Mesh laundry bags to collect your washables are certainly readily available, and they can be pretty inexpensive to purchase. However, they usually aren't as well-made as you'd like, or you need a special teeny-tiny size for baby socks, or you just want a fun color to tempt an otherwise messy teen to pick up his underwear. Time to bust out a few of your own. They're super easy; we made our two samples in nothing flat. It's a great way to Freshen Up for 2015.
People in general, and kids in particular, generate lots of bits and pieces of stuff: important forms, special coupons, lucky tickets, keys to long forgotten locks... there really isn't another word for it. In fact, if you look up "stuff" in the dictionary, there's probably a picture of the top of your desk or your kitchen counter! Freshen up for 2015 by keeping those counters and other work surfaces tidier, and everything more organized, with our pretty framed pinboard, featuring three handy, stuff-collecting pockets.
It starts flat, then folds up 1-2-3, and snaps front and back to create an adorable cone-shaped mini purse for coins and more. Project design credit goes to Tendance Ruban for re-inventing this lovely vintage design; our thanks to sponsor, Renaissance Ribbons for bringing it to our attention. We reverse-engineered the original sample to provide you with easy, step-by-step instructions and a downloadable pattern. For this multi-layer project with its origami fold, it's important everything stays flat. Our solution: the ribbons are stitched to the plain side of a layer of fusible interfacing. When the front and back are assembled and pressed, it activates the fusing and creates a tight, smooth bond. Stability is increased and layers are decreased.
When you think of reasons for visiting Portland, Oregon, your list might include majestic Mount Hood, the breathtaking Columbia River Gorge, or the enormous Powell's City Of Books. But if you sew, you most definitely want to add the awe-inspiring Fabric Depot retail store. Located on the southeast side of the Rose City, this is the fabric store sewers and quilters travel around the world to visit. Let us be your travel guide for a quick trip through their 40,000 square feet of floor space – literally an acre of fabric and notions.
The final member of our French Pillow Trio is our bold Fleur-de-lis design. Although instances of this floral emblem have been found as far back as the third millennium BC, it is most strongly connected to French royalty as of about the 12th century, and is said to signify perfection, light and life. We use it on our pillow as a grand appliqué in a warm charcoal and cream color combination.
Pretty pillow numéro deux of our French Pillow Trio features a French word in its name: appliqué. Derived from the French verb "appliquér," meaning "to put on or apply," appliqué does exactly that, putting one fabric onto another as a decorative embellishment. We've created two appliqué templates you can download, one for either side of the pillow. Use them to display your mood: "Oui" -- "Yes! it's a great day." or "Non" -- "No, perhaps you should sit this one out."
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.