Today's our last project day in the Deck The Halls with Fabric.com series, and we're moving from The Halls down to The Floors with our decorating inspiration. These boxed floor cushions, with their piping and tufted buttons, are a home décor classic. But many otherwise hearty sewists shy away from attempting the style because it's three-dimensional. Remember when people thought the earth was flat? Then, when they kept on sailing and didn't fall off the edge, they discovered all sorts of amazing things?! It's the same with sewing. If you're only willing to attempt flat projects, you're missing all kinds of fun. And... you're highly unlikely to fall off your sewing chair. Floor cushions make great extra seating for holiday gatherings and game nights, so we knew we had to make more than one. We selected big, bold and beautiful fabrics from Premier Prints to make a festive stack of four. Then, we added a clever harness out of nylon webbing to bundle them together, making it easy to carry the whole stack from room to room. The harness also works to keep the stack stable when used as a handy footstool.
Let's admit it... a big part of the holidays revolve around food. There are wonderful family dinners, neighborhood cookie exchanges, and potluck parties at the office. You name it, if there's a celebration, there's sure to be extra yummy treats to be found. Today's Deck The Halls with Fabric.com project is all about yummy treats. In fact, this particular project made all of us hungry for cupcakes during the entire construction process. Like our earlier Deck The Halls Santa Letter Pocket Pillows, this is another design that makes use of the wide variety of panel fabrics available at Fabric.com. Normally used for quick and easy quilts, we've broken the mold to use them instead as feature appliqués on pretty banded, double-sided napkins. We made a set of eight, alternating two crisp coordinating cottons for the main napkin fabric.
Fast and easy. Soft and cuddly. I think that's what we all want in a toasty holiday throw to ward off winter's chills. Our bound Minky blanket has you covered. In fact, this project went so quickly, we actually forgot to stop to take pictures! Instead, we've included some helpful illustrations of the simple steps, as well as links to our two detailed tutorials on bias binding. Minky fleece comes in an absolutely amazing array of colors and sculpted textures. We chose a rich steel gray Minky bound with a deep wine velveteen. But that's just the tip of the iceberg (nope... that sounds too harsh). But that's just the cusp of the cloud (ahhhh... much better). Check out our additional blanket and binding pairings that take you from bright and fun to subtle and elegant. We used single-sided Minky, but there are also many double-sided options for softness through and through. Fabric.com definitely has something for everyone.
Who says functional can't also be fabulous?! We're back with Week #2 of our Deck The Halls with Fabric.com series. Today's generously-sized tote is the perfect overnight carryall for the season's festivities, whether you're off to Grandma's garden cottage by the sea, your best friend's condo in the bustling urban jungle or points in between. We're keeping you on top of the trends, using bold chevrons as our featured print with metallic faux leather to inject a touch of glamour. This faux leather is buttery soft and very easy to work with, but is also durable enough to hold its own as the bag's base. Clever double handles out of wide cotton webbing allow you to grab and carry the bag with one hand or sling it over your shoulder. The top opening is secured with a pretty set-in zipper. Before you break out in a sweat hearing the words, "set in zipper" - take a deep breath; we give the detailed instructions you need to make it happen.
Our pretty little purse with its big, bold bow makes a dynamic fashion statement. And, we think the unique slip-through pleated band is a very clever way to clutch this clutch. It's one of those perfect holiday party accessories that can amp up your style without emptying your wallet. We created our sample in Amy Butler's amazing Sateen Bliss, from her Alchemy Studio Collection. This lucisous substrate has an absolutely wonderful feel and just the right amount of sheen. It makes a dynamite combo with our Little Black Dress.
We're back with another clever project featuring beautiful Renaissance Ribbons. These eyeglass cases are embellished with a variety of their newest ribbons from Amy Butler, Anna Maria Horner, Dena Designs and French General... just a few of the amazing designers who trust Renaissance Ribbons to execute their work in woven ribbon. Our cases have a soft fleece lining to protect your lenses. And, an internal flex frame makes them easy to open and shut with just one hand. Make one or make a bundle, they would make a great stocking stuffer as well as a lovely teacher gift. Ribbon is an excellent way to add instant beauty to projects. Jacquard ribbon, for which Renaissance Ribbons is famous, adds both woven texture and vivid color.
Growing up, we had a very special Little Golden Book® that only appeared during the Christmas season. It was called Santa's Toy Shop. It had a thin plot line, but we loved it. Santa was sad because he never had time to play with the toys he made. So Mrs. Claus convinced him to stop at the last house on his route. There, he would take the time to sit down, have a cookie, and play with some toys before turning the reindeer back home. There was a question at the end of the book, one that kept us hanging on the edge of our pillows each Christmas Eve. Would our house be Santa's last stop this year? We never were able to stay awake long enough to find out! Today's Deck The Halls with Fabric.com project falls right in line with this holiday tradition. These adorable pillows are made from panel fabric. Normally used for quick and easy quilts, we knew there had to be some other fun ways to use these pretty panel blocks, like a Santa Letter Pocket Pillow, because surely he's stopping at our house this year!
Faux fur is everywhere this season in wearables and accessories. The other top seasonal trend we picked up on, as we browsed the shelves of both virtual and brick and mortar stores, was: faux fur pom poms. We got to looking at them more closely, and decided the couldn't be that hard to make. And we were right. They're not! We show you the simple steps below in today's Deck The Halls with Fabric.com project. Once you have your poms, you obviously must have a matching faux fur bag on which to place them. Our bag is as easy to make as the poms. It's the elegant mixture of textures that make it special: luxurious faux fur for the exterior - and those bouncy poms, a textured shantung on the inside that gives the look of high-end silk at a fraction of the price (starting at just $2.99 per yard!), and an extra long strap in super supple Vintage faux suede. With so many faux fur options to choose from at Fabric.com, you can make a bag for all your fashionable friends and each one can be personalized.
We've turned the the winter weather season upside down by using a traditional outdoor fabric to make this lovely indoor table runner. In browsing the over 500,000 yards of fabric Fabric.com carries for our Deck The Halls series, we kept returning to their indoor/outdoor section - which is huge - because of the bold motifs. Outdoor fabrics are often used for larger projects, such as bench cushions or umbrella covers, so the design motifs tend to be bigger and more dramatic. We got to thinking about it, and asked, "Why can't they come inside?" Not only is it beautiful fabric, it's also thick, tough and durable. In fact, there's no need for an inside batting layer. Batting is usually necessary with runners made of standard cottons in order to protect the tabletop from hot or wet dishes. But with this fabric, two simple layers provide plenty of protection... unless, of course, you plan on serving sizzling fajitas at the table for Christmas dinner!
Over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house we go. It's the season for traveling and spending time with friends and family. Sometimes that means a lot of people trying to find a place to sleep in a small space. If you're running out of room, the kids in the bunch will love today's project in our Deck The Halls with Fabric.com series. This cozy sleepover bag and matching pillowcase are made in pretty holiday flannels and soft cotton. Remember, just because something is big in size doesn't mean it's big in complexity! Our step-by-step instructions and photos take you through the project with ease. Flannel is great to work with, and we used zipper-by-the-yard for the long side opening. You can stitch it flat, attaching the zipper pull later! We also added a cute, wraparound harness so the bag can be rolled and held securely with a built-in handle to carry it to the next holiday adventure.