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Christmas Greenery Storage with oly-fun*

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Christmas Greenery Storage with oly-fun™ Final

The holidays are officially over and it is getting close to the time for our annual family event entitled ‘ Mom is having us over to dinner so we can help put away Christmas ornaments”. I will say however that the family is getting harder and harder to convince that they should help as they now have their own homes. Oh well, I guess it just might be my husband and I at this upcoming annual event. Now what to make for dinner to convince him this will be a good idea.

Part of the holiday tradition is packing the decorations up in nice, neat storage containers. I wanted something special for the lighted garland I purchased this year and oly-fun* was the perfect fabric to use when creating this simple drawstring bag. I created this quick tutorial just in case you would like to make one as well.

Supplies for Christmas Greenery Storage:

  • oly*fun™ Cherry Pop, Kiwi & Clover
  • Grosgrain Ribbon – 1 1/2 yards of 1 inch wide
  • Materials to make tag (optional)
  • Basic Sewing Supplies; Sewing machine, Iron, Pressing cloth,  Needle & Thread, Large safety pin, etc.

Instructions for Christmas Greenery Storage:

When pressing oly*fun:  Set your iron to the silk setting and always use a pressing cloth. Never touch a hot iron directly to oly*fun™. Both sides of oly*fun™ may be considered the right side of the fabric, the choice really is yours to make, however be consistent for a more finished look. All seams will be 1/2 inch unless otherwise indicated in the instructions.

A:  Cut the following pieces from oly*fun™  Cut two 20 inch by 42 inch lengths of  15(h)” x 22(w)” rectangles, one each from Cherry Pop and Clover. Cut one 1 1/2 inch by 44 inch rectangle from Kiwi.

B.  With right sides together; stitch together the Cherry Pop and Clover rectangles, stitching along the 42 inch sides.

C.  Press the seam to one side and top stitch.

D. Turn over the top edge of the bag 2 inches and press.

E.  With right sides together, stitch the center back seam.

F.  Press the seam open and finger press a crease along the sides of the bag.

G.   Box the bottom corners of the bag by folding the bottom seam line flat matching it to the sides (creased line made earlier). Stitch across the bottom fold on either side, measuring down 2 1/2 inches from the point.

H.  Turn under 1 inch at either end of the Kiwi rectangle cut earlier. Pin it to the bag, 1 1/2 inches down from the top edge. Top stitch along either side forming a casing. 

I.  Insert the ribbon through the casing. Thread the ribbon through the casing using a large pin attached to one end of the ribbon.  Decorate your bag with a handmade tag if desired.

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Embroidered Baby Ornaments

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Are you looking for some great Handmade Holiday Gift ideas? If so, you have come by at just the right time. Some of my favorite bloggers and generally super creative friends have put together a plethora of ideas for you to choose from when looking for your next project. Here is just a glimpse of what you will find as you hop through the idea catalogue. As you scroll past the 99+ graphic you will find my contribution to the hop. Embroidered Baby Ornaments……

99 Handmade Holiday Gifts from your favorite DIY bloggers

 And here you are…get ready for some fast and easy sewing while creating these sure to be a wonderful edition to any tree…. Easy instructions linked to my step by step diagrams will assure success at every turn.

  Embroidered Baby Ornaments Final

What can be more exciting than a new baby celebrating their first Christmas? Babies are exciting and whether it is their first Christmas or the first Christmas that you get to meet them, it needs to be remembered with a special Christmas ornament. I chose a soft palette of colors for this duo of baby inspired ornaments and Yes, I was thinking of the latest addition to our growing family, who happens to be a girl. Choose your own color palette and with the addition of  some of your favorite embroidery stitches, built right into your sewing machine, this project will take little time and will no doubt become a holiday favorite.




Pattern, Wool blend felt in assorted colors,poly-fil® polyester fiberfill, HeatnBond® iron-on adhesive, Ribbon, Pompoms, Buttons, Embroidery Floss & needle. Sewing machine, Iron and Basic sewing supplies


How to:


Note: Directions are the same for both ornaments


A.  Cut out a front and back of the ornament from green felt using the pattern provided. Cut out the bib pocket from green felt.


B.   Sew parallel lines of decorative stitching on the white felt.  Fuse iron-on adhesive to the back of the embroidered felt.


C.  Using the pattern piece labelled ’embroidered front’ cut out from the white felt.


D. Fuse iron-on adhesive to the back of a piece of pink felt. Remove the paper backing from the embroidered cut out and iron to a piece of pink felt, leaving a 1/4 inch space around the outside edge.


