Thursday, July 20, 2017

Christmas in July 2017 - Blog Hop

What a fun concept, Christmas in July   A really great incentive to start the creative process in a truly timely manner.  I hope you have already gotten some great ideas with many more to come. Thanks Sarah for coordinating this for us as well as having a give away and a QAL, WOW.



 For my stop I decided to make Vinyl Bags for my crafty friends.  I know that I prefer the vinyl to fabric bags for projects just for ease of finding the right one as I dash out the door.

I decided to make them in 3 sizes. I got the basic how to when I found this tutorial at   So Sew Easy    I had attempted to work with vinyl in the past and had so much trouble that several projects ended in the trash can.  The key for me this time was the Teflon foot which happened to come with my machine



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It i really hard to get a good picture of clear vinyl. (sorry)
The bags measure in at 11w x 12h, 11w x 9h and 8.5w x 7h
The 2 larger ones have boxed bottoms.

Well once I made the bags I had the feeling I was short changing you the hop followers a bit so I decided I needed to fill them with something gifty.

Since I was making them for crafters I decided to try a crafty present idea per bag. 

Bag #1 the largest can hold, for example, a pin cushion and pin keeper with some pre cut fabric or






a gadget keeper/pin cushion and some lovely yarn. Amanda Jean at Crazy mom quilts is currently working on a pattern for this yarn based pin cushion.



Bag #2 is holding a mug rug with matching napkin and some goodies to go inside / along side your favorite mug. I made this set to match the bag but all the parts could be made for any occasion.







Bag #3 contains hand made cards made with Christmas fabric scraps, some made with simple rectangle scraps and stamps others using an applique pattern. All attached to card stock with heavy duty heat and bond.  You just need to remember to put a heavy book on the card after pressing the fabric onto it until it has cooled so that the card doesn't curl up.





Well that's it for my stop.  I hope you can use an idea or two to help you with your jump on holiday gift giving. 




 Oh I forgot to mention the fabric stars. The link I used for the fabric stars can be found here. They were fun to make. You can make them ornaments if you just thread some pearl cotton through them between the points

As for me I will start my gift giving right now.  I will draw a name from those of you who leave a comment and will send you Bag #2 which contains the mug rug, napkin and goodies.  I'll ship anywhere. I'll pick a name on Wednesday the 25th from all the comments dated the 24th or earlier.

Please continue to visit all of the bloggers (I've listed them all below) participating in this fun event and check out Sarah's Blog over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict  to read about the fabulous give away and QAL.


Here are the blogs participating in the 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop!

Friday, July 14th


Saturday, July 15th


Sunday, July 16th


Monday, July 17th


Tuesday, July 18th


Wednesday, July 19th


Thursday, July 20th

Selina Quilts (that's me)

Friday, July 21st


Saturday, July 22nd


129 comments:

  1. I especially like the fabric stars.

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  2. I love clear vinyl project bags and have bought some in the past to carry supplies for making hexies. You have some great ideas for fillers for gift giving. Thanks for the link to the tutorial for the origami star. Love your silver ones.

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  3. You've encouraged me to give vinyl another try! Your "gift bag filled with gifts" is such a fun idea!
    You must have gotten your computer back, yes?
    Debbie
    ollieami@aol.com

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  4. I've always been reluctant to try vinyl. Now that I know to use a Teflon foot, I might just give it a go!

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  5. I love your bags! I made some with just vinyl windows on the front and they were Wayyyyyy too fiddley for the end result. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Those are a great to keep track of projects but in a prettier way.

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  7. This blog hop has been so much fun and inspirational. I was very much looking forward to your turn. I love the clear project bags, Selina. These would be useful for so many things. Nice to be able to see what is inside.

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  8. Really like the vinyl bags with the gifts...great idea and I'm also going to check out the stars! Thanx

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  9. Nice to see a jazzed up clear bag - makes the contents so inviting!

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  10. Great idea! I forget about those vinyl bags and what a great gift they would be. kthurn@bektel.com

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  11. I love vinyl bags for my projects and for travel. I'm going to play around with your fabric card idea with my granddaughters.

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  12. I love your ideas. I think they would be cute teacher gifts too. they could be any size. thanks

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  13. I love these, Selina! Such a great idea and a fun way to "fill" a project bag with little gifts too. Thanks for all you did to help make the hop a success this year!!

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  14. I like the idea of see through bags. So easy to see what's inside

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  15. I love all your ideas, love the vinyl bag, great for those going to football games or events where you can only take see-through bags. Thank you.

