Twas The Night Before Starts & Arrives Today…

TwasthenightbuttonIt’s that time here again at Seams To Be Sew.. Welcome To Twas The Night Blog Hop, brought to us by Sew We Quilt and our cheerleader for this hop is Marlene. I can’t possibly imagine all the work Marlene had herself in for with this hop. Coordinating all those regions of the world, and making sure gifts would arrive in a timely fashion, but she did it with ease and finesse and was brilliant in her timely arrival of all emails. I loved how she checked in with us to be sure we’d sent and our packages had arrived as well. Just a huge amount of work, you were amazing Marlene. Thank you!! Lately, I have been doing more machine embroidery, as you can tell with my recent projects I’ve posted on my blog. I did the same for Wendy who was my person to send to. I enjoyed creating the items I sent her and My theme for what I sent, which I forgot to tell her was “My Favorite Things” and at Christmas, I definitely have some favorites of that time of the year. I hope you will stop by to see how she has displayed them.. WOW, she made them look far more beautiful than I did. They are also shown with credits at the bottom of this post. The person who sent me a gift was Marlene. Marlene sent me three projects, a beautiful tote bag, a zippered pouch, and a fabric box. DSCN1622

The three items all use the same fabric. I love this color of fabric, it’s vibrant and just speaks to me as to say, Use me, Use Me, I wanna be liked.. :o) hehe

All items are lined and the zippered pouch uses a technique I’ve never seen done before in a pouch with the zipper right at the top, and hidden like an invisible zipper does. I tried to capture this in the images, but had a difficult time doing so.


I think you can see what I mean better in this image above.


The fabric box shown above has an interesting technique also. I don’t remember if the original boxes I did earlier this year that were something like this had the tackdown, but Marlene has used a tack down stitch by hand onto the lining and fleece to allow the triangled flaps you would normally have inside the box just hangin about to be out of the way. I think it also helps to shape the box a bit more also. She had placed them so the  each corner of the triangle is one to each side of the box.


same image, no red arrows I’m hoping you can see how the triangle flaps here lay in the box.

As to what I’ve been up to… I made quite a few different items that had to be shipped out and I totally forgot to take pictures of them, so with my main embroidery machine down and leaving myself to just my Viking, I made a bag. I literally make all my “wrapping” for gifts today via fabric gift bags. I know, it seems like I really limited myself to the possibilities with what I could make, and while I know I can make projects on a normal sewing machine, my head just wasn’t in it to do it for some reason and I had to come up with something quick to show for the blog hop today. So, I made a bag.


I make bags of all sizes and thoroughly enjoy doing it. A bag can be made in as little as ten minutes, or can take as long as an hour, just by what you do to it.

 I’ve made a little tutorial on making quick bags and the different ideas one can incorporate when making them here.

I sent Wendy the following items:


I apologize for the blurriness of this photo, I just didn’t get a better image.

The gift tag is a design from Advanced Embroidery – by far and away one of my most favorite embroidery sites.

Their free standing lace designs sew out like a dream.

DSCN1544The Nativity Box, snowflake ornament cover and the gift bag are from Advanced Embroidery.

The basket, bell and nativity ornament are from S-Embroidery, another FSL site which I really love to shop at.

The Poinsettia TeaLight is from Ko-Design and while I have not purchased many designs from Ko, I really love their stitchouts also.

All of the projects I made for Wendy were created within a 36 hour time period. Just over a day, but the tealight takes quite a bit of time to stitch out as for me it had over 50,000 stitches for each cover, and you have to stitch 2 covers for the tealight.

The schedule for this hop is:

Today-Tuesday, Nov. 18
How Art You?
Wed. Nov 19th

Thurs, Nov. 20
Pickles Quilting
Cate’s Linens

Fri.Nov 21
Sew We Quilt

Have a great time, I know this is one I won’t miss seeing.


67 thoughts on “Twas The Night Before Starts & Arrives Today…

  1. Marian these are terrific gift ideas. Love the tote, and a friend of mine made a little fabric box for me too. ♥. Thanks for sharing the tutorial of your cute gift bags – great in a pinch. And those lace creations are lovely!

  2. Such fantastic surprises in your box… We all can use totes.. lots and lots of totes. I take them to the post office, to sew ins, and when we travel, they are great for organizing things you take with you.

