Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A Crafty Creative Christmas Guest Anne from Craft Gossip

Have you entere your Christmas projects here?
Have you entered for your chance to win 3 patterns from Sweetie Pie Bakery here?
Have you enetered to for you chance to win the giveaway from Simply Sweet Home here?

 I'm so excited for today's guest Anne and her really neat craft she is sharing with us today. You may know her better as the sewing editor over at Craft Gossip. Please Welcom Anne!

Hey everyone!! My name is Anne and I'm the sewing editor over at Craft Gossip. I am so inspired by all of the creativity out there in the blogosphere, and I use the Craft Gossip sewing blog to highlight awesome sewing projects and tutorials every day. If sewing isn't your thing, we have editors for a wide variety of crafts. There's sure to be an area (or two, or three) that matches your crafty pursuits. Check us out!

Thank you, Heather, for inviting me to be part of your Crafty Creative Christmas series!! I'm excited to show you a quick, easy Christmas gift you can make. Or, you can be selfish and keep it for yourself. I won't tell.

Years ago, someone gave me a bread basket with a fabric napkin to wrap around the rolls and little warming pouch that tucked underneath. When Heather asked me to be part of the Crafty Creative Christmas series, I thought that it would be neat to make a similar breadwarmer basket you could use at your Christmas dinner or give as a Christmas present.

My version of the breadwarmer basket has a large square napkin made from two layers of fabric so it's reversible. My photo above shows it with the green side out. The lining is kind of a olive yellow print. The little warming pouch underneath the napkin is a beanbag filled with rice.

I've designed it so you can make the napkin and the warming pouch from just two fat quarters of quilting cotton. Even with designer fat quarters, this project cost me less than $10 to make. It's also a quick project, so this would be a good gift for friends, coworkers, teachers, etc. I think this would also make a nice hostess gift, especially if you filled it with warm bread!

What you need:

2 fat quarters, each a different print. I preshrunk my fat quarters, but that's just me.

1 1/4 cup uncooked rice

Inexpensive bread basket. There's really a lot of flexibility in the size/shape of the basket you use. The bread basket I used was roughly 4 inches tall, with a 5" diameter at the bottom and a 12" diameter at the top.

Here's how to make it:

1. Cut a 18" square from each fat quarter. Sometimes the fat quarters aren't cut exactly square, so it may be that you can only get a 17" square. That's fine. Save the strips you cut off the ends. We'll use them to make the warming pouch.

2. Layer the squares right sides together. Stitch around all four edges with 1/4" seam allowance, leaving 2" open to turn it right side out.

3. Clip your corners. I tend to be brutal, cutting first across the corner and then trimming a little more off of each side.

4. Turn the napkin right side out, and press the edges straight and the corners as sharp as you can.

5. Topstitch around the napkin close to the edge. Your topstitching will sew the opening shut.

6. Your reversible napkin is done!!

Now, on to the warming pouch.

7. Remember your scraps left over from when you cut your fat quarter down to a square? Piece them together and then cut two 6 1/2" squares. You could piece them so there's a solid color on each side, or piece them so there's a contrast stripe. It's up to you, and really it won't be seen that much anyway. I opted for stripes.

8. Now you're going to sew these squares together just like you did the larger squares for the napkin. Place the pieced squares right sides together and sew around all 4 edges with 1/4' seam allowance, leaving a small opening so you can turn it right side out. Clip your corners. Turn it right side out and iron your edges all nice and neat.

9. Get a funnel and fill your little pouch with 1 1/4 cup uncooked rice. I couldn't take a photo of this step because it took two hands to hold the funnel and pour the rice.

10. Now all we need to do is sew that opening shut. You have a couple of choices. You could just topstitch all the way across the side with the opening, or you could do what I did and topstitch all the way around the pouch. I will say that it was a bit of a pain to keep shifting all that rice away from the needle, but because I was using contrasting thread I thought it looked nicer to have the consistency of the topstitching around all 4 edges.

Whichever method you choose, be careful when you take your filled pouch to your sewing machine. You don't want rice spilling out everywhere while you're sewing!! I just used my fingers to keep the rice pushed out of the way while I stitched.

Your breadwarmer basket is done!!

The warming pouch can be zapped in the microwave for 1-2 minutes and then placed in the bottom of the basket.

