Quick and Easy Gifts

Nana Fun:  This is 9 yo Laurel’s note to Santa. With grandchildren, there is always something to smile about.  Like the fact that her house does have a fireplace and a chimney.  Was she messing with ol’ Santa?

L santa note~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

3 towels jars

recipe designs from Embroidery Library, raspberries from Ace Points Raspberries, strawberries from Ace Points Strawberry Delight

Many of you know this blog was down for almost two weeks before Christmas.  Because of that, there is a backlog of sewing projects waiting to be shared.

With a long list of recipients and a month-long variety of unexpected demands on my time, it was apparent that the gifts must be quick and easy.  Nothing is faster than machine embroidery on a  ready made item so most of my gifts were of that kind.  Many were towels from All About Blanks.


gingerbread  towel

gingerbread recipe design from Hatched in Africa’s Winter Recipes


Do you ever have something grab your interest so you want to find out all about it, locate all similar designs, find a good use for it?  That’s how I felt when I discovered recipe machine embroidery designs.  At Embroidery Library, I found these jam and jelly recipes–each one shown as well as one for grape jelly.   The first two gifts were sent off before I realized that I preferred a look with more color.  So an apple, strawberry or raspberry design was added to each of the next recipe towels.

Each towel was teamed with a jar of  jam or preserves that matched the recipe. There was a time when I would have made my own jams and preserves, but that day has passed.  So for more than 6 months, I have been on the look out for jelly jars that matched these recipes.   When Christmas came, I was ready.

TIP:  I do have a suggestion for anyone who stitches recipe towels.  The first two took far longer to pick out the tear away stabilizer behind all that text than it did to mark, hoop and embroider.  After that, I wisely hooped a heavy water soluble stabilizer, stitched the text of the recipe first and then floated a piece of tear away under the area where the fruit was stitched.  This was much more satisfactory.

crocked Christmas tree

from BunnyCup’s O Christmas Tree collection


Not all the towels were embroidered with recipes.  Other friends were given one of these Christmas towels.


2 towels tree calm

Tree from Kreations by Kara’s  Fantasy Christmas Trees tand All is Calm from Amazing Designs Christmas IV set


A few months ago, Jane, one of my dear PlayGroup Mama friends, was finally blessed with her first grandchild, little Harry.  Every year she hosts our group Christmas dinner at her home so this towel was given as a hostess gift and in celebration of this long-awaited baby.



gingerbread design from Dakota Collectibles Christmas Applique’ collection

With Christmas sewing finished, I’m moving on to a first birthday dress for Vivian Rose.  What are you sewing?

6 responses to “Quick and Easy Gifts

  1. The towels are all so cute! I would love to know where you got that Christmas tree design on the bottom.
    That note cracked me up! Our 9 year old grandson is about to get wise also.

  2. I’m glad you like the towels, Shirley. The one with the lime green gingham border is embroidered with a tree from Christmas in Motion collection by Kreations by Kara. Suddenly, I am enchanted with her designs–so light and flowing and yet elegant. Every design is just beautiful.

  3. As always, I love your creations and have been a fan of yours for years!!! 🙂 Thank you so much for the embroidery stabilizer tip. May I ask what “heavy water soluble stabilizer” did you use?

  4. Debbie, thanks for your sweet words! Bloggers live for comments so your extra nice one is greatly appreciated. The heavy water soluble stabilizer I used was Sulky’s Super Solvy–just because the roll was sitting on my cutting table left over from another project. Perhaps a lighter weight would work, but the stability of this weight seemed perfect.

  5. I enjoyed reading your blog keep up the great work

  6. Thank you, Cheryll! I’ve been swamped with other responsibilities the past month or so but hope to get back to posting more regularly.

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