E. Cut around the embroidered felt cut out leaving a 1/8 inch border of pink felt showing.


F.  Remove the paper backing from the pink felt. Center the pink felt cut out on top of one of the green felt pieces cut earlier and fuse, creating the ornament front.


G.  Lay the ornament front on top of the remaining green felt cut out, right sides out.


H.  Sew a blanket stitch using the embroidery thread and needle around the outside edges of the ornament, stitching the two pieces together and leaving the neckline open.


I.  Attach the front pocket by sewing a blanket stitch around the outside edges, leaving the top edge open. Fill the ornament with poly-fil stuffing and sew the opening closed. Embellish the ornament using the ribbon, buttons and/or the pompoms. Create a hanging loop using additional ribbon. Refer to the project photo for ideas.



Embroidered Baby Ornaments

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Handmade for the Holidays – Holiday Apron Panel

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NOVEMBER 9 – post at 7am PST (10am EST)
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Welcome to the final day of the 4th Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop! We hope you enjoyed the projects from the last 2 days! A few years ago we were looking online for handmade gift ideas and thought it would be great if there was a resource dedicated JUST to handmade gift ideas. Enter the Handmade Holidays hop! We’ve gathered over 100 of our creative blogger friends in the craft industry as well as some of our fellow product manufacturers to bring you a plethora of inspiring gift ideas you can make now to give to your friends, family, and colleagues. Pin and bookmark these ideas for this holiday season and to use throughout the year! Each day of the hop features approximately 30 gift projects and you can “hop” from one blog to another to check them all out.


Robert Kaufman Apron with Logo

Pre-printed fabric panels are very popular throughout the year, however they are especially pretty during the holidays. What to do with them can be a little more challenging. How about a quick apron project! No pattern needed, some easy measurements and few cuts and you are set to go. Let’s get started.



Rectangle fabric panel, Double folded bias tape, Jumbo rick rack, Sewing machine, Iron, Basic sewing and cutting supplies.

How To:

Trim the apron panel following the diagram. Note: that not all fabric panels are the same, adjust measurements as needed.  Diagram A Turn over the top edge of the apron one inch, press and repeat to create a double turned hem. Top stitch along the top and bottom edges of the folds. Measure 1 1/2″ from the side edge along the top and place a pin, measure 1 1/2″ from the first pin and place a second pin. Form a tuck by bringing the two pins together. Stitch across the tuck. Repeat for the opposite side. Diagram B & C Open the folds of the bias tape and pin to the sides of the apron. Starting from the top edge, release a pin and insert rick rack and repin. Continue inserting the rick rack along each of the apron sides. Diagram D Turn under the bottom of the fabric panel 1″ and press. Repeat to create a double turned hem. Top stitch along the top and bottom edges of the folds. Diagram E Cut two 60″ lengths of bias tape. Measure down 20 inches, open the fold of the bias tape and  pin along the raw edge of the apron front. Release the first pin and insert rick rack, turning under the raw edge and repin. Continue inserting rick rack along the apron front , turning under the raw edge of the rick rack when you reach the end. Top stitch down either side of the bias tape to secure the rick rack and bias tape to the apron, as well as creating the neck and waistline tie. Diagram F Holiday Apron Panel   NOVEMBER 9 – post at 7am PST (10am EST) Handmade Holidays 2014 Hop Logo Welcome to the final day of the 4th Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop! We hope you enjoyed the projects from the last 2 days! A few years ago we were looking online for handmade gift ideas and thought it would be great if there was a resource dedicated JUST to handmade gift ideas. Enter the Handmade Holidays hop! We’ve gathered over 100 of our creative blogger friends in the craft industry as well as some of our fellow product manufacturers to bring you a plethora of inspiring gift ideas you can make now to give to your friends, family, and colleagues. Pin and bookmark these ideas for this holiday season and to use throughout the year! Each day of the hop features approximately 30 gift projects and you can “hop” from one blog to another to check them all out. WRITE YOUR BLOG POST HERE Are you ready for lots more creative handmade gift ideas and projects?? Follow along on our blog hop! Simply click on each of the links below to be taken to that post with additional information and photos on how to create a handmade gift project. Have fun and pin away! Clearsnap  Westcott  Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L  Ellison Educational Equipment  ICE Resin  Neat and Tangled  Therm O Web  Walnut Hollow  Elizabeth Craft Designs  Rowland Technologies  Graphic 45  Hydrangea Hippo   Pink and Main  The Buckle Boutique  Tami Mayberry Art & Design – Tami Mayberry  Jamie Dougherty – Jamie Dougherty Designs  Elizabeth Craft Designs – Raquel Mason  Meagan – The Charming Farmer  Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L – Angela Ploegman   Carolyn Dube – A Colorful Journey  Pink and Main – Mistyana Wright  The Buckle Boutique – Niki Wilson  It’s Sew Lorine – Lorine Mason   ‎ Therm O Web – Andy Knowlton  L. Grace Lauer – Uniquely Grace  Clearsnap – Meihsia Liu Oh Snap Lizzie – Lizzie Sanchez Graphic 45 – Katie Zoey Ho Charity Wings ICE Resin – Tatiana Allen Polly Carlson – Pieces by Polly Ellison Educational Equipment – Jan Hobbins  RoseRedd Paper Studio – Rochelle Washington a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Holiday Millie B bibs

