Wednesday, December 22, 2010

50th Birthday & Moda Giveaway!

Well, the time has finally come to. . .

CELEBRATE my 50th Birthday

And what better way to celebrate than to have a. . .


I will be giving away quite a few things, so scroll on down, have a look see, and enter the giveaway.

Here's the first thing that I will be giving away. It's a Handmade By Me Sewing/Makeup Bag with matching tissue holder, sewing scissors, and matching pins. This is my newest favorite fabric, too! I made 12 of these bags for several of my sewing friends and while I was at it I made sure to keep one for this giveaway.

Prize TWO:
In addition to the sewing bag I will be giving away ONE Layer Cake of Fruitcake by Basic Grey in celebration of my newest Moda Bake Shop Project which you can see HERE.

I'm also giving away 4 tissue holders to 4 lucky winners.

Tutorial for tissue holders is located HERE.

It's Christmas time so, I'm going to keep it simple...

Enter Giveaway up to 4 times by doing the following:
  • Leave a comment on this post for one chance to win.
  • Post about the Giveaway on your blog then come back and leave me another comment for another chance to win.
  • Be or become a follower then leave me another comment for another chance to win.
  • Jump over to the Bakeshop and leave me another comment for another chance to win.
  • I will pick 6 names and the first two names will have a choice of the two top prizes and the other four names will win the 4 tissue holders.
The deadline for entering this giveaway
is January 1st 2011.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Quick & Easy Tissue Holder Tutorial

This quick and easy tutorial makes 6 Kleenex Tissue Holders out of a small amount of three different fabrics. I love making these for friends and neighbors as little thank you gifts or to add to a bigger gift. I have one in my purse and one in my church bag.

What You Will Need:
  • 7" of fabric for outside of tissue holder
  • 7" of fabric for inside of tissue holder
  • 6" of fabric for binding on tissue holder
Cutting Instructions:
  • Cut one strip of outside fabric measuring 6" x width of fabric
  • Cut one strip of inside fabric measuring 6" x width of fabric
  • Cut two strips of binding fabric measuring 2 1/2" x width of fabric

Sub-Cutting Instructions:
  • Sub-cut outside fabric into 6 rectangles measuring 6" x 6 1/2"
  • Sub-cut inside fabric into 6 rectangles measuring 6" x 6 1/2"
  • Sub-cut binding fabric into 12 rectangles measuring 2 1/2" x 6"

Sewing Instructions:

1. Take one inside fabric and one outside fabric measuring 6" x 6 1/2" and place them with the wrong sides together.
2. Repeat process for the remaining 6" x 6 1/2" rectangles making a total of 6 sets.
3. Take the twelve 2 1/2" x 6" strips fold in half and press with wrong sides together.
4. Using a 3/8" seam allowance sew two binding strips with one on each 6" side of the tissue holder.

5. Press binding fabric outward on both sides of tissue holder.

6. Fold the binding up and over to the back of each tissue holder and stitch in the ditch.

7. Repeat on the opposite sides of each tissue holder.

8. Fold tissue holder in half with the right sides together.
9. Press the corners. This is the center.

10. Fold binding edges into the pressed center mark and pin in place. Make sure the outside fabric is in the inside as seen in the picture below.

11. Using a 1/4" seam allowance sew both sides of the Tissue Holder closed. I like to backstitch at the beginning, the end, and over the opening to make sure it's really secure.

12. Finish the inside seams with a serger. If you don't have a serger that's okay. Just use a zigzag stitch on your sewing machine.

13. Turn the tissue holders right side out making sure to push out the corners.
14. Press the tissue holders and you are done!

Kleenex Tissue Holders
~1 for you and 5 friends~

Monday, December 20, 2010

Can You Believe it?

It's my 50th Birthday today and it's been so crazy that I didn't even get to make the post I had planned, but, I have something big coming on the 22nd so be sure to check back in a couple days.

Remember my daughter who went to New Zealand for 4months? Well, she flew in late this afternoon and we picked her up at the airport and then went out to dinner at the Outback Restaurant. What a perfect birthday. I had every one of my kids together after four long months of separation. I sure missed my daughter.

Hope you're enjoying your holiday preparations.