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Gift Sewing Madness – Day 3

Happy Tuesday!

I had another productive sewing day today!

Decorating kitchen towels and making potholders are another favorite gift item I like to make. This year I decided to give everyone the same set — time wise it was best for me.

Christmas 2018 Towels Group

Christmas 2018 Gift Towel Set


The towels are 16 inches wide,  I band them with a 5.5 inch strip of fabric and half inch grosgrain ribbon. I love the modern and whimsical embroidery designs.  The ornament design I purchased from Planet Applique – everything else I created myself. Now that I have time I’m finally learning how to use my digitizing/embroidery software!

Christmas 2018 Towels

Christmas 2018 Kitchen Towels


The floating star potholder is my go to design when I need quick.  I love it because I never loose my star points! It is commonly called “the dandy star”.  A simple nine patch arrangement.  To make one star block you need

  • eight (8) 3.5 inch squares of background fabric,
  • one (1) 3.5 inch square print fabric for  star center
  • eight (8) 2.0 inch squares print fabric for star points
    • use the stitch and flip method to create the star points
  • layout
  • sew together

I added a pocket to the back of one of the potholder.  The potholders measure 9 inches square.

Christmas 2018 Potholders

Christmas 2018 Potholders

Christmas 2018 Potholders FB

Christmas 2018 Potholders

Lastly a gift for my youngest son…he graduated from University of Michigan in 2006, played football while there and is a BIG BIG Michigan fan! He has a really cute tree on his dining room table with all kinds of Michigan ornaments — so I made a table runner for the tree!  I’m sure it will be a surprise 🙂

Christmas 2018 Michigan TR

2018 Michigan Half Hexie Christmas Tree


Christmas 2018 Michigan CU

Christmas 2018 Michigan CU


Linking with Linky Tuesday at Freemotion By The River.

Until next time – Happy Sewing!







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8 thoughts on “Gift Sewing Madness – Day 3

  1. Hi Karla! What a fun-filled post. I am most excited about the Michigan runner! You’re son will be so excited to receive that – I can only imagine. Of course the towels and pot holders are great too – I really like the towels. The font you used is so pretty, especially on the word Believe. Everyone will love these sets! Happy Happy Wednesday to you. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  2. The towels and the pot holders are wonderful and useful gifts…nice job on them all! Since I hail from the Buckeye Nation, I am forbidden to comment on the table runner. Best part: you still have time to make more gifts before Christmas…happy sewing!

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  3. Karla – great great gifts!!!
    I was excited to read that you are also learning to digitize. I feel like I am floundering around – but am enjoying it!
    Happy Quilting! 🙂

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  4. dezertsuz on said:

    Oh, what fun all those beauties are! Anyone would be thrilled with those gifts.

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