Saturday, 13 July 2013

Joy and Gingerbread Bunting

 
The sun is shining, the garden is blooming and there’s not a cloud in the sky.  July is the perfect month to think about ....... Christmas!  Yep, you heard right.  Warm, relaxed, summer days, or evenings, are the perfect time to complete a little Christmas project – something quick and easy that will give you a sense of being ready for the end of year festivities. 
 
 
Of course, there are always mug rugs to make - perfect for gifts, table decorations and wall art.  Mug rugs are ideal for sending through the post (lightweight and small), for batch making for colleagues at work and for using up some of those scraps left over from a larger project.   
 
But if you fancy something a little bit different then how about stringing up some yuletide bunting with the 'JOY' bunting pattern.
 
This pattern is very simple, very quick and very effective - all you need is one charm pack, a length of ribbon and my free Joy Bunting PDF pattern.
 
 
Of course bunting isn’t just for Christmas – change the word and you can hang it for birthdays, Easter, weddings, anniversaries, Halloween – even JULY!

My second gift to you is the Gingerbread Bunting pattern.

 
This pattern comes with two delicious methods for making the gingerbread men - you can fuse these little chaps for a neat, firm finish or stitch them together with a frayed edge for a rustic look.

 
Whether you prefer hand or machine stitching – these guys will always turn out sweet and whilst I hope you buy my Gingerbread Cup mug rug pattern for the gingerbread man template – you really don’t have to – a cookie cutter would work just as well.  Download the free Gingerbread Bunting pattern here

Both patterns are also available for free download in my Craftsy Pattern Store.

I’m not the only one sharing Christmas joy this month though - seven days with seven projects - check out the schedule of the 'Christmas in July' blog hop so you don't miss a thing. 
NOTE: THE GIVE-AWAY IS NOW CLOSED.
THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR COMMENTS.
MARY-ELLEN WAS THE WINNER OF THE FQ BUNDLE.
Her comment was :
"What would Christmas be without Gingerbread boys and girls?"


Sew until next time .....................

77 comments:

  1. Merry Christmas in July to you! There's no time like the Present for making these wonderful Christmas projects. (Pun intended!)

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  2. Wow! Beautiful fabric!!! Thank you for the opportunity to participate in such great giveaway :)
    Have a fantastic weekend!

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  3. I can't imagine Christmas without some gingerbread men and a little joy too! Very cute idea and thank you for sharing the free pdf!
    Julie @ The Crafty Quilter

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  4. Can't wait to make your banner to hang over my mantle at Christmas. Thanks for sharing the PDF.

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  5. Great designs and thank you for the give away!

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  6. Who can resist a Gingerbread ANYTHING!!

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  7. Christmas in July ? Why not, I have never tried it and the idea seems funny. Thanks for the chance to win

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  8. That fabric looks wonderful. Thank you for hosting a give-away.

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  9. It is so fun and thank you for your awesome ideas to decorate the house.
    I have linked your blog post to the Swedish national quilt guild Rikstäcket , so our members could enjoy and share your talent.
    Britt-Inger in Sweden

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  10. Mug Rugs are definitely on my Christmas sewing list this year. I love the little gingerbread men.

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  11. Love the little gingerbread men, very cute. Thanks for sharing the PDF. lyn.robyn.smith@gmail.com

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  12. Just love the cute Gingerbreadmen with clothes on, and what a good idea to use a charm pack for bunting. Thanks for sharing:-)

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  13. I'm planning on sewing mug rugs as gifts this year, I love the thought of them being brought out each year with a smile.

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  14. Such sweet patterns you design! Thanks for providing some freebies for your faithful readers.

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  15. Great patterns! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  16. Too Cute! The inspiration!

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  17. Thanks for the chance to win that pretty fabric. Puts me right into the spirit, it does!

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  18. Good afternoon! many thanks for your blog and this giveaway!

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  19. I can almost hear: jingle bells, jingle bells .. :-) Some cute fellows you created! I'm in the mood already. Thx.

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  20. I can not imagine Christmas without gingerbread for eating or decorating, they so reach the child within all of us. Awesome project, thanks for the giveaway.

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  21. I love those gingerbread! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  22. Great patterns. Thanks for sharing.

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  23. Cute Gingerbread pattern! I love Gingerbread Cookies (all year) so this pattern is just perfect for me :)

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  24. It`s pretty nice!!I can´t imagine our christmas party without bunting.Thanks for the patttern and the tutorial.Happy July Chirtmas!!

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  25. Your patterns are always so cute. Thanks for sharing.

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  26. Love your patterns and your blog! This is my first visit. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  27. Thanks for all the gifts! They are great!

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  28. I love your gingerbread men!

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  29. My July has actually turned into a zoo marathon - usually it isnt so hectic. However, the season b4 Christmas leaves no time to craft, so these ideas are great for this time of year. Thanks, always room for gingerbread men!

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  30. I love your gingerbread men in both the bunting and the mug rug. July just seems to be racing away from me. I hope I have time for a little Christmas in July.

