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When you're on the road, doesn't it always seems to be the ordinary, everyday things you are suddenly in desperate need of: gum, nail clippers, your headphones? I get a little panicky, certain I've left behind the most obvious items... as if perhaps I'm on an arctic expedition and won't see civilization for weeks. But the opportunity for replenishment doesn't matter; I want my stuff close at hand. That's the theory behind our handsome travel tote: plenty o' pockets to stash all your stuff. There are four big outside pockets that wrap front and back plus a deep inside compartment (exactly deep enough for a magazine, I might add!) with its own generous interior pocket. I'm still likely to forget something, which is why after my current travels, I now own five pairs of sunglasses and eight tubes of lip balm.
Even though a crazy last blast o’ winter just covered much of the northeastern US in a blanket of white, Spring officially arrived this past Monday, and with it comes COLOR! It’s time to shake off the winter blues (and blacks and grays) and bust out some brights. The color gurus at Pantone have forecast their top ten seasonal picks, which break into five colors on the softer side of Spring, and five more vivid tones that can segue right into summer. Read on to plan your next palette.
This clever pillow looks complex with its intricate lattice front and peek-a-boo inset, but it is so easy! We love the splash of color behind the lattice strips, and had fun imagining this same design in a number of wonderful fabric combinations. It would be beautiful in silk and brocade as a wedding pillow. Or try it in fun and funky brights and polka dots for a kid's room. Our instructions are for a 16" square, but you could easily adapt the sizing smaller or larger.
In 2014, a team of Belgian scientists analyzed why humans are attracted to shiny objects. They theorized it is rooted in our desire not necessarily for the object itself, but because it reminds us of our need for water. Well, alright then – this stunning apron with its copper accents is making us very thirsty! Although not as shimmering as a polished brass or nickel, the new Copper finish available in popular Dritz® hardware is a metallic to fall in love with. We’ve paired it with a metallic linen blend fabric in a matching copper, then finished the design with a natural canvas and cotton webbing alongside a gorgeous printed cotton accent for the skirt. Go ahead and grab a glass of water, then read on for all the instructions.
As they say, sometimes the best things come in small packages. We love the itty-bitty adorableness of Mini Charm Squares. At just 2½” x 2½”, they are beautiful bite-size pieces that can be pieced together into colorful combinations. We used them to create double borders on a set of placemats. Each placemat uses 40 of the standard 42 squares that traditionally come in a Mini Charm Square pack, so there’s hardly any waste. And since they’re all cut from the same collection, it’s easy to mix and match. We used a Mini Charm Square bundle from the new Lulu Lane collection by Corey Yoder for Moda.
Adjusting stitch length isn't necessary for every project, but as you experiment with different types of fabrics and and start using stitches for embellishment as well as construction, a few quick tips will come in handy. When working with today's machines, which can zip along at up to 1000 stitches per minute, you can see how a little length goes a long way.
We are very proud to once again be featured in the Handmade for the Home Kitchen column of Where Women Cook! We designed a brand new apron expressly for their readers. Tough canvas on the front with pretty cotton accents on the back, this classic cook’s apron has the style and substance to be at home in any hardworking kitchen. It is also the very first product in our brand new Sew4HomeShop on Etsy.
Did anyone ever try to teach you origami? If so, a paper crane was likely your first, and maybe your only, project. So here's your little known fact for the day: origami is Japanese paper folding; its predecessor is the Chinese paper art called zhe zhi. The graceful crane is revered in China as the symbol for longevity. Although often depicted in flight, the cascading pleats on both the front and back of our Standing Crane Pillow simulate the beautiful folded wings of a crane at rest. Silk dupioni gives the pillow its shimmering finish.
Ready-to-quilt panels are a popular way to give you the beautiful look of a pieced quilt top without actually doing any piecing. What?!?! We can hear the shouts of dismay from dedicated quilters. “That’s not quilting!” Hold on now. As a quilter, you know practice makes perfect - especially when it comes to free motion quilting. These gorgeous new panels are pre-printed with some of the most popular free motion stitching patterns to use as practice guide lines. Read on to find out more, as well as to enter to win one of three Panels we’re giving away, courtesy of Janome America and PatternJam.