When the temperatures dip and the wind whips, can chapped lips be far behind? This time of year, it's so difficult to keep your lips moist and protected from the elements. Your best defense is a good offense: constant swipes from your trusty tube of lip balm. I don't know about you, but I've got tons of tubes of lip balm – there's just never one nearby when I need it. So I end up buying another! Today's fast and easy ScrapBusters project is an adorable key ring lip balm holder. Make several so you always have your favorite tubes on hand... and can stop buying more than you need.
Winter is nature's neutral season. Apart from the sparkling blue sky of an occasional sunny day, colors seem to go into hibernation, leaving us with snow whites, silver cloud grays and mud puddle browns. If you're missing the colors of spring, today's cheery pinwheel coasters with their "hot dots" will inject some bright pops of color into your dreary day. These are based on a tutorial we originally featured several months back, but we've revised things a bit to utilize layer cake squares, showing you how cute it can be with a variety of colors bundled together into a pretty set. They're great for a gift, but you'll also want an extra set to keep for yourself as reminder of flowers and sun to come.
Infinity scarves are one trend that just keeps going and growing. You can find them in everything from chunky knits to smooth cashmere to sheer voiles. We wanted to revisit our earlier infinity scarf tutorial with an eye for how to utilize some of the lovely pre-embellished fabrics so readily available now both in-store (even the chains) and online. For this scarf to work well, you need a fabric that comes in a very wide width (at least 58" - 60") and has a lovely soft drape. We opted for knit, which comes in an amazing array of colors, patterns and textures. We found a soft jersey knit in a dusty charcoal gray pre-embellished with pretty sparkles, giving our scarf day-into-evening appeal. We also changed-up our original cutting plan to make the best use of the fabric. By cutting and sewing together a number of strips on the diagonal, similar to how bias binding is sewn, you can hide the seams and get a nice bit of stretch so your finished circle is easy to twist and loop into just the look you want.
When Dorothy arrives in Oz to meet the Wizard, the pageantry of her welcome includes the amazing "Horse of a Different Color." When I was young and saw this, I was convinced that horse was real and longed to find one. I got a little older and realized it was a metaphor, as were those terrifying winged monkeys. Although I still stand respectfully back from the primate enclosure at the zoo, the Horse of a Different Color remains a favorite and is a great description of what can happen when you take a project and look at it from a different angle. It's the theory behind our Re-imagine & Renovate series, or R&R as we call it. We take one of our favorite classic projects and try it in new fabric with a new color palette - sometimes even changing up one of the techniques slightly. Today we're re-doing our very popular circular trivets.
There is a French proverb that tells us, "In water one sees ones own face; but in wine, one beholds the heart of another." For today's final entry in our trio of Valentines Gift Bags, we have a wine bag with the rustic feel of burlap paired with pretty fabric and ribbon. By making the heart appliqué out of the same burlap used for the main bag panels, it creates an interesting cut-out effect on the front accent band. We looked into available wine bags at several elegant outlets and discovered the majority of them did not feature a boxed bottom. So we decided to go with the flow, since it also makes the bag's construction faster and easier. But of course, the option to do small boxed corners remains. Take a look at our tutorial on How To Make Boxed Corners, and remember to add slightly to the cut length and width to accommodate the corners.
Valentines gift bag set #2 of 3: pretty fabric pouches with burlap and ribbon accents. Pull out your boxes of scraps for today's quick and easy project. We added simple casings as their closure solution, and give you two looks for the ribbon ties. You can cut your ribbon in half for matching petite side bows or thread a long length from front to back and make a single side bow... kind of like the 80s side pony - I loved the side pony. Cute burlap hearts add the perfect touch to say, "Handmade just for you, my Valentine."
Keep your tots tidy with this adorable apron for art projects and more. We used laminated cotton for a easy, wipe-clean finish. Everyone who's anyone is adding this wonderful substrate choice to their new fabric collections. We give you some tips for sewing with it (it's really easy), and a toddler-sized pattern to download. Whip one up, then whip out the poster paints.
Our Valentines Day ideas continue today with the first in a series of three great gift bag options. We know you love fast and easy projects, but we also know that doesn't mean you want to skimp on cute or stylish. We have you covered with these sweet little sacks. First off, they're a ScrapBusters project, which means you're likely to already have everything on hand you need. If not, the amount of fabric and notions required is small – or buy in bulk and set up a gift bag assembly line for all your Valentines. In addition, the finished bags are as cute as the proverbial button with a rustic style that works for young and old... and in between.
We love the simple clean lines of these microwavable neck and lap/back heating pads. After just a couple minutes in the microwave, you'll get up to an hour of safe, warm heat without the dangers inherent in electric heating pads: burns, fires and electrical shock. Electric heating pad cautions actually read: Never use in a situation where you could fall asleep. Hmmm... often falling asleep is my goal. These pads are not difficult to make, and are a useful gift for most any adult. They're good for muscle aches or when you feel a chill and don't want to turn up the thermostat. You can also freeze them for a pleasant cooling effect. Although, just typing that made me shiver. Add a drop of essential oil if you'd like a little aromatherapy.
Old man winter came stomping in with a vengeance this year. We're sending warm thoughts to all our Sew4Home friends in the mid-west and along the east coast. Seems like it's the perfect time for a totally toasty project that's also a great Valentine's Day gift idea. Today's fleece scarf is super fast and easy thanks to edge-binding with Dritz® Fold-Over Elastic. We also added a lightweight zippered pocket on one end. Use it to hold essentials so you can keep those jacket or pants pockets free to stuff your hands. Brrrrrrrrrrrr!