Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Blog Hop and Quick Holiday Aprons


                                                              Link to blog hop here
 Give-away! Yeah!
People really liked this give away in the past so back by popular demand;  TEN - Fat Quarter’s (that’s a $25-$30.00 value) selected from my stash tailored to the request of the winner!   I’ve pretty much got it all; batiks, repro’s from the 1930’s and 1800’s, all colors, kids fabrics, bugs, food, flowers, oriental, flannels, plaids, etc...  The winner can request a smorgasbord or all of one kind.  Fun for you to make a wish list, fun for me to tailor a collection just for you.

What do you need to do?  Leave me a comment about your favorite homemade Holiday gift at the end of this blog and a way I can contact you if you are the lucky winner.  I will even cover overseas shipping!  I will draw a name at the end of the blog- hop at midnight, Pacific time and announce the winner by next Thurs.  

So here's how I make a whole bunch of Holiday Aprons in a Jiffy!

First things first: Pick really fun fabrics  Aprons are just squares of fabric with a little nip- tuck, it's the fabric that makes them fun.  It takes a yards length to make this pattern but there will be a wide strip left on one side that could make great pot holders or Holiday booty bags.
This really goes quickly if you think Assembly line style and you trust yourself to'eyeball' rather than measure:  Start by lining up all your selvages and bottom cut edges. I usually cut  5 - 1 yard lengths at once.  Be careful to get your directional fabrics going the same way and oriented top to bottom with the pattern.
For a pattern I simply I took my favorite Everyday Apron and lay it on the layered fabrics with a generous inch all around for the hemming.
Here's an apron already cut with the hem allowance that I'm using as a pattern to cut the other layers. 
With all the selvages and hem ends lined up, all I had to do was cut around two sides.  With a good pair of scissors you can accurately cut through 5 layers of fabric.
For the neck strap cut a strip 24" for each chosen fabric.  With right sides together sew each strip into a tube and turn right sides out.
With the seam side up iron first one side of the tube,
Then flip it over and iron the tube flat.
Use a medium zig- zag stitch to finish to tube ends.
                                     
Starting by hemming the straight part of both sides.  Hem by turning the edge 3/8" once and ironing,
and then another turn 3/8" and give it another good press.  Pin the apron strings about 1" from the arm/ curved edges near the top.  I used a 24" lengths of 3'8" grosgrain ribbon for the apron strings.  Tie a knot on the loose end to finish it.
Sew down the pressed hems using the edge of your universal foot as a guide that will sew a scant 3/8" seam that should just sew the edge of the hem and the ribbon.

Repeat this process for the bottom edge.  I don't pin except at the corners.  It saves time and the pressing should keep everything straight while sewing.  I like to use glass head pins so I can iron right over them.
On the curved part of the sides the second fold will go over the apron string end, further holding it in place when sewn. 
                                     
The top hem is the only one I measure.  First turn the raw edge 3/8" and press and then turn it down 1" and press. pin the strap ends to the hem on each side,  seam side toward you.
Sew the hem close to the top edge and over the straps.
Then flip the apron over and sew the hem close to the bottom edge of the hem and straps
Five Aprons in a Jiffy!
Well,  I hope that inspires you all to do a little holiday sewing of your own!  I can't wait to read what some of you are sewing for the holidays!  Have fun on the blog hop and Happy Holidays!
Cheers, Claire W







162 comments:

  1. Great tutorial on the aprons, Claire! What a great idea for some of those big cuts of fabric I have no idea what to do with. I might want to add big deep pockets but then again I once put my keys in my apron pocket then couldn't find them for months. Maybe I'll skip the pockets.

    btw my favorite homemade gift(s) are my jams and jellies, which are usually a big hit.

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  2. Love your aprons, thanks for the tutorial. My favorite handmade gift was a crochet afghan from my mom.

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  3. Oh good grief! How do you make everything look so easy!?! I love the reversible apron you made me! Just about time to flip it to the holiday side.

    If friends can join the blog hop, I'd love to enter! Homemade holiday gifts to make? Little quilts for decor. I like how fast I can whip them up and most people appreciate them even if it wasn't made for warmth.
    Homemade holiday gifts to receive? Any! I love anything hand made by the giver!!

