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ScrapBusters: Fancy Border Tea Towels

Tuesday, 12 January 2016 1:00


As with so many things tea-related, the tea towel comes to us by way of Great Britain where it originated as a special drying cloth for expensive tea services. Linen was the fabric of choice because its smooth, simple weave was unlikely to scratch fine china or glass. Our Fancy Border Tea Towels are more casual than their noble ancestors, but are still a wonderful addition to any kitchen and a perfect gift for a wedding shower or house warming. This is a great project for your longer fabric scraps. We worked with width of fabric (WOF) pieces to make it fast and easy. Each towel starts with just one 4" and one 3" strip, which are then trimmed to fit the base towel. 

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Compact Geo Pop Duffle with Rip Stop Lining

Monday, 11 January 2016 1:00

Bags in round or barrel shapes make a great style statement, but they can seem intimidating when you're new to sewing. If you've passed over these projects before, it's time to stop, look, and listen. We've cleverly adapted the construction of this duffle to allow you to do the majority of the steps with flat pieces. 3-D is great when watching the new Star Wars movie, but flat is friendlier for sewing. 

Love That Fabric! Two New Moda Collections

Friday, 08 January 2016 1:00

Love That Fabric is our periodic review of some of the freshest, most fabulous fabrics we've spotted. The series was always a fan favorite, but had been on a bit of a hiatus. Now, thanks to visitor and sponsor requests, it's back and we're ready to fall in love all over again! The Series returns with two new collections from Moda fabrics. One is a mix of modern essentials, the other a nostalgic beauty in creamy, sweet-dreamy colors.

Pro Seam Finishes: Looking Good from the Inside Out

Thursday, 07 January 2016 1:00

"Give us the tools and we will finish the job." Winston Churchill. One of the signs of a truly well-made project is that it looks nearly as good on the inside as it does on the outside. Finishing a project's inside raw edges will not only elevate the final appearance, it will also elevate your sewing skills to a new level. In general, the purpose of any seam finish is to prevent fray-prone fabrics from raveling beyond the seam, which would then leave a hole in your sewn project. It also helps to reduce bulk on certain fabrics, like fleece. And, finishing stitches always provide added strength to a seam and the fabric edge. However, it's often just about the look, and most professionals recommend you even finish fabrics that don’t appear to require it.

Child's Valentines (& More) Carry Case

Wednesday, 06 January 2016 1:00

When you're a kid, Valentine's Day is the perfect combination of giving and receiving. It's fun to plan and put together cards and treats for your friends and family; then it's a thrill to see what you get in return. The occasion is certainly auspicious enough to demand its own special carrying case. Ours is super cute thanks to novelty PUL (polyurethane laminate), fold over elastic, and plastic snaps - all from Babyville Boutique. PUL looks great and wipes clean... a bit like kids themselves! The Babyville Boutique elements all coordinate beautifully, so mixing and matching is effortless. The case is stabilized with an inner layer of cardboard - although plastic web, firm foam or flexible template plastic would also work. We designed three generous pockets so little fingers have lots of places to put important stuff. 

Country Fresh Double Flounce Apron

Tuesday, 05 January 2016 1:00

Our charming apron blends three different fabrics to create a wonderful swirl of colors and motifs. You'll love the unique details that tie it all together: bound slash pockets, two gathered tiers for the skirt, and a framed bodice with a cross-tie at the top. Even with all these custom accents, this is still a very easy project. 

Sewing Room Easel Organizer

Monday, 04 January 2016 1:00

Scanning through your comments on our recent New Year's Resolutions article, the number one category of goals seems to be "organization." Here's a great project to start with that can help tidy up the area right next to your trusty sewing machine. We've designed a handy organizer to sit on an easel stand where it can hold a few important items as well as act as a clipboard for instructions or patterns you may need to refer to while sewing.

Extra-Large Wash & Dry Clean Laundry Bins

Wednesday, 30 December 2015 1:00

These jumbo fabric baskets are so big and beautiful, they'll make sorting laundry fun! Well... if not actually fun, at least functional. And, they look great doing their job. Sparkling iron-on letters down one side let you know which items should go into the wash and which are headed to the dry cleaner. We used a combination of three striking Waverly fabrics for our two bins. 

ScrapBusters: Clip on or Slip on Belt Pouch

Tuesday, 29 December 2015 1:00

There are so many times you need two hands free (Look Ma... No hands!), and this clever little organizer is a great solution. It can slip on a belt or clip on a belt loop; making it perfect for urban walkers, Saturday antiquing adventures or just when you're trying to wrangle two toddlers down the block. Drop your smart phone in a pocket at the back and use the zippered front pocket to hold cash, change, credit cards or other necessities.

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Yoga Mat Shoulder Style Tote

Wednesday, 23 December 2015 1:00

You can't sit and sew home decor projects all day long. Sometimes you need an exercise break ... but not a break from style. We paired a décor weight exterior with a standard weight cotton lining, both in vibrant colors and prints. Then we calmly meditated on the easiest instructions with the most stylish details. The result guarantees good karma for all who tote this tote to class.

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