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Welcome to the Fat Quarter Face-off Holiday 2014. Robert Kaufman fabrics and Fairfield have tasked the Master Makers, in which I am one of with the challenge of creating something with a bundle of fat quarters sent to us by Robert Kaufman. I received the Winter’s Grandeur by Studio RK and was delighted to make up a couple of Millie B bibs to show off the wonderful prints. Be sure to check out my fellow master makers creations and vote as there are some great prizes available. You will need to head over to the FairfieldWorld blog to vote.

Millie B BibsFinal

Nothing says the holidays like homemade whether from your sewing machine or your oven and let’s face it, giving from your heart is always a good thing. Using these beautiful Robert Kaufman Winter’s Grandeur by Studio RK prints made choosing the prints to incorporate somewhat difficult. This delightful creation is another version of the Millie B Bib patterns – Night at the Ballet.  Patterns are available through my Craftsy shop 

Supplies:  Robert Kaufman Winter’s Grandeur by Studio RK, poly-fil®Natural Cotton Batting, Double fold bias tape or create your own, Sewing machine, iron and basic sewing and cutting tools.


How to:

For this holiday version I simply went, well; Simple!  I removed the pocket square, pocket flap, shirt front and bow tie from the boys version and let the fabric do the talking. The girls version features a two tiered skirt. When cutting the skirt cut the shorter tier 5″ long by 21″ wide and cut the under skirt 7″ long by 21″ wide. Measure, press then sew a double turned 1/4″ hem along the bottom and side edges of both skirt tiers. Lay the short skirt tier on top of the long skirt tier, with the top edges even and sew two rows of gathering stitches along the top edge, spacing them 1/4″ apart. Follow the pattern directions to attach the skirt and cover with the skirt band. You might like to dress up the skirt band or tiers using rick rack, braid or ribbon trim, the results can be whatever you desire. Have fun.

I would love to hear your thoughts. This post is a face-off so your vote counts. Below is the link to vote and you are able to vote twice per ip address. Thanks and stay turned for more Millie B makeovers.


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Mason Jar Christmas

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A Merry Mason Christmas Wallhanging

A Merry Mason Christmas Wallhanging by Lorine Mason

Supplies - CopyThe Supplies:

Sizzix Dies: Canning Jars 3-D by Eileen Hull #658453 & Serif Essentials Alphabet & Snowflake Hanging 3-D #2

Fabric:  One Yard each of Green Dot and Natural Snowflake, 1/4 yard of Green Plaid and Red Stripe, 1/4 yard of Aluminized Fabric (ironing board cover)

Felt: One 12 inch x 18 inch Scarlet Wool Blend Felt

HeatnBond™ fusible interfacing & SpraynBond™ basting adhesive

Steam a Seam2® fusible web & Warm & Natural® cotton batting

Non Stick craft sheet, 1/4 inch ribbon, assorted buttons

General sewing supplies

Die cut pieces

Following the manufacturer’s directions iron fusible interfacing to the back of snowflake fabric and cut out mason jars. Layer fusible web between plaid fabric and felt and iron. Apply fusible web to the back of the felt and cut out letters spelling out your message. Apply fusible web to the back of the aluminized fabric and cut out mason jar lids.

basting spray

Spray the back of the mason jars with basting spray and place on top of the green dot fabric, arranging the jars to spell out your chosen message. The size of the backing fabric (green dot) will be determined by your message.