Lay the napkin on top and then fill with rolls or fresh breads, and close the napkin up over the top. The heated pouch will keep your bread warm and toasty while it's sitting out on the table. Mmmmmm!!!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A Crafty Creative Christmas Gueast Simply Sweet Home

Have you entered your Christmas projects into the Christmas link up here?
Have you entere the Sweetie Pie Bakery Pattern giveaway here?
Todoay I'm so excited to announce that we have have the very talented Jerri from Simply Sweet Home sharing a Christmas craft with us today. Jerri is also doing an awesome giveaway for us today so make sure to go check it out over here, you wont want to miss it! Welcome Jerri!



Hi  Me Making Do readers!  My name is Jerri, and and I'm really excited to be guesting posting here today for A Crafty Creative Christmas!

I'm a loving wife. My husband Mark and I are celebrating our 5 year wedding anniversary this December. We don't have any kids yet, so our world revolves around two "cat children."


I'm the owner of the blog Simply Sweet Home where I  feature recipes, product reviews/giveaways, and other fun ideas to help make your home a "simply sweet" home.  And I also have an Etsy shop called Simply Sweet Creations, where I sell handmade jewelry and accessories.

Today I've got some Christmas pillow boxes to share with you.  These could be used to put little candies in, to hand out at your Christmas party, or you could use them as favor boxes.  I've also used these to put jewelry in.

What You Need:
Card Stock
Wrapping Paper
Glue Stick

First choose some festive wrapping papers. For small boxes, paper with smaller patterns works best.

Take a piece of wrapping paper, and use glue stick to cover a piece of card stock with the paper. (If you'd like the insides of your boxes to have designs too, you can add paper to each side, but that's not necessary.) Now you've got some festive material for your pillow boxes!

If you have a Cricut or Silhouette machine, you can easily cut out your pillow boxes using that.  But if you're like me, and you don't have one, then you'll have to cut these out by hand.

To do this, you'll need a template like this:
You can find a printable version here.  Or you can go to Google, and just search for "Pillow Box Template," and you'll find others.

After you print out your template, cut it out, and then use it to trace the pillow box on to the plain side of the cardstock. (Don't worry about tracing the fold lines)

After you've got the pillow box cut out, fold it long ways (like a book), down the middle, as shown below:

Photo Credit

At this point I used tape to make a seam from the two sides.


Next just fold in the flaps on each end, and you've got a pillow box!  You can also add names tags, bows, or other embellishments if you have to fancy it up!


Thanks again to Heather for having me on today! Hope you guys will stop by my blog some time!

Don't forget to go check out the awesome giveaway Jerri is doing for us over here.

Monday, November 28, 2011

A Crafty Creative Christmas Guest T-Shirt Diaries

Have you linked up your Christmas projects here?

Today we have the fun and Crafty Robin from the T-Shirt Diaries sharing a fun project with us. Welcome Robin!

Thank you so much for letting me share this easy Christmas gift idea at:


I am more than honored to be able to guest post and hope to like it.

The idea started because I need to have warm ears when I run.

I also have a serious need to look cute when I run, and shop, and pretty much do just about everything. So how do you look cute with a headband? Add an easy flower made of an old upcycled shirt of course.

You will need:

  • Headbands (I bough mine at JoAnn Fabrics for $1.49 each)
  • An old satin shirt or skirt (Thrift it! You will find amazing designs, colors, and prices)
  • Hot glue
  • A candle
  • Brads
  • A sparkly button (optional)
 Start by cutting your repurposed satin fabric (This was an old Limited brand shirt) into six circles of varying sizes.

I like to stack them on top of each other to make sure that they are truly varying in size. Not necessary, but kind of fun.

You will begin to singe the edges of the reused fabric. I like to work with a relatively new candle and then I just slowly work the fabric around as it melts into a crinkly round floral leaf. Make sure that the edges are truly singed so they do not fray.

Once you are done you will stack the upcycled satin rounds from largest to smallest and work your brad through the middle of it. You will pierce the brad through the headband.

Here is the front:

Take a little hot glue and glue the bottom leaf to the headband.

If you were going to add a little sparkly bling you would place a button or jewel on top of the brad.

Now put on your headband and enjoy!

