Someone told me the other day he believed money would soon become completely digital and we'd be trading electronic credits online. It's happening already to a limited extent with Bitcoins, but it still seems so sci-fi to me. I think I'll hold on to a wallet for now, like today's pretty Eclectic Elements version. I like having physical money with me; a couple paper dollars and some coins just makes me feel happy. I think it goes back to being a kid, when every dime and quarter you hoarded put you that much closer to a giant gum ball from the shiny red dispenser. I still get a little thrill when I find a quarter in my coat pocket, although I worry what a gum ball would do now to my dental work.
All I want is a place for my stuff. Actually, I also want world peace and maybe to win the lottery, but for now... I'm good with a place for my stuff. Today we kick off week two of our Eclectic Elements series with these great round baskets. They're designed to hold all kinds of stuff and look great doing it. Use them one by one on a counter top, or make a bunch and fill up a shelf. We added a tab on the front with twill tape and an O-ring, which looks great and adds interesting texture, but is also functional as a pull tab. You can fill up a shelf all the way to the top with a row of baskets, then access each with its tab and ring just like a drawer pull.
We love the idea of concealing a cutting edge electronic device inside a vintage wrapper. Our Eclectic Elements device sleeve combines a great old-fashioned ticking stripe with a print made up entirely of old-school rulers and tapes. We've created three generous pockets to hold a selection of devices. Fusible fleece between the layers keeps everything soft yet stable. The inner sleeve is sized to easily accommodate a Nook®, Kindle® or iPad® Mini. Two 7" x 7" outer pockets can fit the smaller Nook® or your smart phone. The front pocket is completely sealed with a zipper, so it could also hold a wallet and keys. Or... go ahead and push against the electronic grain by tucking an actual printed book or notepad into one of the compartments. So many options in one convenient bag.
Our Eclectic Elements large tote is ready for a road trip, and comes complete with great destinations built in to the design, like Times Square and Coney Island. Fussy cutting is the name of the game in creating the bag's unique look. If you're new to this technique, we offer a great step-by-step tutorial, but the concept is simple: carefully cut each of the fabrics to center and feature a particular motif, such as the subway stop names, clock faces and butterflies we selected from the dozens of interesting options within this great new collection from paper-crafting guru, Tim Holtz. The front of the bag features a fabric flower as an optional embellishment, the tutorial for which we presented the first day of the Series. And, decorative metal rivets help hold the strap ends in place and add a subtle dash of dimension.
The Eclectic Elements collection from Tim Holtz has a strong memorabilia theme. It echoes his background as a premier paper-crafter in its blend of intricate imagry. The way you put together the fabrics in your projects can tell a little story. Our pillow pair does just that. In our story, an absent-minded French lepidopterist (butterfly specialist) is on his way to collect the final rare butterfly missing from his collection. He checks his watch at the subway stop, adjusts his spectacles, grabs his battered valise, and jumps aboard the train as it disappears under the streets of New York. And you thought it was just a set of pillows! We added some great texture and dimension with natural cotton webbing and twisted rope trim.
Unisex in style, tone and fit, today's Eclectic Elements apron welcomes the first crisp mornings of Fall with a distressed, vintage palette that hints at the warm browns, taupes and reds of turning leaves. Our final measurements are shown below, but it's easy to size the pattern up or down since the main panels start as simple rectangles. We provide the armhole template as a free download. With holiday gatherings just around the corner, wouldn't this apron make a wonderful host/hostess gift wrapped up with some natural wooden spoons, handsome metal skewers or even a vintage cookbook find?! It's always fun when a fabric collection has such interesting motifs, like these little game pieces and price tags as well as the lining's dictionary pages; they inspire innovative gift giving ideas.
What do a pocket watch, a subway schedule and a scientific butterfly illustration have in common? These "eclectic elements" are beautifully blended together in a fabric line of the same name. We're very pleased to introduce you to Eclectic Elements by Tim Holtz for Coats. This is the debut fabric line for the legendary Coats brand, and the premier collection for renowned paper crafter and designer, Tim Holtz. We have nine projects, including today's Fabric Flower Tutorial by Paula Cheney of Tim's creative team, plus an amazing Great Giveaway at the Series' conclusion. We invite you to lose yourself in the myriad of unusual and imaginative motifs that make up this collection. We can see Tim's inspiration behind each and every one, "This unique combination of salvaged findings and vintage palette creates a collection to inspire your artful imagination. I believe creativity is not in the finding of a thing, but the making something out of it after it is found."
The inspiration for today's pillow came from a beautiful blouse in Alicia's closet. Taking ideas from garment construction is a fun way to incorporate unique techniques and embellishments into your home décor. We've used the softness of double-layer ruffles to create romance in the round on this beautiful neckroll pillow. An overcasting stitch finishes the raw edges, adding to the shabby chic design. When you see this raw-edge effect on garments, it's often been done with a serger and what's called a lettuce edge. We show you how to create a similar effect with your sewing machine. We pre-washed our tissue linen fabric and scrunched it slightly to a give the pillow its slightly distressed texture and antique feel. The shape is a 6" x 20" Soft Touch® Neckroll pillow insert from Sew4Home sponsor, Fairfield Processing. You know them from all the great "soft stuff" they provide to make your projects wonderful from the inside out: pillow inserts, Poly-Fil® polyester fiber fill, batting, Nu-Foam® and more. We can't stress enough how important it is that your pillow projects use quality inserts or fillers. The difference in the finished look is dramatic.
Shopping for back-to-school is almost a rite of passage. You must have at least one new sweater to wear. Because even if the thermometer still reads in the 80s, the beads of sweat are worth the fashion statement. But before buying a complete wardrobe, give your budget a break, and check to see if there are some items you could re-make and re-use. Brush up on your fix-it skills with our basic sewing tutorials, then put a new spin on some rough-around-the-edges favorites.
Don't know about you, but when I travel, not matter how organized I try to be, I'm always hurrying to finish packing my toiletries and make-up. I'm also usually trying to fix my hair at the last minute, which means there sits my flat iron... too hot to pack! This gave us the idea for today's accessory: the hot tool case. It contains two hidden layers of metalized thermal batting. It looks pretty from the outside and is protective from the inside, so you can pack your curling or flat iron while warm... and still catch your plane on time! It's also great for your gym bag.