One of the ideas behind the swap was to make things that did not require a lot of time that you could gift to others during the Christmas holiday. We were also to make something for the person under us in the hop and send to them in time for them to showcase their gift on their blog. I mailed to GmamaJane in Alabama, my home state! I was so proud to send a package to Dixieland! You will have to check out Jane's blog and see what she received from me.
I received my gifts from a special lady who blogs at Lovin' Life At The End Of The Dirt Road. I do not buy a wreath to hang on my door so this gift was an extra special treat! Only one other year did I have a wreath and my friend from Maine sent it to me and hubby. Thank you thank you!
She also sent a drawstring bag that she made that was full of chocolate Hershey Kisses. The bag does NOT have chocolate in it any longer.. my hubby ate it all... and that is my story and I am sticking to it! ha! She also sent me a fabric sucker and also a snowflake ornament for my birthday. Yes, today is my birthday!! Happy Birthday to me!
Thank you so very much for all of my gifts!
So, now on to what I made for the hop. First up is a caddy to have beside your machine when you are sewing. It has pockets for your Omnigrid ruler, scissors, small ruler, rotary cutter, eye glass cleaners or whatever you want to put in the pockets. It also has a matching pincushion that is stuffed with crushed walnut shells for weight.
Isn't this fabric fabulous for this type of sewing organizer! I bought this at the Decorator Fabric store in Raleigh, NC! I love it!
And the matching pincushion dressed up with rick rack and lace.
If you want a fun pincushion to gift to your sewing buddy how about Mr. Hoot himself. Felt pieces makes him go together fast as lightning as you do not have to worry about turning under any edges! Isn't he darling!
And how about some felt coasters. These whipped up in under 30 minutes and would be perfect for anyone on your list. I cut the heart opening out of the top piece of felt and sandwiched a piece of red cotton fabric between the top felt piece and a solid piece of felt for the back and blanket stitched around the heart opening. I then quilted a long stitch around the outer edge of the heart and sewed the outer edges with a straight stitch on the machine. I pinked the edges up to the line of stitching to finish them off.
This little basket whipped up in about an hour. It actually took longer to get this little thing turned right side out than it did to sew it together. :) I cut the shape out of quilting fabric and machine quilted it to a rather stiff piece of fusible. I then sewed a coordinating piece of fabric all the way around, left an opening for turning and then slip stitched the opening shut. I brought the sides together and added vintage buttons all around and finished the top edges off with lace. This little basket will hold most anything you wish to gift to someone.
Candy was my idea! :)
Here it is empty.
I also have another project started but it isn't something that can be done quickly. I wanted to show it to you though so I could shout out this wonderful hoop that I just purchased from Harry Barnett of Lap Top Hoops! I think a lot of people use these for cross stitching but these frames are so versatile! I am doing blanket stitch in mine! This is the 12" Flip Top Square Frame and I have an 8" round hoop on order as well. I am going to love using this frame as it frees up my arm from holding a regular round hoop.
Here are all of my creations together!