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ScrapBusters: Patchwork Strip Belt

Thursday, 13 June 2013 1:00

I tend to end up with quite a few little pieces in my scrap bag. It can be hard to figure out what to do with them, but it's just as hard to think about throwing away these itty bitty pieces of loveliness. Today's darling patchwork belt is a ScrapBuster dream project for small random scraps or leftover charm squares. The finished accessory is a great way to add a zing of color to a plain summer sheath. Our design features a double ring buckle. We used a set of faux bamboo rings, but you could use just about anything. One alternate idea we had was to re-purpose an old circular broach. Remove the pin from the back and use the bejeweled ring as the front with a plain flat ring at the back.

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ScrapBusters: Pinwheel Coaster Set

Wednesday, 12 June 2013 1:00

What's the hallmark image of summertime entertaining? A tall glistening glass of lemonade filled with clinking ice cubes. And what is that wonderfully refreshing glass doing? It's sweating. The condensation is pouring down the sides. It's making a little puddle. This beautiful summertime image needs a beautiful summertime coaster. That's what we have today, a set of fast and easy ScrapBuster coasters. We've mixed bright prints with solid summer white in a classic pinwheel pattern. Make sure that gorgeous glass of lemonade doesn't leave behind a less-than-lovely ring.

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ScrapBusters: Drawstring Gift Bags

Tuesday, 11 June 2013 1:00

Last week during our June is 4... series, we highlighted projects to make for the many gift-giving occasions during this busy month. Today, we're reminding you a handmade and personalized gift bag is often as fun as the present on the inside. A beautiful fabric bag can be re-used for so many things: additional gifts, to hold jewelry or lingerie when you travel, as a mini carryall in a bigger tote or bag. Our ScrapBuster design is very simple, and has the added benefit of a built-in drawstring that cinches the bag closed and creates a pretty ruffle along the top. What really makes a gift bag special is when you go to the trouble to customize it for the gift recipient. Does he or she have a favorite color or hobby? Reflect that in the fabric. Or match the outside fabric to the gift inside. Is it filled with homemade edibles? Choose a fabric with a yummy food motif. Housewarming gift? Find a sweet print with vintage cottages.

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ScrapBusters: Mug Rug with Napkin Pocket

Monday, 10 June 2013 1:00

"Snug as a mug on a rug." Just gotta say it and get it out of the way! Sometimes a placemat takes up too much real estate, and a coaster is too small to hold anything extra. A mug rug is bigger than a coaster but smaller than a placemat – just the right size at your desk, in the sewing room or on a small end table in the living room or den. Our design adds a unique little pocket with its own napkin for truly self-contained snacking. We used scraps from Bonnie & Camille's Marmalade collection for Moda Fabrics and framed it all with coordinating rick rack. The combination of sweet colors and pretty prints really makes a difference on this small project. Be bold with your choices, mix and match to fashion your own look. For more on creating great combos, take a look at our tutorial: Mixing and Matching Designer Fabric Collections.

June is 4 Home Improvement: Mom's Favorite Apron

Friday, 07 June 2013 1:00

With summer comes time to do some much needed chores around the house. There's the wonderful bounty from the gardens and orchards to pick, can and bake into pretty pies. There are painting projects calling your name. And isn't it time to freshen up your décor with new pillows or curtains? Of course, you'll whistle while you work, but you should also be wearing your favorite apron! For this, I want you to close your eyes and imagine your mom, your grandma or maybe even your favorite next door neighbor. The woman who was always wearing an apron as she bustled through her household chores. Maybe she's hanging sheets on the line, maybe sweeping off the front steps with an old wooden broom, maybe pulling her umpteenth cherry pie warm from the oven. The fabric was a pretty little print in fresh spring colors. It was long enough to cover all the way to her knees, and soft enough to float in the breeze from her open kitchen windows. That apron... her apron... is what we have for you today.

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June is 4 Grads: Fold Over Book Bag/Tote

Tuesday, 04 June 2013 1:00

Grads are going places, which means they can always use a cool tote for books and more. Sometimes they need a lot of space... sometimes just a little. This versatile bag will give them the best of both worlds. Opened up to its full 18" height, you have a full-size tote with riveted carry handles. Fold over the top and use the shoulder strap to create a compact, purse-size carryall. Thanks to our official "grad model," Lydia, a proud member of the lucky '13 senior class. 

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June is 4 Dads: Bucket Tote for Tools & More

Monday, 03 June 2013 1:00

The month of June includes a lot of gift-giving opportunities, including Father's Day on June 16th. Our bucket tote is a great gift for the Mister-Fix-It Dad in your life, who has been known to shout, "Who stole my screwdriver again?!" loudly enough for the neighbors to hear. With this generous bucket, he can keep all his "tools of the trade" in one place so it's easy to take them wherever he needs to go. The finished tote is approximately 12" tall and 10" in diameter with a 6¾" deep pocket panel. A perfect size for small jobs around the house. We don't recommend trying to machine wash this tote when completed. It is meant to be wiped clean. Spraying the finished tote with a coating of Scotch-Gard® will help keep tool dirt at bay.

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Make it Now 4 Summer: Car Trip Seat Caddy

Thursday, 23 May 2013 1:00

ROOOOOAAAAADDDDD TRIIIIPPPPP! Summertime is the perfect time to load up your family and friends and hit the open road. But first you have some stuff (aka crap) you need to organize for the trip: tunes, cell phone, scribbled notes, tickets, Google Maps printouts, pens, snacks, your wallet, etc., etc., etc. If you skip this important organizational step, here's what will happen: You are driving, keeping your eyes on the road (of course), and you reach out to grab something from the pile of stuff (crap), but can't quite reach it/find it without rear-ending the truck in front of you. Instead... the needed item falls off the seat, lodging somewhere between the seat and the door. Feel free to jump in here and repeat the words you shout in your car. Our spiffy car caddy is designed to organize your stuff (crap), improve your driving safety, and look cute as can be all at the same time. It straps around the seat's headrest, so you can hang it to the front or the back. Hang it off the back and fill it up with little games and snacks to keep the kids occupied, cutting down the "Are we there yet??" requests to a minimum. 

Make it Now 4 Summer: Outdoor Roll-n-Go Cushion

Wednesday, 22 May 2013 1:00

Around these parts, Summer and early Fall are prime time for outdoor concerts. Seating for these events is usually just the grassy slopes of a natural amphitheater. You gotta have something to sit on. A blanket is often too big and rather bulky to pack in. Instead, try this lightly padded, roll-up cushion in two great outdoor fabrics. It's filled with foam, which your bottom will like, and the outdoor fabric is weather and water resistant, which your pretty white summer pants will like.

Make it Now 4 Summer: Beach Duffle

Tuesday, 21 May 2013 1:00

Our designer beach bag is a wonderfully tall tube, perfect for loading with all your sun and fun supplies. The soft rope handles are woven through grommets to gather the top and make their own shoulder straps. We spotted similar bags at high-end catalog sites with prices tags of $50 and up! This is a fast and easy project: make it today, you're beachward bound tomorrow.

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