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Key Ring Gift Card Case: ScrapBusters

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 1:00

As a site dedicated to promoting all things handmade, we probably shouldn't be advocating the gift card. But... what if you put the gift card inside a super cute, handmade case? All bases covered, and everybody's happy. Plus, when the gift card is spent, the case can still be used to hold cards and cash for a quick shopping trip. We even added a key ring to clip on a house or car key. Take it by itself or toss it into a larger tote. You could even use one as a clever case for your business cards.


Holiday Elf Stockings with Curlicue Toes

Tuesday, 24 November 2015 1:00

One of my favorite books as a child was a Little Golden Book version of the classic story, The Elves and the Shoemaker. I forced my mother to read it over and over until the binding split. What I loved the most, and wanted for my very own, were the curly-toed boots the little elves wore. These stockings are modeled after those very same elf boots. And they are just as cute as I remember.

Luxury Faux Fur Collar: Fabric Depot

Monday, 23 November 2015 1:00

Fashion in a flash. Fur collars are the rage this year on upscale winter coats. Want to add the look to your wardrobe? This beautiful faux fur collar adds an instant overlay of luxury. It was inspired by the sumptuous faux fur selection at Fabric Depot. From realistic animal fur varieties to fanciful colors of curly shags, Fabric Depot's options are wide and varied. We went with the natural fur look of a multi-color Island Raccoon; it featured not only a beautiful depth of tone, but also a smooth and deep pile. 


Satin Pillowcases with Velvet & Lace Trim

Friday, 20 November 2015 1:00

They say sleeping on satin pillowcases helps keep wrinkles away. I say, "Sign me up for that one!" These gorgeous cases are quick and easy to make, yet look like the fancy ones with the expensive price tags at the bedding store. That's a recipe for the perfect gift! The lucky recipient will think you slaved away for days to create them for her. She'll adore the luxurious feel of the satin charmeuse, and when you tell her that little tip about the wrinkles, I bet they become her favorite bedding faster than you can say "forty winks." 

How to Make Your Own Continuous Bias Binding

Thursday, 19 November 2015 1:00

Sewing is a continually evolving art. Learning new and interesting techniques is one of the best ways to build upon your current knowledge. It keeps your skills fresh and your ideas lively. We have two great how-to articles on binding in general: Bias Binding: Figuring Yardage, Cutting, Making and Attaching and A Complete Step-by-Step for Binding Quilts & Throws. In this article, we're continuing our journey down the binding path to a "sub-set" technique called: continuous bias binding. It's a little bit like the ancient art of origami. You start out with a flat square (or rectangle), and after a few folds and flips here and there, you have something completely different, very dimensional, and quite useful.

ScrapBusters: Rustic Sachets with Hand Stitched Accents

Wednesday, 18 November 2015 1:00

Awwww, the sweet smell of success. Or, at least the sweet smell of lavender! Slip these pretty little sachets onto one or more hangers to freshen your closet. Tie one on a doorknob to lightly scent a small room, such as a guest bath. Bundle up several with some elegant lingerie for a decadent bridal shower gift. Or, heck... just make a few for yourself! For a seasonal spin try cedar chips, cinnamon or pine instead of lavender. With its wonky piecework and rustic feel, this project is all about random elements. Don't stress about keeping everything perfect; embrace the unusual.  


Snowman Pillows: A Reversible Trio

Tuesday, 17 November 2015 1:00

I've always thought Frosty the Snowman was one of the saddest holiday songs ever, because he melts away in the end. It could bring me to tears as a child. So, we came up with a way to keep Frosty safe year 'round. We used a beautiful long napped, Mongolian style faux fur in white (of course) to create a set of three pillows: two simple round pillows and one sphere (we offer a downlaodable pattern below to create the sphere). The front of the pillows feature our snowman's special smile and button accents, plus we added a bright green pom pom scarf - a Frosty fashion essential. When the holidays have come and gone, simply remove the scarf, flip everything over, and you have three fluffy fur pillows to display for as long as you'd like. Frosty thanks you! 

Bow Ties-Unexpected Fashion Flair: Dritz® Sewing Notions

Monday, 16 November 2015 1:00

The bow tie has long been the purview of over-dressed little boys, dapper accountants, and Bill Nye the Science Guy, but we're blasting out of that box. We used unique fabrics and custom designs to create three quirky, confident, and stylish ways to wear a bow tie. Our teen trio effortlessly pulled off each example of this unexpected fashion flair: Newsboy Button Down, Hipster Double Plaid, and Party Chic Velvet. What's the big deal with bow ties? It's all thanks to our friends at Dritz® who sent us their new Bow Tie Kit. These inexpensive kits make creating an adjustable neck band easy - so you can concentrate your imagination on customizing your best bow.


Wrap-and-Go Quilted Casserole Carrier

Friday, 13 November 2015 1:00

One of the best things about the holidays is the chance to get together with family and friends around a beautiful table filled with traditional dishes. Maybe you'll be passing around Nana's famous baked ham, Aunt Sheila's warm apple-cranberry crisp, or your own delicious cornbread stuffing. If your culinary talents are on-the-go from gathering to gathering this season, you need a carrier that can keep your special dish toasty on the way there. Our wrap-it-up design includes a handy loop to clip a pot holder and an inside pocket for a serving utensil. This would make a wonderful present for the foodies on your gift list. Make the pretty carrier and matching mitt, then wrap up a new baking pan you've filled with yummy homemade treats! 


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