A plush baby blanket with a lush satin ruffle – it just doesn’t get any cozier than this! We combined two adorable Cuddle minky prints from Shannon Fabrics: Dream Big in Banana from their Sweet Melody Designs collection with Alotta Dots in Graphite. Around the edge is a deep ruffle in a Silky Satin Solid, also by Shannon Fabrics. It’s an absolutely beautiful blend of soft and smooth textures. In fact, I’m a little tempted to request my own softee security blanket; there’s not a time limit on those, right?
Bold blocks of color define this classic cook's apron. It's a great project to take advantage of a fabric collection with larger motifs. If you're planning a dining extravaganza anytime soon, you should know it's a proven fact that a festive apron will make the day go more smoothly (we are not obligated to tell you who proved this). Our vibrant apron design has decorative stitching accents plus a clever towel loop, making it easier to dash from appetizers to main dish to dessert looking cool, calm, and collected.
Any endeavor that turns into a passion comes with its own set of terms, phrases, abbreviations, and secret handshakes. Well, maybe they don’t all have a secret handshake… maybe just a decoder ring. Sewing is no different, and although we do try to make sure we define the more unusual words we sometimes toss around, we can forget now and then. So, we pulled together the Top Twenty Terms that come into play on a regular basic. We’ve alphabetized them into a mini glossary. If you’re a pro, buzz through and see how many you know without peeking. If you’re just getting started, these are great vocabulary builders and awesome to throw into the conversation to startle any non-sewing friends who might be eavesdropping. “I was simply unable move forward without dropping my feed dogs.”
Star Light, Star Bright. Wish upon these first stars of the holiday season. We’re celebrating Christmas in July with Fabric Depot, introducing a set of brand new star pillows in three sizes and three mix-and-match styles. Summertime is when fabric manufacturers traditionally unveil their holiday collections. As limited runs, these fabrics often melt away long before the snowflakes start to fall. For the best selection, shop and buy now.
Cuteness alert! These fast and easy baby bibs are pretty and practical. The front is made from Jelly Roll strips. We used the new North Woods collection by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics. It’s officially a holiday collection, but the Scandinavian-inspired designs can really work year ‘round. The back is absorbent terry cloth in a bright lime green. And it’s all held together with an easy binding that turns into the tails that tie the bib in place.
Life can get a little sticky sometimes. In general, that statement covers a vast array of scenarios. But in the world of sewing, we’re usually talking about laminates, vinyls, faux leather, oil cloth, and the other sticky fabric substrates that look cool but can be challenging to sew. The surfaces of these specialty fabrics love to drag across your presser foot and/or needle plate, causing your stitching to bunch or break. Plus, with non-wovens, once you make a hole it’s there to stay. So the last thing you want are extra holes due to messed up seams. The Janome Ultra Glide Foot and its accompanying Needle Plate Set gives you the ability to sew through your sticky situations like a hot knife through butter.
“Industrial style” in the world of interior design has been on a steady upward path in popularity over the last several decades. It is so cutting-edge now, you can find its stripped-down functionality in both the trendiest creative work space or a multimillion-dollar NYC condo. The hallmarks are clean lines, simple patterns, and bold machine-inspired accents. We translated the style into this pair of tough oven mitts.
I think a lot of people like to make stuff into which they can put other stuff. Every time we come up with a new storage solution, we get rave reviews. Structured fabric baskets are at the top of the list. These "box-baskets" are put together in essentially the same manner as a number of our previous baskets, but we've changed the shape, the height, and the base in order to give them the feel of a box and a basket in one!
We knew these were coming, and now they’re here! The Dritz® Espadrille Wedges! The summer footwear is now available in a DIY version. Don’t you dare roll your eyes! Making your own shoes is easier and more fun than you might imagine. We were skeptical at first too. I mean… shoes?! Cobblers do that, right?! We have no business in the shoe business. But, Dritz® has thought through all the hard stuff, like providing the soles and the best construction tools and figuring out the patterns; leaving you the clever, creative part. We took on the challenge by designing toes made of stacked ribbon with a matching ribbon ankle strap. Very chic, very simple. Make a pair for all your favorite outfits.
If you are one of the super-organized folks in our midst, this lovely apron could get you started on your holiday sewing (we are, after all, already half way through the year!). We selected a pair of quilting cottons with lovely gold metallic accents from the Rhapsody in Blue collection from Kanvas Fabrics. It’s a festive combination that’s perfect for a holiday gathering. But who couldn’t use a bit of sparkle to glamorize an everyday occasion?!