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Ruffles and Romance Neckroll Pillow

Thursday, 27 March 2014 1:00

The inspiration for today's pillow came from a beautiful blouse in Alicia's closet. Taking ideas from garment construction is a fun way to incorporate unique techniques and embellishments into your home décor. We used the softness of double-layer ruffles to create romance-in-the-round on this beautiful neckroll pillow. An overcasting stitch finishes the raw edges, adding to the shabby chic design. When you see this raw-edge effect on garments, it's often been done with a serger and what's called a 'lettuce edge.' We show you how to create a similar effect with your sewing machine. We pre-washed our tissue linen fabric and scrunched it slightly to a give the pillow its slightly distressed texture and antique feel. The shape is a 6" x 20" pillow insert; you could alter the size, but you'd want to refigure the number and width of the ruffle strips.

Round Patchwork Placemats with Straight Line Quilting

Wednesday, 26 March 2014 1:00

It's the age-old square peg in a round hole conundrum... or vice versa: round peg in square(ish) hole. Plates are round, but placemats are usually rectangles. Sure, you have that extra real estate off to the sides for your napkin and utensils, but circles do come in several dimensions. Our round placemats finish at 16" in diameter, giving you plenty of room for a variety of place settings. And they're reversible: patchwork on the front, solid on the back for twice the table topping power.

Toby the Stuffed Turtle with a Hidden PJ Pocket

Monday, 24 March 2014 1:00

Turtles get a bad rap. They are the go-to metaphor for all things sluggish and slow. Cartoons depict them as dull-witted and sleepy. But as one of the animal kingdom's oldest species, they deserve a lot of respect. We're proud to introduce our favorite turtle, Toby. He's not only as cute as they come with his shy smile (made with darts!), he also has a job: holding his owner's PJs in a hidden pocket on his bottom shell. 

Beautiful Cotton Garment Covers

Friday, 21 March 2014 1:00

Today's pretty garment covers are a great way to keep clothes clean and dust-free in your closet. Many folks leave dry cleaning bags on their garments, but watch out... those plastic bags can cause fabrics to yellow and many emit unhealthy chemical fumes. Plus, they've long been known to be a hazard to children and pets. Our covers are reusable and washable. Each one finishes at approximately 32" long, but you could certainly extend or shorten the length of the bottom section to best match the items in your wardrobe. 

Coin Purse with Pleated Front

Thursday, 20 March 2014 1:00

If we must say so ourselves (and sometimes we must), these little coin purses are about as adorable as they come! Not only do they get five stars on the cuteness chart, they are super easy. Make one for yourself (because you deserve it!), then make a bundle for your friends. They are the perfect fast and fun gift. Fill them with coins and gift cards, tasty treats, or other little goodies. We used a variety of different eye-poppin' colors and patterns for our exteriors with an awesome matching chevron stripe on the inside of all three to tie them together as a set. Spare change just got a whole lot more fun!

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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