Monday, May 21, 2012

Giveaway Day part 2!

Welcome to Giveaway Day! Hosted by Sew Mama Sew! each year, this event celebrates those of us who create! Anyone with a blog is welcome to join in, and give away an item for crafting (specifically related to sewing), or a handmade item. Today I'm giving away two items!




This item is a set of five reusable cloth napkins and a travel sized placemat! My daughter has lunch at school, and at the beginning of the year they asked us to send two paper towels each day in her lunch - one for a placemat and one for a napkin. I couldn't bear the thought of wasting all those paper towels, so I made her a set of reusable cloth napkins, and a placemat made of laminated cotton! We wash her napkins and wipe down her placemat as needed, and they go back in her lunchbox for the next day - she loves them and I love not throwing away all those paper towels! 




You can win your own set today - perfect for your child or for yourself! The laminated cotton placemat is bpa free and has a decorative serged edge. It should be wiped clean with a damp cloth and laid flat to dry. The set of five napkins (one for each day of the work week!) is made of cotton quilting fabric and is double sized and features top-stitching for a professional finish and look. 




To win, leave me a comment telling me your favorite handmade item to give as a gift! Please leave your email address in your comment to make sure I can contact you! Thanks for stopping by! Giveaway closes at 5pm PST May 25. I'll update this post with the winner by Sunday May 27!


***UPDATE** Brooke is the winner! Congrats Brooke! Thanks to everyone for stopping by!
If you didn't win, you can purchase your own set of cloth napkins in my etsy store. I plan on adding the placemats soon!

67 comments:

  1. I love giving tote bags as gifts, or baby clothes! I love your placemat and napkins! :-)

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  2. My current favorite handmade gift to give is to knit socks for someone! I do love giving quilts too because I know it is usable and will last a long time!

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  3. I love to give baby shoes as gifts or decorated onesies.
    brooke at richardchurch dot com

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  4. soap is always a good pick
    fingers crossed! treevt80 at yahoo dot com

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  5. Such a great idea! I can't believe the school asks you to do that every day, seems like a waste!

    I like making little pouches for gifts because they're so versatile and fun.

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  6. My very favorite handmade item to give as a gift is a hand-quilted quilt... but that's not an everyday gift! *grin* Pot holder and coaster sets are always good ideas, as are cloth napkins...

    Thanks for the opportunity to win! :)

    sarita0818 at comcast dot net

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  7. Nice that your school allows you to do that. I've had so many friends (in Houston) whose daycares refused to let them cloth diaper, whose schools refused to let them pack lunches where anything needed to be brought back home (should be in a throwaway bag, too) (and one school (this one in El Paso, where I was substitute teaching) that won't even let parents pack lunches at all, and gives kids fast-food breakfast sandwiches whether or not they've already had breakfast, because the school gets money from the federal school lunch program for each thing that's eaten, and it's official "nutritionally balanced" junk food rather than parent-chosen food so therefore obviously better), and a daycare that required formula and store-bought baby food rather than breastmilk bottles and homemade baby food... and if you don't have the luxury to pick and choose fancy daycares, you're stuck with that one or one that's worse! ... you're lucky to have a tolerant school that doesn't get you in trouble for that. (Although I wouldn't be surprised to hear that the school just gives her paper towels and grouses at the parent who won't play along...) Had one coworker, single mother of three with no money, borrow money from friends to cover the massive shopping list the public school sent for each kid (3 bottles Clorox apiece! 12 rolls paper towels! toilet paper! kleenex! What happened to the days when school supplies were just pen and paper?)... anyhow, rant over. My go-to gift for babies is a self-binding two-layer flannel blanket - made one in half an hour yesterday morning when I forgot we were going to meet a new baby. They sew up fast! My favorite would be something more involved, like a baby quilt.

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  8. I love to give handmade cloth napkins as a gift...but our family uses them everyday and I rarely make them just for us. These would be a beautiful addition to our small stack! Thank you.

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  9. I so need these. I was just talking about making some the other day. I don't really have a go to item to make. I just make things with people in mind sometimes. Something I know they will like. It varies.

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  10. I love cloth napkins!