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  16. I like to see what's in the bag. Does it matter what thickness the vinyl is?

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  17. I agree--it's great to be able to see what's in the bag at a glance and then grab and go. Also nice they come in different sizes! Thanks!
    eahorgan@gmail.com

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  18. I haven't sewn with vinyl before but have a Teflon foot,so after seeing your wonderful bags, will give it a try. And with a fabric top, a lot easier to insert a zipper. And as well, you have a giveaway, what a generous finish.

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  19. I love see through bags for storing craft items in!

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  20. What a neat idea--I think I have a Teflon foot also, so might be able to do these--very nice project.
    barbkaup(at)(yahoo)(dot)(com)

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  21. Great idea-love your vinyl bags-nice to be able to see what you have at a glance! Mug rug is so cute! Thank you, Susan

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  22. I like the idea of clear bags to see through...not just for gifts but to store projects. And by the way, that Ahmad tea is a real winner!. Thank you for giving me such great ideas.

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  23. Great gift bags! And yes, love those fabric stars!!!
    Grace and Peace Quilting at gmail dot com

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  24. What great gifts! Lucky friends! Thanks for sharing how you filled them too. I appreciate all the nest ideas..

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  25. Cute bags. I'd heard to use tissue paper on the vinyl to get it to slide. Wouldn't these be great with mesh too?

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  26. I like the idea of being able to see what is in some of my bags. I have used the tissue paper method when sewing on vinyl and it works great!

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  27. your bags are great ideas. thanks for sharing where to learn to make plastic bags. these fabrics are wonderful and cheery.
    quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

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  28. Thanks for such a great post. I hope you have your new computer set up and ready to post more creative ideas.
    I love the Vinyl Zipper bag. I would love to win it. If not, I bookmarked the link and will try to make my own. :-)

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  29. Wow what great ideas. Love the vinyl bags and must see if a teflon foot is available for my ancient Kenmore. The fabric stars are a must do for me - so fun. Love how you used the pincushion to hold your crochet hooks! I have been waiting for Amanda to publish that pattern so I can make some. Thanks for sharing all your great ideas with us.

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  30. I love the project bag ideas for holding gifts. These look awesome!

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  31. Love those vinyl bags for gifts. I'll have to give vinyl a try now that the idea is very motivating after seeing your wonderful projects. Thank you.

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  32. Thanks for a great post. I have always been afraid to work with vinyl and now I think I may be able to successfully sew on vinyl.

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  33. I WOULD BE HAPPY WITH ONE OF THESE UNDER MY CHRISTMAS TREE THANKS FOR THE GREAT IDEAS! READINGTIRZAH AT YAHOO.COM

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  34. Super fun and functional project bags! Thanks for sharing. lutzcats (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  35. Great idea for a Christmas gift for quilting friends. I have to try this.

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  36. I happen to have some clear vinyl and I think I will try making the project bags. First for myself and then for my quilts friends. Thanks for the idea. Janice.snell@gmail.com

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  37. I love bags of all types. I have never worked with vinyl. Thanks Darlene dhoctor@sbcglobal.net

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  38. Your bags are very cute and I love that you add lots of goodies inside.

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  39. So cute! I esp. love that measuring tape fabric. Is it difficult to sew with vinyl? On my blog left sidebar, is an Email image that leads to my contact form :)

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  40. These bags are great! And practical which I love. Thank you for sharing them. carriagemeadows@sbcglobal.net

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  41. Great bags! You can never have enough bags for projects.

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  42. I have been wanting to make some of these bags! They are so handy and so many uses for them. Thanks for the incentive!

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  43. Great collection of project bags! Thanks for taking part in the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop.

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  44. I was making project bags today.

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  45. What a great idea! I love the concept of a clear bag so you can see your projects. I'm thinking I'll have to give this a try! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  46. That's a cute idea. I've never worked with vinyl. I didn't know there was such a thing as a "teflon foot".

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  47. The bags look great. Thanks
    Swoot@att.net

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  48. Your moose mug rug is so adorable! I've never sewn anything with vinyl, but the clear bags are a great idea!

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  49. The bags with gifts inside is a good idea. Several gifts each year are to quilters and crafters. I really like the reindeer mug rug. Where can I find the pattern for the mug rug?

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  50. I know what I'm making for my quilty friends this Christmas! I'm also making some for me. This will be great to hold on my threads for my current BOM project that uses a lot of various threads for decorative embroidery stitches. Thanks for sharing!

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  51. I'm looking forward to making some of these for my quilting friends. I think I need to make some for myself as well.

