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How to Make Flat Felled Seams

Wednesday, 28 January 2015 1:00

The right finishes make projects go more smoothly, look more professional, and give you an upper hand when it comes to impressing friends with your vast sewing knowledge! Making a flat felled (or flat fell) seam is a detail with a place in history as well as a place in the world of professional seam finishes. You can find references to the flat felled seam technique in vintage as well as hand sewing (once the only way to sew anything!). And, if you look down right now at the inside seam of your jeans, you'll see a trademark flat felled seam.

Hanging Diaper Stacker for the Nursery

Tuesday, 27 January 2015 1:00

Babies bring a ray of sunshine into the world. However, they don't bring much of anything else with them! It's up to us to provide the important things to keep them happy and healthy. This handy diaper stacker is designed to hang from a crib or changing table. There's plenty of room for lots of diapers inside plus two handy pockets on the outside for wipes, ointments, lotions and more. Our adorable sunshine appliqué, with its unique teardrop sun rays, is offered below as a download. 

Metallic Leather Tall Tote with Renaissance Ribbons

Monday, 26 January 2015 1:00

Tall, thin and elegant, this bag could be a runway model. Or maybe at least be carried by one of those long-legged beauties. Soft faux leather with a slight metallic sheen is the perfect background for the exquisitely woven, richly colored, simply beautiful jacquard ribbons. These are brand new selections by Bonnie Christine for Renaissance Ribbons. We went Bonnie-all-the-way, using a matching fabric from her Art Gallery collection for the lining. Our specific ribbon selection is what creates the bag's fashionable spirit, but there are many, many others from which to choose at Renaissance Ribbons

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Lumbar Pillow with Front Button Closure

Friday, 23 January 2015 1:00

A horizontal pillow injects an interesting shape into the ordinary pile of pillows. This one features an envelope style opening on the front rather than the back, so we can show off a set of three beautiful cherry wood buttons. The buttons are not only fabulous, they are also keeping the pillow cover closed. Who says beauty and brains don't mix? 

Dimensional Ribbon Embellishment Technique

Thursday, 22 January 2015 1:00

We love embellishing projects with gorgeous ribbons. One reason is that we have such amazing choices from our friends and sponsor, Renaissance Ribbons. Another is because ribbons inject wonderful color and texture. Third, they're very easy to work with. Since we use them often, we're always thinking about new and unique ways to apply them. Today's quick tip shows you how to use standard piping cord to make ribbon pop off the surface.

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ScrapBusters: Quilted Mug Rug with Napkin Pocket

Wednesday, 21 January 2015 1:00

"Snug as a mug on a rug." Just gotta say that and get it out of the way! Sometimes a placemat takes up too much real estate, and a coaster is too small to hold anything extra. A mug rug is bigger than a coaster but smaller than a placemat – just the right size at your desk, in the sewing room, or on a small end table in the living room or den. Our design adds a unique little pocket with its own napkin for truly self-contained snacking. We used scraps from Bonnie & Camille's Marmalade collection for Moda Fabrics and framed it all with coordinating rick rack. The combination of sweet colors and pretty prints really makes a difference on this small project. Be bold with your choices, mix and match to fashion your own look. For more on creating great combos, take a look at our tutorial: Mixing and Matching Designer Fabric Collections.

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How to Make a Rolled Hem with Your Sewing Machine

Tuesday, 20 January 2015 1:00

There's always a certain amount of hemming and hawing about having to hem. Just about every project you do includes some sort of a hem, and there are so many techniques from which to choose. There is the simple double-turn hem, blind hem, faced hem, covered hem, taped hem, curved hem, single hem, narrow hem, cuffed hem, and bias hem. Then there are all the special hemming techniques for certain fabric types, such as leather, fur or lace, as well as projects with scalloped edges or pleats. Whew! But with even with these choices, there is one particular type of hem we receive more questions about than any of the others: the rolled hem. Since it's at the top of our You Asked 4 It list, let's get rollin'. 

Stenciled Bridesmaid Aprons with Fabric Depot

Monday, 19 January 2015 1:00

A stencil is a piece of plastic (or other sturdy material) with a design cut out of it. To decorate a fabric item with a stencil, you position it on the item, then while holding it in place, paint over the cut out parts of the template. When done, just lift it up to reveal your finished design. Voila, you've just stenciled. Even though stenciling is really popular right now, it's actually one of the oldest forms of human art. Stone age painters were using their hands as stencils on cave walls 35,000 years ago. The art form has been used continuously ever since. 

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Snapshots Quilt-Along at Fat Quarter Shop Benefits St. Jude

Friday, 16 January 2015 1:00

Yesterday was 1-15-15 – double fifteens is double-lucky and a perfect day for Fat Quarter Shop to kick off their newest Quilt-Along for a Cause: Snapshots. This year, not only will you end up with a beautiful quilt at the end of the QAL, you can also help support the amazing work of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. FQS is encouraging all participating quilters to donate $5.00 for each month's pattern download. At the end of the series, Fat Quarter Shop and Moda Fabrics will team up to match all the donations collected, up to $10,000! That means St. Jude could get as much as $20,000 to continue their crucial work to advance cures and work towards the prevention of catastrophic pediatric diseases.

Double Zipper Device Sleeve

Thursday, 15 January 2015 1:00

We love the idea of concealing a cutting-edge electronic device inside a vintage wrapper. Our Double Zipper Device Sleeve combines three nostaligic prints from the wonderful Eclectic Elements series by Tim Holtz for Coats. There's a great old-fashioned ticking stripe together with a print made up of old-school rulers and tapes. The lining print is a cool collage of vintage labels and pen and ink illustrations. Three generous pockets can hold a selection of devices. The inner sleeve is sized to easily accommodate a Nook®, Kindle® or iPad® Mini. Two 7" x 7" outer pockets can fit the smaller Nook® or your smart phone. The front pocket can be completely sealed with a zipper, so it could also hold a wallet and keys. Or... go ahead and push against the electronic grain by tucking an actual printed book or notepad into one of the compartments! Fusible fleece between the layers keeps everything soft yet stable. So many options in one convenient bag.

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