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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Sew a Quick and Easy Gift - or Two!

Are you a tea drinker? My daughter and I usually will have a cup of tea together in the afternoon when she comes home from school, before she rushes off to work and I rush off to pick up my little kindergarten guy. It's a nice time of day and it is nice to have something that we can enjoy with each other.

I was recently poking through some of the fun websites that I follow and found these darling little tea wallets that Stephanie made over at Loft Creations. She used a tutorial that Kimberly shared on her website for what she called Snap Wallets, but Stephanie made them for tea. I liked that idea and decided to make a few of my own.

I used some of the fabric I had received from Peggy when I won her Whirl Into Winter giveaway in January. Isn't it fun? I made two wallets exactly the same up until the point where I folded them to form the wallet, then I folded one so the paisley was showing and the other so the dots were showing.

Instead of using the snaps that Kimberly suggests, I used clear plastic sew-on snaps since that is what I had on hand. Then I sewed a decorative button on the outside of each flap. Aren't they just the cutest way to carry your own tea bags and sweetener with you? And so easy! It took me about 45 minutes to make these two.

Here is another quick project that can be made with scraps of fabric and batting in practically no time at all. This little fabric basket pattern comes from a great little tutorial over at Pink Penguin. This one is the second I have made from the leftover fabric of my Criss Cross Applesauce Mystery Quilt project. I've seen them on dozens of websites made in so many different fabric combinations and pattern variations. I changed mine up just a little by making the handles shorter than what the pattern calls for.

So there are just a couple of the little sewing projects I have made recently. With all the crocheting I've been doing, my poor sewing machine hasn't seen the light of day too much lately, but that's ok because I'm sure having fun with my yarn and hooks! I have a few more Tunisian stitches to share with you soon, and then I will be working up a sample and a video for a Ruffled Rose crochet pattern that a reader has requested help with.

Happy Stitching!

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  • Hi MG! I may have to whip up a couple of tea pouches as little gifts for my tea drinking friends... 8-)
    Happy stitchings!

    By Blogger Myra, At February 11, 2009 at 7:22 PM  

  • LOVE LOVE LOVE your tea wallets, Mary Grace - when I saw yours I ran down to my studio to make one, lol! Your fabrics are particularly delicious!

    I've made those fabric baskets as well - they are FUN! They'd be really sweet in Valentines/heart fabric ... or in Easter fabric, filled with Easter eggs, awwwwwwwwww!

    By Blogger Sandra :), At February 12, 2009 at 12:40 PM  

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