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  52. Well I have the stuff 5o make these but have no yet...just bad..lol ty fir sharing your talent with us... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  53. I have never made see-through bags. You have inspired me to try to work with vinyl. Bag #2 with the mug rug and matching napkin is so cute. Thanks. mfhagopian@aol.com

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  54. Great idea, thanks for sharing!

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  55. I am the lucky one to read your tip on sewing with vinyl...use a Teflon foot! I've not been successful with my attempts using a regular foot. Now that I know the secret, I can give it another shot! Your bags filled with goodies would tickle anyone! They would be so useful when traveling to fill with all those little things that seem to float around in the car or bags. Thanks for sharing! duchick at gmail dot com

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  56. I love your idea on the vinyl bags. I hate having to search for something, and this would make it so easy to see all my stored pieces. They always will make great gifts for my friends. Thanks so much for the great giveaway, I have my fingers crossed!!

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  57. What great ideas! I like plastic, too, simply because...."out of sight, out of mind."

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  58. Your bags are great! I agree, it's so much easier to be able to see what you are storing in the bags. Using vinyl is a creative idea. I've never tried to sew with vinyl; maybe I should try.
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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  59. I love making bags and pouches. What a great idea to make them see-through so we can see what's in them. Thanks for the idea

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  60. I have never tried sewing with plastic. It looks like a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

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  61. NOW I JUST NEED THAT TEFLON FOOT, THAKS FOR THE IDEA
    hjrogers@sympatico.ca

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  62. Selina, I really enjoyed visiting your blog. You certainly accomplish a lot! I wish there were an email option for receiving your blog posts; I'm terrible at remembering to check back for new posts, but I'd love to see how some of your works-in-progress come out. Plus, the photos of your sweet dogs are a big motivator. :)

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  63. That is such a good idea, nothing worse than rummaging through different bags to find what you are looking for. Thanks for being part of the blog hop. delissac@hotmail.com

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  64. I may need to make some bags, great idea.

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  65. So glad your post finally came up! What a fun idea....I love that reindeer mugrug!

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  66. Very neat gift ideas!!! Thank you!
    kcummings71@gmail.com

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  67. Love your ornamented-moose mug-mat gift bag, and the appliqued cards; as much trouble as I've had finding interesting and affordable birthday cards ($5 to $8 for a piece of paper that will be thrown away? Not this girl!) I'm inspired to make some quilty ones for all occasions. Even the postage will be a bargain, so I could sent out lots of them. Thanks! susanprincess at att dot net

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  68. I will use some of these ideas, very nice. beimborn@charter.net

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  69. Great idea. Thanks for sharing.

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  70. Wonderful ideas. Sometimes it's hard to come up with some great gift ideas. So this was so helpful. Thanks.

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  71. Great bags and fun stuff to put in them, thanks for the ideas.

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  72. I really like the see-through aspect of your bags - perfect! I hate putting things in enclosed boxes - it becomes the kiss of death for whatever is hidden away inside. Your cards are lovely, too!

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  73. Great ideas--love how you filled these bags! Thanks for sharing!

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  74. I like the see through aspect of vinyl bags too. I will check out a Teflon foot before trying to make my own. Thanks for sharing.

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  75. I visited on the 20th but didn't see a link - I'm glad I tried again today and saw these plastic bags. I've made a couple before with fabric only at the top but I like your idea of fabric at the bottom as well; a lot stronger finish I think :)

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  76. oh wow just have to make these, thanks for the link

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  77. Need more than one of these bags,
    patsystitch@gvtc.com

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  78. I've never worked with the vinyl - like it for the 'visual' as a craft bag. Lovely project and thank you for sharing

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  79. I like the idea of making bags from vinyl! Thanks! Cotten.gloria@gmail.com

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  80. I love how cute these bags are! In the first picture, I was totally fooled about the size. Even the biggest one looked much smaller until I saw you stuff all that yarn into it! Cool idea, maybe I will try this one!

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  81. Have added these bags to my list. Maybe not as a gift. Thanks

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  82. Great idea - the bags and the contents.

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  83. Too fun... now to get to the machine! TFS

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  84. I really love these project bags! I never thought to use them as gift bags with matching mug rugs! What a great ideal!

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  85. Love the project bags, and glad to see you finally got your computer. Funny how much we depend on them!

