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« on: November 18, 2006 11:16:40 AM »

Being broke I decided to make most of my gifts this year.  My sister wanted placemats and an apron in "not cutesy" Christmas fabric.  This stuff was on sale so I bought it.

I made 8 placemats, 4 have green fabric on the back, 4 have red fabric

Here is her very basic Christmas apron

I had some fabric left over so I made her a Christmas box thingy.  I have mine filled with baby oranges (mandarins)
Here is is flat

Here it is with the ribbons tied up

I used the Simplicity Christmas club pattern for the box.

Thanks for looking
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« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2006 11:27:02 AM »

Oh wow that fabric is so beautiful. I want to try placemats as one of my many next projects. You've really inspired me!
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« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2006 11:55:14 AM »

I love all of the projects you made, and the fabric you chose is great!
For the fabric bowl/box, is it just two layers of fabric with a layer of the quilt batting stuff in between?  That looks really simple to make and would sew up easy for some quick gifts.
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« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2006 12:01:01 PM »

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« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2006 12:40:59 PM »

Great fabric - I love the box thingy.  I thought it would make a great bread basket for the dinner table too.  Have you considered making others with a scent pouch in the bottom that holds various fragrant spices like cloves and cinnamon, that way when something warm is placed on them, like fresh buns, or warmed ceramic pie weights to keep buns warm, they release their scent.

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« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2006 12:44:35 PM »

hey that box thing is really cool! and I've always loving fabric that has that kind of design on it. good job! where did you find it?

« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2006 02:06:03 PM »

Here's a quick how-to...
The box pattern is from a simplicity pattern called Christmas Club. 

You cut 2, 13 inch squares of fabric and a 13 inch square of batting.
At 3 inches from each corner you add a piece of ribbon (facing towards the inside) Make a sandwich that is batting, fabric square, ribbon, fabric square (good sides of fabric facing in) and sew around 3 of the four sides.

Turn right side out, iron. 

Now cut 4 pieces of cardboard at least 2.5 inches by 5 inches (they have to be a wide as the space between the ribbons) and a 5 inch square of cardboard (size may vary).

Put one rectangle of cardboard in furthest from the open hole, spaced between the ribbons and sew across the length trapping it in.  Repeat with the large square and the other rectanges until you have sewn lines that look like a tic tac toe board. 

Turn the open edge under and sew around the entire square as close to the edge as possible.

Tie the ribbons up to make the box.

I've toyed with the idea of using thin plastic so it can be washed but I haven't tried it yet.

Hope this helps

« Reply #7 on: November 18, 2006 02:18:49 PM »

Here is another one of those box/bowl thingies.  I made it out of gingerbread fabric and made 6 gingerbread ornaments to go in it.  
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« Reply #8 on: November 18, 2006 03:13:19 PM »

What a cool present - I am sure your sister will be very excited!  I really like the fabric, and that box is a neat idea.  Hmmm, now I am plotting more christmas crafting!

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« Reply #9 on: November 18, 2006 03:47:17 PM »

Thank you for the tips.  Love the one you made with the gingerbread men ornaments in it and the ornaments themselves(especially the one with the bite out of his head! Tongue).
I'm thinking i might try to make these sometime this week and instead of cardboard I'll try plastic canvas, which would allow for them to be washed, but still give them some stability.
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