When the boxes come down from the attic every year, one of my favorite Christmas items to uncover is a table runner my mother made for me. It's the first thing I pull out, and for me, its appearance signals the official arrival of the holiday season. This happy patchwork and pom pom centerpiece certainly has the potential to become a best-loved holiday tradition. Make one for yourself plus a couple more for friends and family. We used a Layer Cake pre-cut bundle, which usually contains forty 10" x 10" squares. That's plenty for several runners, simply add your favorite solid for the accent squares and backing.
We had so much fun (and such great visitor reaction) to our first article about the new Dritz® Espadrilles program, we're back for Shoepalooza Take #2. This time, we started with the basic Dritz® jute soles, then branched out to select our own unique fabric options. But the creativity didn't stop there! We added buttons, crystals, lace, and ruffles to craft three pairs of new shoes perfect for the holidays and beyond.
Take your pet walking in a winter wonderland in style this year! Beautiful ribbon, hardware, webbing, a couple of hours; and you can make your very own boutique-style dog collar and leash. This is such a fun and easy project, you'll be offering to make them for all your canine friends. We chose Renaissance Ribbons for the ultra-stylish ribbon on both our sets. This is a perfect holiday gift idea, especially with the cute embellishments we added to each. There's a slip-on bow tie for the dapper dog, and a set of poms and jingle bells for the more festive (and bouncy) pooch.
As a site dedicated to promoting all things handmade, we probably shouldn't be advocating the gift card. But... what if you put the gift card inside a super cute, handmade case? All bases covered, and everybody's happy. Plus, when the gift card is spent, the case can still be used to hold cards and cash for a quick shopping trip. We even added a key ring to clip on a house or car key. Take it by itself or toss it into a larger tote. You could even use one as a clever case for your business cards.
One of my favorite books as a child was a Little Golden Book version of the classic story, The Elves and the Shoemaker. I forced my mother to read it over and over until the binding split. What I loved the most, and wanted for my very own, were the curly-toed boots the little elves wore. These stockings are modeled after those very same elf boots. And they are just as cute as I remember.
Fashion in a flash. Fur collars are the rage this year on upscale winter coats. Want to add the look to your wardrobe? This beautiful faux fur collar adds an instant overlay of luxury. It was inspired by the sumptuous faux fur selection at Fabric Depot. From realistic animal fur varieties to fanciful colors of curly shags, Fabric Depot's options are wide and varied. We went with the natural fur look of a multi-color Island Raccoon; it featured not only a beautiful depth of tone, but also a smooth and deep pile.
They say sleeping on satin pillowcases helps keep wrinkles away. I say, "Sign me up for that one!" These gorgeous cases are quick and easy to make, yet look like the fancy ones with the expensive price tags at the bedding store. That's a recipe for the perfect gift! The lucky recipient will think you slaved away for days to create them for her. She'll adore the luxurious feel of the satin charmeuse, and when you tell her that little tip about the wrinkles, I bet they become her favorite bedding faster than you can say "forty winks."
Sewing is a continually evolving art. Learning new and interesting techniques is one of the best ways to build upon your current knowledge. It keeps your skills fresh and your ideas lively. We have two great how-to articles on binding in general: Bias Binding: Figuring Yardage, Cutting, Making and Attaching and A Complete Step-by-Step for Binding Quilts & Throws. In this article, we're continuing our journey down the binding path to a "sub-set" technique called: continuous bias binding. It's a little bit like the ancient art of origami. You start out with a flat square (or rectangle), and after a few folds and flips here and there, you have something completely different, very dimensional, and quite useful.
Awwww, the sweet smell of success. Or, at least the sweet smell of lavender! Slip these pretty little sachets onto one or more hangers to freshen your closet. Tie one on a doorknob to lightly scent a small room, such as a guest bath. Bundle up several with some elegant lingerie for a decadent bridal shower gift. Or, heck... just make a few for yourself! For a seasonal spin try cedar chips, cinnamon or pine instead of lavender. With its wonky piecework and rustic feel, this project is all about random elements. Don't stress about keeping everything perfect; embrace the unusual.
I've always thought Frosty the Snowman was one of the saddest holiday songs ever, because he melts away in the end. It could bring me to tears as a child. So, we came up with a way to keep Frosty safe year 'round. We used a beautiful long napped, Mongolian style faux fur in white (of course) to create a set of three pillows: two simple round pillows and one sphere (we offer a downlaodable pattern below to create the sphere). The front of the pillows feature our snowman's special smile and button accents, plus we added a bright green pom pom scarf - a Frosty fashion essential. When the holidays have come and gone, simply remove the scarf, flip everything over, and you have three fluffy fur pillows to display for as long as you'd like. Frosty thanks you!