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Picnic Placemats with Flatware Pockets

Tuesday, 05 August 2014 1:00

 

Outdoor dining takes a little creativity in order to keep everything from blowin' in the wind. Our darling, durable placemats have built-in pockets to hold flatware and/or napkins. Dining in? Hooray for the reversible! Simply flip over the placemats for whole new look – the back is pocket-free. These clever placemats are so quick and easy, you can easily whip up enough for your own table or the entire family reunion in a single weekend. You want a substantial fabric for this project: a canvas, heavy cotton duck or an outdoor fabric. We went the outdoor fabric route, which worked well and looked great. We love the bright, bold designs common in the outdoor category – perfect for casual summer meals. 

Janome Monday: Embellished T-Shirts

Monday, 04 August 2014 1:00

Now's the time to stock up on cute summer tees. They're on sale nearly everywhere. We hit the local Target and Old Navy in our area and didn't spend over $6.99 for any of our shirt samples. Okay, so now you have a pile of T-shirts. Step #2 is to personalize them. It's Janome Monday, and our goal today is to show you how fun and easy it is to use your sewing machine to turn standard off-the-rack items into something special. We pulled together a handful of fave fabric scraps to add pockets to some of the shirts and a few lengths of gorgeous lace to alter the others with inset panels and cropping. Fast fashion update!

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Flat Bench Cushion with Piping and Buttons

Thursday, 31 July 2014 1:00

A bench cushion is one of the top projects new sewers list as the decorating puzzle that finally got them thinking about making something on their own rather than buying. Standard bench cushions are certainly available in stores, but I think we can all agree that they never, ever, ever fit right. The piping and buttons are optional, but they add the professional finishing touches that make all the difference... and impress all those who will soon be sitting on your new bench cushion. 

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Empire Waist Apron in Wonderful Waverly Fabrics

Wednesday, 30 July 2014 1:00

We step back into the wonderful world of Waverly with this lovely empire waist apron. You've likely seen the Waverly brand on all kinds of home decor items, from window treatments to storage to bed linens. But their original product line was fabric. Starting in 1923, Waverly has produced some of the most beautiful and long-standing collections of any manufacturer. We've broken out of the standard home décor box of cushions and coverings with an apron design, which uses two Waverly medium weight, 100% cotton twills: Paisley Prism and View Finder from the Latte colorway.

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Insulated Baby Bottle Carrier

Tuesday, 29 July 2014 1:00

Babies and their entourages (sometimes referred to as parents) are always on the go: to the store, the park, the playgroup, the zoo, anywhere and everywhere. When they're out and about, they like to have their favorite drink nearby. Mom gets her 'Bucks venti half white mocha, half cafe vanilla, ez ice, 2 shots pour appigato style with whip and caramel drizzle frappachino (actual order overheard at one of our local Starbucks®)... baby gets his/her bottle - nicely warmed or chilled, thank you very much. It's an easy request to fill thanks to our baby-on-the-go thermal baby bottle carrier. There's a water resistant PUL lining, a layer of insulating batting, and a super trendy fabric exterior with a handy Velcro® strap.

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Janome Monday: Appliquéd Kite Tote

Monday, 28 July 2014 1:00

Let's go fly a kite! This tote is ready to take off on your next adventure or at least on your next excursion to the store. The shopper style construction is fast and easy with deep 4" boxed corners and no-sew webbing handles. Let your creativity soar with the fun front appliqué. We offer a template download for the kite's body and tail. And as a Janome Monday project, we show you two different presser feet that make quick work of this eye-catching embellishment.

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What Is Fabric Grain And How To Fix It If It's Off

Friday, 25 July 2014 1:00

You might have heard the term, "fabric grain." It sounds like it could be a breakfast cereal just for sewists. But in reality, it's a technical term that describes the direction your fabric has been woven. It's important to know which way the grain is running. Because, fabric that is off-grain when you are cutting pattern pieces can cause your completed project to stretch out of shape. We're here to give you a better understanding of fabric grain and some tips on how to straighten it.

Designer Pillow Knock-Off: Nautical Stripes & Grommets

Thursday, 24 July 2014 1:00

What's the project everyone suggests when you start sewing? "Make a pillow!" What's the number one way to quickly freshen your home décor? "Make a pillow!!" And, what's the best way to get chic designer style for a fraction of the price? "Make a pillow!!!" We put together a series awhile back with our friends from Fairfield Processing to show how easy it is to create the top pillow looks for less. They do say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and when you can imitate for less plus add your own special spin... all the better. We searched the web to find trend-setting luxury pillows from a range of high-end outlets, such as Anthropologie®, Neiman Marcus® and Horchow Home®. The options ran from $150 to $2000! And not a single one of them couldn't have been made by you! The cool grommets and bold stripes of this nautical style pillow was one of our favorites. 

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How to Make and Measure a Circle Without a Pattern

Wednesday, 23 July 2014 1:00

The circle is, in my opinion, the Queen of the geometric shapes. Don't get me wrong; I like all those squares, rectangles, triangles, octagons and whatnot, but the circle is the coolest of the bunch: smooth and pretty and endlessly useful. But trying to draw a perfect circle without a pattern is a challenge, and figuring out the proper size of an opening into which a circle can be inserted requires working with Pi (or π), and not the delicious kind you can eat with a bit of ice cream. We're here today to help you with the steps you've forgotten since high school geometry class (or maybe never learned because you were too busy passing notes with Susan Ellery!). We'll show you the parts of a circle, how wide to cut fabric to fit a circle, and how to draw a circle without a pattern. We've also included a handy conversion from decimals to inches, which is necessary when working with Pi.

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