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  4. I will just leave the first comment - sort of save You the international shipping, First comments never make it.
    I think I will have to think about wearing my apron ... I mean I have one well two actually but I never remember to put them on until I'm covered in flour or tomatoe sauce.
    Oh but the holiday item - Potholders or cushion cases

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  5. Great apron!! I love to make table runners for the different seasons. They are easy to change the whole mood of the table. Thanks!

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  6. My favourite gift is homemade cookies, especially if they have nuts. It is the one time of year when I indulge with relatively little guilt because everyone is doing it!

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  7. I'm making a couple of quilts for X-mas gifts this year. It's been really fun to get into quilting! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  8. Knitted then felted slippers are my go-to handmade gift. Everyone seems to appreciate cozy toes :-)

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  9. I love homemade christmas ornaments. They are always so unique.

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  10. Great apron tutorial! I'm making pouches and stuffing them!

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  11. Great tutorial! Why didn't I think of doing that?

    I am usually the maker and giver rather than the receiver of homemade gifts. But my all-time favorite would have to be the ornament my son made me in preschool from a Styrofoam cup. He brought it home all taped up because it has been crushed at school somehow. It was so sad lookin' that I couldn't resist loving it. I still have it to this day (he's 26 now) and it goes on the tree every year.

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  12. I like to make cookies for the holidays. I have given a couple quilts as gifts, but everyone always wants huge ones that take forever to make. LOL

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  13. I love the homemade card from my grandchildren. I generally make pjs for Christmas and love to press and fold them, they are so soft. One year I also made pillowcases to wrap the pjs in. Great favorite with everyone. Love to make aprons too. Thanks for the tut.

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  14. Great tutorial! My fave easy holiday gift to make is coffee sleeves.

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  15. My favorite holiday gifts to make/give are food-based, but I also love to do kitchen towels and matching potholders. Thank you for the chance to win - I would love to have a hand-selected group of your favorite fabrics. I think seeing your favorite fabrics would tell me a lot about you!

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  16. Great tutorial. I love getting those little handmade ornaments from the grand children. Thanks for sharing

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  17. I like home made caramel from my sister, she gives it every year. I am looking forward to eating/ oops I mean sharing it with the rest of my family.

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  18. great aprons, it is good to see them come back in style. i do all my piecing and quilting by hand and give them away or donate them, so i can always use fabric i am making a quilt for a wonderful lady at church who is losing her eyesight. thank you for a great giveaway babscorbitt@gmail.com

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  19. I think pretty well anything homemade is a hit.
    Nice tutorial on the aprons.

    syvisser@gmail(dot)com

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  20. Great tutorial for the aprons. My favorite things to make are pillowcases.

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  21. Lap quilts and table runners are my favorite gifts to make. I start early in the year so I can make lots of them. This year I found lots of fabrics and patterns that were just perfect for the intended recipients. So I've made some gifts that I'm pretty excited about. Now it's hard to wait until Christmas to give them!

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  22. Homemade pj's are the best! They are so much better than the store bought kind. powersjlc at gmail dot com. Thanks for the chance to win. Your aprons are so much fun!

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  23. I really like your aprons. Thanks for the tutorial! My favorite homemade Holiday gift are mug rugs. I made Christmas Tree mug rugs last year and I'm looking for a new design for this year. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  24. Love the aprons! My favorite handmade gift to receive is yummy cookies. andpins.handmade (at) gmail

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  25. Love the aprons... we always made COOKIES for office gifts at the hospital. Thanks. I am here for the party! crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  26. Thanks for the tute on the aprons you make it look so easy. My fav holiday gift to make and giveaway are casserole carriers, you can give them to men or women which is helpful and they wip up really quick

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  27. Nice apron tutorial! I love ornaments that are handmade!

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  28. I loved the flannel nighties my mom used to make us girls.

