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Moda Fabrics' Lil' Rascals Storybook Bedroom: Learn-to-Spell Alphabet Bunting

Friday, 02 September 2011 9:00

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R is for Rascals. This super cute Alphabet Bunting tutorial not only creates a banner that looks great, it's also a secret learn-to-spell game. All the pennants have a front and back so you can put a different letter on each side. And, they're easy to string and re-string, so you can make lots and spell out a new word every day. May we suggest: I LOVE SEW4HOME?! This dandy little decoration is just one of the eight projects in our new Storybook Lil' Boy's Room Series sponsored by Moda Fabrics and featuring the nostalgic Lil' Rascals collection by Chloe's Closet .

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An Insulated & Laminated Lunch Bag Goes Back To School

Thursday, 01 September 2011 9:00

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Packing your kids' school lunches is the loving way to go, right? You can make sure they're full of delicious, nutritious food. According to a recent study, they might also be full of bacteria if that food cannot be kept at the proper temperature once it gets to school. Use our easy tutorial to create your own insulated lunch bag then, as the study suggests, pop in two ice packs instead of one. We used a stylish cotton laminate for the outside fabric, which is available these days in an amazing array of wonderful colors and patterns from a variety of manufacturers.

Moda Fabrics' Lil' Rascals Storybook Bedroom: Bound & Personalized Blanket

Wednesday, 31 August 2011 9:00

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It's the world's greatest protective shield... from things that go bump in the night, chilly morning air or the I-miss-my-mommy blues. There's nothing like a thick, snuggly blanket to make everything better. And, there's nothing easier than our blanket tutorial. A handsome binding in alternating fabrics is set against a field of creamy white polar fleece. We personalized the project with our lil' boy's name embroidered in the corner. Even with this extra embellishment, the steps are fast and easy. Today's bound blanket is just one of the eight projects in our new Storybook Lil' Boy's Room Series sponsored by Moda Fabrics and featuring the nostalgic Lil' Rascals collection by Chloe's Closet. From a chubby-cheeked cowboy to a bespectacled pug dog to a mischievous monkey... the characters of Lil' Rascals are all up to something.

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A Zippered Pencil Case Goes Back To School

Tuesday, 30 August 2011 9:00

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Fall is upon us, and with it comes the classic sights and smells of the season: golden falling leaves, cool foggy mornings, and freshly sharpened yellow pencils. This clever pencil case tutorial is based on our original wristlet project, but we increased the size and added a cute front-buttoned pocket and a bright key ring. Try it in a soft, tiny wale corduroy like we did or experiment with washed denim or crushed velvet. Your pencils are looking forward to it.

Moda Fabrics' Lil' Rascals Storybook Bedroom: Sleepytime Pillowcases

Monday, 29 August 2011 9:00

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Vintage, Retro, Old School... or simply, "Hey, I remember that!" Designs with a nostalgic flavor go by many names, but are universally appealing. We start a new tutorial series today called Storybook Bedroom. It's sponsored by our creative friends at Moda Fabrics and features Lil' Rascals by Chloe's Closet. From a chubby-cheeked cowboy to a bespectacled pug dog to a mischievous monkey... the characters of Lil' Rascals are all up to something. Don't know about you, but I want to collect my graham crackers and milk, find my favorite picture book, and settle down for a much-needed afternoon nap. Over the next few weeks, we'll unveil eight tutorials to outfit a toddler's bedroom. We envisioned a boy's room, but this collection's soft color palette and playful designs would work for any lil' rascal in your life. Today's project: easy pillowcases sure to make everyone look forward to slipping into the land of nod.

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Embellishment Tutorial: How To Make Ruching Strips & A Ruched Flower

Thursday, 25 August 2011 9:00

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In French, a 'ruche' is a ruffle or a pleat. That's pretty much what it means in English too. But everything sounds so much fancier in French. La Ruche est une merveilleuse technique (see how cool that sounds?!). Use it to add decorative effects to all kinds of sewing projects. Our embellishment tutorial shows you the basic way to create strips of ruching by machine. Then we show you how we turned a single ruched strip into a pretty spiral flower to use as a pillow accent.

'Found Fabric' Tutorial: Vintage Handkerchief Pillows

Wednesday, 24 August 2011 9:00

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This 'Found Fabric' tutorial is for all our S4H friends out there who, like me, have a hankerin' for hankies. Although I haven't used one lately to blow my nose, mop my brow or bestow as a favor on my knight in shining armor, I still love them. They're little squares of highly-concentrated beauty, like miniature works of art. Dig out your collection and turn them into a set of one-of-a-kind vintage pillows.

Queen Quilt Fat Quarter Cut-Up

Thursday, 18 August 2011 9:00

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A beautiful quilt thrown across a country fence to catch the golden summer sun and a gentle breeze. A pretty picture to be sure. But even better is the fact that this quilt tutorial is simply the easiest way ever to make a queen-size quilt! It's perfect for a beginner. The Fat Quarters, which we cut for our blocks, make it look like you've been saving scraps for years. And, a machine-stitched binding keeps the overall time requirement pretty darn low. 

Michael Miller Fabrics' Citron-Gray Nursery: Fabric Storage Basket

Wednesday, 17 August 2011 9:00

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No nursery series would be complete without some type of storage solution tutorial. I remember back when I had my first baby; it was a shock to realize how much stuff this one tiny person needed. A nursery is often filled to the brim with little things that have to be organized: creams, diapers, diaper wraps, wash cloths, toys, pacifiers, and more! Our Storage Shelf Basket tutorial is fast, easy and fun to make. So much so, you can make lots. Line the shelves with color-coordinated sets so there's a place for everything (we cannot guarantee 'everything in its place'!). With the side handle facing out, it's easy to grab a basket and find exactly what you want. This terrifically-tidy project is just one of eight pieces in our new nursery series sponsored by our good friends at Michael Miller Fabrics. We created the entire Series using their Color Story concept. Our choice: the Citron-Gray Color Story with its cool colors and bold designs.

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Love That Fabric: August

Tuesday, 16 August 2011 9:00

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Two new collections with colors as uplifting as an August morning: Children at Play by Sara Jane for Michael Miller Fabrics, and Taza by Dena Designs for Free Spirit. In addition to charming feature prints, both collections include several basic prints: polka dots, shirting stripes and gingham in Children at Play; simple stripes in Taza. It's easy to bypass basic prints in favor of feature prints, but the basics are what help set off the feature prints and add a savvy elegance to your creations.

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