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Layered Tea Time Placemats

Thursday, 25 February 2016 1:00

Lovely linens make any occasion special. With new spring fabric collections hitting the shelves of online and in-store retailers, now is the perfect time to mix and match your favorites to create a set of fancy placemats for tea time or anytime. When making your next cup, here's a little tea tip: the hotter you brew, the darker and more robust the tea; the cooler your water, the sweeter and more mild it will taste.

Nautical & Nice: Spun Stripes Pillow Trio

Wednesday, 24 February 2016 1:00

Stripes are one of those universal motifs - available in many colors and widths. We decided to play with some stripes, turning and seaming them in clever ways in order to create a unique graphic effect. Our "spun stripes" allow simple triangles and squares to morph into pillow tops that seem almost three-dimensional. The designs are patterned after maritime flags, so we chose fun, primary colors. We love how the resulting trio works together as a bright blend of nautical flair. 

Quick Tip: How Tapered Corners Make Square Pillows

Tuesday, 23 February 2016 1:00

The square pillow – it's a decorating staple and a great way to freshen up a room. You pick your favorite fabric, measure carefully, and cut two perfect squares. You sew the seams, pivoting at each corner with precision, and insert the pillow form. You set the finished pillow on the sofa, and... Hey! That pillow doesn't look square! Instead of crisp straight edges, the sides curve in toward the center and the corners are floppy. Use this quick tip to learn how a slight curve can create a better square.

5-Pocket Canvas Bag with Dritz® Jean Buttons & Rivets

Monday, 22 February 2016 1:00

This terrific tote has so many interesting details, we couldn't fit them all into the title! Besides the rivets securing the straps in place and the jean buttons on the side pockets, there are also cool metal grommets, western style pocket flaps, and twin needle topstitching. Our thanks to Dritz® for providing all the key hardware components. Metal accents like this are the perfect touch to finish a bag professionally. But they do more than just look good.

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How to Attach Metal Rivets to Sewing Projects

Friday, 19 February 2016 1:00

Rivets are everywhere. Airliners have rivets. The pockets of your Levis® have rivets. Frogs make the sound, "rrriiiiiivvvet." That last example probably isn't applicable, but it kinda makes you wonder, doesn't it? Not only are rivets ubiquitous, they look super professional when used on a sewing project. Rivets also have a very logical purpose: they hold lots of thick layers together at points where it would be impossible to stitch with a sewing machine.

Sleek Fabric Wallet with Zippered Coin Pouch

Thursday, 18 February 2016 1:00

Someone told me the other day that 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 this pretty version with multiple compartments for cash, coins, and cards. 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 hoarded dime and nickel 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.

Zip Zap Mini Pouch with Side Loop Straps

Wednesday, 17 February 2016 1:00

Sometimes extra-cute is exactly what you need to get your sewing creativity flowing. This adorable zippered pouch is just the ticket. Don't you love that striking center zipper? But... are you a little afraid of zippers, especially cool metal zippers? Like the scary monster under your bed, most zipper phobias are totally unfounded. In fact, a zipper down the middle like this one is a very easy option. Give it a try; conquer your fear! Then... peek under your bed. Nothing there to worry about either, except those adorable dust bunnies.

Canteen Bag in Wool & Corduroy

Tuesday, 16 February 2016 1:00

Bags come in all shapes and sizes, but this round canteen style is one of our favorites. It has such a great retro feel. You can pretend you're a Boy Scout on a special outdoor expedition or a WWII-era mail carrier delivering an urgent message. What? You don't make up adventures to go with each of your bags? Well where's the fun in that?! We paired two terrific textures to get our signature look: a striking wool suiting and corduroy. A decorative cotton is used for the lining. Bold fabric choices require equally bold accents; we chose a heavy metal zipper, sliders, and rings. 

Soft Floral Apron with Curved Skirt and Button Accents

Monday, 15 February 2016 1:00

We're dreaming of Spring with this pretty little apron in soft florals from the Strawberry Fields Revisited collection by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda Fabrics. A nine-part pattern is offered below to create the beautiful curve of the skirt, the angled bodice, and the cute pockets. For our special finishing details, we added just the right touch of decorative stitching and used buttons to secure the ties. Slipping on this beauty is sure to entice the sunshine and flowers into your kitchen.

Turning and Pressing Skinny Straps & Ties

Thursday, 11 February 2016 1:00

Do you ever watch those TV hospital shows and think, "I could do that"? Maybe not be an actual, real-life doctor. But you could wear a white coat, carry a stethoscope, and yell, "Get me a C-Spine, Chem 7, and a V-Fib!" I have no idea what any of those terms mean. They're just fun to shout. To get you just a little bit closer to your doctor daydreams, we're here to show you how one of the medical devices you saw Dr. Greene use every week can also be a big help in your sewing room. It's called a hemostat, and it's basically a locking clamp shaped like a long pair of scissors. (Probably what Dr. Greene wanted when he yelled, "Clamp!") A hemostat is extremely useful when you need to turn long, narrow tubes right side out.

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