Ribbon pieces - CopyCut ribbon in to four inch lengths to wrap around the jar tops and create the same number of  bows to be added to the jars later in the project.

blanket stitchFold under the ends of the ribbon and tuck underneath the neck of the mason jar. Sew a blanket stitch around the outside edge of the mason jar, tacking the ribbon in place as you sew.

jar top - CopyRemove the paper backing from the mason jar lids and fuse on top of the mason jar. Stitch across the top of the jar lid.

Bows and ThingsCreate a sandwich by placing the backing fabric right side down on a flat surface, next place similar size piece of cotton batting and finally the wallhanging top. Pin all layers together.  Using a rotary cutter, mat and ruler, straighten the ends of the wallhanging, squaring up all of the corners. Fuse the letters to the fronts of the mason jars and hand stitch the bows to the front of the jars on top of the ribbon, stitching through all layers of fabric and batting.

Snowflakes - CopyOptional: Press fusible web to the back of  leftover Snowflake fabric and cut out snowflakes. Remove the paper backing from the snowflakes and fuse to the front of the wallhanging as desired. Sew buttons to the centers of the snowflakes. This step is optional as it depends on your finished designs ‘open’ space.

bindingCut four 2 inch wide strips from the striped fabric. With right sides together pin the strip to the bottom edge of the wallhanging. Sew using a 1/2 inch seam. Press the strip away from the edge of the wallhanging.

finishing binding - CopyTurn the binding towards the backing fabric and folding under the raw edges. Hand stitch in place. Repeat to bind the top of the wallhanging.

binding2Use the third and fourth fabric strip to bind the sides of the wallhanging.

A Merry Mason Christmas Wallhanging

A Merry Mason Christmas Wallhanging

The Mason part of the wallhanging is obviously a nod to my family name. Whatever message you choose to add to your banner will make it yours. Have fun and be sure to hop along to the other great Handmade Holiday Bloghop offerings. To get back to Eileen’s blog to continue the hopping fun  go to http://eileenhull.blogspot.com/

Christmas Doorway Contest Entry

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I recently entered a contest run by the Washington Post. I have watched this contest over the past number of years and decided this year was the year to jump in with both feet. I have been fascinated with doorways for some time now and you probably have seen a variety of different versions over the past number of years. I have done wall art, quilts, ornaments, pin cushions and pillows all using a door as my inspiration.

I hope you like this one as it is truly one of my favorites  I would love it if you would vote for my ornament. I have listed the link below. When reaching the home page, click on box along the right side of the page, it reads newest first, choose  ‘oldest first’ as I entered near the beginning of the contest therefore my design is quite far down the list. I hope you like it.


Thanks so much for stopping by,



Decorating your Holiday Tree with Thread Spools

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I was recently invited over to a good friend, Pat Sloan’s house to help her bust her stash of items collected over the past number of years. The idea of this exercise, although I must admit it turned into a party with food and drinks, was to give away items that were overwhelming her sewing studio. Anyone who works in the creative industry knows just how much ‘great stuff’ we can collect over time. There are items we purchase, items left over from free-lance jobs, items sent to us to feature on our blogs, newsletters or radio shows, and items were not even sure why we have on hand. Every once in awhile it seems, it starts to overwhelm even the most organized person.

I was firm that I was going over to connect with friends and perhaps come home with a few very special items but that I was not going to load up my car with goodies. The main thought behind this reasoning was that I just gone through a clean-out of my own studio and liked the idea of an empty shelf here and there. I took a small bag and off I went to meet up with friends, eat good food and most of all laugh. The evening was wonderful, the food great and laughter as always the best. What did I come home with you ask? Well I picked up two books which I promptly gave to a couple of ladies who stopped by my house the next day and a bag of thread. I know you were wondering what the spool decoration at the top of this post was all about…

I decided to create some spool decorations for use as party favors as I am hosting my local American Sewing Guild chapter’s holiday party next week and I know the ladies will love these.

Here is how I made them:


Thread spools with wrappers intact

Beads of various sizes – I used a thrift store necklace that I took apart with wire cutters

Bead findings such as eye pins, wire, caps to create dangles


Ornament Hangers

Fishing line

Scissors &  Wire Cutters

Remove the label from the top and/or bottom of the thread spool.

Create a dangle of beads (I cut apart a portion of the necklace) Using beads, eye pins etc.

Thread a 10″ length of fishing line through the eye pin at the top of your dangle. Insert both ends of fishing line up through the thread spool.

