DIY, Oh you are SO crafty!

You know who you are you crafty one you!  You’ve been busy working on holiday gifts all year, and when someone finally opens one of your gifts you hear “you made this yourself? I can’t believe it!”  So give yourself a round of applause!  You’re part of the family! DIY!

If you’re looking for things to make there are some great ideas on The Moda Bakeshop.  Free things designed by those fabulous Moda Bakeshop designers like Sarah Meyer.  Just look at these darling blocks she made.  Sarah shows you how, step by step!  Hummm, think I’ve seen that fabric before!   Beautiful baby blocks from Lily & Will?   Sarah you are the DIY crafty one!

Need some more help with DIY?   Jessica Sprague is offering a FREE class.

I love her site.  It’s filled with all kinds of  classes from scrap-booking, photography to digital design.  To give you a taste of how fun her classes are, she’s giving a FREE online class starting November 29th!  All you have to do is register!  It’s DIY time!  Take a class and learn some fun things!

And look what I just made in a few hours of free time!  I took a few kitchen towels and trimmed them with left-over jelly roll strips!   These were so easy to make.  I just turned under the edges of the jelly roll strips (2 1/2″ wide strips)  1/4″, pressed under the edges and stitched on the strip.  I added some trim and they were finished!  Someone on my list just might find these under the tree!

Taupe & Beige Kitchen Towels!

Close-up so you can REALLY see.

Red & White Stripe Kitchen Towels!  Just in time for Christmas!

Another close-up!

And speaking of crafty,  have you visited my Snowbound group lately?   Take a look at what they’ve  been doing!


Don’t forget to make these free holiday tags from Bunny Hill.  There’s still time!  Lori suggested adding a bit of glitter to the tags.  How cute would that be?

Oh, and if you want the same towels I used you can find them here on my web site.  I ordered them at Quilt Market about 10 minutes before it ended.  Just couldn’t pass up the Dunroven House booth and it was right on the way to checkout.  They have the best towels!

I’ll be cooking a GREAT Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday for my family with all the trimmings.  Has to be great so I can bribe my husband with food on Friday.   He’ll be decorating and hanging my Snowbound quilt!

Are you cooking this year?  Have you made anything you just love and have a hard time parting with?  Share with me!  I’d love to hear from you!

I’ll give thanks this Thanksgiving week for all my DIY friends out in blog land!  You are simply the best!



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  • Rachel - The towels are gorgeous. BUT… are those scissors for sale????? I want a pair of fancy, patterned sewing scissors! Wow!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - Super cute towels. I’d want to just admire them instead of use them. I’m making homemade chili powder in cute little jars and vanilla sugar for my cooking/baking friends. Perhaps I’ll whip up some pretty towels too. I do have Christmas Secrets in the works using polka dots.ReplyCancel

  • Diane R. - I LOVE the towels — everything you do is just so great! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family — you’ve brightened my days all year long — I enjoy your blog so much!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy C. in Utah - Anne, I love the Moda Bake Shop. So many wonderful projects, many with tutorials, a great place to wander around! You know, that beautiful fabric does look familiar…LOL. Your kitchen towels are really lovely, what a great idea. As for Thanksgiving, I’m cooking for the family this year and really excited about it. My youngest daughter and her two sons (22 and 17) will be here! My oldest daughter live just 35 miles away and has the two youngest grands that we don’t get to see very often (long story) but she is cooking for her family and some friends so I won’t get to see them until we take their Christmas gifts up to them. Ah well, I can almost smell the turkey cooking right now, and the pies and rolls. I think the wonderful scents of Thanksgiving dinner cooking are the second best part of the meal. The first of course is the blessing of having family here to share with. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and tell Michaela that we need to see more of her delightful drawings! Blessings…ReplyCancel

  • Christie - The towels are so cute! Makes kitchen work a little more fun when you have such “pretties” to help out. It will just be four of us and two grandbabies (2years and 2months). Son is in Canada for the holiday. But, will still have turkey, and all the “fixins”. Will have lots of left overs, but, that’s part of it! I’m going to look for some cream colored card stock to print off the gift tags – very cute! Thanks for all the suggestions – I’m going to have to check out Jessica’s DIY class. Thanks a bunch!!! HUGS… and stitchesReplyCancel

  • Barb - Oh Anne, you are so talented! Many thanks to you for sharing so much of your talent and creativity with us – you have The. Best. Blog.

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family – Blessings to all of you (and to all your wonderful blog readers, too!)ReplyCancel

  • mimi'sdarlins - I remember making some of those fabric blocks about 20 yrs ago for a nephew! I still try to make as many Christmas gifts as possible every year, love doing that b/c people on my list LOVE handmade. Your towels are just darling…what a quick way to put your own personal stamp on a sweet gift :-)ReplyCancel

  • mimi'sdarlins - I remember making some of those fabric blocks about 20 yrs ago for a nephew! I still try to make as many Christmas gifts as possible every year, love doing that b/c people on my list LOVE handmade. Your towels are just darling…what a quick way to put your own personal stamp on a sweet gift :-)
    Have a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - Oh those blocks are too cute….when I saw them this week I had to go buy myself a charm pack of Lily and will too.
    Your towels are just adorable…….I’ll have to try them too what a great gift idea.
    Is it possible snowbound is coming to an end? It is just so sweet…….I’ve got to finish mine :0)

    thanks for all you do and for the free patterns too.
    Happy sewing and Happy Thanksgiving too.ReplyCancel

  • Carrie P. - thanks for sharing the gift ideas.
    Happy Thanksgiving!ReplyCancel

  • Jocelyn - Love your towel idea! And I love Dunroven towels. I first found them in Ohio, when visiting my friend. They are such wonderful quality. Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving.ReplyCancel

  • SarahB - I’m so happy you like the blocks! :) Thanks for mentioning them on your lovely blog!ReplyCancel