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A Lesson in Pre-Cut Bundles: Common Names, Sizes and Shapes

Tuesday, 18 March 2014 1:00

Scanning the list of materials for your next project tutorial, you suddenly come across a term or two that causes you to stop and scratch your head: Fat Quarters, Charm Packs, Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes, Honey Buns, Dessert Rolls. Have you accidentally clicked from a sewing site to a recipe site? All these items sound so delicious, but what the heck do they have to do with sewing? They are the names of various types of fabric pre-cuts. And though not edible, they are great time and money savers, and the perfect way to play with all the pretty pieces from your favorite quilting cotton collections. 

Playful Stuffed Crocodile

Monday, 17 March 2014 1:00

"Tick Tock, Cap'n... Tick, Tock... someone is coming!" I spent a good chunk of my childhood hoping, wishing, dreaming I could fly like Peter Pan. I never actually jumped off the roof of the garden shed, but... I climbed up there and thought about it! We've created a wonderfully sneaky stuffed crocodile, our homage to the creepy croc in Peter Pan who was forever stalking Captain Hook. Minky Dot and low nap fleece are the perfect pair for the top and bottom of Mr. Croc. Two widths of rick rack form his teeth and spine. And, we chose Fairfield's luxuriously silky Poly-Fil® Supreme Fiberfill as our stuffing. The texture of this fiber filling is wonderful for toys, plus it's washable and non-allergenic. Although it might look complex, our crocodile takes just a little while. He's playful rather than predatory, so there's no need to be afraid to give him a try. You'll find him extremely huggable with a great sense of humor... except when it comes to jokes involving pirates and lost boys. 

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Canvas Bucket Tote: Must-Have Bags with Fabric.com

Friday, 14 March 2014 1:00

A guy's gotta carry stuff too, so doesn't he deserve a Must-Have Bag of his own?! The final bag in our series with Fabric.com is today's canvas bucket bag with its great slouchy style and tough construction details. It's a serious shoulder bag ready to head out into the elements. Load it up for a weekend adventure, use it as a holdall for your gym gear, or simply sling it over your shoulder for the trek into work each day. We were inspired by vintage rucksacks and European satchels to create a rugged design with strapping, topstitching and an interesting lining fabric that adds a bit of fun on the inside. 

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Oversize Zippered Clutch: Must-Have Bags with Fabric.com

Thursday, 13 March 2014 1:00

When we're tracking the latest fashion flavors, we like to browse high-end sites to see which styles are selling for hundreds of dollars. Then we figure out what we could do to make that look easier, better, and all our own. For our Must-Have Bags week with Fabric.com this meant taking a peek at what was flying off the shelves at Coach and Saks Fifth Avenue, among others. At the top of the trends right now: the oversize clutch. It's a day-into-evening look that works beautifully: a slim silhouette in a haute hue. 

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BoHo Sling Bag with Ruffles & Hand Embroidery: Must-Have Bags with Fabric.com

Wednesday, 12 March 2014 1:00

A relaxed style, subtle embroidered detailing, and rich ruffling add up to equal today's Must-Have Bohemian Bag. Mix and match four different quilting cottons to create vintage-inspired boho chic. We used four pretty prints from the Daydreams collection by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics. We found all four colorways of Daydreams at Fabric.com. A bit o' batting adds just the right softness, and simple hand embroidery acts as the quilting, outlining some of the fabric's motifs in running stitches and accenting the centers of others with French knots. This bag is the perfect project to bring out your boho.

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Messenger Style Brief: Must-Have Bags with Fabric.com

Tuesday, 11 March 2014 1:00

Current yet classic. Today's Must-Have Bag is a messenger style brief with good looks and smart functionality. The Premier Prints cotton duck fabric we chose at Fabric.com gives our bag a crisp, cool style that's right on trend for either guys or gals. We went with modern graphics, using an unexpected splash of bright tangerine on the flap. The bag would work equally well in solids or you could even turn your brief bucolic with a unique floral combo. With over 500,000 yards of fabric to choose from at Fabric.com, there's always something new to discover to make the project unique to you! 

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Large Embroidered Shopping Tote: Must-Have Bags with Fabric.com

Monday, 10 March 2014 1:00

It's a week to get "carried away!" Fabric.com has joined us to sponsor five days of Must-Have Bags. We have something for every mood – from tailored elegance to urban chic. Today: a big, beautiful shopping tote. It's generous in both size and style thanks to the bold motif of the fabric. We chose a cotton duck from Premier Prints with a slub texture; this means it has intentional striations that give it an interesting knobbly look. A Feathers design in cool turquoise and slate caught our eyes. It has a strong, clean Southwestern vibe that we amplified with an embroidered, mosaic-type design across the top of the tote (front and back). You'll find both an embroidery design download as well as a printable template should you prefer to do hand embroidery or decorative stitching.

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Easy Half Apron with Jumbo Pockets

Friday, 07 March 2014 1:00

One of the best beginner projects is a cute apron. Make one for yourself; make one for a friend... make enough for everyone! It's a fast, fun project that takes just a couple yards of fabric. Our design uses a combination of three coordinating fabrics, which allows you to be creative with color and design. The waistband and ties are surprisingly easy to make but give the apron a "professionally finished" look. And the three jumbo pockets can hold utensils, recipe cards, or just your hands as you spin around the kitchen in your brand new apron.

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Kid's Laundry Duffle

Thursday, 06 March 2014 1:00

Just like that crafty Mary Poppins, sometimes you need to sweeten the pot to get chores done. We scaled down a traditional laundry duffle to kid size, making it easy to fill and carry into the laundry room. Plus, the super-cute appliqué on the front leaves no doubt about what needs to be done with the bag's contents! Inside is an easy-care mesh lining, so odors and dampness stay at a minimum. And the bright green baby pom pom trim is the perfect finishing touch. But wait... there's more: we've included both a downloadable appliqué template as well as a special bonus machine embroidery design download for our S4H friends with embroidery machines. Whip one up in the favorite colors of each little mess-maker in your life. 

Hand Embroidered Bracelet: Guest Tutorial with Amy Barickman

Wednesday, 05 March 2014 1:00

"I have always been inspired by what people can make using their own two hands, simple materials, and of course, a creative spirit." This quote from Amy Barickman of Indygo Junction embodies not only her own passion but also her personal goal to share the kind of information and inspiration that allows others to discover their inner creativity. This is evident in her latest book: Stitched Style, which includes inspirational 20 projects and 65 hand embroidery designs to trace or iron-on transfer. As further encouragement to try your hand at hand-embroidery, today we have a Guest Tutorial from Indygo Junction for a darling wrist cuff done in a thinner, bracelet style.

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