Insert fishing line through a large bead at the top of the spool.

Add a medium size bead and then insert one end of the fishing line through a small seed bead. Tie a double knot, wrapping the fishing line around the outside of the seed bead.

Tie fishing line around the bottom of an ornament hook and tie a double knot.

Insert both ends of the fishing line back through the seed bead and tie a double knot, trim.

Wrap a 10″ length of ribbon between the top of the spool and the large bead and tie a bow.

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Holiday Doorway Ideas

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Design by Lorine Mason

I have been fascinated by the beauty of doorways and how we choose to dress them up for a number of years. It is one of the first impressions we make to anyone walking up our driveway. This fascination has led to the creation of doorway pillows, ornaments, pin cushions and I just know it – itmes yet to even be thought up! Here are the basic instructions to get you started on creating your very own doorway. Have fun. I would love to see photos of what you come up with if you get a chance.


Doorway Ornament by Lorine Mason

©Lorine Mason2012


Wool Blend Felt – three colors

Steam a Seam2™ fusible web

Heavy weight craft fusible interfacing


Sewing Machine & basic sewing supplies

Embellishments; ornament hangers, keyhole, glitter snow, mini florals, ribbon etc.


Press fusible web to the back of the green felt and cut out using the patterns and/or measurements provided. Note: all measurements are in inches.

Cut out two rectangles from the red felt using the pattern and/or measurements provided.

Place the ornament front on a flat pressing surface; press pattern pieces to the front in the following order:

  1. Door frame
  2. Door
  3. Window
  4. Door Panels
  5. Mat

Refer to the project photo for a guide in placing pattern pieces.  Sewing Savvy Doorway Ornament

Top stitch around each of the pattern pieces using an accent color of thread.

Cut a rectangle of fusible interfacing using the pattern or measurements given for the ornament. Trim 1/8” of an inch from the bottom and one side of the interfacing piece. Note: this is so that the interfacing does not show along the sides of the ornament once completed.  

Center and then press the interfacing to the back of the stitched ornament.

Cover the interfacing with the remaining red rectangle of felt. Top stitch; around the outside edge of the ornament through all layers.

Attach ornament hangers and embellish doorway as desired.



Not your average fabric panel

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Talk about art replicating fabric or is it the other way around. I purchased this fabric panel sometime ago as I was drawn to the bright colors and wonderful painted background look of the piece. I had thought I would add it to a quilted wall hanging, perhaps cutting it apart and adding fabric strips between the cuts. My next idea was to hand quilt the piece adding in beads and wonderfully colored threads. The last idea was to create a great tote bag as a gift for a good friend.
You see, that is my problem I tied my own hands as I had too many ideas and could not decide on which one to move forward with……and then life got in the way and I had deadlines to meet therefore with no direct home for this project I had to put it aside to work on the items that already had a home that they needed to get to as soon as possible.
Now is probably not a good time to bring this piece up again as Christmas is around the corner, I am taking a vacation in January with my wonderful husband and then there is CHA in Anaheim. I however still love the piece and am thinking of carefully pinning one corner to my bulletin board in my studio so that when I get time in let’s see February I think perhaps I will make that decision and complete the project. I promise to post the results.
In the meantime, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone.

A strange ‘Noodle’ Contest

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Some might think it strange that the Mason Family perch a cricket dressed up in top hat and tails on the upper most point of their Christmas Tree. Not only that but the bug seems to be sporting some kind of pasta five pointed medallion around his neck. Well, to make a long story just a little shorter it involves a family of four moving far away (1500 miles away) from their nearest relative, a lonely Christmas season and an unexpected envelope arriving just before Christmas. The father decided to try and cheer everyone up by removing the angel from the top of the tree as she seemed to do nothing for the family’s mood and replacing it with the stuffed bug. Not one person from the family knew where the bug came from and Mom at first was not too thrilled with the bug on the top of the tree however the children thought it was great fun. A tradition was born. Okay on to the pasta art….The youngest child who by no means is very interested in crafting, gluing or painting made this wonderful star in kindergarten back home before the great move. Kimbrely, the child brought it home and it always had a place of honor on the tree. The father of the family once again decided to play hide ‘ the ridiculous food art star’ every year with eventually everyone joining in the game. This year there was no question, the pasta art was to share the place of honor with the bug…. The End!
My good friend, Eileen Hull is sponsoring a ‘Noodle Art’ contest on her blog. Strange story but a good one. Check it out at EileenHull.blogspot.com