Giveaway! The Cutest Handmade Earrings

This giveaway is near and dear to my heart, because one Craft Buds reader is going to win some hand-picked goodies from my shop, Lindsay Sews!

Assorted Button Earrings

Enter to win:

A Pair of Hedgehog bobby pins

Hedgehog Bobby Pins

Handmade Owl Card – Blank

Handmade Owl Card

Assorted Fabric Button Earrings – You tell me what you like, and I’ll surprise you with three pairs!

That’s a $34 value, all handmade with love! Giveaway open worldwide through Nov. 27.

To enter: This giveaway is now closed.

  1. “Heart” your favorite item at Lindsay Sews on Etsy and leave a comment here letting me know you did. If you don’t have an Etsy account, just leave a comment here with your favorite item! (one entry)
  2. Share this giveaway with someone and leave a comment. Twitter, Facebook, blog, your friend, your mom, your pet. (one entry) Here’s a suggested tweet you can copy and paste:

I hope I win! Cute handmade #giveaway @CraftBuds and 40% off #etsy sale!


Also, I’ve decided to forgo Black Friday shopping this year, but I’m still offering you a great deal . . . Get 40% off everything in your cart with the coupon code CRAFTBUDS through November 27. Perfect for stocking stuffers or just to treat yourself. Look around the shop.

Thanksgiving Place Setting Printables

Is everyone getting ready for food and family? I know we are around here! To help dress up our Thanksgiving place settings I designed a few printables. There’s the menu:

Cards for labeling place settings or food items:

And napkin ring bands:


The food cards/place cards and napkin ring bands are PDFs and the menu is a word document with text boxes so you can type in your menu. The files can be downloaded through the links to Google Docs below:

Food/Place Cards —  Napkin Rings —  Menu

The menu will have to be downloaded to show correctly and depending on your setup, you may have to also download the Food/Place Cards and Napkin Rings. To do this, just go to File (in the upper left corner), then Download Original. Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!

Last-Minute Thanksgiving: Fresh Picks for 11.20.11

It’s not too late to whip up these last-minute Thanksgiving crafts! Get some ideas for simple centerpieces, wall decor and little details to make your family dinner more special!

Turkey Cups

Gobble Gobble: Lisa shares lots of Thanksgiving table-setting ideas, include these adorable and quick-to-make turkey cups at her blog, Moore Minutes.

Easy Give Thanks Garland

Craft Leftovers: Crystal shares her simple “Give Thanks” banner made from coffee filters and doilies at her blog, A Pumpkin and a Princess.

Mayflower Centerpiece

Sail Away: Robyn takes cues from a Pottery Barn centerpiece and whips up a clever (and inexpensive) substitute from a shoe box, some placemats, dowel rods and fabric! Get the tutorial over at The Pink Peony of Le Jardin.

Paper Bag Turkey

The Fun Table: This Thanksgiving tutorial at Honest to Nod is adorable and brilliant. It’s a craft that the older kids could help make for the younger kids, for a memorable centerpiece. Maybe the paper bag turkey becomes an annual tradition.

Mayflower place cards

Set the Table: Danyelle shows off the cutest Mayflower place cards, with a free printable template, at her blog Dandee Designs. You could fill them with rocks or something edible like trail mix or a festive popcorn and candy corn mix. Adorable!

Thanks for checking out this week’s Fresh Picks!
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Winner + Charm Swap Update

The winner of the Modern Fabric Studio giveaway is:

#161 Rebecca who said, “I’d buy a bunch of FreeSpirit designer solids!  THANKS for the chance!”

Great choice Rebecca! I’m loving those colors, too! Maybe you’ll even make one of these:

Summer Sample Quilt by Faith at Fresh Lemons

Summer Sampler Quilt by Faith at Fresh Lemons


The Thanksgiving Sale is still going on over at Modern Fabric Studio through November 27th! I just picked up some of her awesome Sale Fabrics at an extra 10% off with free shipping. I got some Anna Maria Horner Little Folks Voile at $8/yard and Valori Wells Birds in Sage at $5/yard. So cute! Of course, I had to add a few other lovely things to take advantage of the free shipping for $35+ orders.

Little Folks Voile Coloring Garden Valori Wells Birds in Sage

Here are the details again:

The sale ends Sunday, November 27, so that’s one week from tomorrow. Happy shopping!


Modern Fabric Studio

Thanks to the awesome Amanda for hosting this giveaway and a big congrats to Rebecca!

Charm Swap

Also, here’s an update on the Aqua, Yellow and Gray charm swap hosted by Craft Buds and Crafty Girls Workshop. The charms are in the mail and some people have received! Aren’t they awesome? This is Melinda’s haul.

Aqua Yellow Gray charm swap

Anna certainly had her work cut out for her, as she cut more than 20 yards of fabric from her shop into charms for participants. Thank you Anna! You made it so easy for us to participate.

