Saturday, November 28, 2015

Birthday gift for a coffee drinker

My neighbor's birthday was Thanksgiving day, so I whipped her up a little something to celebrate.
Bettina is a big coffee drinker, and for good reason; her husband makes the most perfect cup of coffee.
I know that because he makes it for me when I visit.
Anyhow, I thought she could use a mug rug for her morning coffee.

I included a new coffee cup and some yummy cookies.
I also included a card giving the details of the little mug rug.
All wrapped and ready to go...
Happy Birthday Bettina!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Tea light pins for the girls

These little turkey pins were fun to make.
I purchased the design from Embroidery Garden.
It stitches out quickly and all you need is a little glue, a battery operated tea light and a pin back.
Have a great day!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Quick and easy fall napkins, tablecloth and table runner

I am hosting a very small, casual dinner Saturday night.
I prefer cloth napkins; they are super simple and quick to sew.
 I scoured my stash and found this pretty fall fabric.
I like my napkins big, and I had just enough fabric to make 6 - 20 inch napkins.
I cut my squares.
 I measured and folded the hem double the size I wanted my finished hem to be.

Press so you have a crease at that measurement.

 Now, open the first fold and meet the raw edge to that crease.

Fold over again...

...and stitch.

 I find this method easier than trying to fold over a tiny hem first and then folding up a second tiny hem. Pressing the larger hem first and meeting the raw edge to the crease of the first measurement seems to make it easier and more accurate.
How easy was that!


Did you notice my tablecloth and table runner?

The table runner is a piece of burlap with the edges frayed.

My tablecloth is just a couple of yards of fabric with a serged edge.

I love to sew table linens, and have a linen closet to prove it!

Happy Monday, everyone!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015


I like making my granddaughters things for the holidays.
I try to make things they can use in the season - rather than just one day.
I found this cute little set below from Pottery Barn and thought it would get plenty of use through Thanksgiving.
 I then prettied it up a little using tulle and ribbon.
Knowing I had gold metallic thread at home, I purchased these adorable little sparkly skirts and embroidered their names on long sleeved tee's to match.
It matched perfectly.
Just look at that sparkle...
Sometimes metallic thread is a little tricky.
If you use a metallic needle and slow your machine down a bit, you should have no problem stitching with metallic thread. 
Add a witches hat and broom and you will have a cute little witch costume.
After Halloween, the shirt can be worn with jeans until the weather warms up and the skirt can be worn with another top and tights - no one would suspect...  
See ya soon...