Saturday, November 28, 2015

Handmade for the Holidays: Open Wide

Handmade for the Holidays
We are nearing the end of our Handmade for the Holidays series and we have had lots of fun! Our project for today is Open Wide!. Quick and fun to make, these handy zippered bags in three sizes open wide for easy access to all your supplies.
Binding on the easy-to-install zipper finishes the upper edges and forms a handle and grab tab.

Two inner mesh pockets keep things organized and easy to view.
These feature a new product called fold-over elastic. It currently comes in 11 colors. We use this to line our mesh pockets and it gives a fun finish to the project as well as an elastic end to the pockets so contents are secured nicely. 
Slip these classy bags in your suitcase — or use them to maximize the space on your vanity.
Be sure to make a few to have on hand for gifts. Who wouldn’t love a cute bag for cosmetics or other supplies?
Because these bags can be customized in three different sizes, you're sure to have a bag for any need for anyone. 

Friday, November 27, 2015

Handmade for the Holidays: Flower Pin

Handmade for the Holidays: Flower Pin

It's our final Freebie Friday and this flower is a quick make to customize any previous project.

Make an easy raw-edge flower to embellish a favorite purse or bag or to wear on your jacket. 
Pattern includes templates to trace and complete instructions for this easy project.
A layer of Soft and Stable sandwiched between the fabric layers gives great body and stability to your Flower Pin.

Just make one of each size flower.  Then position the small flower on top of the large flower and stitch a couple of buttons through all the layers.  Stitch a lockable pin back to the back and attach it to your purse or jacket.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

ByAnnie's Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale

Thank you all for making this a great year! After these busy months, we are exciting to be entering the holiday season where we can focus on family, friends, and of course, some holiday sewing. We hope you are, too!

In appreciation for the great year we've had with you, we are offering 20% off ByAnnie's Soft and Stable through November 30, 2015. Use the code 20OFFSS at checkout -- be sure to hit apply!

Please note that we will be closed on November 26-27 to spend time with our loved ones. We will fill orders placed over the weekend, answer emails, and return phone calls on Monday.

Thanks again, and enjoy your Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Handmade for the Holidays: Nesting Baskets

Handmade for the Holidays

Fun and easy to make, these nesting baskets in three sizes will hold a multitude of treasures. When empty, they will stack inside each other for neat and compact storage.
Each container has a sturdy lid so the baskets may be stacked for attractive display. ByAnnie’s Soft and Stable gives great body and stability to these baskets and makes their construction extra easy and quick.
Instructions are included for baskets in three sizes with optional handles for carrying as well as an optional see-through pocket for a label.
Perfect for the sewing room, bathroom, nursery, child's room, craft room — or anywhere in the house! Seen above, customize baskets so little ones learn organization early one. They can feel proud knowing they put things where they go and you'll be happy with one less thing to do. It'd be really easy to include pictures in the vinyl pocket as well, for those who can't read.

We did a little experiment, and found that we could put 25 YARDS of fabric in the large size of Nesting Baskets. What a perfect way for displaying your fabric. The small size is just perfect for keeping Wonder Clips next to your sewing machine. 

Don't you love the fun snowman set of baskets that Diane made? We think that these baskets would be perfect for storing Christmas cards, ornaments, candy, and more. A label made with a piece of chalkboard fabric would be perfect on the side of the small basket which makes the top of the hat. Diane found the snowflake embellishments at a local craft store. She used brown pipe cleaners for the arms and buttons for the eyes and nose.

Whether you or your loved one needs some organization, or someone is in need of some holiday cheer, Nesting Baskets makes for a fun, custom gift! 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Handmade for the Holidays: Hot Fudge Sauce

Handmade for the Holidays

We're mixing it up today with a fun recipe for gifting. This recipe for Hot Fudge Sauce is part of Annie's cookbook From Halibut to Jalapenos

This recipe takes about 30 minutes to make and is perfect for coworkers, neighbors, and friendship groups.

It can be packaged beautifully and would be so nice with brownies or ice cream. 

Dana, part of the Team, put together this hot fudge sauce and said it was easy and quick. She didn't include the rum at the end, and it tastes fine without it. Depending on your taste for rum, you may or may not want to include that. She also said when she added the boiling water to the mix, it mixed up beautifully at first, then started to separate. She started to panic, but kept making it. By the end of the process it worked just fine and came together in a delicious sauce. 

Want to make it your own? Another fun idea would be channeling your inner chef and mixing up the chocolate.

So what are you waiting for? Start making a quick, easy, DELICIOUS, gift today.