Today's casual bag features two generous pleated pockets bound with Fold Over Elastic by Dritz (FOE). One of the things we love about FOE is the ability to use it as a binding. You get three benefits in one: color, stretch and finish. There's a built-in crease line down the center that allows easy and accurate folding. The pockets not only look great, they're also super functional – with expandable tops that make dropping in items easy, even one-handed. In addition, the entire top of the bag is also finished with FOE, using it as a flat binding. Plus, the pretty patterns on the Drtiz FOE are woven in, not printed on, and they're fade resistant and colorfast. These good looks will last!
Which accessory gives you the most fashion muscle per square inch? A big, gorgeous scarf! About a month ago, we spotted an amazing chiffon among the selection at Fabric.com. Today we're making it into something wonderful. In our ongoing job as "trendspotters," we're always on the lookout for the coolest items on the store shelves that we can show you how to make on your own. Adding tassels, along the sides and/or across the bottom, to this season's scarves seems to not only be a fashion winner, it also ups the price of the accessory by about 200%! Here's what you need to know: scarves are super easy to make as are custom tassels. Read on to learn how, and get that holiday gift list ready.
In browsing for a great fabric for our seasonal table runner, we kept returning to the home décor category because of the bold designs and striking colors. These traditionally heavier fabrics are where most people turn for larger projects, such as curtain panels or upholstered items, so the motifs tend to be bigger and the tones more dramatic. Not only is it beautiful fabric, it's also often thicker, tougher and more durable. Batting is usually necessary with runners made of standard cottons in order to protect the tabletop from hot or wet dishes. But with this fabric, two simple layers provided plenty of protection... unless, of course, you plan on serving sizzling fajitas at the table for your holiday dinner!
If you're a lover of all things sewing, you've probably heard all the clever quotes: Measure Twice, Cut Once; Keep Calm and Quilt On, Sewing Mends the Soul, and our favorite for today's project: It's All About The Fabric. The fashionable, upscale boutiques in our area seem to be filled with the latest purses and bags. One trend we noticed is what we dubbed, the signature fabric tote: a bag whose fabric is so unique and striking, it is the focal point of the entire design. These special handbags carried price tags for $75, $100, and up! With the amazing fabric options available to you, both in-store an online, you can create your own signature style for a fraction of boutique prices. We turned to our friends at Fabric Depot, selecting an eye-catching geometric in a high-end charcoal and citrine color combination with an amazing chenille texture.
We hope you've been enjoying our Fabulous Fall series with Fabric.com. Bringing you the tones and textures of the season has certainly been fun for us, and we round it out today with a cute panel-style apron (with a bonus matching hot pad). This is a wonderful project to play with a bold print and improve your fussy cutting skills. The wraparound pocket is a perfect match against the skirt.
Quintessential: representing the most perfect or typical example of a quality or class. We may be blowin' our own horn a bit here, but we absolutely love this plaid tote, and we really believe it has all the traits needed to rocket it to the top of the charts for cool and classic totes. No Fabulous Fall series would be complete without a perfect plaid, and when initially browsing the selection at Fabric.com, this blue and tan blend immediately caught our eyes. It's reminiscent of a vintage Pendleton® "49'er" jacket. Precision cutting – both straight and on the bias, piping accents, and corded handles are just a few of the styling particulars that give our tote its iconic appeal.
Part of the fun of our Fabulous Fall with Fabric.com series has been working with non-traditional fabrics to create wonderful new combinations. If you've always turned to quilting cottons or fleece to construct a throw, give today's linen and rayon beauty a try. Although often more closely associated with crisp summer suits, linen and linen blends are actually wonderfully soft and a dream to sew. When layered with smooth rayon, you get a lightweight yet warm throw with an absolutely amazing drape. We added a layer of low loft batting and our quilting stitches trace the bold floral motifs on the Amy Butler linen blend we selected from her Hapi collection. The finishing touch is the swing and sparkle of Chainette fringe along the top and bottom.
I think we can all agree little things tend to be pretty dang cute: babies, puppies, kittens, Barbie® shoes... but let's face it, sometimes you need BIG to take care of business. Today's storage bin lives up to its jumbo name. As we kick off week #2 of our Fabulous Fall series with Fabric.com, we've created a large-and-in-charge fabric basket that's ready to take on your bigger storage tasks. From books to blankets to balls of yarn, if you have a lot to keep track of, this project is for you. We chose two bold fabrics in organic cotton. And what is that dynamite looking "rope" ringing the top and creating the handles? Piping cord! Inexpensive yet just the right soft and strong combo.
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.