December UFO link up

It’s the last day of 2016 and time for our December UFO link up!  Boy, did the year go by fast.  Thanks for making this year’s Hello 2016, Goodbye UFO’s a success.

Hello 2016, Goodbye UFO's


This month has been a whirlwind for me, and I just could not get to my planned UFO project.  We are about to begin a big remodel of our house and I’ve been visiting cabinet makers, flooring dealers, appliance stores, and the list goes on.  Plus preparing for Christmas, having our family together for the holidays and enjoying our granddaughter has been my priority.

However, I did get some sewing time in.  Instead of Christmas stockings this year, I made lunch bags for everyone.  Five to be exact.  I filled them with little goodies and they were a big hit.  I love seeing my adult children get so excited over something I made.  I used a free tutorial from Ayumi at Pink Penguin.  Her tutorial was easy to follow and I love the finished product.  I took a last minute picture of the four bags that are still at the house.  You’ll notice that there are two different sizes.  I increased the measurements so they’re big enough to handle a square Rubbermaid container and more.

Lunch bags made by Julie Cefalu using a tutorial by Ayumi at Pink Penguin


Each one was made using fabric to suit the receiver.  It was a good opportunity to use up some stash and play with fun fabric.  It has a drawstring cover that can be used to keep the contents in place.

Lunch bags made by Julie Cefalu using a tutorial by Ayumi at Pink Penguin

Lunch bags made by Julie Cefalu using a tutorial by Ayumi at Pink Penguin


I made all five in about three days time.  By the time I finished the third one, I had the process streamlined and it went pretty fast.  I still need to make one for myself – ha! Famous last words.

December UFO Link Up

It’s been so much fun seeing all of your finished projects this year.   I can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to this month.  I’ll pick two winners who will each receive a mystery prize package.  Why the mystery?  I can’t even get to my sewing room right now, but there is a prize in there somewhere worth about $50!

Link-up Rules:

  • You may add up to 2 finished projects.
  • One image per finished project.
  • Project must be sewing or quilting related.
  • The link-up will be open until January 7 at midnight, PST.
  • The giveaway is open to USA or Canada only, however, anyone can join the link-up. If a winner is chosen that is international, then another number will be picked until it meets the criteria.
  • Winner will be drawn at random on January 8, 2017.


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  1. Hi Julie,

    I love the bags. I keep saying I’m going to make some like that, but you know how that goes…..

    I have a question. I have a Janome Memory Craft 6600. I bought if used off of Craigslist. I paid $800 for it, and think I got a good deal. It’s in great shape, and does all kinds of wonderful things. One thing I have only tried once or twice is the thread cutter. It is a handy dandy little critter, but I’m not sure whether or not I’m doing it right. I feel like it is more work to use it than not. After it cuts the thread, it leaves such a short tail on the bobbin thread that I have to almost dig it out. Is that normal, or is there something I’m missing?

    So glad you got to be with Amelia for Christmas. She must have been so much fun!

    xo Linda

  2. Beautiful bags and a useful gift!! So glad to have been in this challenge-yep, i still need to upload my pictures 🙂 I’ve just printed out the 2017 UFO, just in case….Happy New Year to you!! 🙂

  3. I love the lunch bags you made. I think that will be my gift for my family next year or maybe for their birthdays this year. Thanks for all of your inspiration.

  4. Great job on your lunch bags. I’m door to be so behind on reading and commenting on your blog. Happy new year!

  5. Those lunch bags are great! I love homemade gifts that will get used. I’ve enjoyed Hello 2016, Goodbye UFOs! Thanks for all the time & energy you have put into it!

  6. The lunch bags look great! It’s been a great year following your blog. Thanks for all you did for me and the quilting community. Have a great New Year!!

  7. Hey, Julie, the #5 project “Crazy six strip tease tabletopper” links back to your December UFO post. Can you fix that or is it something the poster did? Being tecnologically incompetent, I can understand it happening, but I’m interested in seeing the psattern used.
    Have a Happy New Year.

  8. Hope your remodeling goes well. I also would like the bigger dimensions for the lunch bags. Jan, I haven’t a clue about why the photos are sideways. Sometimes mine are cropped and you can’t see the entire object when it is ok even in the little upload square.

  9. I also did not work on a UFO. I did complete a new quilt project which spanned several months. I liked the format of having one project to focus on each month and I think I will continue that in 2017. Happy New Year.

  10. I love the pairing of fabric to the gift and the receiver! Your bags made such nice gifts.

    I’m tickled to finally have a finish! I have been slowly working on Timeless Tradition for 2 years, quilted and delivered in time for Christmas!

  11. Lunch bags are SO useful compared to the stockings hung by the chimney with care! Love them! Have a great new year, enjoy the renovations, and don’t forget to sew,

  12. Love the bags! Thanks for sending the link from Pink Penguin. I have downloaded it for future use because I really like the drawstring feature to close them. Hope to get at least one UFO finished and sent to you!

  13. I Love the larger version of the lunch bags….could you share your new dimensions or tell me the best way to increase the sizes… Thanks so much and Happy New Year!!!!

  14. I don’t understand why the pictures that I select are always turned on their sides on your site because they’re right side up when I choose them.

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