    My go-to gift item is tote bags, they're just so useful and cheerful. I like table runners too, though I can't say I've seen anyone actually *use* one that I've made, so perhaps I should rethink that? Placemats are totally fun too!

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  11. I've been making little bags. So useful for so many things.

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  12. I love to give burp cloths to new mommies and mini quilts to others!

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  13. This is a giveaway after my own heart! I can't even begin to describe how useful these would be ... not to mention, I've had cloth set aside for making something just like this and our school year is over in 2 weeks. It sure would be nice to have it just DONE for next year.

    I have a purse that I like to give as a gift. It gets so many compliments and I've accidentally run into friends who I've made it for only to see them using the purse. So I know they're not just trying to be nice.

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  14. What a fun prize, thank you. my favourite thing to make for friends this year have been large hearts made out of felt, blanket stitched and covered in buttons. I have also been making them pincushions too as I am addicted to them right now.
    ks.eyles@yahoo.co.uk

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  15. Love these... I can see my daughter using them! Lately I've been making gifts for my nieces, and they all wanted crayon wallets for coloring/doodling on the go.

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  16. Great idea to use laminated fabric. For little ones, I love to give bibs - used many times over!

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  17. Love giving table runners, or anything someone like in there fav colours

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  18. I usually go big...quilts tend to be gifties, unless they are swaps I join in flickr land.

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  19. I made a pleated purse that I found on pinterest 8 times for christmas presents!

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  20. I love to give handmade homewares as gifts.

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  21. Love these! My fave gift at the moment is homemade cookies! :)

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  22. I am really looking forward to giving my homemade dolls dresses and nappies to the three year old little girls around me.

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  23. I love to make bags, everyone can use a bag and I try to make them fit the person and their interests.

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  24. I love to give little knitted cup cosies as gifts.

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  25. What a great idea! My current favorite gift to mothers of small children is a matched set of a crayon roll and a travel tissue cover - things I use almost daily as a mom of small children.

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  26. Oh wow - what a clever idea! My favourites are accessories and I lean towards purses / totebags for women and lunchbags for men. You'll be surprised how many men go gaga over a cloth lunchbag - hahaha.

    Thank you for the chance to win such a unique prize - it's lovely.

    Marilize
    marilize (dot) paulsen (at) gmail (dot) com

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  27. I am a knitter, and there are these teeny "bunny nuggets" that are pretty quick to knit and cute as can be - https://www.etsy.com/listing/96918556/mini-bunny-nuggets-plush-rainbow-friends - plus people like to get them! They're a great gift.

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  28. This is near and dear to my heart! I love to give away baby blankets/bibs....I especially love to make them with school colors or logos for die-hard fans! Babies decked out for football season? Yes Please!

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  29. I love making Christmas oraments and cards and food - cookies in tin with a nice tea towel as the 'wrapping paper'!! These are great!!

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  30. I usually like to give handknit dishclothes or hand towels as hostess gifts.

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  31. For little kids, I like making and giving felt food.

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  32. Anonymous12:31 PM

    I like to give cupcakes & cookies.
    rierie11booger (@) yahoo.com

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  33. It depends on the person it is going to.

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  34. Great idea! I can't believe all the non-recycling at our school. I like to give zipper pouches, but I'm thinking of shaking things up with cloth "paper" towels this next year.

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  35. I've been making pin cushions this year, experimenting with different fillers. So far, my favorite is an in-the-hoop design made on my embroidery machine. Best filler turns out to be crushed walnut shells.

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  36. I've given a lot of potholders away. I always wish it was something bigger but I guess it's the little things that I actually complete.

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  37. These are so cute, and a great idea! My favorite item to give away as gifts are crocheted dish cloths and/or hot pads. I like that they can be made to coordinate with anyone's colors/decor. Thank you for this awesome giveaway, and the chance to win!
    jackieinmi67@gmail.com

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  38. Hello, What a great idea! I would so use this myself at work everyday. My favorite item to give as a gift right now is pajama bottoms. They are great for men, women, teens, and kids and I can customize them for the individual. Thanks for the chance to win. Linda
    rodlindafansler at gmail dot com

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  39. Flannel crib sheets. Guess you can tell I'm in the middle of baby boom in my life! Our cloth napkins are getting a little worse for the wear, these would be great.

