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Christmas Cookie Exchange, a Party Craft Idea and some winners!

16 Dec
It was so fun meeting new friends Tuesday at my Holiday Cookie Exchange. Thank you to everyone who came. And for those of you who couldn’t come, I am hoping to make this an annual party, so maybe you will be able to join us next year!

I found the idea for a fun chalkboard tree picture in the Seattle Magazine. I just loved the idea, and decided to make a Chalkboard Tree for the Cookie Exchange.
I had a frame, and I covered the frame with some canvas that I had in my fabric stash. My canvas wasn’t long enough, so I sewed two pieces together. I covered the underlying board with the fabric and secured it with Gorilla Tape.
Then I freehanded a tree on the canvas. I painted chalkboard paint on the tree. To get the edges smooth, just load up the paintbrush with paint and gently brush the paint along the pencil edges. On the bottom of the tree, I drew a box and then cut out some fabric and hot glued it onto the canvas.
It was fun to have the guests sign the tree with season wishes or just adutograph it when they came into the party!
It would also be a fun thing to do for a birthday. You could paint a package and use ribbon to “wrap” the present. Or, for a New Year’s Eve Party — you could paint a clock, or the year.
Everyone brought such amazing cookies!!
And thank you to Amy from Living Locurto for the great FREE Cookie Party Printables  — download them for FREE on her blog!!
And here are some winners! 
The Little Black Dress $30 Shop Credit —
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THREE Winners of  Pretty Things For You Party Packages:
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1. Selissa @ All Palmer
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3. Mimi @ Living in France
$25 shop credit to Parties by Hardie:
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$40 shop credit to Photo Making Jewelry:
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XOXO
PS — It’s another great day on the Holly Bloggy Christmas Party
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with a Recipe Party and fantastic Giveaways (hint – Lisa Leonard). 
So link up your recipes and see all the delicious creations!! 
YUM!

Advent Calendar from a Scratch-n-Dent Door!

9 Dec
I was at Ikea a few months ago. And you know that side room where they keep all the scratch and dent stuff? Well I found a big door in there for $4!! I was so excited. The other Ikea shoppers were looking at me like I was nuts. Who is that crazy lady who is giggling about some random, scratched up door?? I was going to make some Christmas Subway Art with it, but the wall I wanted to put it on wasn’t big enough for this big old door. So it sat in my garage for a couple months.

Then when I got my Christmas boxes out, I found my little musical advent cones that I made and embellished last year and thought that instead of hanging them on my tree this year, that maybe I could turn that old door into an advent board.
So I headed down to my favorite Home Depot. Did I tell you they offered me a job in there because I show up so much?? hahahaha. I picked up some picture hanging cable and some 0-eye screws.
I decided that the white door was way too white, so I used my little mouse sander to distress it a little. Then I put some Walnut Stain over the whole thing and rubbed it into the the edges real well.  I measured the board and decided that I could make 7 rows of wire 7 inches apart.
So I marked it off with a pencil. And then drilled pilot holes with my screwdriver. And then screwed those 0-eye screw in. Then I cut off some of the picture hanging cable and twisted it around the 0-eye screw really well. I used my pliers to get it real tight. Then I stretched it out to the other 0-eye and twisted it on as tightly as I could. I did that 7 times.

