My Day on the No Ring November Blog Hop

I’d like to thank Carla from Creatin in the Sticks for hosting this month’s blog hop. The theme is mug rugs or projects to protect our tables. As Carla says a hop is “like a “show and tell” online. Our blog hops feature sewing and quilting and are like joining a quilt guild without leaving home. Once the theme (challenge) is presented we set to work sewing. We inspire each other with projects, tutorials, or patterns.” I’m sure everyone has been busy with their fabric and machines creating some pretty projects for our enjoyment.

I’ve been continuing to stick to my fabric fasting this year. It means I am trying to make projects from my stash or my scrap bins.

For this Hop I decided to try to take it one step further and use some of my leftover blocks and bits.

I had this leftover piece of fabric that I had used as a border on a quilt. It was too nice to cut in to 2” or 2 1/2” squares so I had kept it, knowing that one day I would figure out a way to use it.

I pressed it, squared off the edges and then inspiration hit. I folded the two lower red snowflake stripes together and made a pocket. Then I layered fabric, batting and backing, trimmed it to 7 1/2” square, and sewed around the edge on 3 sides, leaving an opening for turning.

Once I turned it right side out and pressed it, I changed up the thread in my machine to a sparkly, metallic thread and stitched around the outer edge (after pressing the open edge to make a nice seam) and did some outlining around a couple of the reindeer.

Once that one was finished I turned to the scraps of Christmas fabrics that were odd shapes. I did a stitch and flip method on top of some batting and added a backing piece once I had the top pieced and squared up.

Then there were the cute leftover blocks and bits that just needed to be made into mug rugs. Some were done with a single fold binding.

Of course, every quilter has orphan blocks or bits to make blocks, so why not make a set of coasters. They are already color coordinated and partially constructed so let’s use them up. 🤔

Every year several members of my Guild make items to donate to the organization that does the Christmas Hampers. Before Covid they would have a Christmas dinner where the kids could go in the back room with staff, pick out a gift for their parent(s) and staff would help them wrap it. With the dinner not able to happen, we try to include 2 or 3 items in each hamper. My goal is to make 3 dozen items to donate (mug rugs, coaster sets, lap quilts and if time allows some covered journals or fabric baskets).

Here’s other blogs that are posting today for you to hop around:

Tuesday, November 16th

I’m so happy you stopped by to read my post. Hopefully some of these might inspire you to use up some of those bits and scraps. They do make cute hostess gifts and the holiday season is coming. If you enjoyed my post, feel free to wander around a few other posts and if you like what you see, follow my blog or leave me a comment. I enjoy reading your notes and always enjoy responding to them. 😄 Carol


Published by Carol Andrews

I have been fondling fabric and creating things with fabric and fiber for as long as I can remember. My children had homemade clothes, blankets, canning and quilts most of their lives. Now I create goodies to share! Hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I enjoy making them! When I am not creating with fiber or fabric I keep busy with Dear Heart, kids, grandkids, great grandkids.

44 thoughts on “My Day on the No Ring November Blog Hop

  1. Those are some wonderful mug rugs/coasters! Your goal to make so many for the Christmas hampers is great. I’m sure you’ll get there and help lots of people have a better Christmas. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. You are a great inspiration for stash busting. I have saved little things that I know will find a home some day… famous last words for me here. LOL!! But you sewing for quilt hampers is so perfect. I love the idea of letting kids pick their parents gifts. Lets hope that Covid goes away next year…I feel like I have been saying that forever now, and the kids can once again enjoy their Christmas meal and pick their gifts.

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  3. Carol, these are great ideas and a great way to whittle the stash down!! The sparkly thread on the first one really adds a lot! It’s awesome that you are doing this for the guild to share with children to give their parents as gifts.

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  4. Well…I can see that I need to shop your stash! What cute fabrics and your mug rugs sure turned out perfectly. Hope your plans for the donations turns the guild’s giveaway into a super charity .

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  5. What great projects and wonderful ways to use the blocks and scraps. I like the guild project of helping children, and hope next year the children can choose again.

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  6. Hi Carol! Each one is cuter than the next. I never would have thought of folding the fabric to make a cute little pocket. Thanks for the ideas and the inspiration. What a fun hop! ~smile~ Roseanne

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  7. Fun, I like gifting mug rugs because they are quick to make up and so darn cute! Great Use of Scraps! I need to take note for myself to put myself on a scrap budget fabric diet like you have! Fabric Fasting would make me use up many of those minimal sizes of fabrics I have!

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