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Five-Part Quilting Basics Series

Thursday, 08 May 2014 1:00

Little pieces of fabric sewn together. That's truly quilting at its most basic, but its just as crazy as describing cooking as: tasty bits of food mixed together. The creativity (and the love) is in the who, what, when, where and why of how it all happens. Our quilting series is designed to help beginning quilters get rollin'. We explain the basics of quilting, including the various tools you’ll need (and may already have), cutting techniques, how to create quilt blocks from basic shapes, piecing tips and techniques, and actual quilt stitching. One disclaimer: enter at your own risk; quilting can be addictive

Extra Large Tissue Box Cover with Monogram

Wednesday, 07 May 2014 1:00

Ahhhhh... the beautiful flowers, blooming trees, and lush green grass of Spring. Oh, and the pollen, did I mention the pollen? Sunny days are not all sandals and ice tea. The warm weather can also bring the watery eyes and red noses of allergy season. Don't let it sneak up on you without a fashion solution; be prepared with a pretty tissue box cover to help distract you from the sneezing. We did a nursery project awhile back that included a cover for a small square box of tissues, which was the first time we came up with the idea of using a Dritz® Home grommet for the tissue pop-up point. We're back with a project for a more standard rectangular box of tissues. We give you the steps and formulas to figure the dimensions for your specific box.

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How To Choose The Right Sewing Machine Needle For Your Project

Tuesday, 06 May 2014 1:00

You probably already know the rule of thumb for sewing machine needles: install a new one at the beginning of each project. When a needle is piercing your fabric at 600 to 1,000 stitches per minute, small things like a dulled point or an eye that's beginning to wear, can make a big difference in the quality of your stitches. But it's just as important to choose the right kind of needle. Our thanks to Janome America for helping us with the fine points of machine needles.

Big Round Floor Cushion with Fussy Cut Wedges

Monday, 05 May 2014 1:00

Floor it! This generous 24" diameter floor cushion is a comfy 4" thick - perfect for sitting or as a little foot rest. Make several to use around a low table for casual dining. Place one on the patio for meditation at sunrise. Toss a few in the TV room for extra seating. Our wedges are fussy cut to take advantage of the strong vertical motif of our chosen fabric. By carefully cutting the twelve wedges that make up the top and bottom of the pillow, we turned that vertical motif into a unique horizontal pattern with radiating hexagons. A wedge pattern download is offered below.

Favor Bags For Weddings & More with Renaissance Ribbons

Thursday, 01 May 2014 1:00

Back when I was attending parties in patent leather mary janes and hair bows, party favors were low-key and unassuming. If you were really lucky, you might score a candy bracelet you could eat right off your wrist. These days, things have amped up to a whole new level, with fancy favors becoming standard for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries and more. I'll admit to getting a party favor almost nicer than the gift I'd brought to the event! Maybe it's time to step back to something basic yet beautiful, starting with today's pretty favor bags in soft linen accented with gorgeous Renaissance Ribbons. Clean and simple, but with a personal touch and a fundamental elegance. 

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Great Gift Ideas for Mother's Day

Wednesday, 30 April 2014 1:00

Chances are good your mom made a lot of things for you over the years. Too many meals to count, special birthday and holiday treats, an awesome ladybug costume in kindergarten, not to mention more than a little help with last minute science fair projects and that prom dress with a bazillion green rhinestones that exactly matched your eyes. Mother's Day is May 11th. Maybe it's time to return the favor (and the love) with a special handmade gift of your own. We've collected ten favorite projects we know Mom will love. And if it gets down to the very last minute, we also have a cute printable coupon book the kids can give Mom. She can cash in a coupon whenever she likes for something special: bear hugs, yard work, breakfast in bed, or anything you think she'd appreciate.

How To Clean Your Sewing Machine For Better Sewing & Fewer Repairs

Tuesday, 29 April 2014 1:00

What's the number one thing you can do to keep your sewing machine running smoothly? Clean out the lint. It's an unavoidable by-product of sewing. The more you sew, the more lint sifts into the guts of your machine. A little regular cleaning will keep your machine running smoothly. And a clean machine is also a quiet machine. Not only will periodic "care and feeding" help your machine to run better, it can also save you money in major repairs. Our thanks to Janome America for taking us through the important steps of regular maintenance you can do yourself in between trips to your dealer for more thorough cleaning and service.

Re-imagine & Renovate: Renaissance Ribbons' Fold-Over Ribbon Wallet

Monday, 28 April 2014 1:00

All ribbons, all the time! This beautiful wallet project shows you how to layer ribbons side-by-side to create your own "fabric." Our R&R series (Re-imagine & Renovate) is a S4H classic, which shows you how different fabric and trim... different ribbons in this case, can give your favorite project a whole new look. Our friends at Renaissance Ribbons Re-imagined and Renovated our original wallet design with brand new Amy Butler Jacquard ribbons from her Hapi collection in two different colorways, the inside quilting weight cotton is also from the Amy Butler Hapi collection for Rowan Fabrics. The result is almost too pretty to hide away inside a larger tote or purse. These wallets easily stand on their own as a dramatic clutch for a night on the town.

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Little Sunshine Laminated Diaper Tote

Friday, 25 April 2014 1:00

Tiny hands, teeny toes... babies are adorable little packages, but what they lack in size, they more than make up for in volume. Leaving the house with a baby can feel like provisioning for an Arctic adventure. You need a generous diaper bag to handle the task. Our Little Sunshine Tote features wipe-clean cotton laminate on the outside and a PUL lining. With 5" boxed corners, this tote opens wide, and there are plenty o' pockets to store all the necessities: two small and two large pockets on the inside plus a handy side bottle pocket and zippered pouch on the outside. It's lightweight but hard-working.

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Little Sunshine Fleece Fitted Crib Sheet

Thursday, 24 April 2014 1:00

Cotton sheets are crisp and clean and they launder beautifully, but they can also feel cool on baby's cheeks. We suggest switching up to a cuddly fleece that can help your little one drift off to dreamland in warm and cozy comfort. Our double-sided plush fleece is the same bold yellow and white polka dot featured on the Little Sunshine Support Pillow. Soft and pretty.

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