Handmade Gifts for Christmas

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So I have these ideas to sew for Christmas this year.  The above photo is one such idea.

My husband and I just love using cloth napkins with our meals at home. Sometimes guests think we’re being a little too “fancy” when I bring out the cloth napkins.  But here’s our rationale:

                Me:  I think cloth napkins add just a touch of elegance.  And I just like them! 

                My husband: He says they just clean better than paper towels.

Regardless our reasons, we both enjoy using cloth napkins at home.  So, I thought I would start sewing some for gifts.  The green ones were my first set and I love them so much (and my dining room is green) I think I may keep them for myself!

This sounds like Christmas shopping doesn’t it?  It always amazes me that when I’m on a mission to shop for others, I find all kinds of things I need, ugh want.

Well, I digress!  I bought about 4 sets of fat quarters recently with the idea of making cloth napkins for gifts this year.  (I can’t mention for whom just in case they read my blog!) This made sewing these up a snap AND it offers 5 in the set rather than the typical 4.  I had considered giving the sets as only 4 and then having a set with one of all 4 colors.  But, again, I like them so well that I just may keep this set of 5 for myself.

Here’s how I made them:

1.       First, wash the fabric before sewing.

2.       Iron each fat quarter out smooth.

3.       Turn down one of the shorter ends about 1 inch and finger press.

4.       Then iron the 1-inch fold to form a definite press.

5.       Fold the raw edge into the pressed line and iron on the fold.  This creates a smooth seam with the raw edges safely tucked inside that seam.

6.       Pin along the seam.

7.       Repeat on the opposite side. (The other shorter end.)

8.       Then do the same on both of the longer sides.

9.       Go to the machine and straight stitch all four sides removing your pins as you go.

10.   Don’t forget to backstitch in the corners.

Now you, too, can enjoy some cloth napkins at your table and/or have some handmade gifts ready for that next special occasion!

Happy sewing!

Sewing and Serving

portpillows Sew...what's your hobby? I have a lot, but one of my hobbies is sewing. And I have recently been in the mood to sew, but I don't have any particular project I'm working on.

You gotta love Pinterest and YouTube, right! While I was looking for ideas to appease my mood for sewing, I ran across port pillows.  These are small pillows that will gently cover an infusaport for patients who have those implanted in their chest.

Often times an infusaport is related to cancer treatment, but may be for other medical conditions as well.  In the basket above are 28 small heart-shaped, square or rectangular pillows that can be put on one's chest under a seat belt in the car for pain/discomfort relief.  Small pillows like this may help offset pain after mastectomies or other chest surgeries and can be used under the arm of the affected side.

I decided to make some pillows and donate them to a local cancer center to hopefully meet a need, both physical and spiritual.  The pillow will help offset physical pain or discomfort and the gospel tract will offer hope for salvation.

Who knows, maybe someone will give their life to Jesus because they were introduced to Him while in a time of need.  At the very least, a seed has been planted!

But now we have been released from the Law, having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in newness of the Spirit and not in oldness of the letter.   Romans 7:6
What's you hobby?  Is it something you can use to serve others?  I'll just be it is!

Babies are Blessings


Don't you just love babies!  They are so sweet and cuddly. And I love making baby blankets for them. This is one I just made for a cousin in Hawaii.  It's a crocheted shell stitch, which is one of my favorite stitches.  It works up so easy.  I also made a headband to match the blanket.  I hope the mom loves it...

Whenever someone announces they're expecting, it makes me think back all those years ago when we were expecting ours.  My how time flies!  It's so hard to believe that our sweet ones are now 27 and 23. I can hardly believe that much time has gone by!

One thing I would tell every new set of parents is "enjoy every moment".  I remember thinking it was hard raising them or that something they did was the 'end of the world', but it goes by so fast.  As I get older, I understand what the Bible means that "life is just a vapor".

Enjoy the journey of parenthood and grand parenting!  The relationships we have with the ones we love is only preceded by our relationship with Jesus.  So make every moment count!


"Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them;" Psalm 127:3-5