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  86. Great idea! I'm ready to whip up a bunch of these vinyl bags. Thank you.

    hijoffeATgmailDOTcom

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  87. I would love to win. Barbara Winkler creations4u7@aol.com

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  88. I am in love with the white /gold fabric you used for your backdrop. Is it acurrent line or something from your stash?
    Pat

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  89. You shine and there is no way you short changed anyone. Lovely project bags and finishing three, wonderful. All that said then you topped it off by filling them, fabulous!!
    Merry Christmas in July.
    ejaneemerson@yahoo.com

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  90. Those are some nice project bags a lot prettier to see and look at vs. the plane Jane clear bags, unfortunately for me......zippers are my ach enemies! Try as I might I just can't sew in a zipper. Most of my life I made my own clothes but never anything with a zipper lol
    Jeri Oldtisme@aol.com

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  91. Those are some nice project bags a lot prettier to see and look at vs. the plane Jane clear bags, unfortunately for me......zippers are my ach enemies! Try as I might I just can't sew in a zipper. Most of my life I made my own clothes but never anything with a zipper lol
    Jeri Oldtisme@aol.com

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  92. I am so excited, I was already crushing on that moose mug rug and here you are sending it out to one of us! You are so generous, thank you for the opportunity and the gift ideas!

    ~Brandy

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  93. What a fabulous idea, and thanks for the tip on the foot. I will have to see if there is one for my machine - or maybe buy a duplicate foot and add the teflon! I can think of several materials that would help glide through. Thanks for the chance to win Bag #2 - such a cute mug rug - I think it's fabulous! dezertsuz at gmail

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  94. I like your projects. My favorite is the Christmas cards.

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  95. *Thank you!*, Selina!!... Now, *that's* an impressive post!
    What a flood of wonderful ideas!
    You started out with a single great, useful idea (clear vinyl bags are SO handy!)... Then, you pulled out one more great idea after another, after another, after another!!
    (By the way, that "ornamented" reindeer is adorable!)
    *Thank you, again, Selina!!*
    pat T.

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  96. I have never made vinyl bags, but i think that is a great idea for a gift

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  98. Thanks for this inspiration. I just happen to have some vinyl waiting for me to sew it up into these very useful bags!

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  99. Good to see you and Tink, I know he was there somewhere. I Like that the little pouches are clear And the mug rug a matching articles are just too cute. I have found many thing on this hop I want to make including yours. I was concerned when I did not see you early in the day, but I had to come back I knew you would post something cute. Thanks

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  100. Great bags! I've sewn with vinyl and didn't have trouble, but there was always fabric on the other side. I wonder if I would have trouble with 2 layers of vinyl. I'll give it a try and let you know. Thanks for the tutorial!

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  101. I adore these , especially the one with the mug rug. Fabulous idea for gifts. Thank you.

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  102. I've given up on vinyl but you make it seem do-able. These are great gift bags!

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  103. Cute idea! I'll have to look into the teflon foot for my machine. Thanks for the tip!

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  104. Do you need my address Selinaquilts???? You are a WInner!!! Clever and Great idea!!!!

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  105. Do you need my address Selinaquilts???? You are a WInner!!! Clever and Great idea!!!!

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  106. The reindeer is especially cute. Shahann@yahoo.com

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  107. Some great tips listed in this tutorial. Thanks so much! I haven't tried anything with vinyl yet.

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  108. A whole bunch of lovelies. I need to make myself one of those handy little bags.

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  109. I love your idea! I could see making these for crafty friends. And I will be thrilled if I win bag # 2. :)

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  110. Love the vinyl bags . . . and that moose face. He is just adorbs! ~smile~ Roseanne

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  111. Great idea for the vinyl bags! Thanks for posting this idea.

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  112. Vinyl bags are such a great idea as you know what is inside. Thanks for sharing.

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  113. Oh wow! I love your bags. Great project.

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  114. Oh! You've given me a great idea for bags for the tiniest of scraps that I save which right now are ALL jumbled in a fabric pail that I keep meaning to sort better... Thank you for the tutorial!

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  115. I love your project bags! Thanks for the idea.

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  116. Great project bags-- thanks for sharing!

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  117. Thanks for sharing. These bags would be very handy. tljeo at yahoo dot com

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  118. I love project bags--especially when I can see what is in them--lol!

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  119. I love so many of your projects. Thanks for sharing.

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  120. Great job on the project bags! I've never tried sewing with vinyl, but I can see why it would make for perfect project bags :)

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  121. What wonderful gifts Selina. I love the project bags, but was interested in your Christmas cards, using fabric. Must try that.

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  122. The idea of filling it up for gifts, is great. Thank you for sharing!

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