I also found some great keyhole hangers that fit flush against the wall – they are great.
I love this project because I am using it as an advent board right now, but I plan to leave it up all year. It can be a message board and a place for the kids’ to hang their artwork, messages, pictures or other cards that we get throughout the year.
See how practical I am???
Here is the tutorial if you want to make the Advent Cones
And there’s also a free template printable there so you can cut them right out.
I went to the Dollar Store and filled my cones with some awesome stuff — they had chocolate coal at the Dollar Store, isn’t that fun? Plus, I found holiday erasers, pens, lollipops, and pencils. And on the 24th I am going to put in Movie tickets in envelopes and we are going to go see a Christmas movie together that day!!
And to go along with each day, I have added an activity.
Here’s the advent list I made up for this year:
Watch It’s a Wonderful Life
Wrap Up Christmas book and then open one each day.
Make Christmas Cookies and doorbell ditch them to the neighbors.
Find Mistletoe, hang it in our house and kiss under it.
Address and Mail Christmas Cards
Go to Bookstore and buy a new Christmas book to read.
See The Nutcracker
Have a Cookie Exchange
Go Ice Skating
Decorate Gingerbread Houses
Ride Trax downtown to see the lights.
Make a snowman and then drink hot cocoa.
Go sledding
Do a kind deed
Make a gift basket for a lonely neighbor or friend
Have a Snowball Fight
Make and Deliver neighbor Gifts
Talk about Christmas in other countries
Make a Gingerbread house
Decorate the Tree
Make Homemade Marshmallows and Fudge
Make Fondue and eat it watching Miracle on 34th Street.
Drive around to see the lights.
Go caroling
Act out the Nativity Story
Open one gift before Christmas
Make Rice Pudding with 1 almond, then give a present to the person who gets the almond.
Ride the Christmas Train
Go to the movie theater and see the latest Christmas movie.
Hang the picture of Grandpa and fill his stocking with memories
Write a letter to Santa
Make sugar cookies
Sign up for the Giving Tree and buy items for a needy family.
Host a Christmas Eve Brunch and invite all of our friends.
Clean out old toys to donate to children in need
Watch Elf
Go to a Christmas Concert
Watch It’s a Wonderful Life
Make gooey Caramel Corn
Do YOU have an Advent Calendar — if so, what kind do you use?
xoxo

PS — I am working on a Ruffle Tree forest today. The tutorial will be coming up tonight or tomorrow 🙂

PPS — Don’t miss the Tatertot and Jello Facebook Giveway TODAY ONLY
and win a RED or GREEN Mugsy and Lulu Madcap accessory!!
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Great for under a helmet, the madcap keeps hair from falling into your sporty girl’s eyes. For non-sports, the kerchief-style madcap is a cool solution for girls.The cap is available in 8 fun colors to match all of your stylish one’s outfits.

Advent Calendar from a Scratch-n-Dent Door!

9 Dec
I was at Ikea a few months ago. And you know that side room where they keep all the scratch and dent stuff? Well I found a big door in there for $4!! I was so excited. The other Ikea shoppers were looking at me like I was nuts. Who is that crazy lady who is giggling about some random, scratched up door?? I was going to make some Christmas Subway Art with it, but the wall I wanted to put it on wasn’t big enough for this big old door. So it sat in my garage for a couple months.

Then when I got my Christmas boxes out, I found my little musical advent cones that I made and embellished last year and thought that instead of hanging them on my tree this year, that maybe I could turn that old door into an advent board.
So I headed down to my favorite Home Depot. Did I tell you they offered me a job in there because I show up so much?? hahahaha. I picked up some picture hanging cable and some 0-eye screws.
I decided that the white door was way too white, so I used my little mouse sander to distress it a little. Then I put some Walnut Stain over the whole thing and rubbed it into the the edges real well.  I measured the board and decided that I could make 7 rows of wire 7 inches apart.
So I marked it off with a pencil. And then drilled pilot holes with my screwdriver. And then screwed those 0-eye screw in. Then I cut off some of the picture hanging cable and twisted it around the 0-eye screw really well. I used my pliers to get it real tight. Then I stretched it out to the other 0-eye and twisted it on as tightly as I could. I did that 7 times.

