What does every mother want for Mother's Day? A nap. In the rush-around-worlds of most moms, sleep often falls by the wayside. Make those precious few hours of shut-eye as beautiful as possible with our amazing pleated pillowcase pair, the second great idea in our Mother's Day week with Fabric.com. Originally, we planned to make two identical cases, but then Alicia said, "Why not mix it up a little?" Why not indeed - it certainly makes things more fun and lets Mom put her fave out in front, depending on how she feels: an elegant damask day or a frivolous polka dot day... or both. Most days are both!
Mom's special day is coming up on May 12th this year. Now's the perfect time to get started on a wonderful handmade, heartfelt gift for her! Fabric.com is our sponsor for a wonderful week of Mother's Day project ideas. We have five days of pretty, practical, just plain cute-as-pie ideas for all kinds of moms, mothers-in-laws, grandmas, and any other special ladies in your life who may have wiped your tears, cooked up your mac 'n' cheese and believed you could do anything - even when you didn't. To start things off, we have an adorable half apron with a set of matching hot pads in Kiss The Cook from Robert Kaufman. As you can tell by the cool props in the photos, we're collectors of vintage kitchen goodies and absolutely fell in love with the retro vibe of this fun fabric collection.
As we enter the final phase of making a quilt, you should be proud of all you've learned thus far. If you think back to Part 1 of this Series, you may have been skeptical about adding "how to quilt" to your sewing toolbox of skills. Now you can see it was simply a case of ignoring your fears and going forward with curiosity and confidence. We encourage you to remember this as we venture into the final phase!
During our recent DIY wedding series, A Rustic Wedding with Fabric.com, we developed a little bit of a crush on burlap and were looking for a reason to use it again. We've actually combined two elements from this series in today's project: burlap, this time in the form of pre-cut ribbons and the weaving technique brought to us in the specialty Guest Tutorial by Elaine Schmidt for the ring bearer's pillow. We put the two together to create a unique reversible pillow that looks as stylish and trendy as anything you'd find on the shelves of Anthropologie®. The front is Mapped Out in Sienna by Waverly from Fabric.com. The back is woven and stitched burlap ribbon.
One winter ago, we ran a series in which we experimented with some "Lush and Plush" fabrics, such as faux leather and fur, cuddly Minky fleece, and super soft flannel to create a number of beautifully rich home décor items and accessories. One of the favorite projects within the series, that went on to become one of our most popular projects ever, was our Trendy Faux Leather Handbag. For the original series, we created the bag in a rich wine-red faux calf leather with striking deep amber imitation tortoise shell handles. We decided to R&R it for Spring – lightening and brightening it but maintaining its super stylish lines.
This past summer, we created a Romantic Bedroom Retreat with our friends at Free Spirit and Rowan Fabrics, combining a number of designers, collections and substates. For today's Re-imagine & Renovate project, we decided to take one of our favorite projects from within this series and transform it from lush and elegant to fresh and fun. That's what our R&R posts are all about. We pull out a classic fave tutorial and give it a whole new spin with updated fabrics, trims and notions. We switched out the historical Rowan Bromley cottons and rich velvet accents for a light, bright trio of spring cottons, courtesy of our friends, and today's sponsor, Fat Quarter Shop.
Just in time for Mother's Day, Father's Day or even Graduation Day... a pretty case for eyeglasses or sunglasses makes a great gift. You need just a little bit o' fabric and a little bit o' time to whip up one (or several). If you're a S4H regular, you know our R&R posts are a fun way to see how one project can turn out an unlimited number of ways, depending on the choices you make with fabrics, trims and notions. This project was initially part of a Valentine's Series. We used the pretty ruffle accent of the original design on two cases, but left it off the other two samples for a clean, "guy-friendly" look. The cases are quilted for soft protection and lined to help keep your lenses scratch-free.
A pillow is the king (or queen) of home décor. Every sewer we've talked to agrees a pillow is absolutely the best first project. With some simple squares of fabric and a few easy, straight seams, you can create an amazing pillow. Then, proudly step back and say, "I made that!" (You can kinda scream it if you want.) We have a huge group of pillows on S4H from which to choose: Decorator Pillows to Shaped Pillows to Special Use Pillows... the list goes on and on. Check out out Project Index to browse through them all. Again, it was tough to narrow down the selection to our two top faves, but we did it. Just know there were a lot of runner-ups.
The next category is a pretty broad one: blankets, quilts and throws of all kinds. We've done a lot of them, and it was really hard to pick our favorites from such a large and varied collection. There are so many different styles, shapes and techniques. What's great about this type of project is how easy it can be to adjust the outcome to match your skill level. Seasoned sewing guru: go intricate and detailed, like our recent Alchemy Vintage Throw for the Amy Butler Trunk Show . Brand new devotee: keep it clean and simple, like our Teen Pretty Pack Bound Minky Blanket. The end result will be wonderful either way.
THIS GREAT GIVEAWAY CLOSED APRIL 12, 2013. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED.
Since we're focusing on favorites, we thought we'd pause mid-week to give away some of our favorite fabrics! Much like you, we watch, helpless in a fabric-trance, as our stash builds and builds.... and builds. It can be hard to let go, but we also love to share. So we each picked a collection we'd been hoarding in the fabric room. Alicia pulled out Joel Dewberry's Heirloom collection, and I dipped in to my stash of Anna Maria Horner's Loulouthi. Two lucky Sew4Home visitors will each get a grab bag of fave fabric, some from both of these awesome Free Spirit designers.