As winter's storms blast rain, wind, snow and ice across the country, we're dreaming of sultry summer days on the balcony of a garden suite in the beautiful New Orleans French Quarter. To help bring these dreams to life, we've created a trio of shabby chic pillows in a French style. Pretty pillow numéro un features a lovely pleated front embellished with thin belted accents and a sweet bow.
Just because a project includes a zipper doesn't mean it can't be done in a zip. A top zipper with end tabs is one of the easiesr zipper installations you can do. For our final day of Gifts in a Jiff with Fabric.com, we have a small, medium and large set of posh little pouches in a luscious flannel-backed satin with a realistic crocodile texture. This is a fashionable new collection sent to us by Fabric.com. It comes in ten jewel tone colors, each one more elegant than the next. We had a hard time narrowing it down to our three favorites! To bring the trio together as a set, each features a matching base fabric, lining, and sparkling metallic zipper.
Soft and warm – the two just go together. So that's just what we did! Our two-sided infinity loop scarf is super fast and super fun. And, the options at Fabric.com in fleece and faux fur is almost limitless, so you can bundle up everyone on your holiday list. We used two printed, super cuddly minky fleece fabrics for one scarf. On the other, we combined the printed minky fleece with another amazing minky that features a faux fur finish to mimic curly llama. Both pairings are silky soft with a fluid drape that begs to be wrapped up tight.
You needn't be a cowboy or cowgirl to fall in love with this excellent accent pillow. The faux cowhide is 100% polyester with a heavy, velvety feel. Continuing our theme of imitation as the greatest (and humanest) form of flattery, we've paired it with a thick, rich faux wool, also 100% polyester. This combo is another marvelous example of the wide variety of fabric types and textures available from Fabric.com. The design is very chic yet super quick. You could whip out a whole herd of pillows in a single afternoon.
Originally developed to prevent down mattress and pillow feathers from poking through or blowing away, ticking dates back as early as the eleventh century when the fabric was made with a linen warp and a cotton weft. Today, the clean and simple look of striped ticking comes in a variety of colors and is a favorite when creating a "homespun" look to sewing and craft projects. We dipped into the lovely variety of ticking available from Fabric.com to use it as the border accent for an easy and casually elegant set of placemats with matching, all-ticking napkins.
Holiday get togethers and family celebrations are the perfect excuse to "get your girlie on!" These happy half aprons in two sizes are made in pretty quilting weight cottons that feature one of the biggest trends of 2014: metallic accents. But the secret to their perfect-partyness are the layers of colorful tulle under each skirt. We always like shopping at Fabric.com because there are so many different types of fabric to blend together into our projects. This week is all about last-minute solutions for your holiday list. We worked with our friends at Fabric.com to bring you some fun new fabrics made into gift ideas that are quick yet still very cool.
When there's a brand new little one in the family, the holidays are all about baby. Our adorable baby quilt, with its matching appliquéd bib, will make Baby's First Christmas extra special. The quilt is made of traditional nine-patch blocks, but we stretched four of the nine squares within each block into rectangles. The resulting design mimics the look of a little wrapped present. You make nine "present blocks" to create the perfect baby quilt gift. The matching bib uses a couple of larger motifs from the quilt's fabric as appliqués, and has super soft and absorbant chenille on the back.
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-Stpe 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.
Slice, stitch, tie, give. Just four steps to fast and festive (and reusable!) gift wrap solutions, in wool felt with cotton accents. Pretty bows and belts keep things wrapped up tight. We found our fabric solutions at Fabric Depot, and selected them to show off how our Omnigrid Ruler Grips make cutting faster and easier - a bonus when you're whipping out a number of these wraps for last minute gifts. We worked with our friends at Fabric Depot to plan three different sizes and styles from glamorous to whimsical to guy-friendly. Each is designed to be saved and used again as gift wrap, or in the case of the All Felt with Belt Closure & Boxed Bottom option, to be used as an every day accessory to carry papers, small devices and more - a cool "drop in" folder for a larger briefcase.
My first thought was to mention how much this tool looks like a telephone handset. Then I wondered, "Does anyone still have a telephone hand set?" The preponderance of cell phones aside, the full-size Ruler Grip does resemble a phone, but its function isn't communication, it's stabilization. If you do any rotary cutting, you will love these tools from the ruler experts at Omnigrid. When our friends at Fabric Depot walked me over to their measuring section, I had to catch my breath. Be still my heart – so many cool tools! But this gripper is one of our personal favorites in the Sew4Home studios, so we'll start here. The Omnigrid Ruler Grips suction, I mean really suction, onto your ruler or template so you can hold it in place securely and safely while you cut. It's handy for both long slices as well as tricky little angles.