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Extra-Large Wash & Dry Clean Laundry Bins

Wednesday, 30 December 2015 1:00

These jumbo fabric baskets are so big and beautiful, they'll make sorting laundry fun! Well... if not actually fun, at least functional. And, they look great doing their job. Sparkling iron-on letters down one side let you know which items should go into the wash and which are headed to the dry cleaner. We used a combination of three striking Waverly fabrics for our two bins. 

ScrapBusters: Clip on or Slip on Belt Pouch

Tuesday, 29 December 2015 1:00

There are so many times you need two hands free (Look Ma... No hands!), and this clever little organizer is a great solution. It can slip on a belt or clip on a belt loop; making it perfect for urban walkers, Saturday antiquing adventures or just when you're trying to wrangle two toddlers down the block. Drop your smart phone in a pocket at the back and use the zippered front pocket to hold cash, change, credit cards or other necessities.


Yoga Mat Shoulder Style Tote

Wednesday, 23 December 2015 1:00

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 paired a décor weight exterior with a standard weight cotton lining, both in vibrant colors and prints. Then we calmly meditated on the easiest instructions with the most stylish details. The result guarantees good karma for all who tote this tote to class.

Cocktails at Eight Hostess Half Apron

Tuesday, 22 December 2015 1:00

The clink of ice swirling in glasses, card tables in the living room, cut crystal bowls of white mints with green centers, ashtrays... yes, there were lots of ashtrays. I have clear memories of peeking around the corner, watching the 'grown-ups' with cards in their hands and cigarettes between their lips, laughing, talking, playing bridge. Orbiting through it all was my mother, handing out appetizers, picking up crumpled napkins, and wearing a crisp hostess apron and high heels. Our own little episode of Mad Men right there in the living room. Our Cocktails At Eight apron tutorial echoes that bygone era of elegance with its rich taffeta, frothy organza, a gorgeous ribbon waistband, and a sprinkling of tiny, shiny bows.

Toasty Fleece & Faux Fur Loop Scarves

Monday, 21 December 2015 1:00

Soft and warm – the two just go together. So that's just what we did! Our double-sided infinity loop scarf is super fast and fun. And, with so many great options in both fleece and faux fur, you can bundle up everyone. We used two printed, super cuddly minky fleece fabrics for one scarf. On the other, we combined a printed minky fleece with another amazing minky that features a faux fur finish that mimics curly llama. Both pairings are silky soft with a fluid drape that begs to be wrapped up tight. 

ScrapBusters: Two-Tone Gift Bags in Three Sizes

Friday, 18 December 2015 1:00

We all know good things don't always come in small packages. They can be small, medium or large... and still be quite wonderful. That's why we made our super cute gift bags in three sizes. It also allows you to sort out your holiday list into those who've been Good, Very Good, and Great. Our elegant gift bags come in three useful sizes and are a great way to use up larger fabric scraps. We used up some of our favorite FreeSpirit Fabrics scraps, making samples in Heirloom by Joel Dewberry, Super Fly by Jennifer PaganelliKumari Garden Holiday by Dena Designs, and Star Flakes and Glitter by Tina GivensThe exterior and lining of each bag are both made up of two fabrics, which gives them a beautiful finish inside and out. 


Decorative Stitch Hot Pads: Janome Skyline S7

Wednesday, 16 December 2015 1:00

I know they say creativity is about learning to "color outside of the lines," but sometimes, the line is our friend. This happy pair of hot pads is all about the beauty of a perfect connection from point A to point B. We selected a wide stripe for the front, which we then highlighted with parallel rows of bright decorative stitching. The back has just the decorative stitching against a neutral background. We used our Janome Skyline S7 for precise and beautiful stitching row after row after row. 


Re-imagine & Renovate: ScrapBusters Travel Size Tissue Covers

Tuesday, 15 December 2015 1:00

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, making this a great ScrapBusters project. 


Cozy Faux Fur, Pelt-Cut Chair Throw: Fabric Depot

Monday, 14 December 2015 1:00

Transform a plain wooden, plastic or metal chair by covering it with some instant softness and warmth. Our faux fur and suede throw is cut to resemble the natural, hourglass shape of an animal pelt. The gentle curve gives it a lovely drape from back to seat. We show you how to use an ordinary bath towel to create a custom pattern for your chair. These beautiful fabrics are from the amazing selection at Fabric Depot. You'll find shopping details for our choices as well as several other equally gorgeous pairings.


Tall Wine Bags in Burlap & Cotton

Friday, 11 December 2015 1:00

There is a French proverb that tells us, "In water one sees ones own face; but in wine, one beholds the heart of another." These tall wine bags mix the rustic feel of burlap with smooth cotton fabric and velvet or wire-edged ribbon. In honor of the quote above, we used, and offer a template for, a heart appliqué. By cutting this appliqué shape from the same burlap as is used for the main bag panels, it creates the look of a window on the front accent band. You could also draw your own shape to add a star, flower, dove or whatever strikes your fancy. We recommend sticking with a simple shape to maintain the cut-out effect.


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