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  29. wow that was an easy apron, a lot easier than trying to find my pattern lol. My all time favorite homemade gift to get was the year my mother made us flannelette nightgowns, haven't done much Holiday gift making lately but off to make an apron for MIL

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  30. Thanks for showing us an easy method for tutorials and for participating in the blog hop. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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  31. I make potholders and travel size kleenx tissue holders for Christmas gifts. Also, this year I am doing travel size pillow cases for my little friends. Thanks for the giveaway! I love, love, love 1930 print fabrics! midwayfarms@hughes.net

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  32. I love to make oven mits and aprons easy to do and make alot of and make quilts for those special to me.

    cbrocious1984 AT gmail dot com

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  33. My favorite homemade Holiday gift was for my Mother. She loved Bald Eagles, so one year for Christmas I Counted cross stitched her an Eagle in flight. She hung it up and never took it down. I have it now. Thanks for asking and Thanks for the giveaway and the tuto

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  34. Wooden photo puzzle: square piece of wood cut in four, cherished photo cut in four and modge podged to the wood to make a wonderful photo puzzle to keep forever!

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  35. If quilts aren't on the gift list, I like making edible goodies placed in a fabric basket or bags. They're always a hit! Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  36. I like making homemade lollipops for neighbors. I am making throw pillows for my nieces and nephews. Thanks for chance to win.

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  37. Awesome tutorial! I wish I had a cutting tabel as big as yours! I love anything for teh kitchen - tea towels especially, or hot pads and I have a growing collection of aprons which I use all year round! GREAT giveaway :) amycav at hotmail dot com

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  38. great tutorial...I like to make accessories my children can use for school.. book covers, crayon rolls, bags..

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  39. Fabulous tutorial! thank you! I love to make coasters for holiday gifts or soup cozies (for bowls heating up in the microwave!) Thank you!!

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  40. Great apron tutorial - I haven't tried making one yet. I love making pillow covers as holiday gifts. Thanks for a lovely giveaway.

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  41. Wow, great job on the aprons! I usually make mine reversible...so I'm not sure if it's faster than folding down the sides...but thanks for the tutorial. =)

    I would love to win your generous giveaway. Thank you!

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  42. Love your aprons.
    I love anything that someone has taken the time to make for me.

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  43. One of my favorite homemade gifts to give are scarves. But I also like to give home canned fruit preserves and pound cake. Your tutorial for aprons....makes it look so easy! :)

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  44. thanks for the giveaway-- I enjoy making car trash bags as gifts.
    cjscraftcorner(at)gmail(dot)com

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  45. Fabulous tutorial. Thank you. And thank you for the chance to enter your giveaway. I love to make mugrugs and trim kitchen towels for Christmas and make pot holders too.

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  46. Your Aprons are wonderful!! and easy ( I have made them before) I used home decor fabric for a heavier fabric for my niece who loves to paint! I love Batiks of any kind! This is my first Blog Hop and I'm luvn it!
    tsvande@gmail.com

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  47. Oh I forgot... my favorite Holiday homemade thing would be quilts. I love quilts and love to make them!

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  48. I just love prepare and give quilted pillows- always a success! Many thanks for this great giveaway!

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  49. Thanks for the tutorial. I've made mug rugs & fabric boxes as holiday gifts. Planning to make some tiny Christmas stocking ornaments this year. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  50. I really like the way you made your aprons.My favorite homemade gifts to make are candle mats and potholders. Thank you so much for the great giveaway.

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  51. I have never given someone anything I have sewn for christmas, but loads of people get fudge.

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  52. I love your aprons! I make lots of holiday gifts throughout the year and save them for Christmas (though I also have a stash for Channukah, Halloween, Valentine's Day). In past years I've made 2 sided aprons, half aprons, and cloth napkins. This year, I made potholders. The thing I like about them is you can make an extra block when you're working on a quilt and then add batting, backing and bind it and turn it into a potholder - especially if it has fun fabric. I have 34 of these potholders squirreled away in a box to use as holiday gifts. Sounds a little crazy or compulsive as I read it.............but if the shoe fits!

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  53. I love the homemade candies and cookies as a gift. Thanks

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  54. Thanks for the tutorial and great giveaway! I love the lap quilt that I made for my mom for her last Christmas.

