Monday, November 11, 2019

Stitch It and Gift It Blog Hop

This is a Hop that is right up my alley.  Thanks Carla for the great idea.  Everyone I know has something that I have made.  OK, they have lots of things I have made.  I have a group of 5 or 6 crafty buddies who have great collections of samples of what I'm working on and I have a collection of theirs. So what else can I do when I find a small sweet item that I really enjoy making, I find a group or organization who can use them.

Since I started crafting I generally made more than one of anything I tried  that took under 2- 3 hours to make.  Thus the collections to friends .Since I've retired and have more time, well you get the picture.

I've made lots of Mug Rugs . You can see this group individually if you go to the link



They went to a group of Vets from an  Honor Flight trip that a friend of mine was a guardian,

I also work with a team for Operation Shoebox that makes para cord bracelets for our troops which lead me to making a bunch of childrens bracelets for Operation Christmas Child, which is a holiday effort under the international organization "Samaritan's Purse".



Another fun item I have made lots of are Crochet/knitted Pin Cushions



This group went to Angel Snugs for a fund raiser.

I am an active member of The Big Cypress Chapter,of  the Quilt Guild of the Villages, Fl. One of our chapter's Charity projects is to make Preemie Quilts for a local Hospitals NIC unit.  I have the privilege to chair this group of amazingly productive ladies.

Our ladies make tiny quilts(11 x 11 and 17 x 17) for Christmas, Halloween, 4th of July and Easter.  The hospital has made arrangements with a photographer to take photos of these wonderful little ones to celebrate their first holidays and our little quilts add to the celebration. Our group delivers 90 - 100 quilts per holiday.



I supervise the project I don't actually sew for it.  I do take all the scrap fabric back and make something small for all of my wonderful volunteers



Easter Goodie Bags




Last year I made Drawer String Bags using

Drawer string bags for last years Christmas treats



approx 4 in across, 3.5 in high,3/4 in deep

The pattern is The Tinkalong Pouch Sewing Pattern the pattern is for the 2 larger pouches, to get to the tiny one she suggests taking the smaller of the two patterns down to 65%, it works like a charm.



And this year while the group is busy sewing together our Christmas quilts I am using the scraps to make "in the hoop" zip pouches totally  from the scraps from the mini's including the batting.. I did hit a couple of bumps in the road.  I made the first couple with no issues,


then I apparently got cocky and ended up with a pouch that has the batting on the outside.


 Did a couple more and made one where I forgot to open the zipper before stitching and had to do a bunch of ripping of embroidered stitches to free it up and fix. Hind sight says it would have been quicker to toss it and start over.


Then I thought I'd try stabilizer that was sticky and put it in the hoop upside down and broke a needle into 3 pieces and now need to replace this piece that has all the needle holes in it because it stuck to the bottom of the hoop and I tried to sew through it.

All in all a learning experience but so worth it to be able to thank these great volunteers.  So far I have 30 done of the 50 I need by the first week in Dec.

Now for having the patience to read all of this I am offering a chance to win a couple of these pouches.  I will pick a winner on Sunday, November 17 from those of you who took the time to leave a comment.  In the comment let me know if you want a holiday themed or if you have a favorite color group for me to sew from.

Again thanks to Carla for another fun idea for us to run with.  Here is a list of all or the participants in this hop.  You will be so happy that you took the time to stop by and visit each and every one.  Til next time.














49 comments:

  1. You’ve stitched up lots of delightful gifties and created lots of smiles in the process.

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  2. You have been busy. The pouches are a great idea. Childrens fabrics would work well

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  3. Good Morning, I love all of crafts and to benefit such wonderful causes. The holiday gift bags are so cute and great for fitting in a little gift, especially as the children get older and they want gift cards so they can choose their own presents. Thanks for the links. I love the Christmas bags. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Susie xx

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  4. I'm loving the gift bags. Thanks for sharing this great gift idea.

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  5. You have made some great items for charity over the years. I especially love those Easter bags!

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  6. Great projects and gifting ideas. Love the NICU blankets. My sewing group, Inverness Quilters, Inverness FL, just finished up a Christmas stocking project. We created stockings and then stuffed them with all sorts of goodies for the parents and children at a local women's abuse shelter. We did the same for the newborns at a local hospital - baby blankets, bibs, burp cloths, etc. We also make quilts of all sizes for the women's shelter and crib quilts for the newborns. There is such a satisfaction with gifting to others.
    Donna Weeks (aka Momma Llama)

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  7. Wow girl! You are so busy and so ambitious. You’ve also got a fabulously generous heart and are so kind to think so much of others. Your projects and gifts are wonderful. Very clever ideas and unique gifts. Oh gosh, who of us haven’t sewn that darn batting to the outside and forgot to open that darn zipper before sewing it all around. Haha. I like the idea of this fun blog hop to get some new inspiration for sewn gift ideas.

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  8. You made me laugh, saying you got a little 'cocky'. I do it all the time myself! Love all the ideas you've selected for gifts! There are no special holidays I like more than another. Every day is a special day!

