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Friday, December 6, 2013

Gift Bags

Gift Bags by N. Banks
Need an inexpensive, but personalized gift bag? 
Here is a real easy one to do and takes about 2 hours
from start to finish. You will need:

1 Green bag from Walgreen's or any other christmas color bag
Green thread to match bag
4 5x7 pieces of white material   
2 5x7 pieces of iron on stabilizer
2 Christmas designs, I used Christmas Bears by Laura (

Thread for designs,

1.     Take out the card board base in the bag, lay it aside for now
and cut bag on fold lines (see below) so that you have a front and back.

2.     Iron the stabilizer to 2 pieces of the white material.

3.     Stack 1 piece of white material and the one with the stabilizer together and sew over the Walgreens logo on the front of bag with a satin stitch, repeat for the back of the bag.


4.     Center and hoop the front of the bag with the white material in center.  Set the Christmas design off a bit to the left so that you have room to add the person's name the bag is for. Make sure the bags handle and sides are out of the way before you start to sew.

5.     Place your hooped peice on your machine and stitch your design out.
6.     Using your machines fonts, stitch on the front the person's
name you are making  the bag for. This bag is for my granddaughter who loves bears.

Repeat for the back, but leave the name off.     At this point you can add more designs to the front or back of the bag, just use tear a way stabilizer and sew any that you want.

Pin the right sides together, and sew using a ¼ inch seam allowance.

Then turn bag right side out and stitch the seam again. Place cardboard base back in bag and you are done.    

I have also made these for Halloween bags for my grandkids, again using designs from

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

December 2011 Stitch of the month crochet

December 2011 Stitch of the month
This is a really pretty stitch, you can use it for shawls, scarves,
even curtains!
Based on a multiple of 8 chain plus 4.

For sample chain 28( 3x8= 24 + 4 = 28)

Row 1: In 8th ch from hook work 3 dc, ch 3, 1 sc in 3rd ch from hook for a picot, work 3 more dc in same ch as first 3 dc for a picot shell, * skip 3 ch, 1 dc in next ch, skip 3 ch, 1 picot shell in next ch, repeat from * across, end skip 3 ch, 1 dc in last ch, ch 5, turn.

Row 2: Skip 2 dc of first picot shell, * 1 sc in dc before picot, ch 5, 1 sc in next dc after picot, ch 2, skip 2 dc, 1 sc in single dc, ch 2, repeat from * across, end last dc in top of turning­ ch, ch 3, turn.

Row 3: * 1 picot shell in ch-5 loop, 1 dc in dc of row 2, repeat
from * across, end last dc in 3rd ch st of turning-ch, ch 5, turn.
Repeat Rows 2 and 3 for pattern.

The directions for this pattern stitch have been rewritten and are copyrighted. You may not use it on any media, including websites, lists, newsletters, nor copied. It is for your personal use only.



Sunday, December 1, 2013

August 2011 Stitch of the Month Crochet

August 2011 Stitch of the Month Crochet
 this simple stitch is fast to work up and would make nice dishcloths. Also potholders if you crochet two and sew them together.

Ch: multiple of 6 + 3

For sample, chain 21.   (3 x 6 = 18 + 3 = 21)

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in next ch, *1 dc in each of next 3 ch, 1 sc in each of next 3 ch, repeat from *, turn.

Row 2:  Ch 3, skip first sc, 1 dc in each or 2 sc, *1 sc in front loop of each of  next 3 dc, 1 dc in each of 3 sc, repeat from * with last dc in ch, turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, skip first dc, 1 sc in back loop of each of 2 dc, *1 dc in each of 3 sc, 1 sc in back loop of each of  3 dc, repeat from *  across row to last stitch,   sc in 3rd ch of turning chain, turn.

Repeat Rows 2 and 3 for pattern until square.

You can use these samples as an Afghan, just use one main color to crochet around them and sew them together or make coasters.