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Sewing, Sewing Tutorials

How to Sew Napkins with Mitered Corners

There’s nothing that will take your table from pretty to elegant more quickly than adding beautiful handmade cloth napkins to each place setting. And if you’re going to spend the time making them yourself, why not go the extra step of mitering the corners. Your finished napkins will look polished and professional with none of the bulky corners that results…

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Christmas on a Budget, Sewing

DIY Christmas Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Do you struggle coming up with ideas for Stocking Stuffers? Ones that won’t break the budget? Over the years, stockings have gotten so much larger and more elaborate than when I was growing up. In fact, when we were kids, we didn’t have official stockings. We just hung up regular socks… clean of course. 🙂 And because Dad had the…

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Christmas on a Budget, Gift Ideas, Sewing

Christmas Furoshiki (Japanese Fabric Wrapping)

I don’t think there’s anyone who doesn’t like to receive a prettily wrapped gift. And for me, there’s nothing more fun than watching everyone open their gifts on Christmas morning. But then afterwards, there’s always a garbage bag full of gift wrap that needs to be thrown away, most of which can’t be recycled. In an effort to reduce the…

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Christmas on a Budget, Gift Ideas, Sewing, Sewing Tutorials

Christmas Button Lace Ornament Tutorial

This Christmas Button Lace Ornament Tutorial is an updated version of Lace Bear Ornaments that I used to make and sell at Christmas craft fairs back in the late 80s, early 90s. I made dozens of them during those years and I remember them selling well… which helped pay for our Christmases in those early years when my husband, Dave…

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Embroidery, Gift Ideas, Sewing

Embroidered Angel Wings Ornament

In the Christmas movie classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life” there’s this iconic line: “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets it’s wings.” That was the inspiration for this Embroidered Angel Wings Ornament with the tiny bell tied on top. I’m taking part in the yearly ornament exchange organized by Erlene from MyPinterventures for the second time. I had so much…

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