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ScrapBusters: Fabric Bowl Covers

Wednesday, 01 July 2015 1:00

Lighten up on the plastic wrap and aluminum foil and go green with these pretty fabric bowl covers. They're great when you're dining outside. Slip them over an open bowl to keep dirt and buggies from invading the contents. It's like a little bowl bonnet, and such a fun way to add a country-fresh look to your table. This is a super fast and easy project anyone can do.

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Zippered Picnic Tote with Lots o' Pockets Inside & Out

Tuesday, 30 June 2015 1:00

Make the most of your outdoor living opportunities with a super tote designed for the ultimate summer excursion: the picnic! You simply cannot let the season slip away without at least one day of dining al fresco! We've had several requests for picnic carryalls and think this is one everyone will love. It's lightly insulated with thermal batting to help keep your food warm or cold. There are plenty of interior pockets, in a variety of sizes, all in easy-care PUL. And the inset zipper across the top provides a secure closure so even if the tote tips, your picnic doesn't spill.

Sofa Arm 5-Pocket Caddy: Hawthorne Threads

Monday, 29 June 2015 1:00

Handy. Who doesn't want or need things to be handy? Have you ever heard anyone say, "No thanks, I'd prefer everything be just out of reach" ?! There are so many devices these days for our entertainment, it can be a challenge to keep them all corralled. It's hard to relax if you spend all your time popping up and down to fetch a remote, phone, tablet or book. This sofa arm caddy is designed to hold the items you need close at hand. Use the caddy's five pockets to organize what you want and keep it all where you want. Thanks to the beautiful fabric by Hawthorne Threads, our caddy is both functional and fabulous!

Personalize An Off-The-Rack Tee

Friday, 26 June 2015 1:00

Now's the time to stock up on cute summer tees. They're on sale nearly everywhere. We hit the local Target and Old Navy in our area and didn't spend over $6.99 for any of our shirt samples. Once you have a pile of T-shirts, now what? It's time for a fast fashion update! Our goal today is to show you how fun and easy it is to use your sewing machine to turn standard off-the-rack items into something special. We pulled together a handful of fave fabric scraps to add pockets to some of the shirts and a few lengths of gorgeous lace to alter the others with inset panels and cropping. Let's Sew It Up 4 Summer!

ScrapBusters: Reversible Headband Ties or Hair Wraps

Tuesday, 23 June 2015 1:00

Call them headband ties, hair wraps, or even scarf thingies. Whatever the name, these cute little ties are fast, fun... and reversible. They remind me of the classic 40s and early 50s shots of movie stars relaxing. Still ultra glamorous in the supposedly "candid" publicity photos, casual hairstyles often featured pretty hair ties just like these to hold back their silky curls. Not only is this a delightful way to put some favorite fabric scraps to work, it's also a great trick to extinguish a potential bad hair day. Sew It Up 4 Summer!

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Makeup Brush Roll-up Case with Secret Pocket

Monday, 22 June 2015 1:00

This is our second brush caddy design, the first one having held a firm place on our Most Popular list for several years. To change things up, we added a zippered pocket on the inside, allowing you to keep small tools, like tweezers or sharpeners as handy as all your brushes. Or, tuck in pocket-sized cosmetics or perfumes. A secure compartment is particularly great for traveling. 

Ruffled Edge Baby Blanket

Thursday, 18 June 2015 1:00

Babies need blankets. When my kids were small, I liked to think of our blanket collection as little baby drop cloths. Because, just like painters, babies are often in need of their own little piece of clean real estate, which they can then destroy as they choose. In my mind, a cute blanket is always the perfect baby gift. Our adorable design is super fast and easy to make, especially if you have a ruffler attachment.

Last Minute Father's Day Idea: Classic Plaid Pillow with Custom Silhouette or Monogram

Tuesday, 16 June 2015 1:00

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Commemorate Dad's day with a set of cool plaid pillows, featuring appliqués that celebrate his family, his interests, or simply his name. We used a very classic red plaid from Pendleton for the back of each of our pillows, white cotton duck for the fronts, twisted cording around the edges, and black felted wool for our appliqués to create the look of vintage silhouettes. The only thing missing is an Irish Setter at Dad's feet and leather patches on his jacket sleeves.

Kid's Vintage Book Bag

Monday, 15 June 2015 1:00

This jaunty brief-style bag actually falls into the "satchel" category, which makes it seem even more vintage and unique. Satchels sound as if they should be carried through the English countryside by a group of clever school chums, possibly on their way to Hogwarts! We took the sophisticated styling of an adult carryall and scaled it down to kid-size. Feeling like kids have all the fun? Want your very own mini-satchel? Simply lengthen the strap and you're good to go.

Cooling Neck Wraps for Adults, Kids & Pets

Friday, 12 June 2015 1:00

When the temperature rises, one of the very best quick-cooling spots on your body is your neck. This is because there are blood vessels very close to the surface of your skin. These are called pulse points. Applying a moist compress to these pulse points helps you cool down quickly and easily. That's the job of our Chill Out Neck Wraps, which use water absorbing crystals for cooling power. You may have seen versions of these online or in stores. They have become quite popular because they're comfy to wear, hold their chill for hours, and are fast and inexpensive to make. We've added our own S4H style with more functional, tube-like cooling pockets and a template for pretty rounded ends.

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