• Sandra

Christmas in July... and August!

Updated: Jan 16

Yes, it's that time of year again... Christmas in July...and August too!

This year has been interesting to say the

least. I think now is a wonderful time to focus on the gift of giving and use your creativity in making some special memories for friends and family.

There are so many things that you can make as gifts: aprons, towels, pot holders, coasters, place mats, decor pillows, quilts, and more.

This is a great time to grab some of the fantastic deals on fabric and notions for all of the items on your list. Almost everything listed above have sewing and embroidery versions, and some items can be made using a serger.

I had a lot of fun doing a few Kimberbell projects recently. First, I made some simple coasters using fat

quarters and a small piece of left over

batting from a quilt project. They are sewn easily on a standard sewing machine.

Another great addition I made to my ever growing apron

collection was this

whimsical number by Kimberbell. It features over the edge embroidery and a sweet Gingerbread man and festive message. Both are sewn out on an embroidery machine. The original project called for using a buffalo check tote blank and with a couple easy steps, it is easily converted into the apron.

Gift tags are very easy to make. You can make them from felt, fabric, leather, and more and best of all they can be a keepsake afterward by using them as an ornament. I love the way I can use a basic pattern and add a name or date. This one is an Anita Goodesign called "Holiday Felt Gift Tags" What a sweet memory when they are brought out every Christmas time!

This year you might want to consider making some creative "Embroidered Holiday Cards" (these are by Anita Goodesign as well) that you can embellish with buttons, beads, glitter, or other scrap book items. They can be created to be unique for each recipient .

One of my all time favorite things to do at holiday time is sharing baked goods with friends and family. So when I came across these "Recipe Cards" from Dakota Collectibles, it was the perfect touch to accompany the gifts of goodies.

These are made much like the cards above and just as easy!

It's the little things that mean a lot!

Smiles, Sandra of Inspired Remnants LLC InspiredRemnants@gmail.com

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