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Christmas in July plus more ideas for seasonal sewing and crafting

I thought you might like to see some of the projects I did last year during my 12 Days of Christmas event coinciding with the Christmas blog hop event. Here are some links to those projects, plus some other Christmas projects from prior years. In keeping with my blog being about a lot of subjects, there are a number of different kinds of projects here. I also added a page at the top of the blog to gather my Christmas projects together for your convenience later. Click on the titles to see the post.

Christmas Stitched Ornaments

Cross Stitched Quilted Christmas Ornaments | From My Carolina Home

Christmas Card Stamping

Christmas Cards 14

Christmas Mini Quilt Tutorial

Christmas Ornament Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Gifts for Guys

Gifts For Guys ~ From My Carolina Home

Sewing / Jewelry Kit Tutorial

Sewing Kit | From My Carolina Home

Christmas Wool Applique Penny Rug

Christmas Wool Applique Penny Rug ~ From My Carolina Home

Christmas Trip Around the World Quilt 2015

Christmas Trip Around the World | From My Carolina Home

Make a Holiday Purse

Christmas in July at From My Carolina Home

Pine Cone Hanger

Pine Cone Hanger at From My Carolina Home

Quilted Table Runner with Tablescapes – Figure out what you’d like to find at the thrift stores before the holiday season.

Christmas Tablescape | From My Carolina Home

Gifts From The Kitchen – including my recipe for Double Dutch Brownie Mix.

Gifts From the Kitchen - Double Dutch Brownies | From My Carolina Home

More Ornaments and Decorating Ideas

Christmas Ornaments ~ From My Carolina Home

Christmas Breakfast

Christmas Tablescape | From My Carolina Home

Crafting with Christmas Cards

Christmas Card Crafting ~ From My Carolina Home

Christmas Vanilla Sugar Cookies

Christmas Vanilla Sugar Cookies ~ From My Carolina Home

Cozy Christmas Reading – mystery books set at Christmas time.

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Quick Christmas Table Toppers

Quick Christmas squares 10

2015 Christmas Runner Quilt Along

Christmas Quilt Along finish

And one last idea from last year, use a table runner as a bed scarf! Makes a room festive without taking up a lot of storage space.

Christmas Table runner used as a bed scarf | From My Carolina Home

The Christmas in July Blog Hop ends today, so I wanted to give you one more list so you can get in on the drawings for the wonderful prizes Sarah hasSarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict arranged a great hop and giveaway Deadline for entry has passed.

The lovely folks over at Free Spirit Fabrics have donated not just one item for a giveaway, but THIRTEEN!  And it’s pretty drool-worthy stuff, too – it’s Tula Pink’s new holiday line, Holiday Homies!!!

Sarah has six design rolls, six layer cakes, and one fat quarter bundle to give away – and here’s how she’s going to do it!  Visit each stop on the hop, including this blog, and leave a comment on each post for the day.  At the end of the hop,  Sarah will do a giveaway for each day by putting everyone’s name in the hat who commented that day (from all that day’s hop-blogs), and drawing a winner for that day.  That will be twelve winners – the design rolls and layer cakes.  Then she’ll put all the names from all the days in a hat and draw out a grand prize winner for the fat quarter bundle!  Only one prize per person, though – let’s spread it around a bit!  So carve out a bit of time to visit all the blogs and comment – it makes the time bloggers spend on each post worth it when we see what people think about our work!  The deadline to make a comment on all the blogs to be included in the drawings is July 26th.  Due to some family problems, the drawing will be delayed to August 4th or so, as she deals with her father-in-law’s illness and hospice care.     Giveaway is done.

Here are the participant blogs, have fun!!   The participating blogs are linked to their main pages, you may need to scroll back to find the Christmas In July post.  You’ll note that some blogs are listed more than once as have more than one project to share.    My link will take you back to that page for the travel bag.

Friday, July 14th
From My Carolina Home– My Scrap Dance Swing Bag pattern is now on Craftsy exclusively.  Click on sidebar link.

