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Closet Hanger Safe for Travel & More

Friday, 15 May 2015 1:00

We originally designed this clever little storage solution for the frequent travelers out there. It's perfect to slip onto a hotel hanger, fill with your valuables, then cover up with a hanging garment. But it works equally well in your own closet. It's also a great way - when you're traveling or even just when planning your daily work wardrobe - to collect all the accessories that go with a particular outfit. Put lingerie, jewelry, scarves and belts into the zippered and slip-in pockets, then hang up the outfit itself over the Safe. Everything you need for that day's outfit in one handy place! Even with double zippers, clever pockets, ribbon ties and more, our Hanger Safe is surprisingly easy to make.

Prairie Points Pillow

Thursday, 14 May 2015 1:00

We did quite a bit of searching to find out where/how prairie points got their name. In doing this, we discovered quite a bit about prairie dogs, the ecosystems of Kansas prairies, and even Prairie vodka. However, the history of these cute little triangles in the world of sewing and quilting seems a bit vague. There was one posting about their possible start as a trim on undergarments in the mid-1800s. If you are a prairie point historian, leave us a comment and let us know the real scoop. While we're waiting, let's make a few prairie points to create a very unique edge for a pretty pillow. We use charm pack squares to make things quick and easy. There are 32 points around the edge; including clever mitered corners, which we show you how to make. And, we added three along the back as buttonhole accents. In case you were wondering, prairie dogs are considered to have one of the most sophisticated communication systems in the animal kingdom.

Beginner Friendly Appliquéd Apple & Pear Kitchen Towels

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 1:00

It's time to pack up those pencils and pens and find the flip flops. School's almost out for summer. If you're looking for a great end-of-the-year teacher gift, these beginner friendly appliquéd kitchen towels are just the thing. A classic ticking stripe combined with muslin and rick rack makes the perfect homespun kitchen combo. Appliqué an apple for the teacher or a pear, or make them both as a set.

How to Appliqué Like a Pro

Tuesday, 12 May 2015 1:00

Appliqué is the process of stitching a small layer of fabric, usually in a unique shape, onto a larger base fabric. It's a great way to personalize your project while also adding unique color, texture, pattern... or all of the above. Would you like a bumblebee flying across your pillow? Does your little boy want a spaceship on his duvet cover? How about adding initials to the front of a pretty tote? If you can imagine it, chances are you can appliqué it! With appliqué, you're free to incorporate any kind of graphic into your project. There are a variety of different ways to execute the technique; read on to find the one that's right for you.

Day at the Beach Bag with Rope Handles

Monday, 11 May 2015 1:00

This year's most popular color for summer fun seems be to Aqua! We're on board with that. We found a beautiful cotton/linen blend canvas in aqua with striking metallic copper accents and paired it with natural canvas duck. It's a super stylish combo for our on-the-go beach tote. Rope handles add a nautical touch and make it easy to open wide so you can load up plenty of towels and other important beach gear. Don't forget the sunscreen.

ScrapBusters: Companion Pouch Set

Friday, 08 May 2015 1:00

So nice, we made them twice. Not just as two sample options, but as two coordinated pouches designed to clip together. Take one or take both. Turn them into a mini shoulder bag or ditch the strap and toss one or both into a larger tote. Stash money and cards in one, make-up and extra necessities in the other. So many options – it's the ultimate in mini-pouch flexibility. They're precisely matched in size and shape so they clip together perfectly. All this, and as a ScrapBusters project, you can make a set from the great fabrics lurking in your scrap bin.

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Curved Hexagonal Pillow with Elegant Tassels: Hawthorne Threads

Thursday, 07 May 2015 1:00

Things that are six sided: snow crystals, the cells of a honeycomb, the Tam Tam (a six-sided matzo cracker) and this delightful star-shaped pillow. Completely proving 1) not all pillows need to be square, and 2) you'll need to get a magnifying glass or microscope to make sure I'm telling the truth about the snow crystals and honeycombs. Our thanks to Hawthorne Threads for helping us find a great pair of new fabrics to produce a fresh, spring-into-summer look. 

How to Make a Covered Button with a Button Kit

Wednesday, 06 May 2015 1:00

I love buttons. Always have. In fact, althoughI don't recall much about the two-year-old phase of my life, I do remember my white sweater with the little duckie buttons. I can close my eyes and see his chubby yellow body and orange feet. I can even remember the feel of the raised, painted surface under my sticky little fingers. I still love looking at the all the available options, from vintage shell buttons to vibrant molded plastic (much more elaborate than my duckies). That said, sometimes the best look for a project is a fabric-covered button. Covered buttons are cool; there's just no two ways about it. They add the special touch that says, "Stand back... I'm a home décor professional". Making them with a kit is easy and inexpensive.

Last Minute Mother's Day Idea: Roll-Up Make-up Brush Caddy

Tuesday, 05 May 2015 1:00

Wasn't Mom always the one reminding you to get things done early? Work before play and all that? So, it's probably our own dang fault if we've waited until the last minute to find a Mother's Day gift for this Sunday. Sew4Home to the rescue! Our classic roll-up make-up brush case is a perennial favorite, and a perfect ScrapBusters project. We suggest blending three coordinating cottons plus a laminate for the inside. With a laminate behind the brushes, if any traces of make up rub off, they can be quickly wiped away. This handy little case is not only great for travel, Mom can also use it for everyday storage.

Zippered Clutch with Cross Stitch Embroidery: Janome America

Monday, 04 May 2015 1:00

A zippered clutch is the go-everywhere kind of accessory that's a snap to make and a joy to give. This version has an chic vintage look thanks to delicate cross stitch embellishment. The embroidery design is one of the hundreds of built-in options on our Janome Horizon Memory Craft 15000. We reduced its size slightly for the best fit (very easy to do right on screen with the MC15000) and stitched it out in matte cotton thread against a rich black background. Coordinating quilting cottons in simple patterns complete the classic styling, adding soft color to the base of the clutch and the lining. 

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