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Pretty Prints Please: Zebra Butterfly Fleece Throw

Wednesday, 25 November 2009 9:00

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This very cuddly, very cute fleece throw is another no-sew project to which we added a dash of sewing ... so we didn't feel so guilty about including it on a sewing site. The basic instructions could be winnowed down to two steps: 1) cut fringe around two big squares of fleece; 2) tie together. It's still just that easy, but we've added a soft appliqué to the front in the shape of a giant butterfly. This motif tied in perfectly to the fabric palette for our Pretty Prints Please teen room.

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Tree Hugger Body Pillow

Monday, 23 November 2009 10:00

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Is there an avid environmentalist on your gift list? Then this Tree Hugger pillow is a must have. It's ever so much better than hugging an actual tree, which tends to be not only scratchy, but annoying to the woodland creatures living in the branches. Body pillow inserts are easy to find and quite inexpensive. We got ours at a local variety store for just $9.99. If your environmentalist comes indoors now and then, it also makes a great crash pillow for a TV room or dorm room.

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Embroidery Week: The Many Ways to Get Embroidery Designs

Thursday, 19 November 2009 10:00

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So, you've been following our Embroidery Week articles, and now are excited to get started with your own fantastic embellishments. The next step is finding all those awesome designs. You'll be amazed at the amount of pre-digitized designs available and the many ways you can access them. Actually ... overwhelmed might be a better word. There are thousands of options; thousands-squared if you decide to learn how to create your very own designs. Read on to get a taste of just how easy, inexpensive and fun machine embroidery can be.

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Embroidery Week: Machine Embroidery Hoops

Wednesday, 18 November 2009 9:00

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Mesmerizing. That's what it's like the first time you watch an embroidery machine stitch out a design. Sure, you have to get everything set up and threaded, but once you push that Start button, whoa ... it just takes off on its own. Imagine if all you had to do was put ingredients in a bowl, then step back and watch them become a frosted three-layer cake. Whatever your task, having the right tools makes your work easier, and your success more assured. The most crucial accessory to successful machine embroidery is the hoop.

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Embroidery Week: Wristlet

Tuesday, 17 November 2009 10:00

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We debuted this fun wristlet project just last week on Sew4Home, and knew it would look cuter still with a dash of embroidery. So, we return during Embroidery Week with Wristlet Deux: same great design, a new set of fabrics, and with the personalization of embroidery. You can keep the one you like best and give the other to your sister for Christmas.

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Embroidery Week: Adding a Personal Touch to Hand-Crafted or Store-Bought Projects

Monday, 16 November 2009 9:00

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Embroidery adds an extra dimension to home decor projects. Literally. The raised stitches give a 3-D boost to flat fabric. The rich thread provides a pop of color and a dazzling sheen. Admit it. Embroidery is cool. If embroidery was a person, it would be Johnny Depp - flamboyant and scene stealing; but in a suave, charming, and fashionably dapper way.

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Wristlet

Friday, 13 November 2009 9:00

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Sometimes you want to travel light – with just the essentials at hand. For this, you need: the wristlet. A tiny, tidy tote that hangs from your wrist. It's just 5" x 7", but holds all the necessities with room to spare. Zip up your spending cash, a couple o' credit cards, maybe a bit of makeup and a comb. Ours has a detachable strap, so you can unclip it, and drop it into a bigger bag, like a handy wallet. So versatile, so itty-bitty cute, and with our excellent step-by-step instructions and photos ... so easy!

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Pretty Prints Please: Ribbon Memo Board

Wednesday, 11 November 2009 10:00

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The lowly bulletin or white board is so yesterday. You deserve a much more stylish way to display your notes and favorite photos and all the other stuff that's too cool to throw away. Find a frame you love, ours was a mirror in its previous life. In fact, we had two, which allowed us to leave one intact, turn the other into a memo board, then hang them side-by-side. Look at me, look at my stuff, look at me, look at my stuff. This almost counts as a no-sew project, but we decided to piece together our fabric covering, and so pulled out the machine. You could, of course, use a single piece of fabric ... but where's the fun in that?!

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Sewing Setup for Teens

Tuesday, 10 November 2009 9:00

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Don't be fooled by teen stereotypes, even if there's one slumped on your couch with the remote and a bag of chips. The teenage years are a time for seeking independence, for creating personal style, for wanting to be noticed for what you wear, have and use. "I made this!" is a powerful statement for a teen. It's accomplishment, pride, ingenuity, and fun; all rolled up and tied with a bow.

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Yoga Mat Tote

Monday, 09 November 2009 9:00

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You can't sit and sew home decor projects all day long. Sometimes you need an exercise break ... but not a break from style. We fell head-over-heels for Amy Butler's Love fabric collection, and knew it would be perfect for our yoga tote. We then calmly meditated on the easiest instructions with the most stylish details. The result guarantees good karma for all who tote this tote to class.

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