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  9. I love all of your projects. I really need to make those pincushions- they look so cute and I have lots of yarn scraps.

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  10. You are amazing. Your giving heart shines bright. Thank you for all these ideas. You make me want to skip work and go sew.

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  11. ha ha I laughed at the zipper on the outside and the batting, I've done that SO MANY TIMES!!

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  12. You inspire me to go sew!! I love your giving heart and the projects that you have made. The Christmas bags are very nice and would be put to great use. I, too, have sew that bobbin cover. I didn't replace mine, it still has those stitch lines in it!!

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  13. Great projects, thanks s much for sharing!

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  14. You are my biggest inspiration for donation items and I love all of these! You never cease to amaze me with all you accomplish. I love those little drawstring bags better than mine. Thanks for sharing!

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  15. LOL! Good for you for sticking to your project, persisting through the ripping out. Been there, done that more often than I care to confess. Thanks for sharing!

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  16. Great gifting ideas all! Those little zipper pouches are adorable. So many and so very cute! You make them look sew easy ... :) Pat

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  17. I love the little chicken and rabbit ears bags. Very cute.

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  18. The mug rugs are so fun, plus the little tinkalong bags!

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  19. How clever of you to create holiday-themed bags from the scraps!!! They are adorable!!! Throwing away perfectly good material just because I made mistake is really hard...it goes against my frugal upbringing! You are a prolific producer of fine fabric philanthropy!!!

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  20. What cute bags! I love them ... and all my grandgirls love a pretty drawstring bag, too! And mug rugs are always a favorite. Great share, thank you! :)

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  21. Goodness, you've been SEW productive!!!

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  22. Great donation ideas! I think we all have those days when something doesn't work out right. Sew on!

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  23. What fun ideas to give to others. Thanks for sharing!

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  24. You certainly keep busy!! All of your projects are great! I love in-the-hoop projects. They're a real time saver, but sometimes I make so many mistakes it would have just been easier to sew it by hand. If I win one of your bags, I would love to have a Christmas one.

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  25. These are great ideas for little gifts; I love those pouches and I would love one of your holiday bags!

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  26. All great ideas for gifts. Thank you.

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  27. Those bags are adorable--the Disney bags top the cuteness scale! If I'm the winner I'll be happy with anything you choose, I'm sure. I had to laugh at the bag with the batting on the outside. I've made a kennel quilt (or perhaps even two) that looked very much like that.

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  28. What a lovely bunch of gifts. I too have things happen like the batting on the outside...just when you think you're almost done with the project too! I am easy to please and would be grateful for any item! Thanks for sharing.

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  29. Wow, you are a machine! What a wonderful group of smalls for all the charities. Thanks, too, for the links. Fun!

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  30. i am very impressed by ALL the things you make! God bless you for all you do for charity!
    If I should be lucky enough to win-SURPRISE me! Thank you!

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  31. Wow--you have been so busy with so many worthwhile projects. Would love to win one of your non-holiday versions--I like Fall colors.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

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  32. Wow! you found so many things to stitch to gift! I don't like any kind of sticky with my embroidery machine. Did you try using a very fine 500 grit sanding paper to smooth the cover plate for the machine? Merry Christmas!

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  33. You are amazing at all you do. Thank you for having such a giving soul, and using it to bring joy to those who really need it!

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  34. Wow so many amazing charities. You are awesome. Lots of great projects too.

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  35. Wow, you are productive! I make small items between quilts but only a couple of each. Thanks for sharing.

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  36. Wow, you are the girl! I love the idea of mini quilts for the holidays at the hospitals! I bought a kit for a para cord bracelet a few years back for a little girl. Neither of us could figure out how the heck to put it together. I wonder if it ever happened? LOL!! My biggest laugh was over the batting on the outside of your mini quilt. One of my quilt club BFF's was making kennel quilts and did the same thing. She was not a happy camper! hahahahaha

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  37. What a great list of charitable gifts! You really inspire me. Thanks for sharing!

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  38. Wow! I love the idea of the mug rugs for Veterans on Honor Flights, a nice little memento.

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  39. Such great charitable gifts - you rock! I've made many mug rugs but not a tinkalong bag - neat idea! Thanks for sharing your ideas, talents & "giftiness" with all of us. Any seasonal fall fabric works for me!

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  40. I love Christmas theme or purples. Thanks for the ideas!

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  41. Wow, so many great gifts (and I know about learning experiences). I love anything purple or floral. Thanks!

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  42. My goodness - you make a lot of cute little goodies!

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  43. Your bag ideas are so cute, I linked to your post on my post because I wanted to make sure everyone sees the fun ideas. Have a great day!

    Brandy

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  44. Thank you for all the ideas,I like purple and orange

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  45. So inspiring to see all the wonderful gifts that you have made.

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  46. What a lot of good you've done this year ... and every year, I expect. Thanks for sharing these, especially the cute tiny quilts and the gifts you make for your sewers.

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  47. These are great gift ideas! They are all lovely and can be stitched up pretty quick. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  48. Such lovely projects Selina! You have been busy :) Thanks for sharing all these great ideas! xx

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