Vrooman’s Quilts
Pampered Pettit
Saturday, July 15th
Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
Quilting Fun
Sunday, July 16th
Swimming in a Sea of Estrogen
Everyone Deserves a Quilt
Monday, July 17th
Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats
Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life
Crayon Box Quilt Studio
Tuesday, July 18th
Seams To Be Sew
Stitchin at Home
Domestic Felicity
Wednesday, July 19th 
The Colorful Fabriholic
Smiles From Kate
Thursday, July 20th
The Inquiring Quilter
Selina Quilts
Friday, July 21st
Katie Mae Quilts
Quilted Blooms
Saturday, July 22nd 
Devoted Quilter
Kathy’s Kwilts and More
All Points of the Compass
Sunday, July 23rd
Mel’s Quilting Blog
Resourceful Momma
Monday, July 24th
Anja Quilts
A Dream and a Stitch
Tuesday, July 25th
Christina’s Handicrafts
Kathy’s Kwilts and More

Plans are in the works for another Autumn Jubilee event, more on that later.  Are you starting on your seasonal sewing yet?


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Christmas in July Finale and a Few More Ideas

Christmas in July has been a lot of fun, did you have a good time?  I had a ball making up new projects, and I hope you downloaded the pdf files for ideas and tutorials where they were available. If you are just now finding this series, go back and see all the posts on the previous 12 days for the Christmas in July event on From My Carolina Home.  I hope you’ll visit my Etsy Store and Craftsy store for great bargains on fabrics and patterns, links on the names and on the sidebar too.  Today is the last day for The Charleston Bag pattern sale (update – sale extended for linkys until Aug 1)  I am already planning another event for my favorite season, Autumn!  I still have more ideas that I couldn’t fit into 12 days, even with some of the really long posts!   Ideas like this one, use the extra table runner you made as a bed scarf on your guest bed.

Christmas Table runner used as a bed scarf | From My Carolina Home

Make my Brie and Proscuitto in Puff Pastry for an elegant appetizer course, or to take to a party.

Brie Prosciutto Appetizer in Puff Pastry

Search the used bookstores and the Friends of the Library sales for some Christmas Theme novels to read while curled up with your new Christmas Quilt in front of a fire.  Last year I did a few reviews for some easy reading Cozy Christmas mystery reads.

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Later this year, at the right time, I’ll talk about forcing blooms for Christmas giving.

Amaryllis Third Year Bloom ~ From My Carolina Home

The winners for all the giveaways were drawn yesterday afternoon using’s random number generator and emails were sent to the winners.  Forgive me for not posting pictures of all those draws, but they were sent to the sponsors.   Once again I want to thank the six marvelous sponsors who gave prizes for your comments and visiting their websites.  I hope you all visited them, and followed where you liked.  It is traffic on their sites and sales of their products that encourages the sponsors to do these giveaways.  Here’s one more chance to thank them for their participation by leaving a comment.  All the sponsors have been reading all your comments, and will be reading today’s post too.

Please leave a comment on this post if you had fun!

Leading off, our first sponsor, Fat Quarter Shop awarded a Fat Quarter Bundle of fabrics in the Midnight Clear line.  The winner is #27 Alison!  Alison said “I love Juniper Berry!:)”  Congratulations, Alison!

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The kickoff sponsor, Aurifil Threads awarded a 12 spool box set of threads from V&Co Simply Color.  And the winner is #113 Heidi!  Heidi commented “Great idea for gift-giving Carole, thank you for sharing! I follow Aurifil every which way, and most designers too, lol. Love Lori Holt’s Christmas set!”  Congratulations, Heidi!

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Connecting Threads awarded a Mini Quilt Stand, 4 headers, book and fabric stack.  That lucky winner is #96 Sandra J!  Sandra J wrote “I would have to say that my favorite line is “Christmas Remembered” with the Flurries fabric being my favorite.” Congratulations, Sandra!

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Superior Threads awarded the King Tut thread and needle prize to #70 Lori S!  Lori said “I have not worked with metallic threads yet. So I checked that out. Wow I knew none of this. Going slow and why, tension, placing spool properly on machine and why, etc. very cool indeed. Book marked that page for all this wonderful educational hints. thanks for sharing this page with us.”  Congratulations, Lori!


Primitive Gatherings awarded their lovely wool bundle to #9 Darla!  Darla wrote “This is something I think I could accomplish with my rather basic sewing skills. I’ve always liked the vintage penny rugs I see and it would be fun to do something for PGchristmas bundleChristmas along those lines.”  Congratulations, Darla!







