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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…
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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…

Vintage Cherries {Flutterby Basket}

I have been up to all kinds of crafty goodness this last week! My two oldest kids needed an item to take to their youth camp fundraiser yesterday. Of course that means that I get to play! Ha ha! And to be honest, it didn't feel like work at all.




When I was at the fabric store the last few weeks picking fabric for my last few projects, I eyed this darling vintage cherry print fabric line. Swoon! I knew it had to be mine! I made two baskets to hold a set of handmade cards that I created especially to match the baskets. It was SO much fun! You can see my tutorial for the baskets HERE





You can see one of the cards peeking out of the basket here. I was so happy that I had a stamp set that matched the flowers on the fabric almost exactly. I love it when the crafting worlds collide and magic  happens!




I added a gold embossed "Uniquely handmade" stamped circle to finish it off. "Sew" much fun! I'm thinking of all kinds of fun ways to "gift" these darling ba…

The {Flutterby} Basket

I've been having so much fun making all kinds of Easter and Spring projects! I whipped up a whole bunch of carrot treat boxes that you can see HERE. After I was done, I really wanted some type of basket to put them in. My sweet friend made me a really cute fabric basket years ago. I had asked her if I could have the pattern and she told me she had gotten it off of Pinterest. I decided that it would just be easier to come up with something myself. There are many different versions of this type of fabric container, but this is my version. I have included a tutorial if you'd like to make one yourself. I'm calling it The {Flutterby} Basket.
I'm planning on giving these to friends and family  filled with all kinds of Easter goodies, including my carrot treat boxes {of course}.
I had so much fun putting them together and they are perfect to hold all kinds of things! 







My tree has blossomed and it was the perfect backdrop to photograph a few of the different fabric combinations.

I…