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The Big Shopper in Tropical Barkcloth: Fabric Depot

Wednesday, 22 June 2016 1:00

When you first saw the beautiful fabric we used for these totes, how many of you shouted, “My grandma had curtains from fabric just like that!”? You’re right; this is the classic tropical print barkcloth that was all the rage in home furnishings from the late 1940s through the 1960s. It’s still hugely popular for both unique garment construction as well as home décor, but you don’t have to scour the thrift stores to find it. Fabric Depot carries a gorgeous selection of brand new Big Kahuna Barkcloth in classic exotic florals like palm fronds and hibiscus blooms. The texture, weight, and colors are just as rich and gorgeous as the vintage originals. 

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Mesh Zippered Sport Pouches with Elastic Trim

Tuesday, 21 June 2016 1:00

A zippered pouch is our favorite carryall when small items need to travel. On this clever little critter, we mixed Dritz® fashion elastic with cotton fabric and pet screen to create a sporty pouch you can take across the country on vacation or across town to the gym. The open mesh of the pet screen allows you to easily see what's inside; it's also great when you need to sift out sand after a day at the beach or shake out crumbs from on-the-go snacks. The elastic is used like a binding, adding heft and flexibility rather than stretch. And the fabric accent panels are perfect for pre-cuts or scraps. What do you need to carry today?

Square Patchwork & Tufted Couch Cushion: Dritz Home Decor

Monday, 20 June 2016 1:00

Round things that make me smile: baby thighs, ice scream scoops, rolling hills, tufted cushions. Creating undulating curves across a flat surface is a wonderful way to add dimensional interest to a plain cushion. For our tufting projects, we prefer the home décor tools from Dritz® to make the job easier and provide the most professional finish. We recently added a full tutorial to take you through the three most common options: stitch tufting, button tufting, and bolster tufting. Today we have a bit of tufting inspiration to make you smile.

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Fast Fridays: Felt and Fabric Coasters

Friday, 17 June 2016 1:00

Not only does this Fast Fridays project live up to its speedy name, it’s also a great ScrapBuster opportunity – especially for your favorite leftover 5” x 5” charm square pre-cuts. Cut, layer, stitch, serve (shaken not stirred). It’s just that easy and as cute and colorful as can be. Of course, you could switch to a more elegant look with muted tones and metallics. Or wouldn’t these be lovely on the guest tables in wedding colors, maybe with a touch of lace? Let us know what great ideas you come up with next time you feel like whippin’ up something wonderful in no time at all! 

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A Tufting Tutorial: Dritz Home Decor

Thursday, 16 June 2016 1:00

The definition of tufting is pretty simple: make depressions at regular intervals in a cushion by passing a thread through and pulling it taut. And really, it is that simple. If (and there is always an “if” isn’t there?) you have the right tools and make sure you measure and mark with precision. Thanks to the creative minds at Dritz®, you can easily get all the tools you need to make things easy. We show you the techniques to use those tools to do stitch tufting and button tufting on a standard cushion width, as well as how to tackle bolster tufting with those extra long needles… they’re not as scary as they might look! 

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Lucky 7 Father's Day Gift Ideas

Wednesday, 15 June 2016 1:00

Time to give Dear ol' Dad his due! Father's Day is this Sunday, but there's still time to make him something special. Whether it's your own father, the father of your children, or the man who mentored you like a father; dads come in all shapes and sizes but they all love getting something handmade from the heart. We pulled a lucky seven group of S4H projects that are fast and easy to create but still have the perfect finished flair. And although they may not carry the same appeal as that set of wobbly ceramic coasters you made in fourth grade, they are great gift ideas. 

Mini Clean Mats in Laminated Cotton

Tuesday, 14 June 2016 1:00

When you're on-the-go, eating at outdoor picnic tables or food courts, do you ever wonder where to sit or put your food? Sometimes those surfaces look a bit questionable at best. And, experiments with cold and flu germs have shown they can remain active on hard surfaces for up to 48 hours. Yikes! Our set of mini clean mats is a great way to help keep things sanitary. Not only are they cute as can be, they roll up and secure with a wrap strap so they're easy to carry. Lay them out anywhere for a clean surface: one for your meal and one to sit on. When done, simply wipe clean with a sanitizing spray.

Hanging Outdoor Shade Screen: Fabric Depot

Monday, 13 June 2016 1:00

Ahhhh; it's a lovely summer day on the patio. Blue skies, bright sun... actually, really bright. Blinding might be a better word! If you have an outdoor living space you likely also have one or two areas that always get blasted by the sun, making them virtually unusable at certain times of day. Enter our innovative Shade Panel solution. It's an outdoor curtain with a center screen that filters in light while blocking out the worst of the blinding rays – all without destroying your view. We worked with our friends at Fabric Depot to come up with the perfect combo for this project: bold Outdoor Fabric and unique Pet Screen (100% woven vinyl-coated polyester).

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Keep Hot Hot and Cold Cold with Thermal Fabrics

Friday, 10 June 2016 1:00

Years ago the Thermos® company had the slogan, "Keeps hot things hot and cold things cold." You can't say it much better than that. Did you know there are fabrics that help you do the same thing? These aren't the heavy industrial materials that keep steelworkers, astronauts, and firefighters safe, but honest-to-goodness fabrics you can actually sew with. 

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