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  55. favorite holiday handmade would be the quilts for the nursing homes that I make with my charity group... I love seeing the seniors smile as they get the quilts and I know I made their holiday just a little bit special.

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  56. Oh gosh! I hand make everything so it is hard to pick... Maybe the pot holders and pj bottoms I made for my sister to give to her Bff with custom fabric with their faces on it.

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  57. Thank you for the generous giveaway and the great tutorial! I like making pj bottoms for my nieces and nephews for the holidays. Happy THanksgiving!

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  58. Gifts...HA! My one apron gets so much daily use, and thankfully saves my clothes from tons of dirt....spilled Dr. Pepper on down the front the other day. Anyway, this would be great for me!! I could do with another apron or six. Thanks for the great tutorial...never thought to use my apron. I seriously was looking to buy another pattern.
    blessings, jill

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  59. Great way to do some many aprons at once! If I won, I would love a smorgasbord! My favorite handmade holiday item is Jesse Tree Ornaments. I am busy making them now for Advent/Christmas. See pictures here: http://etsy.me/1gGUUAZ

    Deborah
    pinkscissorsdesign @gmail .com
    Pink Scissors Design on Etsy

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  60. I suppose quick and useful bags are my favorite. :)

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  61. Thanks for the apron tutorial! My new favorite holiday gift is a quilted zip pouch. Thanks for the chance to win! xo

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  62. My favorite holiday gift to make is an origami box that I fill with candy or coins or other small items and hand out randomly to people wherever I go during the holidays. I always enjoy receiving homemade goodies to eat.

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  63. What a great idea for the aprons! I love making pillowcases and my friends and grandchildren always seem to love getting them. I'd love some black, white and red fat quarters. :) blessings, marlene

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  64. Thanks so much for the apron tutorial! I think placemats or a table runner make great gifts, and people can actually use them!

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  65. Great tutorial! I love making pouches and mug rugs for holiday gifts
    Susie
    legato1958@aol.com

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  66. HELLO, THANKS FOR A NEAT TUTORIAL+GIVEAWAY TOO!
    I LIKE TO GIVE+RECEIVE PLACE MATS! HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  67. Quilts and table runners are my favorite, if I can pull them off. If not - embellished towels and pillowcases are easy to make!

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  68. Every Christmas one of our neighbors comes around with a container of cookies and candy. It is always fun to see what container they will use since they always find something really functional and different!

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  69. Aprons are such a great gift idea!!! My sister made me one for Xmas a few years ago and I love, love, love it!!! I am planning to make some wall hangings this year for gifts.

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  70. Thanks for the great apron tutorial. I think I may whip up a few for Christmas gifts! I love soft romantic florals and batiks. I know that sounds weird, and I don't mix the types in quilts. But I love the look of both types of quilts. Thanks for the fun!

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  71. My favorite gift would be a zip pouch if I wasn't so scared of zippers. I need to conquer my fear! Thank you for participating in the blog hop.

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  72. I always give handmade gifts for family and friends...from totes/crochet shawls/Christmas tree ornaments to doilies to coin purses. Each year, I start my presents early so that I can mail them all out on time. Thanks for the giveaway.

    Wishing you a superb weekend and a blessed Thanksgiving.

    Usha
    usharaneem@yahoo.com

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  73. What a fun and fast way to make a number of aprons at one time. Thanks for the info! My favourite Holiday homemade item would be a Christmas ornament. I make something different every year to give to my family and friends. This year it is cute little yoyo snowmen! I would love to win any fabric.
    wlinda_ca@yahoo.com

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  74. I got my Christmas present early, from a dear friend that sews beautifully. She knows I LOVE owls so she made me a family of owl pillows! I wish I could see photos of everyone's favorite

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  75. Usually never enough time at the holidays, but tote bags go together pretty quickly in a pinch. Thanks for the chance to win some goodies. Nice tutorial!!!

