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ScrapBusters: Full Circle Zippered Sewing (& More) Case

Wednesday, 13 July 2016 1:00

This cute round zippered case falls neatly under our ScrapBusters heading since you need just a few bits of fabric and batting plus a zipper. It also qualifies for our You Asked 4 It category because quite a few of you spotted the full-circle zippered case we made for our original zipper-in-the-round tutorial, and you wanted to know how to put the whole thing together – with a lining. You asked. We answered.

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Diamonds & Tufting Make a Pretty Patchwork Pillow

Tuesday, 12 July 2016 1:00

We call this our "jewel box pillow" because it features three rows of diamonds. But in the world of patchwork, a diamond is really just a square turned on point. So the complex-looking front of this pretty pillow is actually just six simple rows stitched together on the diagonal. Fooled ya, didn't we?! We add piping and covered buttons to soften the angles of the diamonds and triangles. 

Collegiate Garment Bag: Fabric Depot

Monday, 11 July 2016 1:00

Go Team! This soft-sided garment bag is full of school spirit, well, actually it’s full of clothes, but on the outside it’s flying school colors. Send your college kids back to school with this special carrier for their “good clothes.” Sweatshirts and jeans might be daily wear, but they’ll likely need at least a few nicer pieces for events, awards, even a job interview (wouldn’t that be great!). Our amazing friends at Fabric Depot have an excellent selection of 9.3oz cotton canvas duck in dozens of great colors so you’re sure to find the perfect color combo for your favorite student. We’re proudly showcasing the red and gold colors of courage, chivalry, and determination that mark Hogwarts’ House of Gryffindor. Pick your pair, then blend a white or natural for the top and binding. 

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Fast Fridays: Boho Parisian Bandanas - 8 Ways to Wear It

Friday, 08 July 2016 1:00

According to style watchers, one of the summer’s must-have accessories is the bandana. It’s featured regularly as a head scarf but is just as popular tied around the neck, the wrist, and even onto bags and totes. And here’s the latest fashion flash: you don’t have to use traditional bandana fabric. In fact, many sites and magazines are showing all kinds of patterns and colors. Excellent! We worked with our friends at Fat Quarter Shop, where the quilting cotton variety is amazing, to select a fun new collection to turn into our Boho Parisian Bandana Set: Joie de Vivre by Bari J for Art Gallery Fabrics. 

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Mini Backpacks as Party Treat Bags

Thursday, 07 July 2016 1:00

Birthday party treat bags are usually flimsy plastic things filled with candy and trinkets – those tiny treasures ultimately lost and sucked up by the vacuum. Forget that! Instead, you can bestow these dandy mini backpacks on your party guests. They are oh-so cute, actually useful, reusable, and fun to make! Fill them with the souvenirs and prizes from the day's activities, personalizing each with a handwritten name along the bottom panel. Like we said: cute, useful, and fun.

Top 7 Tips for Teen Sewing

Wednesday, 06 July 2016 1:00

Hopefully, you're reading this article for one of two reasons. Either you know a teen who really wants to start sewing, or you know one you'd like to inspire to start sewing. In both cases, you can help them on their way with a little guidance. In this day and age, when young adults seem to be devoted nearly full-time to social media apps, it's easy to think none of them could possibly be interested in something so archaic as sewing. But, while you weren't looking, sewing became cool. Read on for our Top Seven Tips to pave the way to a great experience for a young sewist. 

Romantic Floral Pillowcase with Decorative Cuff

Tuesday, 05 July 2016 1:00

We searched online to see if anyone had ever done a sleep study comparing the prettiness of your pillowcases to the vividness of your dreams. Amazingly, not a one! If you decide to go ahead with this important research, we get a cut of your Genius Grant. Until then, we’re firmly convinced there is a connection, and suggest you to make a new set of our romantic pillowcases for every bedroom to encourage blissful dreams all around. We used cuts from the brand new Sugar Bloom collection from Verna Mosquera for FreeSprit Fabrics, which will hit stores and online sites this September. 

Summer Sling Bag

Friday, 01 July 2016 1:00

Cinch, sling, and go. Our trendy sling bag is the perfect way to pack necessities for summer adventures large and small. There’s a drawcord top plus two exterior zippered pockets, so you’ll have plenty of room for all your adventuring supplies. A single broad strap at the center back makes it fast and easy to loop over your shoulder and super comfortable to carry. 

Fleur-de-lis Appliqué Pillow: Our French Pillow Trio

Thursday, 30 June 2016 1:00

This dramatic pillow with its bold fleur-de-lis design is what is traditionally called a "statement" pillow; it's the member of a pillow grouping with the strongest flair, the one that anchors the collection. Although instances of the fleur-de-lis floral emblem have been found as far back as the third millennium BC, it is most strongly connected to French royalty as of about the 12th century and is said to signify perfection, light, and life. We use it on our pillow as a grand appliqué in a warm charcoal and milk white color combination. 

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