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Noel Home: Comfy PJ Pants for the Whole Family

Monday, 20 December 2010 10:00

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Our thanks to our creative friends at our Signature Sponsor, Janome for sharing this project with us. It was created last year for a special New Sewists Series they put together, and the instructions show you how to make pajama pants without a pattern; simply grab your favorite current pair and use them as a template. We added a jazzy bottom accent cuff to ours so we could mix and match our beautiful Michael Miller Bonnes Amies fabrics. This is a perfect project for beginners: super fast, easy and instantly gratifying. We thought it would be great fun to surprise the whole family on Christmas morning with matching PJ pants. I recruited one of the cutest families I know to be our models, and the rest is dreamy history.

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Noel Home: Color-Popping Pom-Pom Garland

Thursday, 16 December 2010 9:00

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Poms away! Our Noel Home projects feature a plethora of poms. They were so fun to make and such bouncy and happy little fellas when done, we simply couldn't stop with only the snowball poms on our holiday projects. Back to the craft store we went for an armful of jewel tone yarn. This project is done completely by hand; no need to turn on the sewing machine. In fact, it's a great activity to do in front of the TV or while waiting for the kids to finish practice.

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Noel Home: Make-It-In-Minutes: Bits & Pieces Quilted Coasters

Wednesday, 15 December 2010 9:00

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A sparkling diamond ring (so lovely). The coveted brass ring (so tempting). The mythical Lord of the Rings (that Elf was so handsome). The unsightly furniture ring (note to self: keep Uncle Frank away from the antique sideboard). If you hate rings on your furniture, you'll love these coasters. A sewing project doesn't get much easier than this one; just cut, stitch, press. I made all four of our samples in under an hour, and I was stopping to take pictures!

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Noel Home: Simply Sweet Tea Towels

Monday, 13 December 2010 9:00

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Pretty little pleats make our holiday tea towels simply sweet. I'm voting for this project to win the award for Fave Seasonal Gift Idea. It really has it all: fast and easy to make, fun to mix and match with various fabrics and ribbons, and absolutely lovely to look at when finished and pressed to present.

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Noel Home: A Trio of Pillow Pleasures: Tufted, Triangled and Down-Filled with Poms

Friday, 10 December 2010 9:00

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Ask anyone to name the number one home décor project, and nine out ten people will answer: 'a pillow.' We're guessing that tenth person is the same guy who's always throwing off those surveys in which nine out of ten dentists agree about something. Never happy, that guy. No matter; we're delighted to stick with the majority and give you a trio of terrific holiday pillows to try. All of ours were made from fabric scraps leftover from our other Noel Home projects. But, I've listed yardages, as well as the names of the actual fabric we used, should you want to start from scratch. Let's show ol' one-out-of-ten the decorating power of pillows!

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Noel Home: Sturdy, Stylin' Firewood Carrier

Wednesday, 08 December 2010 9:00

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"The weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful." Problem is, you can only sing if you have enough wood to keep the fire burning bright. That's where our holiday firewood tote comes in... literally. Use it to haul in a generous load of wood. We used a double layer of tough indoor/outdoor fabric, which is not only sturdy, but also stain and water resistant. And those dowel-pocket handles look fancy, but are super easy to sew. This would be a great gift for all the lumberjacks on your list.

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Noel Home: French Country Apron with Matching Headscarf

Monday, 06 December 2010 9:00

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Outside our petite chateau, vineyards stretch toward the foothills of the snow capped Pyrennes. Magnifique! The sweet au pair, in her matching apron and scarf, has arrived with our cocoa. Huh? What? Oh, sorry, I fell asleep again watching Johnny Depp in Chocolat. But, our apron and scarf are still magnifique. Especially since the apron is reversible. With its pretty bound edge and tidy ties, this charming holiday apron is beautiful inside and out... just like you (and Johnny Depp)!

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Noel Home: Tablecloth Set – Fringed Underlay with Pom-Pom Overlay

Monday, 29 November 2010 9:00

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The experts always recommend layers when dressing for winter; we felt this advice should extend to winter table top dressing as well. Our holiday tablecloth is actually two layers: a plain fringed underlay and a patterned flat overlay with pretty dangling pom-poms as corner accents. With the underlay made out of a neutral fabric in a simple fringed design, you can reuse it with a new overlay for a new season or holiday.

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Noel Home: Classic Chair Back Covers

Monday, 22 November 2010 9:00

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Ah! Pity the naked chair. Everyone comes to the dinner table in their holiday finery and the chair pulls up without a stitch on. An elegant cover not only avoids embarrassment for your mild-mannered chair, it doubles the decorative charm of the entire room. And really... why should the table have all the fun? Our festive cover features an accent 'collar' with pretty dangling pom-poms. It's what all the best-dressed chairs are wearing this season.

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Noel Home: Grand Pinwheel & Pom-Pom Tree Skirt

Friday, 19 November 2010 9:00

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Our large, lush tree skirt is over four feet square; grand enough for Christmas morning's bounty of pretty packages. The pinwheel design is a patchwork classic, simple and sweet. And, even if you've never done patchwork or quilting before, I know you'll have success with this. It's just four squares of fabric cut on a diagonal, alternated, then sewn back together into four new squares. A 'stitch-in-the-ditch' at each seam quilts it all together. Easy as that. You really don't need to read all the directions now do you? Well... maybe just a few.

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