The holiday gift giving and decorating season is quickly approaching, are you ready???

Well, tomorrow is the first day of October. We all know what that means! Besides preparing for cooler Autumn weather, we need to get busy with our holiday gift preparations. Remember, it does take some time to create gorgeous gifts for our families and loved ones. These gifts are always appreciated, and the time that goes into preparing them is time well spent. I find it very rewarding to create unique or one of a kind special items for gifts. It is always nice to have some new holiday decor too! Plus, beautiful fabrics, yarns, and other supplies do sell out, sadly enough, so ordering or preparing in October is a good plan. If you have a specific project in mind, please order early, don’t wait until it is too late!

I have started creating gifts, and thought I would share a few here. I encourage you to raid your stash for fabric or embellishments, and will also list some fun and beautiful fabrics that would work well if you create any of the placemats in the free placemat pattern we have for you today.

First, I am a sewer and quilter, but I am also a scrapbooker and stamper. I love to incorporate fabric into my projects, regardless of what type of project it is. Yes, I am a fabric-addict, who isn’t? ;). Using your fabric scraps for other projects such as cards, books, altered art, or other projects not only makes sense dollar wise, it also makes a beautiful project. For those of you that are scrapbookers, you may have heard of the company Basic Grey. I love this company, they have many beautiful designs and products. I was thrilled to pieces when I heard that Moda had picked up the designs for a fabric line based on the Figgy Pudding line by Basic Grey. We have sold out of many of the pieces (and can’t restock them since Moda has sold out as well), but we do still have quite a few pieces in this collection left, as well as the wonderful Jelly Rolls, and other fabric cuts. You can view or order them here. (Remember, quantities are limited.) I used some of the Moda fabric and stitched up a tree for the cover, and used some of the Basic Grey papers from my stash to create this fun little mini book. I used lots of leftover bits of fabric in my book too, it added a nice bit of texture to the project –

I am working on a table runner too (no pattern available for this tablerunner) –

I am also using the fun tree theme with these placemats (pattern linked below)-

I am happy to share the pattern for the tree placemats until December 15, 2009. You can access it here. We will be removing the pattern access after December 15, so make sure you get it before then! The placemats do not use a lot of fabric, and not only are they great holiday decor, they make wonderful gifts too. Stitching them up can be addicting, I am in the process of making over a dozen right now. 🙂
Here are a few other fabric suggestions that would work beautifully for the placemat pattern –

Roses De Noel

Once Upon A Christmas

I Believe by Nancy Halvorsen


Beautiful Balis

Of course there are lots of other gorgeous choices as well. Our Old fashioned prints would be a fun use with this pattern, as well as some of our solids, and other lines. How creative can you be? Don’t forget to raid your stash! Sometimes you only need to order a little bit of fabric and you can “shop” your stash for the rest!

One thing I highly recommend for this project is the Pellon Fusible Fleece (item 95394). It is such a time saver, and gives gorgeous results, no matter what your project is. Plus, one yard will do 6 placemats! That is a steal of a deal any day of the week!

Speaking of Roses De Noel, have you seen this gorgeous fabric pack?

I can’t wait to make this quilt, it is absolutely beautiful. It shouldn’t take too long either, and it will definitely be worth it when it is finished. The faric pack comes with the pattern, so you can get started right away. You can view or order it here. Quantities are limited.

Looking for super cute and quick Christmas projects? Check out Nancy Halvorsen’s I Believe Book and fabric packs here.
I can’t wait to create boatloads of darling gifts using this fun book!

If you are interested in any of the fun and festive prints from this collection, please order soon, as they are selling quickly. Our fabric buyers are doing their best to keep plenty of this fabric in stock, but it is a challenge, as the fabric can be used for so many projects. Plus it is really colorful, cheerful, and fabulous!

Of course we have lots of other beautiful things to create lovely gifts, such as yarn (who doesn’t love a cozy sweater or some warm socks?), crossstitch, hand embroidery, machine embroidery items, beautiful wools and felts, jewelry components, and oodles of different patterns. Just remember to allow your self time to complete your projects, as December will be here before we know it!

So don’t forget, it is time to get out the warm blankets and socks, and also get busy working on some wonderful gifts.

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