Monday, November 9, 2015

Sewing Projects for Operation Christmas Child Boxes - Drawstring Backpack

Last week, I began posting several projects that you can make for the Operation Christmas Child Boxes.  If you are not familiar with these boxes that are sent to children all over the world, please check out my post HERE.

Today I am highlighting the Easy Drawstring Backpacks!  These would be great for the children to store their goodies in once the cardboard boxes have been opened.  I found a very beginner friendly tutorial on the Sew Can She website.  Here is the TUTORIAL if you would like to make one or several!

Here is the one that I finished over the weekend:

I have one more cut out that I need to finish before our packing party on Wednesday.  I wanted to do some boy ones too but with all girls in my house, I have little fabric that I think a boy would appreciate. I will need to collect some boy fabric for next year's boxes.

I have made several of these from different tutorials and I thought that one was the best tutorial that I have used and will continue to use it.  I only made one change...on the drawstrings, the designers says to tie the ends together but I sewed them as it bothers me to have raw edges showing.  Other than that, I love it!

If you make one, please share your pictures in the comments here or on my Facebook page.  I would love to see them!

Friday, November 6, 2015

Puppy Dog Stuffed Animal

I posted a link to this next tutorial over on my Facebook page yesterday but failed to post it here as well.  I am so sorry!

Another great sewing project for the Operation Christmas Child boxes are these adorable Puppy Dog Stuffed Animals!

 Lindsay from The Cottage Mama shared this on her blog this week.  She actually used fabric napkins that she purchased from World Market for them and I love the colors that she found!

If you would like to try the tutorial, you can find it HERE.  I have yet to sew these up as I am still working on another project that I will be featuring soon for the OCC boxes.  But I would love to see pictures of yours!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Sewing Projects for Operation Christmas Child Boxes

I wanted to spend some time this week to highlight some sewing projects that can be made to go into Operation Christmas Child boxes that many of us are putting together.

If you are not familiar with what these boxes are, click HERE and it will take you to their site.  Basically, Samaritan's Purse distributes boxes to children all over the world to show them and their families the love of Christ and tries to help meet some of their basic needs/wants in the process.  I have been volunteering at the local OCC processing center in Charlotte for the past 2-3 years and it is amazing to see all of the boxes and how carefully they are packed with things these children will love.

Here is today's sewing project: travel tissue holders!  I used this FREE TUTORIAL from the Create Kid's Couture blog. I like how the two different fabrics can be seen which makes them fun to make!

I pretty much followed their tutorial but added a couple of my own touches.  I printed off my own pattern pieces on my computer using Microsoft Word to make the different sized rectangles.  This made it easy for me or my kids to pin the paper pattern piece to the fabric and then quickly cut out. The pieces are a good size to use up fabric scraps in your house!

The tutorial does not specify a seam allowance so I used 3/8' for my tissue holders.

Then, before turning my tissue holders right side out after sewing them, I did finish off the side seams by zig zagging the edges.  Very easy and quick to do and it will help the seams from fraying.

I tried to make both girl and boy tissue holders.  I wish I had more fun fabric like M&M's, Snoopy, or Super Hero fabric but I was glad to use up some of my smaller pieces of fabric.

This project is also very kid friendly if you have a child at home that wants to help sew.  This would be great for them!

Please come back tomorrow as we highlight another project for OCC Boxes.  Collection week begins on Nov. 16th!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Longboat Key 2015

We are back home after taking some time away for a family vacation.  Our girls had some time off from school so that the teachers could attend a convention.  We love to go on vacation in the fall as the crowds are typically lighter and the prices are better to stay at a hotel or condo.

Here are some pictures from our trip to Longboat Key, Florida.  The weather was in the high 80's while we were there but low humidity so it was perfect.

Our condo was on the beach so it was a quick walk down the stairs and to the beach!  They also had a pool which my girls took advantage off, especially my one daughter who doesn't like things in the ocean to touch her.

One of the best things about gulf beaches are the sunsets.  We went out every night to enjoy them.

I can't say that I did anything sewing related while there.  I did try to go to a quilt shop in the Amish community of Pinecraft, near Sarasota, but we decided instead to beat the crowd and go to Yoder's Restaurant for dinner there.  By the time we were done eating, Alma Sue's Quilt Shop was closed. 

 Now I am back to working on projects and listing more items over on Etsy.  The girls went back to school today and they are not happy about the "cold" weather here in Charlotte right now.  We kept telling them that it is fall and it could be worse as our parents in NY had snow over the weekend.  I don't think it has helped....they want to go back to the warmth of Longboat Key!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Sewing Tip for the Day: Velcro and Wonder Clips

Here is my sewing tip for the day:  when working with Velcro, I use these red Clover Wonder Clips to hold my Velcro in place instead of pins.

This is one of the catheter tubing covers that I make and there are 7 sets of Velcro. Yep. 7. That means that I have 14 little pieces of Velcro to sew on and they each have to be equally spaced apart.  Pinning them was no easy task and I ended up with lots of bent pins.  Then I remembered that I had bought these handy clips for holding my quilt binding in place and they were perfect to hold the Velcro in place!

Here is a link to a pack of 10 Wonder Clips (NOTE: this is my affiliate link):


You could also use those black office clips that you buy from an office supply store if you have those.  I can never find ours so I keep these hidden in my sewing desk drawer in an old Altoid tin.  My kids are usually so disappointed that there aren't actually candies in there that they leave my clips alone.

Happy Sewing!