Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Tuesday's This and That: November 16, 2021


Happy Tuesday and welcome to Tuesday's This and That!

Many bloggers have been busily working on holiday presents--actually for quite some time.  I don't do that much holiday sewing anymore because my grandkids are older.  Still, there are some projects that I want to point out in case you are looking for a quick holiday sewing project.

Wendy over at Pieceful Thoughts posted yesterday about a week long blog hop that you might want to check out.  The hop features Mug Rugs and if you've never made any, trust me they are simple and fun projects.  Check out the ones that Wendy made and posted today here.  They are adorable!

In case you don't know what a Mug Rug is, it is a small quilted piece that is slightly bigger than a coaster.  I've often made mine wide enough for a snack.  

Actually I had two sets in my finished projects and decided to give them to my elderly neighbors this year along with some cookies.  One set features embroidered dogs:

So if you are looking for a little inspiration, check out Wendy and the other bloggers websites!


Over the weekend, I actually started a project that I hadn't anticipated.  When I was a very young child, someone at the church gave my brother and me a "Danish Ribbon" to share.  My Mom liked the idea so much that she began to make them for us and all the kids in the family.  She's made them for decades. 

Surprisingly--when she did meet a woman from Denmark--she asked about the tradition and the woman told her the Danish do make them--the lady often knitted or crocheted the ribbons for the kids in her family.

It's like an advent calendar and kids participated during the last ten days of Christmas.  You could actually make one for any holiday.  Here's one we made for Miles my youngest grandchild who is now a teenager:

Mom's not up to doing much right now as she recovers from her surgery but she suggested I make quilted Danish Ribbons for  two children in my neighborhood.

This is a REALLY easy project.  It's actually too easy to even write a tutorial for but I'll provide you with some insights in case you want to make one.

Except for the binding, every part was scraps: scrap fabric, scrap batting, and scrap backing.  All I need to do now is finish the binding, go to my local hardware store to get rings to attach to the top, and attach the goodies for the kids.

Mom's ribbons were two feet long but I made both of mine 33 inches long and 5.5 inches wide.  The reason? I'm going to do 12 days of Christmas (neighbor's suggestion).  Also the kids are 8 and almost 4 so I can attach little toys too.  I'll use embroidery thread to tie the pieces on.

If I had thought about it earlier, I could have even made one like a crazy quilt.  One of my suggestions is to have a sashing print in between the novelty fabrics.  I tried it without and it was too busy for me.

The top of the piece is also important.  

There you attach the instructions which are in poem form:

Dear (Child's name),

Far away in Denmark, the children will have fun.
To mark the days 'til Christmas, each day you pull off one.
Start from the bottom and work up to your name.
The last one comes on Christmas and ends our little game!

I'll use card stock to print the poem and punch holes around it so I can embroider the instructions on. 


What kind of projects are you working on?

Wishing you a safe and happy day!


  1. My littles would love theses! So you’ll attach a toy or treat to each rectangle, including the sashing(ie plaid fabric in the last photo)? Fun!

  2. Thanks so much for the highlight of my post and the blog hop! Your mug rugs are so fun! I've never heard of a Danish ribbon, but enjoyed learning about them!