Sale Alert: I picked up some $5.99 fabric from Anna’s shop the other week, and there’s still loads of good stuff left!

We are voting on the theme for the next charm swap over at our Facebook page. So head on over and cast your vote for your favorite color combo or design. Polka dots, anyone? Have a great weekend!

Noel Paper-Pieced Quilt Block


12 Days of Christmas Sampler Quilt Along

Welcome to visitors from the 12 Days of Christmas Sampler Quilt Along. For those of you who don’t know, Craft Buds is one of 12 stops on a fun blog hop where you can quilt along with others to make a modern Christmas quilt using a variety of techniques like applique, foundation piecing and paper piecing.

I’ll show you the latter of these today, and we’ll learn how to make this paper-pieced Noel quilt block. Let’s get started!


First, you’ll want to print off the free Noel quilt block template I’ve created. Save a copy to your computer and then print out, so it will print to scale. You might want to print two copies: one to cut up, and one to use as a visual reference. You can even color in the letters of the reference copy with your fabric choices.

Next, gather your fabrics. I’ve chosen two prints and one solid, and you can get away with a fat quarter or less of each. (Note: If you are using a 10-inch layer cake, you’ll want to adjust the measurements on the border, because my pattern uses some 11-inch strips. Use your imagination, and your block will turn out great! You will want to make sure you have at least a quarter yard of the background fabric.)

Other Supplies:

  • freezer paper (from the grocery store)
  • pen or pencil
  • glue stick or double-sided tape
  • clear ruler
  • paper scissors
  • fabric scissors or rotary cutter

Start by cutting out the sections of the N-O-E-L letters with your paper scissors (so you don’t dull the blades of your fabric shears). From the paper, you’ll only need to cut out one of each letter, A through I. Set the rest of the paper template aside for reference.

Note: We will not be flipping any of the shapes backwards, so just make sure that your paper templates and the fabric pieces all face the right way when you look at them. How easy is that?! Please ignore the fact that my Noel template is reversed in the first image below. Yours will look normal, spelling Noel from left to right.

Next, tear off a sheet of freezer paper, and put the shiny side down. Use  a very small dot of glue from your glue stick to adhere your paper templates A through I to the dull side of the freezer paper. (I say a small dot because you’ll be ironing with this paper later.) Space them out so you’ll have plenty of room for tracing around each piece. If you don’t have freezer paper, you can still carefully trim your pieces using regular paper templates.

Cut and Trace Templates

Use your clear ruler and pen or pencil to trace a line a quarter inch from each side of your templates. My friend Jennifer likes to use the Add a Quarter ruler for this step. Once you’ve traced each piece, use your paper scissors to cut along the lines you’ve just drawn.

Starting with the letter “N”, take your freezer paper templates for the center section (G, H and I) and iron the shiny surface to the front/patterned side of your fabric. (At this point, you’ll wish you used as little glue as possible. I left the paper on my freezer paper while ironing, and it was fine.) The templates will adhere to your fabric and can be used several times before they lose their stickiness.

Make the Letter N

Cut around each template with your fabric shears. Remove the freezer paper for the fabric pieces you are getting ready to sew, joining G, H, and I. Press your seams open.

Next, you’ll stitch on the left and right sides of the letter “N” (cut from pattern piece A) to the section you just made. From your background fabric, cut out pattern piece B and stitch to the right side of your letter “N” (this is the thin, green strip you see below).

"N" and "O"

Use the same method for creating the letter “O”, always starting with the most complex part of the letter and working outward. Join the letter “O” to your “N” and following the template for letters “E” and “L” to finish the word.

Noel Paper Pieced Block

Press your block, making sure you’ve ironed all the seams open. Trim the top and bottom of your block so all edges are even. Your block will now measure about 4.75 inches x 11 inches. Next, you’ll cut two 3-inch x 11-inch strips from your background fabric and stitch borders to both the top and bottom edges of your “Noel.”

Top and Bottom borders

Cut a 2.5-inch x 11-inch strip from each of your other fabrics (I used the pink and white, as in my letters). Stack one patterned strip on top of the other, and use your ruler to cut a diagonal line down the center of both pieces, as shown.

Cut top and bottom borders

Pair each of your new strips with the opposite color piece that fits and stitch together, pressing open your seams. Add your new “wonky stripes” to both the top and bottom of your block for a fun border.

Trim the top and bottom of your block so it is 12.5 inches tall. Finally, add a 1.5-inch strip of background fabric to each side to widen your block, and trim to 12.5 inches square.


Not in the market for a Christmas quilt? I this block would look fabulous as a holiday pillow, stocking or hot pad.

If you make this block, you are welcome to add it to the Flickr group for the quilt-along and the Craft Buds Flickr pool. In fact, look at this awesome and modern Christmas quilt by in the making by Marcia, created with the block tutorials posted so far. I’m in love with her color choices!

Get all the tutorials at Sew Sweetness. Also, there’s still time to enter the fabric giveaway from Modern Fabric Studio!

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