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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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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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ScrapBusters: Hot Dots Pinwheel Coasters

Thursday, 16 January 2014 1:00

Winter is nature's neutral season. Apart from the sparkling blue sky of an occasional sunny day, colors seem to go into hibernation, leaving us with snow whites, silver cloud grays and mud puddle browns. If you're missing the colors of spring, today's cheery pinwheel coasters with their "hot dots" will inject some bright pops of color into your dreary day. These are based on a tutorial we originally featured several months back, but we've revised things a bit to utilize layer cake squares, showing you how cute it can be with a variety of colors bundled together into a pretty set. They're great for a gift, but you'll also want an extra set to keep for yourself as reminder of flowers and sun to come.

Sparkling Knit Infinity Scarf

Wednesday, 15 January 2014 1:00

Infinity scarves are one trend that just keeps going and growing. You can find them in everything from chunky knits to smooth cashmere to sheer voiles. We wanted to revisit our earlier infinity scarf tutorial with an eye for how to utilize some of the lovely pre-embellished fabrics so readily available now both in-store (even the chains) and online. For this scarf to work well, you need a fabric that comes in a very wide width (at least 58" - 60") and has a lovely soft drape. We opted for knit, which comes in an amazing array of colors, patterns and textures. We found a soft jersey knit in a dusty charcoal gray pre-embellished with pretty sparkles, giving our scarf day-into-evening appeal. We also changed-up our original cutting plan to make the best use of the fabric. By cutting and sewing together a number of strips on the diagonal, similar to how bias binding is sewn, you can hide the seams and get a nice bit of stretch so your finished circle is easy to twist and loop into just the look you want. 

Re-imagine & Renovate: Circular Quilted Trivets

Tuesday, 14 January 2014 1:00

When Dorothy arrives in Oz to meet the Wizard, the pageantry of her welcome includes the amazing "Horse of a Different Color." When I was young and saw this, I was convinced that horse was real and longed to find one. I got a little older and realized it was a metaphor, as were those terrifying winged monkeys. Although I still stand respectfully back from the primate enclosure at the zoo, the Horse of a Different Color remains a favorite and is a great description of what can happen when you take a project and look at it from a different angle. It's the theory behind our Re-imagine & Renovate series, or R&R as we call it. We take one of our favorite classic projects and try it in new fabric with a new color palette - sometimes even changing up one of the techniques slightly. Today we're re-doing our very popular circular trivets. 

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ScrapBusters: Heart-Themed Tall Wine Bags in Burlap & Cotton

Monday, 13 January 2014 1:00

There is a French proverb that tells us, "In water one sees ones own face; but in wine, one beholds the heart of another." For today's final entry in our trio of Valentines Gift Bags, we have a wine bag with the rustic feel of burlap paired with pretty fabric and ribbon. By making the heart appliqué out of the same burlap used for the main bag panels, it creates an interesting cut-out effect on the front accent band. We looked into available wine bags at several elegant outlets and discovered the majority of them did not feature a boxed bottom. So we decided to go with the flow, since it also makes the bag's construction faster and easier. But of course, the option to do small boxed corners remains. Take a look at our tutorial on How To Make Boxed Corners, and remember to add slightly to the cut length and width to accommodate the corners. 

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ScrapBusters: Heart-Themed Gift Bags with Side Ribbon Ties

Friday, 10 January 2014 1:00

Valentines gift bag set #2 of 3: pretty fabric pouches with burlap and ribbon accents. Pull out your boxes of scraps for today's quick and easy project. We added simple casings as their closure solution, and give you two looks for the ribbon ties. You can cut your ribbon in half for matching petite side bows or thread a long length from front to back and make a single side bow... kind of like the 80s side pony - I loved the side pony. Cute burlap hearts add the perfect touch to say, "Handmade just for you, my Valentine."

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