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Citrus Holiday: Lemon Zest Tablecloth

Tuesday, 15 September 2009 9:00

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Does someone wake you up at o'dark-thirty on Christmas morning?! Then you need a zesty zap of yellow to get you going. This lovely, lemony tablecloth is the perfect foundation for a holiday breakfast feast of waffles, fruit, juice and coffee. The bright yellow is set off with creamy drop panels and it's all tied together with deep crimson bands and bows.

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Citrus Holiday: Setting a Citrus-Themed Table

Monday, 14 September 2009 9:00

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A beautifully set holiday table needn't be expensive. Our simple Citrus Holiday table is proof. We used fresh citrus fruits: lemons, limes, key limes, oranges, grapefruit, and clementines. And, since everyone has their own accumulation of holiday decor, S4H editor, Liz Johnson and I decided to take the Citrus Holiday challenge and use ONLY our own personal collections to decorate the dining room.

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Citrus Holiday: Napkin Ties with Letter Bead Names

Friday, 11 September 2009 9:00

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What a fun alternative to place cards. At the end of the meal, everyone can detach their beads and use them as bookmarks, bracelets or hang them from a keychain. The napkin ties themselves are quick to make and accent the red band in our Lemon-Zest Tablecloth beautifully.

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Citrus Holiday: Easy Napkins with Festive Trim

Thursday, 10 September 2009 9:00

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Adding a simple fabric border kicks this napkin up a notch. Napkins are a great beginning project and a great way to practice hemming. We made all our napkins match for our Citrus Holiday table, but it would also be snazzy to do a different, coordinating trim on each person's napkin. Not only would it be a great way to use up fabric scraps, you could also keep track of which napkin belongs to which guest.

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Quick Tip: 1/4" Double-Turn Clean Finished Corner

Wednesday, 09 September 2009 10:00

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Finishing the corners when you're making a narrow hem can be a challenge. Making a perfect 90˚ fold at each corner is one option, and often will work just fine. However, it can be tough to keep your raw edges tucked in, and bulky or slippery fabrics can cause you fits. Instead, try our Quick Tip: nine, simple steps to a clean finished corner.

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Top Ten Advanced Machine Features

Tuesday, 08 September 2009 9:00

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You've caught the bug and there's no getting rid of it. Congratulations! The sewing bug is one of the greatest around. Of course, now that you spend all your spare time sewing, you may realize you want a machine that can keep up with you. There's a lot to choose from, in fact it might seem overwhelming when you see all the features you can choose from as you move beyond basic. We've put together a list of the top ten features to look for on more advanced machines, so you can figure out exactly what you want and have the confidence to shop with knowledge.

Citrus Holiday: Fussy Cut Placemats

Monday, 07 September 2009 9:00

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A 'Fussy Cut' is not pitching a fit in the barber chair when one side of your bangs is longer than the other. Although that is perfectly justified behavior. To fussy cut in sewing is to select and cut out a specific motif from a printed fabric or center your pattern piece directly over a design within your fabric that you want to feature. This is what we did to perfectly center the beautiful pineapple design on each of our placemats.

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Citrus Holiday: Christmas Dining Room

Friday, 04 September 2009 9:00

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Our Citrus Holiday series continues as we introduce Christmas Dining Room, with eight new tutorials plus a how-to on setting a citrus-themed table. From a lemony tablecloth beset with red bows to boldly patterned placemats, funky letter bead napkin ties, and the dreamiest-ever apron; you'll serve up a meal to remember.

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Understanding Filler Materials: Polyfil, Pellets, Microbeads, Beanbag Filler, Foam & More

Thursday, 03 September 2009 10:00

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"There's more than one way to stuff a pillow." I've never actually heard that used as an expression. But when I look at all the materials now available for filling pillows, it really rings true.

From natural fillers like feathers and fiber to the latest high tech fluff, you can choose a stuffing that's perfectly suited to your situation.

Stylish Baby Nursery: Fast & Fabulous Wall Art

Wednesday, 02 September 2009 10:00

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For each of our themed rooms, we like to have one idea dedicated to using up the scraps of fabric leftover from all the other projects. With the Stylish Baby Nursery, it's these adorable wall hangings. All you need is an inexpensive hand embroidery hoop, a square of fabric, a little glue or tape, and you're on your way to instant art.

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