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Belts, Bracelets & Headbands: Accessories in a Flash with Dritz

Monday, 19 December 2016 1:00

Quick and easy gifts are in demand year ‘round! We’re here to help, along with our clever friends at Dritz®, bringing you a trio of cute accessories you can finish in a flash: belts, bracelets, and headbands. Stretchy elastic and some rhinestone sliders add instant sparkle and color to wrists and hairstyles. Combine gorgeous ribbon and webbing with the Dritz® Slide Buckle Set to blast out a colorful belt. Speedy style – that’s what we love! 

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Fast Fridays: Free Motion Quilted Coasters

Friday, 16 December 2016 1:00

Pieced strips of colorful cotton and wavy, free motion stitching give these coasters the look of a tiny quilt. They’re a wonderful last minute gift idea for the holidays or any special occasion. Wrap up a stack to give by themselves or bundle them with a set of mugs or glasses. Need to make a bunch? No problem; Fast Fridays are all about whipping out something wonderful in no time at all. Pull together some of your best bits of bright fabric and you’ll have scads if these snazzy squares in just a few hours.

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Lip Balm Mini Case & Key Ring

Thursday, 15 December 2016 1:00

When the temperature dips or the wind flies, can chapped lips be far behind? This time of year, it can be 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 have tons of tubes of lip balm, however, there's never one nearby when I need it. So I end up buying another! Our mini key ring pouches are a perfect fast an easy gift for yourself as well as all your chap-lipped friends. They're also an awesome ScrapBusters preojct. Make several of these adorable key ring lip balm holders so you always have your favorite tubes on hand... and can stop buying more than you need.

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ScrapBusters: Door Knob Reminder Caddy

Wednesday, 14 December 2016 1:00

Some mornings it feels like I make about 20 trips out to my car. Get all the way out there... Oops! No keys. Get all the way out there... Dang! Forgot a letter to mail. Get all the way out there... Hey! Where's my phone? It's exhausting, and it usually makes me late. Organizational experts suggest collecting everything you need for the next day in one handy place. For me, that means one handy place that is virtually impossible to ignore. That's why we came up with today's Door Knob Reminder Caddy. If you have to touch it to open the door, chances are high you'll actually remember it. We created a two-sided, multi-pocket caddy with a loop that hangs right over the doorknob. In fact, you could just grab the whole caddy and toss it in your car - good to go. Now... where did I put my lunch?

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Cross-Body Belted Bag with Decorative Stitching

Tuesday, 13 December 2016 1:00

Decorative stitching against a neutral canvas gives this slouchy bucket bag a great hipster style. We used the beautiful stitches available on the Janome Memory Craft 9900, which go up to 9mm in width. Another great choice would be Janome's new Skyline S9 sewing and embroidery modelFor a subtle boho flair, we then incorporated long, soft tassels at the sides and front. Read on to learn our unique steps for making these custom tassels: much less expensive than buying, and in an exact color match!

Sherpa and Suede Lodge Blanket: Fabric Depot

Monday, 12 December 2016 1:00

Toasty. That’s what this big blanket is all about. We combined a plush Sherpa style faux fur with a rich faux suede: soft on one side, smooth on the other, and bound all around with the suede. The natural tones and classic Berber check give it the rustic look of a lumberjack jacket. But the only hard work ahead for this throw is keeping you toasty by the fire. Fabric Depot has a wonderful selection of both the sherpa and the faux suede. Check out the alternate combinations we put together for each of the Berber Check colors. 

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ScrapBusters: Mini Drawstring Gift Bags

Friday, 09 December 2016 1:00

I used to spend hours on gift wrapping, channeling Martha Stewart to get the perfect artisan look with fresh greens and layered papers. Or maybe I dreamed that. Yep, I’m almost certain that was just a dream. I may not be able to live up to the magic elves that inhabit Pinterest, but thanks to this super cute gift bag pattern, I can hold my own. Our simple yet clever design results in a beautifully finished bag inside and out – no exposed seams, no elves needed. Plus, because you can use them over and over, they’re a green alternative to gift wrap. 

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How to Make Gathers by Machine

Thursday, 08 December 2016 1:00

We love to gather with friends and family to share good food and conversation. We enjoy gathering with like-minded folks to attend concerts and other events. In these contexts, gathering is fun and easy. By comparison, in sewing... gathering is often known as daunting or simply too time-consuming! We believe all gathering should be fun and easy and aim to change the perception of gathering with a sewing machine. After reading this tutorial, we bet you’ll be inviting your sewing friends over to convince them just how easy it is to gather fabric. If you do this, we think you should call it "gatherers gathering on gathers!"

Fabric Width Yardage Conversion Chart

Wednesday, 07 December 2016 1:00

Your project instructions call for two yards of 60" wide fabric, but the fabric you want to use is 45" wide. Hmmm... attempting to dredge up that old math lesson in proportions is probably not going to happen on the fly. Instead, print out our handy conversion chart for those times you don't have a pattern envelope with a yardage conversion table.

Nap in a Bag: Blanket and Pillow in a Matching Bag

Tuesday, 06 December 2016 1:00

You never know when or where you'll be when a nap needs to happen. Our clever portable sleep set is a great way to always be ready. We've created a lightweight drawstring bag that holds a bound fleece blanket and a matching pillow. Toss the bag in the car for longer road trips. Send it off to pre-school for daily rest time. Keep one at Grandma's for napping emergencies. Better still... make one for yourself, because we all know naps are wasted on the young! 

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