I also found some great keyhole hangers that fit flush against the wall – they are great.
I love this project because I am using it as an advent board right now, but I plan to leave it up all year. It can be a message board and a place for the kids’ to hang their artwork, messages, pictures or other cards that we get throughout the year.
See how practical I am???
Here is the tutorial if you want to make the Advent Cones
And there’s also a free template printable there so you can cut them right out.
I went to the Dollar Store and filled my cones with some awesome stuff — they had chocolate coal at the Dollar Store, isn’t that fun? Plus, I found holiday erasers, pens, lollipops, and pencils. And on the 24th I am going to put in Movie tickets in envelopes and we are going to go see a Christmas movie together that day!!
And to go along with each day, I have added an activity.
Here’s the advent list I made up for this year:
Watch It’s a Wonderful Life
Wrap Up Christmas book and then open one each day.
Make Christmas Cookies and doorbell ditch them to the neighbors.
Find Mistletoe, hang it in our house and kiss under it.
Address and Mail Christmas Cards
Go to Bookstore and buy a new Christmas book to read.
See The Nutcracker
Have a Cookie Exchange
Go Ice Skating
Decorate Gingerbread Houses
Ride Trax downtown to see the lights.
Make a snowman and then drink hot cocoa.
Go sledding
Do a kind deed
Make a gift basket for a lonely neighbor or friend
Have a Snowball Fight
Make and Deliver neighbor Gifts
Talk about Christmas in other countries
Make a Gingerbread house
Decorate the Tree
Make Homemade Marshmallows and Fudge
Make Fondue and eat it watching Miracle on 34th Street.
Drive around to see the lights.
Go caroling
Act out the Nativity Story
Open one gift before Christmas
Make Rice Pudding with 1 almond, then give a present to the person who gets the almond.
Ride the Christmas Train
Go to the movie theater and see the latest Christmas movie.
Hang the picture of Grandpa and fill his stocking with memories
Write a letter to Santa
Make sugar cookies
Sign up for the Giving Tree and buy items for a needy family.
Host a Christmas Eve Brunch and invite all of our friends.
Clean out old toys to donate to children in need
Watch Elf
Go to a Christmas Concert
Watch It’s a Wonderful Life
Make gooey Caramel Corn
Do YOU have an Advent Calendar — if so, what kind do you use?
xoxo

PS — I am working on a Ruffle Tree forest today. The tutorial will be coming up tonight or tomorrow 🙂

PPS — Don’t miss the Tatertot and Jello Facebook Giveway TODAY ONLY
and win a RED or GREEN Mugsy and Lulu Madcap accessory!!
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http://mugsyandlulu.com/publishImages/about~~element35.jpg

Mad Caps — A stylish way for girls to tame their tresses. Part headband, part bandana, all comfy ringspun cotton, the madcap is the stylish solution for girls on the go.

Great for under a helmet, the madcap keeps hair from falling into your sporty girl’s eyes. For non-sports, the kerchief-style madcap is a cool solution for girls.The cap is available in 8 fun colors to match all of your stylish one’s outfits.

Christmas Subway Art Pillow Tutorial & a few winners!

23 Nov

You know how much I love Subway Art. I just had to try my hand at a Subway Art Pillow.

{Click on the Read More button for the full tutorial and to see the giveaway winners}

Subway Art Christmas Pillow Tutorial

Here’s what I did: 

  • I figured out the size of pillow that I wanted to make. Then I split the pillow up into a green part which is smaller and a red part which is larger. It ended up being 5 inches in height for the green and 8 inches in height for the red. Then I sewed the two pieces together. 

  • I decided to make an envelope back so I added 6 inches to the width of the back and cut the back in two — so the back overlaps by three inches. I sewed the pillow together.
  • I used my Silhouette and Heat Transfer Vinyl for the letters. I love that stuff!
 
  • I laid it all out on my computer and then cut it on my Silhouette.
 
  •  Then I ironed on the lettering. Note — Do NOT let the heat transfer material overlap like I did. It makes the heat transfer material stick to the vinyl. Very bad!
 
  • The last thing I did was make a flower for a little extra embellishment. I attached the flower to the pillow and voila I was done!! 
 
Now I have a little Christmas Subway Art to ring in the Holiday Season!!
I just love my new pillow! 
 