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  31. I love both buntings. One of my friends has two of her three children expecting babies. So, I just might make a bunting for each as a shower gift. That would be a nice extra. Of course, I can't tell grandma or she might take my idea. I love the gingerbread men. Do I smell gingerbread in the air? Thanks for the cute patterns and a fabulous giveaway. I had seen the beach hut mug rug and had no idea it belonged to you. Great ideas!

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  32. The gingerbread men are so adorable, thank you for sharing.

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  33. The gingerbread men are really cute. They would be perfect hanging on the tree. Thank you so much for the giveaway.

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  34. LOVE your gingerbread bunting!! I am enjoying Christmas in July!!!

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  35. Thank you sew much for your darling freebies!! Your mug rugs are all sew adorable too!
    I would love to be entered in your giveaway!
    Thanks!

    Tanya

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  36. Your gingerbread men are adorable. You should make some gingerbread women too! ; )

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  37. I just found you via Amy Made That! I have to say, that little gingerbread has a future in my Christmas home. Thank you for the pattern - and the giveaway.

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  38. Great projects. Thank you for the tutorial patterns. Also the fabric is gorgeous. Thank you for the chance to enter.

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  39. I love your gingerbread man and joy buntings. Thank you for the gifts and giveaway.

    (smjohns63 at yahoo dot com)

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  40. I love the gingerbread men and the penguin. I am for sure going to make them both. Thank you for sharing.

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  41. loooove love love your Patterns!! & these gingerbread guys are Adorable!!!

    Have a Wonderful weekend!! :)



    bearpaws9(at)copper(dot)net

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  42. Great patterns, love your style!

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  43. I will be making new ornaments for the tree this year. Thanks for sharing the pattern and the giveaway. vickise at gmail dot com

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  44. Cute projects Amanda!! Love each of the buntings!! So adorable and filled with holiday cheer.

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  45. Your Christmas projects are so cute. Thanks for the giveaway. Happy July!

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  46. Love your gingerbread men and JOY!!!! If it wasn't so darn hot here in Florida, maybe I could get in the Christmas spirit!!!!

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  47. I have made a couple of your mug rug patterns - so fun! Thank you for the free bunting patterns, and for the giveaway opportunity.

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  48. I have a couple special someone's who will love the gingerbread bunting. So cute. Thank you for the great ideas & patterns.

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  49. Oh I just love the gingerbread bunting. But besides that my daughter is a teacher and she wants a bunting made for her classroom so this would be perfect in some of your other suggestions. Just love it thank you....I intend on using your instructions for it appreciate it.

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  50. thanks for sharing your sweet Christmas projects and the great giveaway.

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  51. The gingerbreadmen are so cute, love them!
    Gun, Sweden
    gun@lapp.se

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  52. Love the bunting. Thanks so much for sharing and for the opportunity on the draw

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  53. Thank you for the adorable patterns. I love the gingerbread one ... my favorite holiday cookie! Thanks also for the chance to win the Nancy Halvorsen fabric ... my favorite Christmas fabric designer ... :) Pat

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  54. Your gingerbread men are super cute!

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  55. I think your mug rugs are just adorable! And I love the idea of creating buntings for Christmas and other holidays--such a great idea!

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  56. I will definitely make the gingerbread man garland for my mantle

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  57. Wow. What adorable buntings! I love these and they'll be so cute for the holidays, especially since we now have young Grandchildren. They will just love them and probably want to take them home too. LOL

    I just love all your mug rugs. I've been checking them out every once in awhile and really need to buy a few of them.

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  58. Thanks for the patterns. They are all so cute.

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  59. Such cute little projects, and I just love your little mug rugs, they are just so sweet! I also happen to LOVE Nancy Halvorson fabrics...

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  60. Your buntings are oh so festive and could be adapted to ANY holiday or celebration!! Thank you for sharing this tutorial!!

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  61. I love thinking of Christmas any time of the year, but especially in July when it is so hot in Houston! Thank you for sharing your tutorial with us!

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  62. Love the gingerbread men bunting, and the joy pattern as well. I headed straight over and bought your pattern for the gingerbread mug mat! Thanks for the pattern and the chance to win.

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  63. SO that's what it's called...Bunting!! I almost made something like that for the blog hop. IT's adorable and I love gingerbread men, they make great crafts in paper, felt or fabric. Very cute!

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  64. I love the gingerbread men. A friend and I are planning to make some holiday bunting(s) using her scrapbooking diecut machine to make the letters; now we can add gingerbread men.

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  65. Those gingerbread men r so cute. Thanks for the chance

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  66. love the gingerbrad men, they look good enough to eat. babscorbitt@gmail.co

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  67. Christmas - I always love thinking about it... gingerbread men are wonderful - I have made some of plastic canvas... thank you for this opportunity

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  68. Those little gingerbread men are just so cute!

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  69. what would Christmas be without Gingerbread boys and girls!!!!

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  70. Love the gingerbread garland.

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  71. Love the gingerbread men and "Joy" and anything Christmassy really!!!!!

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  72. Just love those gingers!!!

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  73. Just love those gingers!!!

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  74. Looks like Christmas invaded you place, made it a Jolly place to be. Love the Ginger men.

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  75. Wonderful Christmas projects! Thanks for sharing them with us!

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