StampinUplogo2 Stampin’ UP! will send their giveaway of a stamp set, paper and ink to #48 Linda in Montana!  Linda commented “HI FROM MONTANA ! love this card kit: Oh Happy Day Card Kit ! Thanks for sharing!”  Congratulations, Linda!


Winners of the giveaways from me, congratulations to all the winners!
Seed Bead Kits are going to  -#33 Mary Jean Cunningham, and #24 Jayne P in the UK.
301 Country Christmas Blocks – #7 Jeanne Rauch
Christmas Bazaar Crafts – #2 Brenda Ackerman
Marti Michell’s A Quilter’s Christmas – #3 Julie McKenzie
Debbie Mumm’s Quick Country Christmas Quilts – #9 Anna Brown
Cardstock and Rub-ons for cardmaking – international winner – Lesley in UK
Charleston Bag Pattern – #19 Barb K

If you missed anyone on the hop, here are all the links to the participating blogs.  You may have to scroll back to get to their Christmas post, but the effort will be worth it.  Lots more great ideas here.

July 14th:    Sharon Vrooman @ Vrooman’s Quilts

                    Carole Carter @ From My Carolina Home

July 15th:    Yanicka Hachez @ Finding Myself As An Artist

                    Chris Dodsley @ made by ChrissieD

July 16th:     Marsha Hodgkins @ Quilter in Motion

                    Leanne Parsons  @ Devoted Quilter

July 17th:     Tonia Conner @ All Thingz Sewn

                    Selina @ Selina Quilts

July 18th:     Lara Buccella @ Buzzin Bumble

                    Soma Acharya @ Whims and Fancies

July 19th:     Joanne Harris@ Quilts by Joanne

                    Suzy Webster @ Adventurous Applique and Quilting

July 20th:     Vicki in MN @ Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting

                    Jennifer Fulton @ The Inquiring Quilter

July 21st:     Michele Kuhns @ Crayon Box Quilt Studio

                    Jan Ochterbeck @ The Colorful Fabriholic

July 22nd:     Alla Blanca @ Rainbows. Bunnies. Cupcakes.

                     Zenia Rene @ A Quilted Passion

July 23rd:     Joanne Hubbard @ Everyone Deserves a Quilt

                    Paige Alexander @ Quilted Blooms

July 24th:     Carolyn Jones @ …by CJ

                    Tisha Nagel @ Quilty Therapy

July 25th:     Susan Arnold @ Quilt Fabrication

                    Beth Sellers @ Cooking Up Quilts

                    Linda Pearl @ One Quilting Circle

I am delighted to have new followers, and I hope you’ll continue to follow to see what is coming up next.

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Christmas in July! Sewing Kit Tutorial

Today I kickoff a Christmas in July Event at From My Carolina Home!  Get ready for 12 days of ideas, tutorials, giveaways, downloads and fun on my blog PLUS a quilt along over at a blog hop with more blogs to visit full of ideas.  On this post, I’ll show you a tutorial for a great little jewelry case or sewing kit, something to make in multiples for holiday gifts.  Are you ready?  Let’s get inspired! Read all the way to the end for a special surprise!

Sewing Kit | From My Carolina Home

You’ll need:
1/2 yard of fashion fabric (in the tutorial, the snapdragon fabric) for the outside
1/2 yard of lining fabric (in the tutorial, the pink fabric) for the inside
1 yard cording, cut into two 18-inch pieces
1 3-inch plastic canvas circle
Optional – fusible interfacing 15 inch square

First make your pattern. You’ll need circles of fabric, so I begin with folding a piece of paper into fourths. Make 2. Measure out 7-1/2 inches from the center on the larger, and 4-1/2 inches from the center on the smaller, in several places. Draw a quarter circle line from edge to edge to make two circles, one 15 inches in diameter and one 9 inches in diameter.

Sewing Kit | From My Carolina Home

Cut out your circles.

Sewing Kit | From My Carolina Home

Using each pattern circle, cut one fashion fabric and one lining fabric.

Sewing Kit | From My Carolina Home

Optional, if you like your case to have a bit more body, iron on fusible interfacing to the back of the fashion fabric.

Sewing Kit | From My Carolina Home

Measure in from one edge on the larger 15-inch fashion fabric circle 1-1/2 inches and make a buttonhole one inch in length.