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  76. I love the fabric you used for the aprons- very pretty. I've just made some fabric stockings to put some gifts in. I used red and green fabric with some stripy ribbons and golden bells. I will also have a go at making your cool aprons- thanks :)

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  77. My favorite hand made gifts are crocheted dish cloths that my niece gives every year. I look forward to receiving them each year.

    dbelliott at outlook dot com

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  78. Thanks for the tutorial and thanks for the opportunity to win some fabric. I have found that I tend to collect it. I am working on a wall hanging now and plan to start on some Christmas gift bags.

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  79. This is a great tutorial, thank you so much. This year for presents I am making some stockings, bags, place mats and coasters, and a lap quilt. I love to receive anything home made because extra time and love has gone into it. Thanks for a great giveaway too.
    ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

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  80. Thanks for the tutorial - I wish I'd started sewing my gifts in July!!
    I'm making table runners!

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  81. What a great tutorial! I love to make pillows and potholders as gifts!

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  82. I make quilts for Christmas gifts. They are well loved in my family. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  83. The favorite thing I've made to give was a purse for my MIL. favorite thing I've gotten was a sweater my cousin knit for my daughter

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  84. The most recent Christmas gifts have been quilts. Thanks for the tutorial on how to make many quickly.

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  85. Great Giveaway!!! I love batiks of all colors. My favorite homemade holiday gifts are lap quilts.

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  86. Thanks for the great apron tutorial! I love making ornaments for Christmas gifts...and Christmas cookies.
    pippirose59 at gmail dot com

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  87. My favorite homemade gift to date was a Fall table runner made with batiks for my good friend's lake cabin. Thanks for the chance at your wonderful giveaway.

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  88. I always wear aprons when cooking. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  89. Usually I love to sew homemade gifts, like quilts or pillows but this year a recent back surgery makes sewing difficult. My homemade gifts will be carmel snack mix. My DH can help with that!

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  90. My favorite thing to make and give is cookies. So many different kinds. Thanks for the chance.

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  91. I have knitted afghans for my children on previous Christmases. I love to give anything handmade.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

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  92. Neat tutorial and I like making pillows or table runners for gifts!

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  93. I love to make zipper pouches for my nieces and nephews. They could work for makeup and electronics for the older ones and toys for the younger ones, thanks!

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  94. A great tutorial. My dad made me a doll house with 4 rooms. It had lights in the ceiling and looked like a Shakespeare building with Shake roofing.
    Barb@Witsend

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  95. My favorite homemade holiday gift are seasonal wall hangings I make for my daughter-in-laws each year.

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  96. My favorite gift that was made for me was a 9 patch quilt my mum made for me back when I was 14. She was so sneaky--not telling us who she was making quilts for. We were helping her cut pieces and tie when she was done. Haha, we woke up that Christmas and my sister and I were the lucky ones. it was awesome!

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  97. Great tutorial! These days I like to make and give zippy pouches. It's pretty much my go-to gift! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  98. I love my kids homemade ornaments. Your aprons make a nice, fast, and unique gift. I think I need to make three.

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  99. This year I made a organizer as a gift using this tutorial http://thecottagemama.com/2011/06/fabric-portfolio-and-notepad-holder/ and it turned out great!

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  100. Great apron tutorial. This year, I am making most of my gifts. I have made fleece throws for my husband, dad & dog. I made two large elephant pillows for my sister. I am completing a table runner for my step mom. I have been making mug rugs, coasters and CQ ornaments for others. Thanks for the chance to win!!

    wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  101. love all the food people make at the holidays. I think my favorite may be cookies...if we are talking handmade, I would say anything my sone makes!

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  102. Thanks for this tutorail. I am making pillows. lia.vandenbrand@live.nl

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  103. My favorite Holiday homemade gift is fleece blankets. Thanks for the great tutorial for aprons. Maybe I should switch to aprons for Holidays gifts!!
    nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  104. I have made everyone in the family up until recently (I have fallen behind hanging my head in shame) a Cross stitched Christmas stocking for my mother's home. So no matter if they are there in person or only in spirit the whole family comes together at that time.

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  105. I love the aprons. My favourite homemade gift is a plate of biscuits for our neighbours and friends. I also love to give homemade ornaments. This year I don't have time to get many done but I still love doing them.

