Yesterday was the first day of Standard Time across most of North America. We got an extra hour of sleep, but in exchange for this bonus snooze time, we are now faced with several months of ever-encroaching darkness. It's the perfect time for a bag with built-in reflective capabilities, which kicks off our new "Did it with Dritz" week. This high-visibility mini-tote is great for kids who are often headed to school and back home in the dark. See how we used four different nifty notions from Dritz.
Buttons, whether functional or just decorative, are a favorite element on Sew4Home projects, but we know you start rolling your eyes when you think about having to break out the needle and thread to sew on button after button. For some reason, button-sewing is stuck in our psyche as a dreaded, time-consuming task. We’re here to tell you that need not be true! Read on to learn our favorite, super speedy, five-step process to perfect buttons.
Which dish are you in charge of for this year's holiday celebrations? Will you be whipping up Nana's famous lasagna or maybe a warm pan of apple-cranberry crisp? If your culinary talents are on-the-go this season, you need a carrier that can keep your special dish toasty on the car ride there. Our wrap-it-up design includes a handy loop to clip a pot holder and an inside pocket for a serving utensil. It would also make a wonderful present for the foodies on your gift list. Make the pretty carrier, then wrap up a new baking pan you've filled with a yummy homemade treat!
I want my grocery bags to work as hard as I do. That means I should be able throw whatever I need into them without worrying. For this grocery bag project, we not only wanted a great quick and easy design, we also wanted something different than we'd done before. How could we could improve an existing design or put a new spin on a classic style? We loved the idea of having the bags stow away in a tiny pouch – so you could toss them into a regular tote or even keep them in the glove box of your car. What a great way to always have bags at the ready when you're out! But in order for something to fold away that small, you need a lightweight fabric. Lightweight can also translate into not-very-durable, so what was the toughest, thinnest material we could think of? Rip stop nylon! We came up with a pretty design, added a cute optional monogram, and created a mix-and-match pair that folds down into a 5" x 7" drawstring pouch. Pull them out and they're tough enough to take on the big grocery chores.
Booster chairs are becoming more familiar in restaurants, but are still not commonplace. And if you and your kids like to visit friends and family who don't have children at home, you're unlikely to have many options other than the classic phone book to boost your child to table height. Make your own portable booster seat in cute, wipe-clean laminated cotton with a sturdy yet lightweight Project Foam core. We recently introduced you to this resilient, affordable new home décor foam option from Fairfield. We're using it, with great results, in this fun project for the little ones in your life.
Many folks learn to appreciate foam padding after trying to sleep on the bumpy floor of a tent. If this has happened to you, I bet you would have paid anything for just a 1" thick camping pad. In the indoor world of home décor, foam is also roundly appreciated. It makes it easy to create nearly any kind of cushion you want. The only limits to what you can do with foam: 1) finding it, and 2) affording it. To get the proper type of denser foam in larger sizes, you usually have to go to a special foam store. I love my "foam dude" and he will cut me just about any shape I need. But the price, yikes! Enough foam for a lounge chair pad could be over a hundred bucks. So we were very pleased to learn that our friends at Fairfield had come out with a line of foam with three important qualities: 1) the resilience you need for decor projects, 2) an affordable price, and 3) you can find it at over 1,400 Walmart stores – just grab and go.
A pouf is the ottoman's casual cousin. Where an ottoman is all about traditional structure and tautness, a pouf is laid back and soft around the edges. Kind of like a sleek business suit versus your favorite comfy pair of sweats. We pushed the slouchy style even farther, taking a cue from poufs we spotted at West Elm and Pottery Barn that were almost like a more like a square bean bag (not to mention being insanely expensive!). That type of filler didn't seem very functional to us, and we think you'll like our foam and batting solution, which allows the pouf to take on both sitting and footrest duties as well as being able to hold a tray as a substitute table. As part of our Waverly World series, we were thrilled to work with this delicious 100% linen home décor fabric called Lightfoot Garden in Cinnabar from the Waverly Williamsburg collection.
We recently showed you how to create a Classic Grommeted Curtain Panel. This sleek modern look works with a wide variety of decorating themes, but if you prefer a more traditional style, you'll enjoy today's Hook & Ring Curtain Panel in gorgeous Waverly fabric. Called Splash of Color in Passion, this 100% cotton twill has a subtle Ikat treatment – where the edges of the motifs appear to bleed into the background as if done with brush strokes. In addition, there are metallic accents throughout the pattern, making it a beautiful choice for a living room or bedroom where softer lighting could catch these shimmering highlights.
Calming, cozy neutrals are the most accepted palette for Fall. But when everything around you begins to feel like its blending into beige, a blast of rich color can be just the ticket. Today, we step back into Waverly World with a stylish satchel. The fabric is called Ute Mountain, and the colorway is Cove. The design is an homage to the Ute Indians of the Rocky Mountain area of Colorado and Utah. The deep navy on this Waverly fabric is highlighted with avocado, turquoise and amber. With its stair-stepping diamonds and two different medallions, this design begged for a project that would bring these motifs to the forefront. Our five-star satchel bag has the features to do just that: precise fussy cutting and pattern matching, a unique inset zipper, bias cut handles plus a detachable strap, and many more professional details.
The seventies hippie style didn't go away, it just came back as "boho." Rich color, mixed-media, wonderful textures, and a loose, unstructured feel are hallmarks of "bohemian fashion." Today's little shoulder bags fit right in. The focal point is the stack of five gorgeous ribbons from Renaissance Ribbons. They provide the artistry and beautifully divide the silk dupioni of the top from the faux suede and fringe of the bottom. A ring of decorative stitching at the top of each bag finishes off the boho blend. Our selection of ribbons was built on Flora and Fauna themes for each bag. Our thanks to our creative friends at Renaissance Ribbons for sponsoring today's project and providing such exquisite embellishment inspiration for us all.