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One appliance that gets almost daily use in most kitchens is the trusty toaster. With all that hard work, it usually ends up looking a bit worse-for-wear. Maybe it's banged up around the edges, for sure there are crumbs aplenty, perhaps there's a small scorched area from the Raisin Bread Affair of 2016. All in all, it probably isn't the prettiest member of the kitchen appliance family. Keep it accessible yet under wraps with our quilted toaster cover. Our clever cozy features a pretty patchwork accent strip, bright piping all around, and an easy-tie handle so it's fast to whip off or drop back on. Now you see it... now you don't!
Is your sofa looking at you with big, sad eyes? Well, of course not; it’s a sofa not a cartoon! But, maybe – just maybe, when you’re falling asleep, do you hear it softly crying? If your sofa seems down in the dumps, the solution is as quick and easy as a new set of pillows. There’s nothing like a blast of beautiful fabric to make your whole room (and you) happy. We spied the Figment collection by Pam Goecke Dinndorf of Aardvark Quilts for Robert Kaufman Fabrics and knew it would make an awesome pile of pillows. The motifs are bold and whimsical and the colors are stepped-down brights: gorgeous and saturated yet slighted muted so there’s no harsh edges to any of the tones.
This modern canvas bucket bag has great slouchy style and tough construction details, making it a good choice for men or women. It's a serious shoulder bag ready to head out into the elements. Load it up for a weekend adventure, use it as a holdall for gym gear, or simply sling it crossbody or over your shoulder for the trek into work each day. We were inspired by vintage rucksacks and European satchels to create a rugged design with strapping, topstitching, and an interesting lining fabric that adds a bit of fun on the inside.
Will you be my buddy? These adorable blankets are simply begging for hugs. Made with a double layer of super soft Cuddle luxury fleece from Shannon Fabrics, and sporting a lightly stuffed animal head and ears in one corner, who could resist giving them a loving squeeze?! Our little model wasn’t going to let go of our samples until we promised her they’d both come back soon for visit and more hugs. At just 15” square when finished, they are the perfect “Goldilocks size” – not too small and not too big, just right for a young child to carry about.
A popular trend when planning party table settings is to corral your cutlery in their own little pockets. They hold everything you need in one handy unit and add a bit of flair to the overall look of the table décor. Because they're self-contained, you can use the pockets with placemats, tablecloths or simply line them up on the table buffet style.
Just like that crafty Mary Poppins, sometimes you need to sweeten the pot to get chores done. We scaled down a traditional laundry duffle to kid size, making it easy to fill and carry into the laundry room. Plus, the super-cute appliqué on the front leaves no doubt about what needs to be done with the bag's contents! Inside is an easy-care mesh lining, so odors and dampness stay at a minimum. And the bright green baby pom pom trim is a perfect finishing touch. But wait... there's more: we've included both a free downloadable appliqué template as well as a special bonus machine embroidery design download (also free) for our S4H friends with embroidery machines. Whip one up in the favorite colors of each little mess-maker in your life.
There they sat. Five gorgeous fat quarters we’d been hoarding from Amy Butler’s classic Love collection. They hadn’t been purchased for any particular project, but only because they were just so very pretty. They looked lonely all folded up on a shelf. So, an idea began to percolate. What if we could create an apron from those five fat quarters where there would be virtually no wasted fabric? The scraps from this garden party apron would fit in a garden party teacup.
Sometimes, you gotta go bold, or go home! We love the amazing new French Velvet Border trim from Renaissance Ribbons. From 2½” to 6½”, it brings a wide swath of colorful design to your project. We created a classic portfolio clutch that makes the Velvet Border the star of the show as a wraparound feature against a rich solid denim. This is a low-nap velvet. While it’s luxuriously soft to the touch, the shorter pile allows the intricate designs and colors to really stand out.
There is a lot of sitting involved in sewing, which can lead to aches and pains not to mention a few extra pounds due to inactivity. It’s a widespread problem and a hot topic on many fronts since anyone who works at a computer for long periods of time is also likely to suffer. Obviously, investing in ergonomic chairs and amazing sewing stations can work wonders, but that isn’t in everyone’s budget. Instead, we took a look at 10 ways to Stay Fit While You Sit, using what you already have… most importantly – your own body!