Not all bedrooms are large enough to have a nightstand on both sides of the bed... but that doesn't mean that you don't need a place to put things. Especially with all of the electronics and more and more people just keeping a cell phone rather than land line telephones. Keeping the phone in bed with you may seem convenient but it's a great ay for the phone to end up overheated and ruined. This weeks free pattern is for a bedside organizer that will keep your cell phone and tablet close at hand but secure at the same time. If you have someone on your gift list that will be spending some time healing in bed, now is a great time to make them one of these bedside organizers as a holiday or get-well gift.
I bet you have your kitchen and dinning room all decorated for Thanksgiving... but now Thanksgiving is over and the Christmas decorations will be coming out of storage... where does your kitchen stand for the next holiday decorations? You can easily transform any of the Christmas print fabrics in to things for your kitchen... imagine matching or coordinating hanging hand towels, small appliance covers and table clothes. You can do it for a lot less than it would cost to buy them... if you could even find them at a store.
The gift list can easily grow out of control by the time Christmas Eve gets here. You have so many people who make a difference through out the year to remember. You wouldn't want to forget the teachers, baby sitters, newspaper carrier, mail person and club leaders that give to your children all year long! I can tell you first hand that those people end up with all kinds of dollar store stuff that although it is appreciated, it will probably never be used... but there are all kinds of things you can make that are bound to be used! The best part is that if you use mass production techniques, you can make a pile of gifts in one weekend.
Is Barbie or another 11" fashion doll on your holiday shopping list? Those dolls come in clothes but the fun is in dressing them up in different outfits and playing pretend for all kinds of activities. The clothes in the stores can easily cost a small fortune. Why spend all that money when you can use free patterns and make an elaborate wardrobe using your scraps of fabric and trims?The best part... your favorite doll will have an original wardrobe that none of the other little girls have.
I hope you've already gotten a head start on your gift sewing. With Thanksgiving being later this year, Christmas is going to be able to sneak up on us and leave us wondering where the time went! My daughter taught me a very valuable lesson about making gifts for friends a family. When she was much younger, I asked her what she had gotten for Christmas the previous year... a year I know we had broken the bank buying her what she wanted...her answer was a quilt her Nana had made her. She remembered nothing of the store bought gifts. Since that year I try to make sure I have something homemade for everyone on my list.
I have seen people on Facebook complaining that it is 50 degrees in Florida... we hit the teens one night recently. Just because it got cold it doesn't mean that Peanut doesn't need to go out... it just means that it seems to take her forever to find the perfect spot. There have been times that she tried to convince us that she didn't need to be out there but we knew we had to holdout until she did her thing. She wanted to get back inside to the warm wood stove so I made her a warm coat and she is a little happier to browse for the perfect location to do her business.
Don't forget the animal shelters! Our local television stations feature pets in need of homes from shelters and I've noticed an new trend of them bringing kittens and puppies that have spent a couple months at the shelter. In one way it's great that people who can't afford the pet, aren't taking them in to abandon them later... but they still need a home and love. I know we can't take in any more pets than we already have but I can use some of my fabric to make the pets in shelters a little more comfortable.
I was thinking about designing a teddy bear pattern but started looking around and decided there was no need. There is an abundance of free teddy bear patterns on the Internet already so I decided to find the twenty best free teddy bear patterns and share them. There is a wide variety of teddy bear patterns. Some are perfect for tiny hands while others are best for older children or home decorating. Be sure to check out all the links before you hit print... I didn't and now I have a pile of printed patterns that I'll never get to sewing all of them... I may try though... especially with the holidays around the corner and the need for simple bears on local ambulances.
Cookies are always a welcomed remembrance during the holidays. I try to make enough so that I give everyone I know a plate of cookies... it's challenging but fun too. This year I am going to make fabric drawstring bags for some of the cookies. I can use plain fabric and applique a patch on the bag with a holiday embroidery design. That way my machine can keep doing pretty holiday embroidery designs without me really worrying about placement since I'll be cutting them out anyway. I think the biggest challenge of this project is going to be deciding on a design... there are SO many fantastic designs it's hard to choose. While the machine is doing embroideries I can get the bags cut out and ready to sew... or I can set up the machine out in the kitchen so I can bake cookies while the machine works.
Hind sight is 20/20! Last weekend I went to a town board meeting. It was a typical town board meeting... although it was amazing that there was only one board member who was rude and nasty considering it was right after elections. Anyway... what I noticed was that three residents were knitting while they listened to the meeting unfold... I was kicking myself for not having any of my hand sewing with me... mine was in the living room at home which is fine for television time but I could have been hand sewing for a couple of hours during the meeting. I decided I need a bag of hand sewing for the car... something that is always there when the opportunity arises. Why didn't I think of that sooner? DUH! I bet I could have finished at least two new Christmas ornaments!
Thanksgiving is the most traveled holiday in the USA. Many people visit family for more than just the Thanksgiving meal. Do you have enough bags ready for the trip. Don't rely on plastic or paper grocery bags... first you're apt to look like a hobo and second they are bound to rip before the you are back home. Sewing your own fabric tote bags is a simple solution that will hold up to what ever comes their way. They squish into a car trunk much easier than a traditional suitcase... and there a many free patterns to choose from.