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Lip Balm Key Ring Mini Case

Tuesday, 07 July 2015 1:00

When the temperatures rise or the wind flies, can chapped lips be far behind? This time of year, it can be difficult to keep your lips moist and protected from the elements. Your best defense is a good offense: constant swipes from your trusty tube of lip balm. I don't know about you, but I have tons of tubes of lip balm – there's just never one nearby when I need it. So I end up buying another! Today's fast and easy idea is perfect as both a Sew It Up 4 Summer project and a ScrapBusters choice. Make several of these adorable key ring lip balm holders so you always have your favorite tubes on hand... and can stop buying more than you need.

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Outdoor Hanging Shade Screen: Fabric Depot

Monday, 06 July 2015 1:00

Ahhhh; it's a lovely summer day on the patio. Blue skies, bright sun... actually, really bright. Blinding might be a better word! If you have an outdoor space you likely also have those one or two areas that always get blasted by the sun, making them virtually unusable at certain times of day. Enter our innovative Shade Panel. It's an outdoor curtain with a center screen that filters in light while blocking out the worst of the blinding rays – all without destroying your view. We worked with our friends at Fabric Depot to come up with the perfect combo for this project: bold Outdoor Fabric and unique Pet Screen (100% woven vinyl-coated polyester).

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Machine Basting 101

Thursday, 02 July 2015 1:00

Whether you’re a novice or advanced sewer, you’ve likely heard the term "basting." And, we don't mean the yummy Thanksgiving turkey technique! In sewing, basting is a temporary straight stitch used to hold layers together until a final stitch is sewn. Since it’s a long, loose stitch, a basting stitch removes easily after sewing is complete. In this tutorial, we’ll explain 1) how to determine if your sewing machine has a basting stitch, 2) when to use a basting stitch in your sewing projects, and 3) why hand basting is sometimes needed as well. 

ScrapBusters: Fabric Bowl Covers

Wednesday, 01 July 2015 1:00

Lighten up on the plastic wrap and aluminum foil and go green with these pretty fabric bowl covers. They're great when you're dining outside. Slip them over an open bowl to keep dirt and buggies from invading the contents. It's like a little bowl bonnet, and such a fun way to add a country-fresh look to your table. This is a super fast and easy project anyone can do.

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Zippered Picnic Tote with Lots o' Pockets Inside & Out

Tuesday, 30 June 2015 1:00

Make the most of your outdoor living opportunities with a super tote designed for the ultimate summer excursion: the picnic! You simply cannot let the season slip away without at least one day of dining al fresco! We've had several requests for picnic carryalls and think this is one everyone will love. It's lightly insulated with thermal batting to help keep your food warm or cold. There are plenty of interior pockets, in a variety of sizes, all in easy-care PUL. And the inset zipper across the top provides a secure closure so even if the tote tips, your picnic doesn't spill.

Sofa Arm 5-Pocket Caddy: Hawthorne Threads

Monday, 29 June 2015 1:00

Handy. Who doesn't want or need things to be handy? Have you ever heard anyone say, "No thanks, I'd prefer everything be just out of reach" ?! There are so many devices these days for our entertainment, it can be a challenge to keep them all corralled. It's hard to relax if you spend all your time popping up and down to fetch a remote, phone, tablet or book. This sofa arm caddy is designed to hold the items you need close at hand. Use the caddy's five pockets to organize what you want and keep it all where you want. Thanks to the beautiful fabric by Hawthorne Threads, our caddy is both functional and fabulous!

Personalize An Off-The-Rack Tee

Friday, 26 June 2015 1:00

Now's the time to stock up on cute summer tees. They're on sale nearly everywhere. We hit the local Target and Old Navy in our area and didn't spend over $6.99 for any of our shirt samples. Once you have a pile of T-shirts, now what? It's time for a fast fashion update! Our goal today is to show you how fun and easy it is to use your sewing machine to turn standard off-the-rack items into something special. We pulled together a handful of fave fabric scraps to add pockets to some of the shirts and a few lengths of gorgeous lace to alter the others with inset panels and cropping. Let's Sew It Up 4 Summer!

Janome MyStyle 100: Machine Review & Great Giveaway

Thursday, 25 June 2015 1:00

Is someone you know ready to start creating her/his own sewing style (maybe even you)? If so, the Janome MyStyle 100 is a wonderful first machine. When you're just beginning, a quality machine that can perform basic functions with ease and precision is the most important tool to have. If your machine is frustration-free, the sewing experience will be more fun and your results will be more successful. Read on to find out all this model has to offer. Then, thanks to our friends at Janome America, you can enter to win your very own MyStyle 100

Ideas We Love: PatternJam - An Innovative Way to Try Out Fabrics in Quilt Projects & More

Wednesday, 24 June 2015 1:00

We are thrilled to bring you news of a very clever way to "audition" fabric for a quilt or other pattern before making a final decision to buy and cut. It's online, it's very easy and intuitive, and the process of designing is free. Emily Taylor is with us today for a guest editorial to give you an overview of the how PatterJam.com works. "How great would it be to see fabric in a quilt pattern before investing time and money into the project?" Emily asked herself. "I knew there had to be a better way to visualize what a sewing project is going to look like before it's made."  We were so impressed with Emily's idea and the tools she developed to make creating more flexible and more fun. 

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