And, speaking of Silhouette — have you entered to win the Silhouette giveaway I am hosting right now?? 
I can’t wait to see who wins!

Here are a couple winners from last week: 

The winner of the Darling Memories  
Virtual Christmas Card Package is — 

#11 — 
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 Vivienne @ The V Spot 

There is still time for all of you who would like to make a Virtual Christmas Card – 

Becca is offering a 10% discount for anyone who signs up by Wednesday!!
Simply her at  rebecca@darlingmemoriesdvd.com and say “I want a Virtual Christmas Card!!” to lock in your special price!  

 The winner of the THREE Subway Art Kits from  
Makia Creations is — 
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 That One Girl

Be sure to check out Makia Creations, where you can make a wonderful project with your girlfriends by signing up for a crafting party! 


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 And the winner of the Zig Zag Quilt from Honeybear Lane is — 
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#215
Through My Eyes

Remember Honeybear Lane for wonderful handmade quilts and gifts!

I’m linking up to these fabulous parties  – check them out!!
  

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xoxo

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Christmas Subway Art Pillow Tutorial & a few winners!

23 Nov

You know how much I love Subway Art. I just had to try my hand at a Subway Art Pillow.

{Click on the Read More button for the full tutorial and to see the giveaway winners}

Subway Art Christmas Pillow Tutorial

Here’s what I did: 

  • I figured out the size of pillow that I wanted to make. Then I split the pillow up into a green part which is smaller and a red part which is larger. It ended up being 5 inches in height for the green and 8 inches in height for the red. Then I sewed the two pieces together. 

  • I decided to make an envelope back so I added 6 inches to the width of the back and cut the back in two — so the back overlaps by three inches. I sewed the pillow together.
  • I used my Silhouette and Heat Transfer Vinyl for the letters. I love that stuff!
 
  • I laid it all out on my computer and then cut it on my Silhouette.
 
  •  Then I ironed on the lettering. Note — Do NOT let the heat transfer material overlap like I did. It makes the heat transfer material stick to the vinyl. Very bad!
 
  • The last thing I did was make a flower for a little extra embellishment. I attached the flower to the pillow and voila I was done!! 
 
Now I have a little Christmas Subway Art to ring in the Holiday Season!!
I just love my new pillow! 
 

And, speaking of Silhouette — have you entered to win the Silhouette giveaway I am hosting right now?? 
I can’t wait to see who wins!

Here are a couple winners from last week: 

The winner of the Darling Memories  
Virtual Christmas Card Package is — 

#11 — 
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 Vivienne @ The V Spot 

There is still time for all of you who would like to make a Virtual Christmas Card – 

Becca is offering a 10% discount for anyone who signs up by Wednesday!!
Simply her at  rebecca@darlingmemoriesdvd.com and say “I want a Virtual Christmas Card!!” to lock in your special price!  

 The winner of the THREE Subway Art Kits from  
Makia Creations is — 
#127
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 That One Girl

Be sure to check out Makia Creations, where you can make a wonderful project with your girlfriends by signing up for a crafting party! 


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 And the winner of the Zig Zag Quilt from Honeybear Lane is — 
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#215
Through My Eyes

Remember Honeybear Lane for wonderful handmade quilts and gifts!

I’m linking up to these fabulous parties  – check them out!!
  

Funky Junk's Saturday Nite SpecialUndertheTableandDreamingAll Thingz Related giveawaysLife as LoriThe Trendy TreehouseThe DIY Show OffTidy Mom I'm Lovin It FridaysBCD 125


http://vintagepollyanna.blogspot.com/

xoxo

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Guest Project — Make a Sentimental Christmas Ornament

18 Nov
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My sister got married about six months ago and, as an early Christmas present, I decided to make her a special 
wedding ornament. 
The process was simple and I’m super excited to share the tutorial with everyone!

