12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop: Day 1
The Christmas countdown is on … and we (Benartex Fabrics) are here to help you with fun, festive and fast projects that you can finish before the holidays! Join us on our Facebook page and Instagram account December 12th through the 23rd for our “12 Days of Christmas – Quick Gift Project Hop”.
Today I'm the first designer out of the box and am featuring the Toadily Cute fabric collection. We all are looking for some quick ideas for last minute gifts. I will be sharing two today. This blog post is photo heavy, but I think you'll enjoy seeing all the Toadily Cute things I made!
The first one is something you've seen here before:
|Tissue holders using the Toadily Cute fabrics|
Tissue Holders! I have made dozens of these in the past 20 years. I tweaked the original pattern so the little tissue packs fit better (I added 1/2" or so). But you want to see the pictures, don't you?!!
First, the fabrics. The one on the bottom is a border print that is just the sweetest. And the one on the right is a set of panels. You can see all of them here at the Benartex web site.
|Toadily Cute fabrics|
Step 1: Fabric Requirements (**Good contrast between the fabrics is recommended)
- One 6” x 7” rectangle for OUTSIDE
- One 6 x 8-1/4” rectangle for INSIDE
- Yes: the inside fabric rectangle is larger than the outside. That's what forms the little "binding" overlap.
|Paired fabrics cut into two sizes of rectangles|
- Place rectangles right sides together. Sew the 6” sides together. Yes, one is larger than the other and they donʼt lie flat. You are sewing a tube with one piece larger, but they are connected with two short, side seams.
- Turn seamed rectangles right side out and press the overlaps of the larger rectangle (1/4” seam allowance size) so that your rectangles now lay flat on each other, wrong sides together.
- The frog print is the OUTSIDE of the holder; the green dotted print is the inside.
|Turned right side out the lining overlaps the outer print|
Let's see more of these, ok?
|Four sets with the prints turned right side out|
- Fold this unit in half along the length (bringing the two finished edges together) and finger-press the center mark at the two raw edge sides. Remember the pins in the picture above? Those finished edges overlap 1/4". Pin in place
- Itʼs a little bulky; a normal sewing machine stitch is possible.
|Showing the inside of the tissue holder|
- Sew 1/4” seam on both raw edges. Trim away tiny triangle at ends of seams to reduce bulk when turning. Zigzag or otherwise overcast the raw edges to keep them from fraying.
|Stitching the short sides together; then zigzag.|
- Turn the unit right sides out to form your tissue holder. Add one of those little packs of tissue. See how happy I've made that froggy!
|Single tissue holder.|
Now for a second quick project that works year round. I call these my Kids' Busy Books. I have made them from hexagons. Today, I'm using those sweet panels from the Toadily Cute collection.
|This is the paper size I will use for the inside|
|Two panels trimmed|
|Two panels stitched together|
|Stitching and leaving opening for turning|
|Outside of book|
|10 pieces of paper stacked and ready for stitching along that center pencil line|
|Auditioning the stack|
|1/4" elastic stitched to the ends|
|Paper slips in under the elastic. Easy to remove for another replacement!|
|Kids' Busy Book|
I actually made four of these busy books so that I can gift them to my granddaughter's little friends in her kindergarten class. I am going to stitch a few more replacement insides and include them.
Each day you will find a new designer with new ideas. Here are the links below. They will also be posted at the Benartex Facebook page.
|Click to see the schedule of this fun hop!|
12-Dec Debby Kratovil - https://debbykratovilquilts.blogspot.com/
13-Dec Rachel Rossi - https://www.rachelrossi.design/
14-Dec Ann Lauer - https://grizzlygulchgallery.com/
15-Dec Stephanie Sheridan - https://www.facebook.com/StitchedTogetherStudios/
16-Dec Carol Swift - https://www.justletmequilt.com/
17-Dec Pat Sloan - https://blog.patsloan.com/
18-Dec Julie Cefalu - https://thecraftyquilter.com/
19-Dec Shelly Cavanna - https://www.corasquilts.com/
20-Dec Linda Leathersich - https://www.facebook.com/StitchedTogetherStudios/
21-Dec Charisma Horton - https://charismascorner.com/
22-Dec Cherry Guidry - https://www.cherryblossomsquilting.com/
23-Dec Lisa Ruble - https://lovetocolormyworld.blogspot.com/