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  106. Thanks for the tutorial. It's always great to get ideas for gifts! This year, I made 2 candy cane table runners and several fabric gift card holders from scraps. I'm always looking for ways to reduce my scrap bins. svonfumetti(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  107. One of my favorite handmade gifts was a shadow box family tree. Pottershands2@hotmail.com

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  108. I love to make purses and small zippered pouches for Christmas presents. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  109. I always make up a lot of fudge to give away at Christmas. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  110. s,Thanks for the giveaway! I'm not really sure what my favorite homemade gift is, but this year I'm giving one quilt and one wall hanging.

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  111. Thanks for a fun tutorial! I made an Advent Calendar this year. Maybe I'll make aprons next time!

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  112. I always love food gifts! Ddebra33@gmail.com

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  113. My favourite gift to make is drinks coasters

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  114. I love giving and getting handmade gifts, of any kind. Unfortunately, my good intentions often get ahead of a realistic timetable! Thanks for participating in the blog party, and offering such a generous prize. I would love to experiment with some bright batiks.

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  115. I'm making aprons for everyone this year too! I love batiks and could always have more. Or anything grey or purple or green or blue... Thanks!

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  116. This year I made a cute earflap hat for a coworkers son in Chicago Bears colors!

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  117. This year it's mug rugs and pillows! Love your giveaway idea!

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  118. I loved your tutorial for the apron. anything homemade is perfect for Christmas, but a lap quilt is always something special too.
    wow great giveaway-I love 1800s thanks for the chance
    Kathy

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  119. My favorite is tablecloths and door hangers. What a wonderful apron-maybe my newest fav holiday gift. I love the gift-if I have to choose now I'd pick batiks but might go for '30's with more thought.

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  120. That's a great tutorial and an easy fast way to produce more than one apron at a time. My favorite holiday gift to make is a pair of pajama pants for my niece. I started making a Christmas pair for her when she was five or six. Now she's in her mid twenties and still looks for a pair under the tree every year. The one year I didn't make them she was so disappointed that I whipped her a pair up Christmas day. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  121. I actually have a few aprons that I need to get into the mail as gifts, and I'm hoping that I can get a quilt done for my dad in time for Christmas.

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  122. Thanks For The Apron tutorial. I Make Quilts For Christmas Gifts.

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  123. Lovely tutorial. I like pillows. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  124. Hi, your tutorial for aprons is really super, thank you for posting. I am making embroidered pillow covers for special people this Christmas. Thanks for a chance to win some of your fabulous fabric!

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  125. I usually make mug rugs as holiday gifts. I love the apron tutorial. Will definitely make some a gifts these holidays. Thank you for a chance to win your giveaway.

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  126. Love the directions for your aprons. I made three aprons for my great-nephews, 3 1/2 and 8, and great-niece, 9. Made them out of novelty fabrics, robots, sharks and cupcakes. Also made three pillow cases, one hero words like "ZAP", "POW" etc, one of Spider-Man in all his glory, and one with all sorts of cupcakes. Added cute novelty buttons on the aprons too. Last year I knitted or crocheted almost all of my gifts, this year I've added sewing to the crafting. Thanks so much for participating in this blog hop. Would love to win.
    Rae (nrhaller@aol.com)

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  127. The quilts I received from my Grandma on Christmas are my favorite homemade gifts. Thanks for the chance to win!

    ksmith8@emich.edu

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  128. Great tutorital!! I'm making Christmas Advent Calendars this year!

    tgallop@mts.net
    www.willcookforshoes.ca

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  129. Lovely aprons! I like to make mug rugs and ornaments for gifts. Thank you for the tutorial and a very generous giveaway!

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  130. I love making mug rugs and giving them away as a gifts. I love your apron. Beautiful!

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  131. I love making mug rugs and giving them away as a gifts :) I love your apron!

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  132. Thanks for the tutorial - I now want to try to make a couple aprons for gifts. My favorite to receive is probably food, to give: pot holders or table toppers.
    What a great giveaway -- I like batiks and civil war prints.

