Fall is fabulous for getting back to basics. It's a great time to re-set and renew before the holidays hit with a vengeance. One of the best ways to refresh your home décor is with new curtains. They instantly transform any room and are the perfect fabric and color building blocks for other transformations, like cushions or table linens. As part of the Fabulous Fall series with Fabric.com, we've developed a classic grommeted curtain panel. This is a project you will turn to again and again. It's fast and easy, plus we give you all the formulas you need to adapt the design to fit your unique window scapes.
Window coverings seem to be one of our most basic needs. As soon as you get some sort of shelter, you're looking for a way to cover the windows for privacy. In college, I simply used push-pins to hold a sheet across my apartment's bedroom window. I let it hang down at night, and during the day I held it back with a binder clip from my Economics textbook. Not very stylish, but at least it blocked the view of the dumpsters. Now I know window coverings are a great DIY project; and simple enough for the beginning sewer. Straight edges. Simple, straight stitches. The individual steps couldn't be easier. But even the most basic curtain project can go awry without some good planning. And the most important part of that planning is knowing how to take proper measurements.
Patchwork is traditionally associated with small prints in a closely coordinated color palette. We're starting a new tradition during our Fabulous Fall series with Fabric.com: Modern Print Patchwork Pillows. The designs are bold, the colors are bright and set against crisp, clean white. Then, just when you thought things couldn't get any more modern... we take a step back and soften the style with hand embroidery on the front and pretty tassels on the back. I think I just heard your sofa give a little shout of delight. Is it time for a little pillow therapy?
Mary Poppins had a spoonful of sugar to work her magic on room organization. You have your sewing machine and today's project for super cute storage bins. We continue the Fabulous Fall series with our great round fabric baskets. They make picking up and putting away much more fun and colorful. Our foundation fabric is a classic canvas from series sponsor, Fabric.com. The accent fabrics for the exteriors, appliqués and linings are a mixture of décor weight and quilting weight cottons, which means the selection available to match your own decorating themes is huge. Fabric.com carries an inventory of over 500,000 yards!
There are many things that make fall fabulous: leaves on the trees exploding with color, the aroma of a rich stew simmering on stove, morning frost sketching delicate patterns on the window panes. If you're a lover of sewing and craft, it's also the time when we leave behind the distractions of summer and turn once again to our trusty sewing machines. We're taking a very fabulous look at fall this week and next with our friends from Fabric.com. We have two weeks of gorgeous fabrics and the perfect projects to welcome the art of autumn. Our series starts off with today's Canteen Bag, featuring two classic fall fabrics: wool suiting and corduroy.
We were inspired to bring back this classic Halloween project not just because it's a fast and fun decorating idea for the upcoming spooky season, but also because we had a recent bat encounter. A pair of Little Brown Bats (that is actually what they're called - cute, but also scientific, I guess) flew in through an open balcony door, invading the bedroom of one of our S4H staffers! Read on to find out how to make our adorable bat mobile, as well as for a few helpful hints on how to get bats out of your house. No need for any "bats in your belfry" jokes!
In honor of National Sewing Month, maybe you should do something sweet for your trusty sewing machine, like make it a little outfit! Many sewing machines come with a cover; some are hard plastic, some are soft vinyl... none are particularly pretty. Since we believe all our sewing machines have their own personalities, we think they deserve their own personalized covers to keep them protected from dust and sun exposure when not in use. Besides, these hard-working machines make so much stuff for us, the least we can do is make a little something for them! Our sample cover was created for a Janome Memory Craft 5200, a very standard-sized machine. This Janome is one of our mid-range models and a real sweetie-pie. She deserved a cover with a kicky bottom ruffle and a bright turquoise ribbon accent.
A "pouf" is a marshmallow-like ottoman. They've been all the rage in decorating for a few years now, bringing unexpected color, shape, texture and fun into a room. We have a full-size pouf project coming up soon, but in the meantime - and just in time for National Sewing Month, we miniaturized one as a clever pincushion. Ours uses Layer Cake squares as an easy way to gather a wonderful mixture of perfectly coordinating color and pattern, but this would also be an awesome ScrapBusters project!
Looking for a quick and easy way to fancy-up your windows? A valance is faster than traditional curtain panels, and can even be used in conjunction with curtains or blinds to add some fashion flair. They've always reminded me of little window skirts - even though they're up high. I think it's the way they gather across the rod and flare out along the bottom. These were so pretty when done, I could totally envision wearing them as a skirt. The key is the mixture of fabrics with pretty lace. Choose a solid and a coordinating print divided by narrow, see-though lace insets.
Did you know the modern ironing board was invented and patented by African American former slave, Sarah Boone in 1892? It's true. Although hers was not the first ironing board on the scene, it was completely unique in its narrow, contoured design, which allowed sleeves to be drawn up over the board. We'd like to think Ms. Boone would be pleased with our cheery ironing board cover. Just about all sewing projects require a fair amount of time spent staring at your ironing board. Why force yourself to look at those gawd-awful striped covers they sell at the local Target®... I swear those things must have been designed by someone with his eyes closed and both hands tied behind his back! You deserve a pretty cover.