Start with a glass ornament, scissors and your paper of choice–I used my sister’s wedding invitation.
Materials_Ornament
I then cut the paper into strips.
StepOne_Ornament
I rolled the strips around my finger to create little curly-ques and placed them inside the ornament.
Finished_Ornament
I love how the cream colored paper looks inside the ornament–almost vintage-like.
I’m super happy with the outcome!
What a sweet and sentimental ornament.
I love idea — and it’s something that you could make for anyone in your life and fill with things that are special to them!!
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Thank you for sharing it with us Megan! 
Megan has a new blog and loves to share her crafty projects.
She is an ad agency employee by day and closet writer, amateur chef and shoe fanatic by night!
Her blog High Tops and Lace has some really fun ideas and recipes!
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Croissants
Craft Night
{Girls Craft Night — looks so fun!}
If you have a chance, go on over to High Tops and Lace 
and give Megan some comment love.
xox

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Guest Project — Make a Sentimental Christmas Ornament

18 Nov
Finished_Ornament
My sister got married about six months ago and, as an early Christmas present, I decided to make her a special 
wedding ornament. 
The process was simple and I’m super excited to share the tutorial with everyone!

Start with a glass ornament, scissors and your paper of choice–I used my sister’s wedding invitation.
Materials_Ornament
I then cut the paper into strips.
StepOne_Ornament
I rolled the strips around my finger to create little curly-ques and placed them inside the ornament.
Finished_Ornament
I love how the cream colored paper looks inside the ornament–almost vintage-like.
I’m super happy with the outcome!
What a sweet and sentimental ornament.
I love idea — and it’s something that you could make for anyone in your life and fill with things that are special to them!!
30916_776348175552_68117019_42504601_4878446_n
Thank you for sharing it with us Megan! 
Megan has a new blog and loves to share her crafty projects.
She is an ad agency employee by day and closet writer, amateur chef and shoe fanatic by night!
Her blog High Tops and Lace has some really fun ideas and recipes!
Votives
Croissants
Craft Night
{Girls Craft Night — looks so fun!}
If you have a chance, go on over to High Tops and Lace 
and give Megan some comment love.
xox

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Guest Project — Reversible Family Photo Placemats PLUS Silhouette Ornaments!

14 Nov
Hands up if you love Christmas.  Hands up if you have a big old stash of fabric.  Hands up if you like to make very personalised, handmade Christmas presents.  Don’t know about you, but I’m all out of hands.  I’m Colleen Babcock from the Magic Bean. Crafter, sewer, art doll maker, designer, teacher and blogger.
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I made a set of completely reversible placemats with family photos printed on fabric and matching napkins rings for my wonderful mum for Christmas.  


I thought that these placemats with a Christmas theme on one side and an everyday look on the flip-side would be a great tutorial for my blog. 

One problem though – my mum reads my blog and my Christmas surprise would be spoiled.  

Luckily the wonderful Jen offered this orphaned tutorial a loving home.  So whether you make these placemats to give them as gifts or make them for yourself, you’ll have personalised place settings year round.  