Sewing Kit | From My Carolina Home

Make another one on the opposite edge of the same piece of fabric.  Cut both buttonholes open.

Sewing Kit | From My Carolina Home

Place the large circles right sides together and sew all the way around the edge. Yes, all the way, do not leave any opening for turning. Repeat with the smaller circles, right sides together.

Sewing Kit | From My Carolina Home

Fold the sewn circles into fourths to find the exact center. Mark a one inch line on the edge in the center (1/2 inch on either side of the center point) on the lining.

Sewing Kit | From My Carolina Home

Cut a slit in the LINING ONLY. Don’t get scared, it will get covered up. Just be careful to only cut the lining. Repeat for the small circle.

Sewing Kit | From My Carolina Home

Clip the curves on the edges all the way around both circles.

Sewing Kit | From My Carolina Home

Turn right side out through the slit.

Sewing Kit | From My Carolina Home

Smooth out the edges, I like to use a chopstick for this.

Sewing Kit | From My Carolina Home

Iron both to sharply crease the edges.

Sewing Kit | From My Carolina Home

Fold the larger circle into fourths and finger press to find the exact center. Place the plastic canvas circle in the center on the lining side over the slit, making sure the center of the canvas is on the center of the larger circle.

Sewing Kit | From My Carolina Home

Fold the smaller circle into fourths, lining side out and place on the plastic canvas to find the center.

Sewing Kit | From My Carolina Home

Open out the small circle over the plastic canvas, lining sides together, pin around the plastic canvas through all the layers.

Sewing Kit | From My Carolina Home

Sew through all the layers around the canvas circle. Do not sew through the canvas, just around the edge of it. This will encase the canvas in the bottom providing a firm base and cover both slits in the lining fabric.

Sewing Kit | From My Carolina Home

Beginning at the sewing line in the middle, sew spokes out to the edge of the smaller circle. Sew four spokes, one each pointing north, south, east and west (or like a clock face 12, 3, 6, and 9).  Do not sew through the plastic canvas.

Sewing Kit | From My Carolina Home

Add four more spokes of sewing to make eight pockets.

Sewing Kit | From My Carolina Home

I hope you see the stitching here to create the pockets in the smaller circle.

Sewing Kit | From My Carolina Home

Now, sew a line around the outer edge of the larger circle about 1/2-inch in from the edge to make the top ruffle. Be sure to keep this line of sewing to the outside of the buttonholes.

Sewing Kit | From My Carolina Home

Sew a second line of stitching about one inch further in, this time going to the inside of the buttonholes.  This will create a channel for the drawstrings.

Sewing Kit | From My Carolina Home

Using a bodkin, or other means, thread the cording through one of the buttonholes, all the way around the channel and back out through the same buttonhole.

Sewing Kit | From My Carolina Home

Tie the ends together in a knot.

Sewing Kit | From My Carolina Home

Repeat with the other piece of cording using the opposite buttonhole.

Sewing Kit | From My Carolina Home

I put a dab of frey check on each knot and clip off the taped ends.

Sewing Kit | From My Carolina Home

Pull on both cords at the same time to close the bag.

Sewing Kit | From My Carolina Home

Give it empty for use as a jewelry case.  Earrings are kept together in the pockets.  Since the bottoms of the pockets end at the plastic canvas liner, they are flat instead of cone shaped.  This makes it easy to reach in and get your items.  The sturdy base can hold several pieces as well.

Sewing Kit | From My Carolina Home

Another idea, fill it with sewing goodies for a wonderful sewing kit.  For travel to classes, or just to keep on hand, a kit with the basics we use all the time will be appreciated.  Needles, pretty scissors and Aurifil threads are always welcome to a quilter or sewist.

Sewing Kit | From My Carolina Home

Even more fun, make one with sewing motif fabrics!

Sewing Kit | From My Carolina Home

This one has a gold lining fabric.

Sewing Kit | From My Carolina Home

You can make your own sewing kit with this black background fabric, available in my Etsy store, or use the scissor fabric also available at a wholesale price. Filled with sewing goodies they make great gifts.  A yard will provide enough of the pretty fabric for three sewing kits, just add one yard of lining solid in your choice of colors.  There are plenty of choices with this adorable print.


