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Patchwork Triangle Pillow with Octopus Appliqué + Starfish Pillow: TokyoMilk presents Neptune and the Mermaid by Margot Elena for Coats

Thursday, 22 June 2017 1:00

Sometimes, a very special fabric collection sometimes deserves very special shapes! We’ve created a pair of dimensional pillows in Neptune and the Mermaid. One is a brand new triangle pillow with pretty patchwork on one side and a custom octopus appliqué on the other side. Its pillow pal, completing the ocean theme, is our classic Starfish pillow. Make one or make them both. The brilliant colors and interesting shapes would be perfect as beach cabin décor or as toss pillows in a sunroom or covered patio. 

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Beach Duffle Backpack: TokyoMilk presents Neptune and the Mermaid by Margot Elena for Coats

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 1:00

It’s a duffle and a backpack in one! The drawcord top looks great and makes it fast and easy to load and unload the bag’s contents. Then, slip it on as a backpack for hands-free strolling to the beach (or river or park or....) and back again. We love all the clever fussy cutting we were able to do with our three Neptune and the Mermaid fabrics. Front and center is the vintage diver plunging into the ocean waves of the pocket panel. A bit more hidden, but nonetheless clever, are lining panels with their hints of a sly octopus. Margot Elena’s collection is so boldly brilliant and filled with such cunning motifs, you can tell your own little story within each and even project. In our seaside tale, Larry the lifeguard and his team of daring diving companions are racing to rescue sweet Sally who’s spilled her seashells by the seashore. 

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An Interview with Designer, Margot Elena: TokyoMilk Presents Neptune and the Mermaid By Margot Elena for Coats

Tuesday, 20 June 2017 1:00

“Wait a minute,” I shout, pulling the phone away from my ear. “TokyoMilk? You mean like the hand cream I have sitting right here on my desk? That TokyoMilk? She’s doing a fabric collection for Coats? (sounds of screaming and phone dropping).” This is a reenactment of the excitement that ran through the Sew4Home studios when our pals at Coats told us about their latest designer collaboration with Margot Elena. Margot is the Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Margot Elena Companies & Collections. She is the design and marketing mind behind several cult-classic, niche beauty brands, including TokyoMilk, Lollia, Library of Flowers, and her newest creation, The Cottage Greenhouse. To her long list of accomplishments, she now adds: Fabric Designer. Today, you'll get to meet Margot through our interview and find out a little bit about the inspiration behind her first collection, Neptune and the Mermaid. You’ll also learn a few of her personal secrets to color mixing and matching, and discover why Margot never designs and drives. 

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Elegant Fantail Kimono & Matching Obi Belt: TokyoMilk presents Neptune and the Mermaid by Margot Elena for Coats

Monday, 19 June 2017 1:00

Welcome to our wonderfully, watery world of mermaids, octopi, vintage bathing beauties, fantail goldfish, and more! We are celebrating a week of Neptune and the Mermaid by Margot Elena for Coats. Margot is the Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Margot Elena Companies & Collections. She is the design and marketing mind behind several cult-classic, niche beauty brands, including TokyoMilk. To her long list of accomplishments, she now adds: Fabric Designer. We were thrilled when Coats approached us about doing a series with this dynamic new collection. It starts today with our Elegant Fantail Kimono and Matching Obi Belt, incorporating three of the beautiful designs: Lost Atlantis, Age of Aquarius, and Anthemoessa. Just the names conjure up an enchanted ocean adventure. 

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Shirring: Learn It, Then Make a Top or a Dress – All in a Single Afternoon

Friday, 16 June 2017 1:00

It’s shirr magic! Elastic shirring creates a wonderful stretchy texture and is the perfect warm weather technique. It occupies the space between the simplicity of gathering and the intricacy of hand-smocking. We’ve gathered together links to our full step-by-step tutorial plus three shirring projects: a flirty little top plus a full length sundress for both big and little girls. We think you’ll find it fun to learn and easy to do. 

Prevent Thread Tangles in Hand Sewing: Best Products & Top Tips

Thursday, 15 June 2017 1:00

 

No matter what kind of sewing you like to do, there are times you must use a hand needle and thread. It could be for something simple, such as sewing on a button, stitching an opening closed, or tacking a strap in place. Or, you can move up the hand-sewing food chain to beautifully intricate techniques, like hand embroidery or hand quilting. Learn our favorite tips to help eliminate knots and tangles, and keep those stitches flowing smoothly.

Easy Box Pleat Pillows

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 1:00


The box pleat is one of the easiest pleating techniques to master. We’ve used the inverted version to create a pair of simple yet stunning pillows. Use a single pleat or a double pleat; we give you all the measurements needed for either version. Or as we did, make both as the perfect decorator pair. When choosing your fabric for the inside of the pleat, look for a sharp contrast in order to make allow this detail to best stand out. We recommend a darker coordinating color. And, if making the pillow pair, it’s a nice idea to match the interior fabric to pull together the two pillows. We used a rich chocolate brown for the inner accent on ours. 

Hanging Sewing Caddy with Clear-View Vinyl Pockets

Tuesday, 13 June 2017 1:00

"Where did I put my ....?" Sewing projects are full of little bits and pieces, including numerous notions whose jobs are to make construction easier, but only if you can find them when you need them! Corral important items with our clever clear-view caddy. We used our Janome Skyline S7 for the construction as well as the pretty decorative stitching. It was a real pro when it came to handling the multiple layers and the variety of substrates; it sewed through it all with flying colors

10-Pocket Purse Organizer: Get the Pro Look with Dritz Hardware

Monday, 12 June 2017 1:00

This wonderful little caddy came about thanks to your requests on our You Asked 4 It list! Many of you had suggested we design a purse organizer. What are these brilliant little carriers? By loading up all your essentials into one multi-pocket pouch, all you need to do when you change bags is to switch the organizer from one to the other. It also makes it much easier to find those essentials – no more digging around at the bottom of your purse to locate your headphones! To give our custom organizer the very best form and function, we incorporated 10 Dritz® hardware products and tools. We’re often asked how we get such a professional look to all our samples. After thanking the person effusively for such a nice compliment, our reply always starts with one fundamental rule: use the right products and tools for the job. When you use products and tools that have been designed for a specific purpose, the installation is easier and the result is superior. 

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Jolly Bar Cake Mix Recipe Cards: Exclusively at Fat Quarter Shop

Friday, 09 June 2017 1:00

That is one delicious sounding title, isn’t it? But before you start searching in your baking cabinet for ingredients, this recipe is all about a fast and easy way to create perfect half square triangles to mix and match into a variety of gorgeous blocks. You may have heard about the Cake Mix Recipe Cards and Cupcake Mix Recipe Cards from Miss Rosie’s Quilt Co. for Moda Fabrics, which are designed to perfectly fit the popular 10” x 10” layer cake squares as well as the 5” x 5” charm pack squares. It’s triangle paper taken to a new level! This newest set of recipe cards has been created for the exclusive Fat Quarter Shop 5” x 10” Jolly Bar pre-cuts. These unique pattern overlays allow you to stitch directly through the pre-marked paper, using their guidelines for precise stitching and cutting. Tear away the paper when you’re done to reveal your perfect finished squares. 

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