We've had several requests for a stylish nursing cover, and have risen to the challenge with this very easy-to-make version – complete with a hidden inside pocket for nursing pads or baby wipes. The more common name for this item out on the Internet appears to be: 'Hooter Hider' – uh, alrighty then. Makes me think of skimpy t-shirts and chicken wings, so I'm stickin' with Nursing Cover if it's all the same to you. Ours is soft knit on the outside with a woven cotton print on the inside, giving Mom something pretty to look at.
We reach back over a year, to August 2009, to find S4H Fave #3. This project has so many comments, when a new one is posted, it takes me several seconds just to scroll to the bottom to read it! I guess everyone loves a rag quilt. Why? In part, because they are super easy to make. A rag quilt is sewn together with the seams showing on the outside. After washing and drying, the raw edges gently fray or 'rag,' producing a very soft and cuddly feel. Our sample was made for our Stylish Baby Nursery series, using Patty Young's stunning Andalucia collection. The trick to a good rag is to choose cotton and other natural fabrics, which are more likely to unravel when washed and dried. Anything with a loose weave will work well. Flannel is always a favorite for rag quilts because it's soft to start with and rags up wonderfully. Give this popular project a try, then add your own comment, and I'll keep scrolling!
Early this summer, we presented a series of nine projects, using pre-cuts from Joanna Figueroa's beautiful Fresh Cottons Collection by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda Fabrics. Her buttery soft vintage colors and endlessly mixable prints are a magical blend of old and new. We knew it was the spot-on fabric choice for a summer guest room make-over. Although every one of the tutorials in our Fresh Linens series got great reviews, this pretty pair of pillowcases was a special favorite, and they easily earned a place on our list at #16. This is a great beginner project. So fast and easy, you can start at noon and be napping by 3:00.
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If you're sending someone off to college for the first time this Fall, you're in for a lot of new experiences. There'll be stories of all-night 'study sessions,' complaints about the new roommate who hogs all the closet space, whining about the food or lack thereof. And then... there's the laundry. You will learn The Lesson of Laundry-Deferral. Or, exactly how long one person can go without doing the wash. Often, this can stretch all the way to winter break. So, send your collegian off with this heavy-duty, jumbo laundry duffle. It's nearly three feet tall with a drawstring top that allows for easy stuffing. Then, with its sturdy strap slung over-the-shoulder, he or she can arrive home for the holidays with nearly his or her entire wardrobe in tow. Stock up now on detergent.
I have a wooden pencil box that has been a fixture on my desk since grade school. I believe my sister gave it to me... or perhaps I stole it from her; my memory is a little hazy when it comes to how things once hers came into my possession. A new pencil box instantly sends me back to crisp fall days dressed in even-crisper white shell-button blouses, itchy wool skirts and droopy knee socks. What does all this have to do with our cool little corduroy zippered pencil case with the cute front-buttoned pocket? Nothing really. But it was a sweet story, wasn't it?