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To win this set of 12 V&Co Simply Color Aurifil thread, visit the Aurifil website at, check out Auriworld, see the designers and collections, or visit the blog, then come back and leave a comment on this post with your favorite Aurifil thread collection or designer, or if you decided to follow them via any of their social networks like Pinterest.   International entries are welcome, Aurifil will ship anywhere in the world. You may leave a second comment and entry if you follow my blog and just say how you follow me. I’ll draw the winner on July 24th, so you have plenty of time to enter. Good luck!
Update – Drawing has been held and the winner has been sent an email.

12DAYSOFCIJ2016bannerMORE FUN!! Hop over to Confessions of A Fabric Addict to see more Christmas In July ideas, begin a quilt along for a Christmas quilt, and see the other bloggers on the hop over the next 12 days.   Lots more projects are planned for the hop you won’t want to miss.  Fellow blogger on the hop today is Sharon Vrooman who has another Christmas project – click on Vroomans Quilts to see the feather trees.

And come back here for more ideas throughout the house tomorrow.  Linking up with some of the great parties on my party page.  Also sharing at …

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Sewing Kit | From My Carolina Home


Christmas In July is Coming!

I am thrilled to give you, dear readers and faithful followers, advance notice of a wonderful event to come on From My Carolina Home beginning on July 14th and lasting 12 days to the 25th. I’ll be taking you on a 12 Days of Christmas tour to get started ahead of time with ideas and tutorials for handmade gifts, table toppers, recipes, tablescapes, mini quilts, cards, crafts, wool applique, and even some ideas for the guys in your life.  Some of the posts will link to projects I have published in previous Christmas seasons you may not have seen.  Most will have new ideas.

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It will be 12 days of fun and inspiration to help you get excited to begin making wonderful gifts and decor for your home, family and friends while we all have lots of time to get projects done before December. Plus I will be joining in a blog hop and having giveaways too! Ready to get a jump start on your projects for the holidays?

Christmas Tablescape | From My Carolina Home

Now for the preview of what is to come over the those 12 days. I will have a giveaway or a freebie EVERY DAY at From My Carolina Home! Yes, something every day!! I have contacted a number of my favorite companies for sponsorships with giveaway items and other goodies, and I am delighted to share this wonderful line up of companies offering giveaways you could win!  More details for the specific giveaway from each sponsor will be on the individual post.  Most will ship internationally, so anyone can win!

The Fat Quarter Shop, in conjunction with our Christmas Theme, will ship a Fat Quarter Bundle worth $97 to a lucky winner in the Midnight Clear fabric line. Gorgeous fabric, isn’t it!!  And FQS does ship internationally so anyone can win!

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Aurifil Threads, is giving away a set of 12 V&Co Simply Color threads!

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Connecting Threads is offering one of their Mini Quilt Table Stands with FOUR (count ’em!!) Four interchangeable headers of Scroll, Evergreen, Stars, and Holly Leaves, along with a book and a fabric stack.  Over $100 Value!!  And they will ship to USA, Canada, Australia, or the UK.

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Superior Threads will award a set of four King Tut Threads (excellent for quilting) and a pack of Superior Needles to one lucky winner!


Primitive Gatherings will be awarding a wool bundle in Christmas reds!

Primitive Gatherings

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My Christmas Cards post will have a great giveaway from my favorite stamping supplier, Stampin’ UP!!


And finally, I am providing more prizes and downloads to have something for every day to help you create the holiday of your dreams.  And yes, most of the contests will be open to international entries!  All drawings open on the day of the post for each individual giveaway.  All entries close on July 24th at noon, winners will be notified by email, and announced on the blog July 25th.

Just so you know, these are not affiliate links, I do not receive any compensation from any of the sponsors of my Christmas in July event.  I only contacted companies that I personally enjoy doing business with, and products I like to use.


I’ll be a stop on the first day of a blog hop too, coordinated by Sarah Craig who blogs at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  She is doing a quilt along over the 12 day hop so you can take just one hour a day to finish a flimsy of her design.  She’ll have links to 25 bloggers with more Christmas ideas and tutorials!

Share this on all your social media sites, and tell your friends to follow my blog to see all the fun and ideas, and have many chances to win some fun prizes!  It begins next Thursday July 14th!

Please leave a comment, are you excited to get some ideas for the holidays?

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