Does the fun have to end? That is a very good question. I’ve been giving that question some thought and decided that the answer is no, not here on Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats. Especially because of what I learned today. So read on and find out how you can be part of the ongoing fun. But first there’s some things still left in this stocking.
Seriously, this stocking is packed. It’s kind of like the Tardis, for those of you who watch Dr. Who on TV; it’s small on the outside but big on the inside. Let’s empty it today.
Now for a closer look at each goody:
Since every Christmas stocking needs a bit of candy, why not pair it with some fun. Moda has a free printable template for a Quilter’s Emergency Kit (same idea with the candy) and can be downloaded here. Since my printer was not printing in color, I had to resort to plan B and used the wording as seen here at Quiltville. I think this would be really cute for the gals in your quilting guild.
Thimble Pincushion Necklace
I snuck this one into the stocking after seeing Sarah’s post here that had a pic of one. I knew I wanted to make one to include. You can find the original tutorial on Sew Many Ways here. Since, I made it a bit differently, here’s a quick peek of my process so you can make one, too.
- one 2.5″ square of fabric
- one thimble
- one very small wooden bead, pony bead, or small pieces of cardboard that fits all the way to the bottom of the thimble and extends about 1/3 of the way up (this offers support to the pincushion and gives you something to put glue on so that it will be secure.
- one jewelry jump ring (I used a 1/2 inch, measured across inside edges, key ring that I had in my craft supplies) Check out your local craft store for jewelry making supplies or order online.
- approx. 37″ leather lacing, a necklace chain, or ribbon
- crushed walnut shells (see this post for further explanation of this item and to see how you can make a crushed walnut shell dispensing bottle)
- a small bit of poly fiber fill or stuffing
- heavy duty thread such as hand quilting or upholstery (while you can use other thread, I find these are the best when gathering by hand as they don’t break as easy)
- hot glue
Drill a small hole near the edge of the thimble.
Insert and then secure either the jewelry split ring or other jewelry finding. It’s that circle thing that connects the bauble with the chain or in my case the leather lacing.
Trace and cut out a 2″ circle from the fabric square. Hand sew a gathering stitch about 1/2″ from the circle’s edge. I find making a knot at the beginning helped when tightening but DO NOT KNOT the end as you want to be able to pull it tight to gather.
Pull the threads, gathering the fabric into a little bowl and fill with crushed walnut shells. This bowl is small. Don’t overstuff this one.
Top with some poly fiber fill, pull tight, knot, and sew the opening closed. Use your fingers to form and shape the cushion to fit the thimble. I needed to trim the extra fabric on the bottom so it would fit well.
Check the bead for size in the thimble. Add the cushion to see how it looks and if you need to adjust the cushion’s shape by molding it with your fingers. The alternative to using a bead is using lots of hot glue on the bottom.
Glue the wood bead into bottom of the thimble. Then add a dab of glue on top of the bead and a bit around the inside edges of the thimble. Insert the cushion and press, holding it for a few seconds.
String the leather lacing through the ring and tie a knot at the end.
Now take a selfie.
Supplies we don’t buy often enough for ourselves.
Throughout the year, I use my 50% and 60% off coupons at JoAnn Fabrics (no affiliation). If I don’t need something for myself, I buy some extra little things for gifts. Here’s two quilting tools that always seem to need replacing but no one ever throws theirs away. Do you use seam rippers and pins when they are dull and bent? Your quilting friends will appreciate receiving packs of new ones. Thinking ahead and taking advantage of coupons and discounts at any of your favorite stores really can help the Christmas budget.
I followed the tutorial found on You Can Call Me Gwen here except:
- I started with a 3 inch circle. The construction of the cushion part is the same as the cushion for the Pincushion pail found here and hand sewed the gathering stitch 1/4″ from the edge on the right side of the fabric.
- I used E 6000 (found at Walmart, no affiliation) to glue a ring base onto the outside top of a soda pop bottle cap instead of using elastic as in Gwen’s tutorial. E 6000 is a strong, fast-drying glue and will set in about 10 minutes. Ring bases can be bought at a craft store and I recommend getting the adjustable adult ones. Several years ago, I ordered a bunch of them online. They arrived a month later probably on a slow boat from overseas. Although they are adjustable and the gal on the phone assured me they were adult size, they still are quite small. However, it fits my pinky without adjusting and works very well as a Pinky Ring Pincushion. But I’ve seen them fit some women’s ring fingers. So it might fit yours. These could also be strung through a chain or ribbon and worn around the neck.
- I filled the cushion with crushed walnut shells and a bit of fiber fil to hold in the shells.
