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Kid's Valentines (& More) Carry Case

Thursday, 30 January 2014 1:00

When you're a kid, Valentine's Day is the perfect combination of giving and receiving. It's fun to plan and put together cards and treats for your friends, then it's a thrill to see what you get in return. The occasion is certainly auspicious enough to demand its own special carrying case. Ours is super cute thanks to PUL (polyurethane laminate), fold over elastic and snaps from Babyville Boutique. PUL looks great and wipes clean... a bit like kids themselves! The Babyville Boutique elements all coordinate beautifully, so mixing and matching is effortless. The case is stabilized with a inner layer of cardboard - although plastic web, firm foam or flexible template plastic would also work. We designed three generous pockets so little fingers have lots of places to put important stuff. 

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Minky & Velvet Throw with Secret Pocket

Wednesday, 29 January 2014 1:00

Minky... it rhymes with pinky and is the softer, thicker cousin of fleece. When it first appeared on the market, Minky was the go-to option for the cushiest, cuddliest baby blankets ever. However, the rest of us soon realized babies shouldn't have all the fun, and Minky is now popular for any project that calls for a thick, plush feel with unparalleled warmth. That's exactly why we chose it for today's beautiful Valentine's throw, and we added a velvet binding to keep the extra softness going to very edge. There's also a secret corner pocket. Use it to stow a special card or tiny present when giving the throw as a gift. Once wrapped around its owner, the throw's pocket can keep the TV remote within reach or use it to stash a handful of tissues for a Valentine's Day rom-com movie marathon. 

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Fold-Over Gift Card Case with Double Vinyl Pockets

Tuesday, 28 January 2014 1:00

Gift cards are an excellent option when shopping time is tight or you're struggling to figure out someone's correct size, individual style or unique taste. That said, a gift card stuffed into an envelope can seem a little... well... impersonal. Our pretty fold-over gift card cases add the personal touch that says, "I may not know if you prefer bohemian or Burberry, but I know you're special, and I've made this just for you." There are two 4¾" pockets to hold gift cards, cash and/or a handwritten note.

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Ladybug Pillow Pal with Heart Wings

Monday, 27 January 2014 1:00

Ladybug, ladybug, fly away home. Our huggable ladybug pillow is so cute, you won't want her to fly away. Rather than traditional round spots on her wings, Louise the Ladybug sports ten pretty appliquéd white hearts. We also amped up the color by switching out the traditional ladybug red for a Valentine's Day hot pink. And, there's a hidden heart on her chest, proving she's filled with love through and through. Actually, she's filled with a 12 oz bag of Poly-Fil® 100% Premium Polyester FiberFill, making her squeezably soft. You'll love our trick for making cord-filled tubes to create her sweet pom-tipped antennae. Wouldn't she make a fun Valentine gift?!

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Box o' Chocolates Heart Pillows

Friday, 24 January 2014 1:00

This is exactly the project you've been waiting for: the Zero Calorie box of Valentine's chocolate! Our plump little heart pillows have a pleated chiffon sash across the center to give them the look of the classic heart-shaped boxes of assorted chocolates. Secret Tip: hidden inside are layers of batting and muslin to keep our hearts smooth and round. They are fast and easy to make and take just small cuts of fabric; use used Fat Quarters. They'll make a perfect gift for everyone you love, because just like Forrest said, "Life is like a box o' chocolates!"

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Romantic Bedside Caddy

Thursday, 23 January 2014 1:00

Sleeping is one of my favorite things to do. I've never had any trouble falling asleep. In fact, I could probably doze off right in the middle of this sentence, given the opportunity. As much as I love it, I never get enough of it. So when I'm finally snuggled into bed, with the pillows just right and the covers tucked tight... that's when it happens. Where's the remote? Hey, I can't quite reach my glasses. What did I do with the magazine I was reading last night? Yes, there is a night stand at the side of the bed, but it's already covered with other important flotsam and jetsam, and there's not a square inch of space to spare. Solution: today's Romantic Valentines Bedside Caddy. It holds everything you need within arm's reach. Where you want it – when you need it. Sweet dreams!

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Soft & Sweet Banded Bow Pillow

Wednesday, 22 January 2014 1:00

After the whirlwind of Christmas decorating, it can be hard to muster enthusiasm for Valentine's Day. But a pretty little pillow is a fast and easy way to add a touch of romance. Today's banded bow pillow blends petite florals and sweet stripes. The muted pastels are a softly nostalgic combination that would make a beautiful bedroom accent. We add a light interfacing to the bow, which allows you to sculpt it into the shape you like best: flat against the band or puffed into traditional loops.

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Three Tier Stacked Pin Cushion Trio

Tuesday, 21 January 2014 1:00

Whip up these sweet treats for the sewers and crafters on your Valentines list. Our stacked trio of pin cushions is designed to look like a delicious three tier cake – complete with edge icing (aka: mini pom trim) and a cherry on top (aka: single cherry pink pom). Use the little cushions separately or as a terrific tower. It's nice to have several on hand so you can have a cushion by your machine, in your cutting area, and on your ironing board. Pins at the ready wherever you are. We show you how to insert washers into the base to weight them so they're more stable individually and as a stack o' three.

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NEW True Colors Collection by FreeSpirit Fabrics - Blog Tour Starts Today!

Monday, 20 January 2014 1:00

Color. If you create, it's your stock in trade. The color palette you choose for your project provides its personality: fun, elegant, romantic, rustic... The list goes on and on, because every new combination inspires a new direction. Late this past fall, the innovative minds at FreeSpirt Fabrics introduced a new designer-driven mixer collection called True Colors. The first offerings have been created under the artful eyes of some of FreeSpirits Fabrics' best-loved designers: Anna Maria Horner, Heather Bailey, Jenean Morrison and Joel Dewberry. Today, we officially kick-off the True Colors Blog Tour, which will take you through one dozen creative websites who have had their way with the True Colors mixers along with cuts from the four debut designers' newest full collections. Projects... giveaways... and most importantly, inspiration awaits!

ScrapBusters: Lip Balm Key Ring Mini Case

Friday, 17 January 2014 1:00

When the temperatures dip and the wind whips, can chapped lips be far behind? This time of year, it's so difficult to keep your lips moist and protected from the elements. Your best defense is a good offense: constant swipes from your trusty tube of lip balm. I don't know about you, but I've got tons of tubes of lip balm – there's just never one nearby when I need it. So I end up buying another! Today's fast and easy ScrapBusters project is an adorable key ring lip balm holder. Make several so you always have your favorite tubes on hand... and can stop buying more than you need.

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