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Keeping Christmas {Holiday Flutterby Baskets}

Hello friends...it's been a little while since I've posted over here, but I'm sharing this project over on my papercrafting blog Flutter by Atomicbutterfly for my Keeping Christmas project this month, but because they are sewn, they get double posted! LOL! I've made quite an assortment of these Flutterby Baskets for different holidays so it probably won't surprise you that I made some for Christmas. I also made some handmade handwarmers using the same fabric. I do want to point out that I used heavyweight Pellon for these. I was so happy that I did and I actually won't ever go back to anything lighter. It is the perfect weight to keep these baskets sturdy and keep their shape.
These were actually made for Christmas 2017, but I ran out of time to properly photograph them. These photos are all "on the fly" as I was packaging everything up!
I really wanted to snap a few pictures so that I could document all of my hard work,and I am so grateful that I did!
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Keeping Christmas {Deck the Halls and Fa la la la la} key wristlets

Welcome friends...it's been a while! I'm back today sharing a little project that I worked on for my Keeping Christmas Series. I haven't posted one here for a while, so it was fun to create something that I could share here as well!
If you are interested in reading more about the gift card holders, you can check that out HERE
I ended up making 10 key wristlets in total. The fat quarter bundle that I picked up had 5 different designs, so I made 2 of each design.
These are the supplies that I used. I found the fat quarter bundle at Wal-Mart. It has a metallic detailing that I thought would be fun for a Christmas project, without being Christmas-y. I purchased the hardware on Amazon and you can find it HERE
To begin, I cut 4 inch strips the with of the fabric. Once that was done, I pressed it, folded it in half, and then folded each of the sides in to meet the middle. I pressed that down and then folded them in half again.
You can see them all pressed here. It didn't take …

Dedicated to Dawn Blog Hop {New Little Bundle}

Welcome to Thimbles and Thread! Today I am participating in Blog Hop in dedication to Papercrafter, Product Designer for Papertrey Ink, and friend, Dawn McVey. She is an incredible woman and an inspiration to me! We are celebrating her as she has just had a much needed transplant that will help her immensely.
 Today we will be showcasing some of Dawn's amazing stamp sets and die cuts. I was lucky enough to be in need of some packaging for this baby ensemble that I put together, and Dawn's Made With Love stamp set and Tag Dies are the perfect choice! I created a tag using these products  to add on to the bib. I have lots more handmade papercrafted goodness for this set that you can see over on my other blog Flutter by Atomicbutterfly.
I created this baby ensemble for a sweet friend who is unexpectedly expecting her SIXTH child! LOL! I wanted to make her some fun things for her new little bundle. All of the fabric that I used on today's projects was bought in fat quarters at W…

Halloween {Flutterby} Baskets

Happy  Halloween! I hope you all have a frighteningly good time tonight and be SAFE!!! I've had so much fun doing all of my Halloween papercrafting and sewing! Today I am sharing some of my {Flutterby} baskets that will be headed to my boys' teachers today! I've packaged them up with all kind of fun Halloween goodies!
I have a tutorial on these baskets that you can see HERE. These have been so fun to make for different occasions. I have some plans for some holiday ones as well. I can't wait to go fabric shopping!
I got very lucky by picking my fabrics last minute because they had a huge selection and they were ALL 50 % off! Sometimes the early bird DOESN'T get the worm! LOL! I chose fabrics that appealed to me rather than keeping in "collections". I feel like these all work well together and represent my favorite Halloween aesthetic. 
I asked for a yard each of the orange and black pom-poms hoping that I would be able to incorporate them somehow! I think the…

Keeping Christmas {Holiday Rice Warmers}

"I will honor Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year long!" ~Charles Dickens

Hello and Welcome to November's installment of my Keeping Christmas 2017 series! Today I am sharing one of my holiday classics; the rice warmer. I had some flannel left over from last year's bags, so I figured I would whip some up to share with all of you! I particularly love making these for Christmas gifts because they are aren't gender specific and come in handy for anyone! I literally cannot get through the Winter months without keeping one of these handy! I use it in my bed, or just when I am sitting down relaxing watching a movie or reading! I just love them!


I plan on packaging these up with a canister of Hot Coca wrapped in cellophane! They look so festive under the Christmas tree until they are ready to be gifted! To begin, cut your flannel 7 1/2 inches by 9 1/2 inches. With right sides together, sew around the entire perimeter of the fabric, leaving a 3 inch openin…

Sewn with love

There's something about sewing for babies that makes me so happy...that's probably why I do it so much! I had the opportunity to host a baby shower for one of Emma's dance teachers that also happens to have moved to our neighborhood. If you'd like to see the coordinating paper crafts that I made to finish the ensemble off, you can see them here at Flutter by Atomicbutterfly.
Because this is a particularly busy time of year, I had a lot of other commitments going on all at once. I really wanted to make her a quilt, but didn't have time for anything complicated. I searched on Pinterest for "simple baby quilts" and the results boasted quite a few with just strips of fabric! They were all darling, too, so I knew I'd found a winner!
I had enough left over fabric to make a bib, which is always a staple in my handmade gift ensembles. 
I was also thrilled for a new release stamp set from PTI ink to finish off all of the packaging. I was feeling like my "pac…

Navy and Blush Key Wristlets

If you're needing a quick and easy gift packed with charm, look no further! These little key wristlets work up so fast! I made these particular ones for the secretaries at my sons' school today for "Administrative Professionals Day". I bought some lanyard hardware in bulk to have on hand for such occasions. I really am a hoarder, it's true! Neat and tidy, but a hoarder! LOL!






These are the fabrics that I chose that fit the color scheme of my entire project. I just love how they work together, even though I found them on opposite sides of the fabric shelves. I really would love putting collections together! 







I made two each of the three fabrics. The cute little tags were made using some stamps and paper that I have had for years, but the sentiment worked perfectly for this particular project.




If you'd like to find out more about the rest of the project you can read it about it HERE. Each wristlet was made using a 4 inch wide strip of fabric. I used the entire widt…