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  40. sweet-i love giving potholders or for babies; AMH's quick change trousers. thanks!

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  41. As a hostess gift I usually make some coasters to give to the wonderful hostess.

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  42. My favorite gift to give is hand-knit socks. Sent my daughter off to college with 7 pairs. She thought I was nuts, but came home for Thanksgiving wanting me to make some for her roommate. After she passed, I hand-dyed 4 pounds of sock yarn and made 10 pairs for her friends, and still have enough yarn left to make myself a shawl.

    majorasue(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  43. I would have totally done the same thing. I cringe at the thought of wasting so much even if it seems so little. My favourite handmade gift is softies as I have had a few babies arrive recently and then I have made freezer stencilled cushions for a few 5 year olds parties so that's fun too.

    xo Steph

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  44. this is a great earth friendly prize and you have totally inspired me to do something like this...thankyou...xxx

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  45. This is a lovely and eco-friendly prize! My favorite gift to make for others is a gratitude jar. I write out 52 things I am grateful to that person for and put the slips in a decorated jar. They open one each week of the year. It lets me show them how much they mean to me and gives them a little boost each week!

    My contact info is: scrapgirl1467 (at) yahoo (dot) com.

    Thank you for participating in the giveaway and for the lovely prize!

    Have a great day,
    Maureen

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  46. I love to give crocheted hats as gifts. Thanks for the chance to win!

    ravensrascals (at) gmail (dot) com

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  47. Bags are always popular!

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  48. I love to give blankets. That way they can be wrapped in my love. :)

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  49. quilts. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  50. What a great idea! Love it. Thanks for hosting such a lovely giveaway. :-)

    I don't really have a particular favourite item - it depends on what I'm enjoying making at the time, and what I think the person I'm making something for would like. Probably the most consistent thing I make to give away is home baking though! After all, everyone loves home-made goodies, haha!

    macska at gmail dot com

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  51. Great idea! I make kitchen stuff for my friends, hair stuff for little girls

    Jjcwebb (at) Hotmail dot com

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  52. Quilts are my favorite thing beacuse i know they will be treasured and hopefully passed down. i like to thing i am leaving pieces of myself behind and that future generations will cherish the things i made like we herish the quilts of old...who knows myabe something i made will be in a museum one day;)

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  53. I love giving sweaters hand knit by me to new babies

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  54. I usually make bags as presents if I knit then it's scarfs.. strandkorbtraum(at)gmail(dot)com

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  55. I love wrapping things in pretty handmade bags. I also love to give food as gifts.

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  56. For baby showers I love giving homemade burp cloths.

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  57. I usually give everyday useful things--pot holders or hand knit dish cloths or socks--something that can be enjoyed every day. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  58. I love to give colorful dish towels or dish drying mats. All my stuff seems so old, so I assume that everyone else's is too, and would like something new, and fun in their kitchen.

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  59. Great idea. My favorite gift to make is a fun pillowcase.

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  60. I worked for a Montessori school and they required that each child bring 2 cloth napkins; one for a place mat and the other for the napkin. This is such a clever idea!
    Favorite gift to make is a scarf or dish towels.

    mynadala(at)gmail(dot)com

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  61. I love giving homemade blankets! mjalfano19 AT gmail DOT com

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  62. i like to make pouches as a gift.
    thanks for the chance.


    waipueyyee at gmail dot com

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  63. A knitted washcloth wrapped around a handmade soap.

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  64. Those placemats and napkins are perfect!

    I give my male friends monogrammed handkerchiefs (hand-embroidered) and myf emale friends either little pouches (for make-up, coins etc) or if they sew things like pincushions, thread catchers and needles cases.

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  65. I love giving away little knitted or crocheted toys (the smaller the better - they just are so cute!)

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  66. I like to give baby blankets or quilts to newborns.

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  67. thanks so much! my favorite is quilted coasters as a housewarming gift to friends when they have us over for dinner. :)

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