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.
This year, I'm sure some stores starting putting out holiday decorations at exactly the same time as the fun size Halloween Snickers® bars. Every year it creeps a bit closer. Soon, we'll be listening to "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" as we pack the back-to-school lunches! With a respectable week to go before Thanksgiving, Sew4Home is ready to decorate for the holidays, thanks to our latest series with Fabric.com. Deck The Halls with Fabric.com covers everything from unique décor solutions to elegant carryalls to splendid gift ideas, starting with today's luxurious Christmas stockings. Green and red velvet are not the only options. In fact, we have it on high authority that Santa Claus prefers bright colors (must be those summers he spends in Florida).
Some mornings it feels like I make about 20 trips out to my car. Get all the way out there... Opps! No keys. Get all the way out there... Dang! Forgot a letter to mail. Get all the way out there... Hey! Where's my phone? It's exhausting, and it usually makes me late. Organizational experts suggest collecting everything you need for the next day in one handy place. For me that means one handy place that is virtually impossible to ignore. That's why we came up with today's Doorknob Reminder Caddy. If you have to touch it to open the door, chances are high you'll actually remember it. We created a two-sided, multi-pocket caddy with a loop that hangs right over the doorknob. In fact, you could just grab the whole caddy and toss it in your car - good to go. Now.... where did I put my lunch?
Stocking stuffer alert! These adorable tissue covers are super fast and easy to make, and everyone needs a tissue now and then to dab away a tear, capture a sneeze or wipe up a mess. The ongoing Re-imagine & Renovate Series is our way to show you how easy it is to put a new spin on a fave design. Different fabric and notions can completely change the look of a project. For each of our three samples, we used two 10" x 10" Layer Cake squares, but this is also a great ScrapBusters project.
For years, I simply stuffed my recycled plastic bags in an old, cracked plastic bucket under my sink. Very stylish! It was a mess, and nearly always overflowing. This clever plastic bag keeper/dispenser tidied things up perfectly. I put mine on the pantry door, but it would also work great over a doorknob, inside a cupboard or just hanging from a hook on the wall. Easy to store; easy to retrieve.
We've done a number of sewing machine covers in the past, all of which have been classic fitted designs. They're a great way to keep your machine protected from sun exposure and dust when it's not in use... wait a minute... not in use... how could that be?!?! A cover can also keep away prying little fingers if you have curious toddlers about. Today's cover is the free-spirited cousin of our previous covers. I like to think of it as a pinafore for your sewing machine. Three vibrant ribbons by Tula Pink for Renaissance Ribbons turn a plain burgundy twill into a designer statement. This cover drapes over your machine and sports handy pockets on both sides to keep a few tools, patterns and notions at the ready. Tula's striking jacquard ribbons create accents to finish the edges, side bands that hold front to back, and they top those handy pockets. We give you all the measuring formulas to adjust the size of the cover to fit your machine.
It's always fun to buzz around on our Pinterest boards to discover which projects are trending as most-popular-repins. These three tiny toss pillows are today's winners. Like cherries on top of your favorite sundae, they add just the right dash of color and shape to a romantic bedroom retreat. Black velvet piping unites the two square and one round pillows. Using a consistent accent color like this is a great trick for bringing together a variety of fabrics. We used cuts from Tula Pink's The Birds & The Bees and Amy Butler's Cameo, proving there are no rules about using just one designer collection at a time! Both fabric selections have bold motifs that play off one another, and each contains hints of colors (blue, chartreuse and rose) that spotlight the same shades within the surrounding bed linens.