Thank you so much for letting me share this headband tutorial at A Crafty and Creative Christmas and please come visit me at for more fun eco-friendly holiday gift ideas.

Happy Upcycling,


Sunday, November 27, 2011

A Crafty Creative Christmas Guest and Giveaway with Sweetie Pie Bakery

Have you entered your Christmas projects into the Christmas link up here?

Today we have the funJessi from Sweetie Pie Bakery, you may know her from her famous Sweetie Pie Bakery Felt Food Patterns which she is sharing one with us today plus giving three away, how exciting! So please welcome Jessi from Sweetie Pie Bakery!

Hello!  My name is Jessi and I blog over at Sweetie Pie Bakery.  I often blog about sewing and raising my two little red heads, Ephraim and Aeris.  I love sewing clothes, refashioning and felt plushies-you can check out my projects here.  I also have a shop with loads of felt sewing patterns!

Today, I'm sharing a FREE pattern with you all for some Felt Rock Candy!

This is a such a fun sparkly treat and would be a great little stocking stuffer. You can click this link to download the free pattern.  It comes in a recipe card format-sweet, right? ;)  And since we're Sweetie Pie Bakery, and so sweet, I'm offering a GIVEAWAY! 

One winner will receive their choice of any THREE patterns in the Sweetie Pie Bakery shop!  This giveaway is only open to Sweetie Pie Bakery followers. 

Keep in touch!  
To enter this giveaway:

1. Be a follower of Sweetie Pie Bakery leave a leave a comment here letting me know that you are.
2. Visit Sweetie Pie Bakery Shop and let me know which three patterns you would choose.
3. Be a follower of Me Making Do and leave a comment letting me know you are.
4. Blog, tweet, facebook this giveaway and leave a comment here letting me know you have.
This giveaway ends December 2 at midnight comments after that will not be considered!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

A Crafty Creative Christmas Guest To Sew With Love

Have you linked up your Christmas projects here?

Today we have another very talented guest blogger and she has a great gift idea to share wth us all. Please Welcome Lelanie from To Sew With Love!

Hi there, Making Me Do fans! We are the ladies behind To Sew With Love and we are really excited to be guest-posting for Heather today.

If you are a DIY-er like us, then you would most probably be making handmade items as Christmas gifts. 

Today, we are sharing with you a quick tutorial of a eyeglasses/sunglasses sleeve. It would take you less than 15 mins. to make one! I am making many of these to give away on Christmas.

The measurement I used for this sleeve is 8" (W) x 9" (L), however feel free to change it depending on the size of the sunglasses or eyeglasses.

You will need:

 1 inner and 1 outer fabric
iron-on interfacing
faux pearl bead

First and foremost, iron-on your interfacing on the wrong side of each of your fabric.

Take a round item (I used a roll of packaging tape) and trace unto one of the edges of your fabric pieces.

Following your traced round edge, cut it carefully with a pair of scissors.

Get your outer fabric and sew on the lace.

With the remaining lace, I created a flower by creating pleats and had handsewn it on the fabric and added a faux pearl bead on top.

Sew on your tag. You can sew it on your inner fabric or on the outer fabric if you'd like your tag outside. Make sure you sew it on the side of your piece (the rounded edge will be the top side of our sleeve)

Place your fabrics right sides together (so the interfaced sides will be facing you). Sew them together with straight stitches leaving an area unsewn (2") so you can turn your piece later.

Cut the tip of the these edges.

Clip the rounded edges.

Carefully, turn it inside out.

Mark until where you would be sewing it close.

Topstitch the top of your sleeve (with the rounded sides) but only until 1" after the blue mark (as seen above)

Fold in half, inner fabric facing you, and sew two straight stitches with backtracks only to close the side.

Lift your foot with the needle down and turn your fabric until your fabric's side is parallel to the length of your presser foot.

Sew all the way down.

And the bottom. 

Turn it inside out and you now have your sunglasse or eyeglasses sleeve!

This sunglasses sleeve, however, is a part of a bigger set comprised of a carry-all, a make-up bag  made out of this tutorial we shared months ago and of course, the sunglasses sleeve!

Here's another shot of the set!

I hope you liked our tutorial and hope you can use it to create gift items this yuletide season!

If you have time, come and visit us at

Thanks, Heather, for having us here and have a fun, creative and crafty day everyone!




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