What you need
Please note that amounts of fabric are not given here as you can make the placemats in any size and for any number of place settings. 
• Printer Ready Fabric sheets such as Jacquard’s Ink Jet Printing Cotton Sheets (available from www.joggles.com or good quilting shops)
• 6-7 co-ordinating cotton fabrics for the Christmas side of the placemats
• 6-7 co-ordinating cotton fabrics for the everyday side of the placemats
• Needle-punched cotton batting (wadding) such as Warm & Natural Brand
•  disappearing ink marker or chalk
• Standard sewing equipment such as sewing machine, thread, hand sewing needles, pins, shears etc
• Access to a home computer and printer
General Instructions
Read the instructions through before beginning.
All seam allowances are ¼” (6mm) unless otherwise stated.
Your stitch length should be set to 2-2.5 which is 12-13 stitches per inch.  Remember to backstitch at the beginning and end of every seam.
Note that there are no pattern pieces for this project.  Collect round objects from around the house in various sizes ranging from approximately 3” (7.6cm) in diameter to 7” (17.8cm) such as bowls, mugs and glasses to use as circle templates.  After tracing around the object with a disappearing ink marker or chalk, sew directly on the traced line.  Then, cut out around the seam leaving a ¼ ” (6mm) seam allowance. 
Print Photos onto Printer Ready Fabric
1. Select digital images for your placemats.  I used 2 photos on each side of my placemats, but you can use as many as you like.  Use an image-editing program or even into a word processing program like Microsoft Office Word to print your photos.  If you are unsure what software to use to print your photos, remember that if you can print the images onto paper, you can print them onto printer ready fabric sheets.  Resize the photos so that you will have a mix of larger and smaller photos to add interest.  Print out a test page on paper.  If your test is successful, follow the printer ready fabric manufacturer’s instructions to print the photos onto the printer ready fabric.  Feed each sheet into the printer one sheet at a time.  It is also usual to leave the paper backing on the fabric for a designated period of time after printing to allow the ink to dry fully.  Read and follow the instructions on the packaging to be sure that you are allowing the ink to dry sufficiently before proceeding.
Decide on the Size and Number of Your Placemats
2. Placemats vary widely in size.  Mine are a larger 17” x 12” (43.2 cm x 30.5cm) size, but 11½” x 8½” (29cm x 21.5cm) is another popular, smaller size.  To give you an idea of fabric requirements, 4 place settings in the larger size, required approximately 6-7 fat quarters of fabric for each side of the placemat.
3. Make a rectangular paper template to your desired size of placemat and set aside for now.
Make the Circles
Every circle is double-sided, with one side a Christmas fabric and the other, an everyday fabric.  Some of the circles will feature photos printed onto fabric.  For the photo circles, choose the side of the placemat where the photos will be placed, and back them in the fabric for the reversible side.  eg.  If you want the photo to be visible on the Christmas side, back it with an everyday fabric.  To make it easier, divide your fabric and photos into everyday and Christmas piles. 
4. To make a fabric circle, match the fabrics with rights sides together.   Trace around a circular object, such as a mug, with a disappearing ink marker or chalk on the wrong side of the fabric.  If you are using a photo printed onto fabric for one side of the circle, make sure the image is centred in the circle.  For a small circle mark an gap for an opening of about 1” (2.5cm) and for larger circles mark an opening of approximately 2” (5.1cm), at any point on the circle
5. Place the two fabrics with the traced circle facing up on top of a piece of batting (wadding).  Pin through all the layers.
Fig. 1
6. By machine, sew directly on the traced line all around the circle leaving the marked gap open. 
Fig. 2
7. Cut out the circle leaving a ¼” (6mm) seam allowance around the circle.
8. Trim the batting (wadding) close to the seam.  At the opening, trim the wadding  close to where the traced edge of the circle would be.
 Fig. 3
9. Turn the circle right side out through the opening.  Press. 
Fig. 4
10. Turn in the raw edges a ¼” (6mm) at the opening of the circle, so that the circle shape is as smooth as possible and press in place.
Fig. 5
11. Using a hand sewing needle and thread, ladder stitch the opening closed.  To do the ladder stitch, see the photo below.  I’ve used red thread so you can see the stitch better.  The blue lines indicate where the thread is travelling through the folded edge of the fabric.  When you pull the thread taut, the two bits of fabric butt together.  You should pull the thread taut as you go, but I have left it loose at the end here so you can see the stitch better.