- I used hot glue on the inside bottom and around the interior sides of the cap to glue the cushion into the bottle cap.
- I hot glued on a small silk flower.
I will put together a tutorial of making these ring pincushions using my methods. I just ran out of time for this hop. But Christmas time, whether it comes in July or December, is hectic and there’s never enough time to finish everything one starts.
The 12 Days of Christmas in July continues today with:
Tuesday, July 25th, 2017
We Wish You a Merry Christmas!—Day 12 of the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop
Confessions of a Fabric Addict Sarah has a list of all the bloggers that are doing a final wrap-up of this season, too. She’s provided a linky so you can showcase your Santa’s Trip Around the World if you were sewing along. You don’t have to be finished, just show what you’ve done.
Christina’s Handicrafts Christina has been dabbling in small pieces, too. She’s got a couple of super cute projects to show. You might like to try making them, too.
Abyquilts Stars are an important part of Christmas and Aby has one to show and share. Star quilts will soon be twinkling all over blogland thanks to Aby and her free pattern.
Kathy’s Kwilts and More Kathy’s back with more to show and she’s even brought a guest. She’s helping her granddaughter sew a special gift for her doll. Kathy’s extending her love of sewing as well as her love of giving. That’s one lucky little girl.
Remember to leave comments on each of these 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop posts so you can qualify to win some fabric giveaways of Tula Pink’s new holiday line, Holiday Homies, generously donated by Free Spirit Fabrics!!! You have through July 26th to leave comments on all of the 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop posts. But don’t worry, blog posts will remain available for a long time if you need to come back to check the tutorials or read them again and again.
Please note: Sarah has notified us that she needs to delay the announcement of winners until August 4th due to a family emergency. Winners will be notified by email then. I will be posting a list, too, as soon as I see it.
Here’s an updated picture of the prizes you could be winning if you are commenting on each of the blog posts.
I posted my 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop post on Monday, July 14, 2017 where I showed how to make a mini quilted stocking and a wreath that kids can make. Click here if you are looking for it. It also contains links that will take you directly to each blogger’s specific 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop post to make it more convenient for you to comment or find that project long after the hop is over.
My first stocking stuffer reveal (Pincushion in a Pail) happened here, the second stocking stuffer reveal (Strawberry Pincushion) happened here, and the third stocking stuffer reveal (Pretty Pillow Pincushion) happened here. Here’s a picture recap of what I’ve created for this hop:
What I Learned Today:
- This is my 111th post.
- I now have over 320 followers having added 25 more this week.
- Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats has had over 10,000 visitors since its first post April 22, 2016.
- My 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop post, Tu-Na Quilts: On the Fourth Day of Christmas, My True Love Gave to Me…, published on Monday, July 17, 2017 and was my most viewed post to date. My blog has had over 23,000 views meaning that visitors are reading more posts than the first one they come to.
- I have had visitors from 56 countries.
- Readers have left 1,524 comments. I am having difficulty replying to them all. It may take me some time yet. I have read and appreciated every one of them!
- I think those are all pretty good statistics for being only 15 months old! I am humbled and honored.
- So it’s time for a celebration and a great big thank you!
This giveaway is now closed.The Random Number generator picked #2.
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Generate number between 1 and 110 = 2
This was verified by Tu-Na Helper that I did this correctly. Congratulations to Jean McKinstry.
Jean McKinstry July 25, 2017 at 3:03 am
I will be contacting you for your shipping info and mailing the stocking and all the goodies to you. Thank you to everyone who stopped and commented. This was so much fun I’ll have to do it again.
I’ve had way too much fun to just let it end. So as a thank you to my followers and visitors, I would like to do my own little giveaway for THIS STOCKING AND ALL OF ITS CONTENTS!!!
- Leave one comment on this post
through August 1st.This giveaway is now closed. One winner will be drawn and notified by email. Please make sure you leave your email in the comment form. I will update this post with the winner’s first name as well as write a separate post after connecting with them by email. International entries are welcome.
- My followers, new and old, can have an extra entry by leaving one more comment on this post letting me know how you follow me. If you are new here, just check my sidebar to follow me by Bloglovin, WordPress, or email and then let me know in a comment which way you chose.
Question: What gift did you receive or give that left the most memorable impression on you or the receiver? For me, not counting the Purple Thang story that I shared here, the most memorable gifts were the two quilts that my mom and I secretly worked on together and gifted last Christmas. I was not only able to spend lots of time with my mom but also produced two very beautiful quilts. I still need to write a blog post about them so I won’t say anything more.
Thanks for stopping by and do come again.
Karen, Tu-Na Quilts
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