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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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Little Sunshine Support Pillow for Nursing & More

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 1:00

This project is based on the Nurture Nest pillow insert by Fairfield. This specialized U-shaped insert comes with a pattern and simple instructions printed right on the packaging. We've followed these basic steps with just a few changes. Rather than a standard cotton fabric, we selected a cozy fleece. Then, we added jumbo piping for dimension as well as to give baby an extra "ridge" to grab onto during tummy time. 

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Little Sunshine Appliquéd Accent Rug

Tuesday, 22 April 2014 1:00

The majority of nurseries we reviewed for our Little Sunshine series opted for wall-to-wall carpeting to keep things soft and help muffle sounds, such as mom trying to sneak out of the room and back to bed. However, an accent rug adds a great splash of color and helps protect the carpet in the high-traffic, spill-zone directly in front of the crib. We feature the same pretty sunshine appliqué used on the Little Sunshine Diaper Stacker, but in a jumbo size.

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Little Sunshine Hanging Diaper Stacker

Monday, 21 April 2014 1:00

Babies bring a ray of sunshine into the world. However, they don't bring anything else with them. It's up to us to provide a nursery full of important things to keep them happy and healthy. This week's Little Sunshine nursery projects will get you going and keep things glowing with a bright, sunny color scheme. Today's handy diaper stacker is designed to hang from a crib or changing table. There's plenty of room for lots of diapers inside plus two handy pockets on the outside for wipes, ointments, lotions and more.

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Rustic Wedding Redux: Two-Tone Burlap Table Runner

Friday, 18 April 2014 1:00

The most popular fabric in the realm of rustic is burlap. Believe it or not, this coarse fabric, more traditionally known for bagging coffee beans than bedecking wedding finery, is the hottest ticket out there when it comes to adding trendy texture. Part of the reason behind this is how many options are available in burlaps today – both in density (the coarseness of the weave) as well as color. Yep... burlap is not just brown anymore. We've come up with a beautiful design for a simple wedding table runner made of two layers of burlap joined with decorative stitching and highlighted with a splash of luxurious silk. Burlap, like many specialty fabrics, comes in very wide widths. The burlaps we found at Fabric.com ranged from 47" to 60" wide with the most common width being 58". This means you can cut a number of strips from each piece.

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Rustic Wedding Redux: Bride & Groom Chair Covers

Wednesday, 16 April 2014 1:00

The rustic theme is one of the hottest trends right now in the DIY wedding category, for both wedding attire as well as the ceremony and reception decorations. It's all about creating a wonderful mash-up of subtle tones and textures - just like you'd find in nature itself. A hallmark of the trend is mixing traditional wedding fabrics; like taffeta, silk, tulle and organza with unique fabrics not normally thought of as wedding choices; such as burlap, ticking, crushed velvet and muslin. We have just such a blend today in our wedding chair covers. Decorating the chairs for a wedding reception is nothing new, but we especially like the idea of having a unique set of chair covers at the head table for the bride and groom. Our design combines rustic striped ticking and an elegant crush of taffeta. We finish it off with a sleek monogram juxtaposed with a funky-chic button. 

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