Sweetie Bags and Christmas Cookies

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For the past 7 years, my great-grandchildren have come to my house early in December to bake Christmas cookies.   My granddaughter wanted to continue the tradition of when she was a child and baked cookies at my house.

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Granddaughter – 1995

First, there came a little girl, then a little boy, then my granddaughter married a man with two daughters to add to the crowd.  Last September, another boy came along and this year he was big enough to gather around the kitchen table with the rest of the kids.

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My daughter who lives with me was on hand to help, but the kids really have everything down pat by now.

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I wanted to give them some treat bags and found this cute, easy pattern by Red Brolly and made one for each child.

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http://red-brolly.com/2015/12/what-a-sweetie/

When not eating pizza or making cookies, the kids like to get into a big box I keep filled with paper, crayons and markers.  My great-grandson was proud he could draw a Christmas tree.

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A good time was had by all.

Mug Bag-Mug Rug as Easter Gift

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Red Brolly is offering a free pattern for a really cute, easy-to-make mug carrier and mug rug.  http://www.red-brolly.com/2015/03/butterfly-mug-bag-have-you-made-yours/

Update 9/20/15 – A reader let me know that there is a problem with the above link and sent me some alternate ones for the pattern itself.  She said these links are intermittent but she was able to get a printout of the pattern.

The bag is designed to hold a medium sized mug about 6 inches tall x 3 inches diameter …

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and has a pocket for some teabags.

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There is an accompanying mug rug which folds up in back of the mug bag.

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I have made four versions of the bag to use as gifts.  I made this one as an Easter gift for my granddaughter.

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The fabric is from scraps of an Easter dress I made for her in 2011, back before she became a sophisticated going-on-12 lady who doesn’t wear pretty lace-trimmed dresses any more.

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Instead of a mug, I’m using an 8-oz jar of jelly beans in the bag and will be putting a gift card in the pocket.

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For my two daughters, I’ll have the mugs filled with candy and will have gift cards in the pocket.
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I made one bag/rug to have ready to give to a good friend from Chicago who visits during the summer.
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In her case, I made an embroidered mug rug that shows a painter because she’s a gifted artist.

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I enjoyed making these bags and rugs out of scraps, including using up a lot of small batting pieces.  I included a snap and vintage button on each one.  It’s a pleasant afternoon’s project with just a bit of hand sewing.

Red Brolly’s post has some beautiful bags made from her pattern by other readers.

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