    Your lace projects are really pretty. Thank you for sharing them with us today.

  3. It’s wonderful that you are making your own fabric gift wrapping…I try to do just one every year and that seems like a big commitment!! The gifts from Marlene are wonderful; I, too, love that fabric and love, love “Mend and Make Do”! The embroidered lace is gorgeous. Well done.

  4. I have started wrapping my gifts in fabric bags. It makes great packaging. Yours is beautiful. Love the goodies from Marlene as well and those ornaments, just fabulous!

  5. What a sweet package you received from Marlene! I love gifts that are both practical and pretty and you certainly made some pretty lace projects for your lucky giftee! 🙂

  6. Marlene sent some lovely gifts. Fun.
    Making bags for gift wrap is such a good idea….and a great way to use up stash! 🙂

  7. Wow your lace embroidery gifts are sew beautiful. I cannot imagine the amount of thread and time they take. Wonderful gifts. Thank you sew very much for sharing and hopping. Creative T’was the Night Bliss…

  8. Oh my those are the most beautiful lace/embroidery creations and the nightlight,just gorgeous!

    Lovely gifts from Marlene,that little box/basket is perfect!

  9. Wow, Wonderful gifts you received and you sent. I love the fabric used in your tote, zipper bag and box. so cute. The designs you made are amazing. Great ideas.

  10. The gifts you received are beautiful! And your lace creations are so fun! Nice work!

  11. Thanks for sharing your special treats. If I am giving a christmas ornament to someone I like to make a little fabric bag for the ornament. Thanks for sharing your tutorial. Janita

  12. Your embroideries are just beautiful, Marian. I really love the bag, too. It is a great way to give a gift to someone. It is really giving two gifts in one. Thank you for sharing all your projects today.

  13. Truly wonderful gifts Marian … lovely each and every one! Thank you so much and know they are appreciated! Best wishes to you for a fantastic week!

  14. Great ideas here, for sure. You certainly created some unique gifts. Love your little gift bag. Marlene does wonderful work and I love the fabric she used on her gifts to you.

  15. Wow, what wonderful treasures you received from Marlene. I absolutely love those fabrics too! I especially love how they all match! Beautiful embroideries you have done. I really need to get my embroidery machine out more often!

  16. Lovely ideas Marian!! Your Gifts To and From are absolutely Gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing all the Wonderful ideas with us today!!
    Huggs, Nancy

  17. Lucky you to receive Marlene’s fabric blessings. Sew pretty.

    Adorable gifts. Your work is so delicate. The tea light is amazing.
    Thanks for sharing … 🙂 Pat

  18. What lovely gifts you received from Marlene. She picked a wonderfully fun fabric. Love all the gifts you made and your idea for making gift bags. I will have to do that, at least a few. 😉 Enjoy your holidays.

  19. Marian thanks so much for the reminder that I can make my gift bags and not buy them! I pulled out my box of Christmas fabrics this week and thought …what in the world am I doing with so many? Bags will be perfect for using some of that up! blessings, marlene

  20. Waoh, you really were very busy and your embroidery is beautiful! Marlene sent you beautiful things and the fabrics use are just Waoh!!!

  21. Such lovely gifts from Marlene. Pretty and practical. I love a good fabric pouch for gifting small items and your lace things are beautiful.

  22. I’m with you…I love the fabric Marlene chose…such a useful gift (aren’t those just the best). Such beautiful lace projects…had no idea these were done on a sewing machine…that bell is just darling! Very pretty!

  23. Wow. Those are amazing! I think I’d have to make some of these to keep, not just to give away. Thanks for the great gift ideas!

    Enjoy those lovely treats from Marlene.

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  24. I would never had guessed those things you made for Marlene were done on a sewing machine. Amazing (for me anyway.) I’ve also started making fabric wrappings that can be used over and over again for many different things. Thank you for sharing today. Merry Christmas!

  25. Great projects….THAT BELL….. Oh my, I want it!!! Love the gift you received from Marlene, perfect for carrying all your quilty holiday projects around. Merry Christmas! ~Cori

  26. Great projects… THAT BELL… I want it!!! Love the gift you received, it is just perfect for carrying all that quilty goodness around for holiday stitching! Merry Christmas! Cori

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