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  133. I like to make pillow cases, mug rugs, place mats, table runners, and aprons, gonna use your pattern today. Thanks for the great giveaway. Jackie

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  134. What a generous giveaway! My favorite homemade gift that I ever received was a fluffy robe that my mom made when I was a teenager. To make, I found a simple knitting project bag pattern by Atkinson Designs last year that was fun to make.

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  135. I have given aprons as gifts before, but never on that scale! That is an amazing cutting area you have!
    I have also liked giving bags as gifts, with lots of pockets. People seem to like those.

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  136. I like to make pillowcases as gifts. Thanks for the chance!

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  137. Thanks for the tutorial! I plan on making napkins, napkin rings and place-mats for Christmas this year cutting 7 at a time will be a great idea , thx crafting egg shell with baby Jesus or a winter scene inside is a favorite treasure of mine.

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  138. great tutorial. Thanks so much for sharing. i love all the handmade ornaments my children have made over their school years.

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  139. What a great way to make lots of aprons. I'll need to remember this for sure. I like to make infinity scarves for gifts.

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  140. Thank you for the easy tutorial on aprons -- can't wait to try it. My favorite homemade gift was a very simple over sized lap quilt that I made for my mom last year. It gives me a warm fuzzy feeling when I go to visit and see her using it. It is well loved and oft used. Denise (editor@thegam.com)

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  141. Pillow cases are my favorite to make and give since they are custom to the receipant.

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  142. Great giveaway! Nice tutorial! It's hard to choose a favorite handmade gift since our family has always given each other some very lovely hand made things. But the ones I treasure the most are the beautiful beaded tree trims made by my mother several years ago. When I place them on the tree each year, it brings back such wonderful memories.

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  143. My favorite gift would be a table runner to give....but a Christmas quilt to receive :)

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  144. Great tutorial. My favorite holiday gift is homemade jam. Thanks for hosting. pbstrand@msn.com

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  145. Great pictures. My favorite homemade gift would be a pressing board. It is on my list for two years now, instructions and all. I do have a pretty cool book case I received one year. ll_gee at hotmail dot com

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  146. Thank you for the apron tutorial. I love giving gifts I've made, jams, apple butter, candy, vanilla. My grown children love to receive quilts and wall hangings and I love to give them because I know they cherish them.
    teeitup1@tampabay.rr.com

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  147. Thank you for the apron tutorial, think I may make them next year :)
    My favourite gift to make is shortbread and rum balls in the food line, . This year I sewed a heap of decorations for gifts. Thank you for the chance to win.

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  148. Wow what a good tutorial on mass producing aprons. I suppose you could us the same method to mass produce other things too. hmmm.... This year I am making microwave bowls. sewingblogsarefun at yahoo.dot com

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  149. Well that looks simple enough. Thanks for the tutorial. And of course the opportunity to win. My favorite Christmas gift so far is a quilt my mother gave me. It is a red/white and blue Texas Star.

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  150. I love my mothers homemade fudge, oh my gosh I am drooling right now hahaha!!
    smjohns63 at yahoo dot com

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  151. Thank you for sharing your apron technique. I could do that. One of my favorite homemade gifts is using my mother in laws hot chocolate mix recipe to make cone of chocolate that look like and ice cream cone. They are great for teachers and other quick gifts and have enough chocolate and marshmallows to make 4 cups.

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  152. I love any homemade gifts! I know they have been made with love and we could all use some more of that!

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  153. A wood skateboard made with a board and old roller skate wheels. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  154. Wonderful tutorial. Thanks for letting us visit.

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  155. I love homemade Christmas ornaments. I have a lot of them on my tree from years past.

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  156. I need to make those aprons, thanks. I always make Xmas ornaments. It's mug rugs this year. Thanks for giveawy

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  157. I'm giving sunglass cases and ornaments this year as the handmade stocking stuffer. They are going super quick. mrscwatson81@hotmail.com

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  158. I like to make reuseable shopping totes as gifts! :) Thanks for a chance to win! :)

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  159. This year I'm sewing up potholders and machine embroider tea towels.

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