Outdoor living means outdoor events, which mean outdoor sittin' – often on "non-chair surfaces." From summer concerts to Shakespeare in the park, when the weather turns wonderful, activities move to more natural venues. These beautiful, wide open spaces offer an auditorium made from a soft green meadow. Actually, they're more likely to offer a lumpy field of damp grass. For portable comfort, bring along your own stylin' set of round seat cushions. We use water-resistant rip stop nylon on the back and pretty polyester prints on the front, and they come with their own handy nylon drawstring duffle. Toss them on the lawn to keep your pants dry and your bum comfy.
In the US, today is the official kick-off to the summer season. Better known as, the Outdoor Living season. Our friends at Fabric.com have sponsored a weeklong series of great projects to get you into the fun-in-the sun spirit. And, rather than focus on just a single Outdoor Living space, we've come up with a range of projects that are useful for all kinds of activities. Let's start it off with our fun portable shade tent. It's perfect as a children's outdoor playhouse as well as a comfy lounge cabana for "big kids" to relax, read and doze. We show you how to create the easy-to-assemble PVC frame as well as the slip-on fabric covering.
We're getting ready to roll into the first long weekend of the Outdoor Living season: Memorial Day! Make sure you carve out some time on Monday for the start of our week of fun-in-the-sun projects with Fabric.com. Today we have a sneak peek at the five great projects you can make to use around the house as well as when you're out and about under blue skies and sunshine. As always, we had a blast selecting from Fabric.com's amazing inventory. We're using everything from rip stop nylon to bright green Mongolian faux fur to tough denim and more. Let's go play outside!
The serenity of a neutral palette is so cool and calming. But sometimes, you gotta shake things up with a burst... no, an explosion of color. This set of four mix-and-match placemats uses nine different fabrics (eight for the two-part fronts and one for all the backs) in the bold colors and patterns of Ty Pennington Impressions. The riveting jewel tones are drop dead gorgeous, but the design itself is just begging for your own infusion of style. A thick floss running stitch across the border adds a subtle dash of handmade flair.
Anna Maria is a long-time Sew4Home friend and fan. We've done numerous projects with her beautiful fabrics, and worked with her in her capacity as the face (or more specifically, the hands) of Janome America. So of course we were thrilled to find out about a brand new event that is her creative brainchild. Craft South spans four months this summer and brings some of the industry's brightest creative stars to Anna's Nashville hometown. Anna herself, along with her good friends, Amy Butler, Liesl Gibson, Natalie Chanin and Heather Ross will be there to share skills, inspiration and fun. As Anna Maria describes it, "We will Sew. Eat. Drink. Laugh." Repeat as needed, right Anna?
Buttons are the perfect finishing accent to so many projects. Not to mention the fact they are also a very functional closure. But if you have to sew on a lot of by hand, you might think twice about using them. I personally find sewing buttons by hand tedious, time-consuming, and I can sometimes have trouble getting them to look perfectly uniform. Sew4Home exclusive sewing machine sponsor, Janome America has come to our (and your) rescue. There's an easy method for sewing buttons on by machine. You can be sure they're securely attached, perfectly aligned, and once you've done one, your machine can use the same settings for multiple buttons of the same size.
The beauty of Renaissance Ribbons always makes a statement. When paired with solid color fabric, they get others talking as well. This smaller shoulder bag features an attention-getting ribbon flap created from seven gorgeous Jacquard ribbons by Anna Maria Horner for Renaissance Ribbons. They are stitched side-by-side to the plain side of a layer of fusible interfacing. When the front and back are assembled and pressed, it activates the fusing and creates a tight, smooth bond. True stability (and true beauty) with fewer layers. Read on for the how to.
This beautiful shower curtain is guaranteed to improve your singing in the shower by 110%. We're not sure how we will ever back up that claim, but since everyone figures they sound like Beyonce when the water's running, how can we go wrong? We chose two coordinating Waverly Sun N Shade fabrics: one with a bold motif for the main curtain, the other in a smaller design for the valance. Pom poms provide a pop of color. Toss that plain plastic shower curtain and go for gorgeous instead.
One of the highlights of getting ready for Waverly Week here on Sew4Home was getting the chance to talk with some of the Waverly team about how they come up with their inspired fabric designs. As we pointed out in our introductory article, Waverly is much more than a fabric company. You can find their distinctive look on kitchen and bath items, window and wall coverings, tech accessories, luggage, furniture, and lots more. That's why they call it Waverly World. But they got their start more than 90 years ago in fabric. And when they're working on a new design that will eventually be rolled out across Waverly World, they start designing it as a fabric.
Dinner - good. Dinner with friends - better. Dinner with friends outside around a beautifully set table - best. Nothing spices up your outdoor living space more quickly than a new tablecloth. Ours is fast and easy, but also unique with a center contrasting panel that acts like a built-in runner and secret pockets behind each corner. Use these corner pockets to slip in weights that can help hold the tablecloth in place when gentle summer breezes start to blow. The bold Waverly Sun N Shade fabrics we used will keep the tablecloth looking great all season long.