Measure down  ½” from the top edge, place grommet piece against edge of ruler.   With the pencil, trace inside of grommet. Using the punch that came with the grommet kit, punch hole…

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Christmas on a Budget, Sewing

Grommet Bow Gift Bag Tutorial – Part 2

With right sides together, match bottom seam to side seam.  Pin and sew.  Repeat for other corner of bag. Sew the bottom of the lining in the same way.  Trim seam to ¼”. Turn the outside of the bag right side out. Insert outside of bag into the lining. Pin and sew around the top of the bag. Gently pull…

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Christmas on a Budget, Gift Ideas, Sewing

Grommet Bow Gift Bag Tutorial – Part 1

This gift bag can be made using either fat quarters or yardage. You may notice that the fabric changes sometimes from picture to picture… that’s because I wanted three gift bags and was sewing them assembly line fashion. I found that my rotary cutter, quilt ruler, and cutting mat came in handy for this project! (<-affiliate links) Cut 1 rectangle…

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Budget Savers, Christmas on a Budget

Christmas on a Budget – Building Traditions

Earlier this month I wrote a post about an activity that Dave and I call memory builders.   For this month’s Christmas on a Budget post, I will be discussing turning memory building activities into traditions. As a military family, we rarely lived close enough to family to have the traditional Christmas of visiting Grandma’s and Grandpa’s house on Christmas Day…

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Quilting

Getting Things Done – The Three Hot Pads are Finished

On Saturday, I got the third hot pad quilted after a quick trip to the fabric store to buy more thread.  Free motion quilting takes a lot of thread! Then there was another stop in the sewing action while Dave worked on figuring out why the potted motor of my 15-91 was leaking oil.   He ended up having to take…

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Quilting, Sewing

I’m Ready for August’s Friday Night Sew In

On my Unfinished Projects list I have listed two table runners/toppers with a notation saying they needed to have borders added and then be basted, quilted and bound.  The blocks in these two items were made back when AmandaJean over at crazy mom quilts was hosting her first quilt-a-long.   Not only was it AmandaJean’s first quilt-a-long, it was my first…

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Gift Ideas, Quilting, Sewing

Getting Things Done – Two More Finishes

I’ve moved two more projects from the Unfinished Projects to the Completed Projects list on my 2011 – The Year of Getting Things Done page (click on link up top.) First, is this crocheted beaded Christmas tree garland: I made two of these garlands a couple of years ago and then one again last year, but that still wasn’t enough…

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