Fig. 6 ladder stitch diagram
12. Continue to make circles in this manner, until you have enough circles to create a placemat.  Arrange the circles with the edges overlapped so that when placed on top of the placemat template that you created in step 3, the circles fill the fill the space.
Assemble the Placemats
13. Once you have an arrangement of circles that you are happy with, pin the circles together along their edges.  Flip the placemat over and check that the arrangement of circles on the everyday side is just as pleasing.  If not, rearrange the circles.
14. With the placemat on a flat surface, use a hand sewing needle and thread to ladder stitch the circles together where they overlap, making sure not to stitch through to the other side of the placemat – you don’t want your stitches to be visible on the other side!
This step takes time, so pop a great Christmas film in the DVD player and relax as you stitch.
Fig. 9
15. Flip the placemat over to the other side and ladder stitch any areas that overlap and are not yet securely stitched down.  Press.
16. Continue to make placemats in this manner until you have the desired number of place settings.
Make the Napkin Rings
Consider using a fabric for the napkin rings that suits the colour scheme of both sides of the placemats so that you can use them all year round.
17. Select digital photos to use for your napkin rings.  Consider using images of people by themselves if you want the napkin rings to double-up as place markers.  Print the images onto printer ready fabric as you did for the placemats, but this time use a consistent image size as all the circles for the napkin rings will be the same size.
18. To decorate your napkin rings, create fabric circles as you did for your placemats (see steps 4-11) with the photos on one side and a cotton fabric on the back. Use a smaller object such as a mug as your template for each circle.
19. To create the napkin ring itself, cut a piece of batting (wadding) 1½” x 6” (3.8cm x 15.2cm) and a piece of cotton fabric 3” x 6” (7.6cm x 15.2cm).
20. Fold the cotton fabric in half along the length with right sides together.  Place the strip of batting (wadding) on top of the folded cotton strip.
Sew across one short end of the strip and along the long side with the cut edges, leaving one end open. 
Fig. 10
21. Clip corners and trim the batting (wadding) close to the seams.  Turn the strip right side out through the opening.
Turn under the raw edges at the opening of the circle and press.  Ladder stitch the opening closed.
Form the strip into a loop and overlap the edges by ¼” (6mm).  Stitch the overlapped edges in place.
Fig. 11
 22. By hand, stitch the napkin rings to the centre back of fabric photo circles that you made in steps 17-18.
 Fig. 12
23. Continue to make napkin rings in this manner until you have one for each placemat.
Now all that is left to do is set the scene and the table for Christmas!
Things you might want to know about me
*I am Canadian by birth, but I live in London, England.  That’s why you might see some vocabulary in both North American lingo and in the Queen’s English.
*I love Elmo.  He is the cutest muppet.
*I drink enough tea to float a boat.
*I am married to the best man on Earth.  I adore my parents, family and friends.
*My first crafting love is making cloth art dolls, but I love to sew, knit, cook, bake, make cards, paint and I even do a bit of wood working. 
*I am a Christmas-a-holic.  In fact, I am so addicted to Christmas and so flattered that Jen wanted to feature my project here at Tatertots and Jello that I decided to give you more than one free Christmas tutorial. 
 So I designed these Regency Silhouette Christmas Ornaments, especially to coincide with my guest post here at Tatertots and Jello.
 
Visit my blog The Magic Bean to get the Austen-tatious tutorial. 
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© Colleen Babcock 2010, All Rights Reserved

Thanks so much Colleen! Those placemats are so clever and would make such a great Christmas gift! And those Silhouette ornaments are amazing!!
Go over to The Magic Bean to see all of Colleens creativity!! You will be glad you did! 
Crafters apron free pattern by Colleen Babcock
I love Colleen’s Crafter’s Apron Tutorial!!
Plush Photo Baby blocks
What an adorable gift these Soft Baby Photo Blocks would be!
Regency Ladies Silhoutte Ornament Tutorial
And of course — I adore these Silhouette Ornaments that Colleen is sharing today — go on over and check them out!!
XOXO
PS Coming up this week: 
A Beautiful giveaway tomorrowplus the Week of Giveaways end Monday night!
I finished my pantry AND my family picture wall!! 
I have a Thanksgiving Subway Art project to share
Plus a couple of my crafty friends are going to share some fantastic tutorials! 
And so much more!!

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