Saturday, December 5, 2015

Christmas Present Making Time

Sew for Hours ~ Make My Presents

This should have gone up last week, so I am posting it and this week’s today.

Every year I come up with a new idea for my homemade Christmas presents. This year I am making napkins/hand towels...however you want to use them.  For some I am using long 2 1/2 strips of fabric, and on others 9 - 2 1/2 inch squares sewn together and attached alone the hem about 2 inches up. I ordered the napkins from Amazon, but unfortunately the 100% cotton ones really wrinkles. They may need to be ironed before using each time...UGH! The second back I ordered were cotton and polyester mixed, and they were thicker and after preaching they dried out without any wrinkles...WOO~HOO. I have 24 of each kind...a total of 48 in al...and I still have 22 more to complete. I used white thread so the underside would look better...all white. For the pictures, I folded the napkins in different way so I could get more together to photograph.
Here are some of the ones I have finished so far:

 Contrasting Solids

 Red Quilting Squares

 Blue Quilting Squares 

 Pastel Colored Quilting Squares 

This shows you the length of the towels. They are folded into thirds.
 There are irregularities in the sizing of the 100% cotton ones after prewashing and drying..

These are waiting to be made. The fabric strips are Mary Engelbreit fabrics ~ one set of four in red and white fabrics and the other set is green and white fabrics. They are so cute and festive.
With these I think I am going to use white thread on the spool and red on the bobbin.
Will do a trial run to be sure it looks ok. Gotta have the tension correct or it will be a mess.

Here is an example package of precut coordinated fabrics like the ones I used.

A BIG HUG and SUPER BIG THANKS go out to the very talented Amanda Jean. Her fabulous blog is  Crazy Mom Quilt.  It is filled with tutorials and lots of little things you can make plus quilts. On her post celebrating the 9th birthday of her blog earlier in November, she asked us all to leave her a comment telling her about the things we had made where we had gotten the idea from her blog. Well, this is only one of MANY  of her things I have made, and I plan to post more in the days to come. So sorry Amanda Jean that I did not make it it before the cut off time to post to your blog, but I am giving you credit now. I had just made so many of your things that I ran out of time putting the post all together. I have learned so much from you.

                                               This Week’s Update ~ Made Lots More

 So far I have finished 39.

Now, I have 16 more to make!

This post is linked to Amanda Jean and her wonderful blog, Crazy Mom Quilts
 Finish It Up Fridays.
A belated congratulations on your 9th Birthday 
and ALL the beautiful things you have made durning that time.


  1. I love seeing what you are emailing with you, too. You really are an inspiration to me.

  2. Eine tolle Sache die werde ich im nächsten Jahr auch einmal ausprobieren
    Viele Grüße aus Deutschland Karo

  3. your towels are wonderful. I can't believe how many you have made! thank you for your kind words and sweet shout out. I appreciate it so much! I'm glad you have found my blog so helpful. Hurray!

    thanks for linking up to finish it up Friday!

  4. Hello Genie
    These wonderful borders embellish these napkins and towels very. Great job, I like that very well. Unfortunately, I'm technically not so gifted.
    Nice weekend and many greetings from Austria
    thanks for your comment on my blog

  5. I love your sweet towels. A few years ago I made alot of my Christmas presents, and really enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping by to visit me and a Very Merry Christmas!!

  6. Woohoo! I see my napkins there in the first shot Genie, they are sitting on my dresser in the dining room looking faaabulous! I've been looking back at all your amazing creations, oh la you are amazing! It's such a good idea to combine your blogs, I know I would never be able to keep two on the go!

  7. These are absolutely fabulous! What gorgeous gifts. I made two one year, but quit fast! Ha! Love your perseverance, it really payed off!