A horizontal pillow injects an interesting shape into the ordinary pile of pillows. This one features an envelope style opening on the front rather than the back, so we can show off a set of three beautiful cherry wood buttons. The buttons are not only fabulous, they are also keeping the pillow cover closed. Who says beauty and brains don't mix?
"Snug as a mug on a rug." Just gotta say that and get it out of the way! Sometimes a placemat takes up too much real estate, and a coaster is too small to hold anything extra. A mug rug is bigger than a coaster but smaller than a placemat – just the right size at your desk, in the sewing room, or on a small end table in the living room or den. Our design adds a unique little pocket with its own napkin for truly self-contained snacking. We used scraps from Bonnie & Camille's Marmalade collection for Moda Fabrics and framed it all with coordinating rick rack. The combination of sweet colors and pretty prints really makes a difference on this small project. Be bold with your choices, mix and match to fashion your own look. For more on creating great combos, take a look at our tutorial: Mixing and Matching Designer Fabric Collections.
A stencil is a piece of plastic (or other sturdy material) with a design cut out of it. To decorate a fabric item with a stencil, you position it on the item, then while holding it in place, paint over the cut out parts of the template. When done, just lift it up to reveal your finished design. Voila, you've just stenciled. Even though stenciling is really popular right now, it's actually one of the oldest forms of human art. Stone age painters were using their hands as stencils on cave walls 35,000 years ago. The art form has been used continuously ever since.
We love the idea of concealing a cutting-edge electronic device inside a vintage wrapper. Our Double Zipper Device Sleeve combines three nostaligic prints from the wonderful Eclectic Elements series by Tim Holtz for Coats. There's a great old-fashioned ticking stripe together with a print made up of old-school rulers and tapes. The lining print is a cool collage of vintage labels and pen and ink illustrations. Three generous pockets can hold a selection of devices. The inner sleeve is sized to easily accommodate a Nook®, Kindle® or iPad® Mini. Two 7" x 7" outer pockets can fit the smaller Nook® or your smart phone. The front pocket can be completely sealed with a zipper, so it could also hold a wallet and keys. Or... go ahead and push against the electronic grain by tucking an actual printed book or notepad into one of the compartments! Fusible fleece between the layers keeps everything soft yet stable. So many options in one convenient bag.
What does a throw pillow want to be when it grows up? Probably a super soft body pillow that offers four and a half feet of huggability. These tall pillows are popular for crashing on the family room floor, relaxing (I mean studying) in a dorm room, and are well known for providing sleep support for pregnant moms. We loved the blanket style fleece patterns we found at Fabric.com from Windham fabrics, which have the look of the famous Pendleton® wool blankets... but for a fraction of the price.
Wreaths are always a popular decorating accent, whether for a special holiday or to brighten up every day. We just reviewed the fun you can have making poms with the Clover Pom Pom Makers. But now... what to do with all our pretty little poms? A colorful wreath was just the ticket. This is a great weekend project to do with the kids. The poms are fun to make for all ages. Put those nimble little fingers to work wrapping, fluffing and stringing a mini pom garland. Remember to review our how-to tutorial before you start for hints and tips to make the perfect pom.
Just like a fresh coat of paint can transform a room, brand new fabric can completely change the look of a project. These adorable heart sachets were originally done in sweet quilting cottons, using the traditional soft pinks, reds and greens of dainty Valentine prints. 5" x 5" charm pack squares made it very easy to mix and match each beautiful blend. For our R&R version, we decided on a rustic theme, using a collection of heavier scraps in linen, ticking, muslin and twill. Maybe the S4H super-fans out there can ID the past projects from which the scraps came! Faux mother-of-pearl buttons centered on wool felt flowers add just the right texture as the sachet's center embellishment.
Two hearts are always better than one, and our heart shaped oven mitts are the perfect pair. Designed to complement the recent Re-imagine & Renovate version of our pretty Heart & Ruffle Apron, these mitts slip on to your hands to give you a protected yet flexible grip for hot pots and pans. Patterns are offered for both the full heart shape as well as the unique curved pockets. A diamond quilting pattern secures the insulating layers of fabric, thermal batting, and regular batting, but you could alter the quilting pattern to best suit your fabric's motif and your personal style.
Some projects debut in such pretty fabric combinations, it can be a quite awhile before we come across another option we think can give the original a run for its money. But that's the whole idea behind our ongoing Re-imagine & Renovate series: to bring forward a favorite classic project for another look, in new fabric and with a new spin. Today we went from a bold damask in bright orange sherbet and candy pink to a delicate, lacy design in soft, chalky pastels. Recollection by Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery Fabrics is an eclectic collection with hints of artisanal techniques, like lacework, embroidery, stenciling, and tapestry.
On the quilting "Easy-ness Scale," the rag quilt ranks right at the top. It's sewn with the seams exposed, and the whole idea is to create a softly rumpled, very cuddly, wrap-me-up-now result. There are several rag quilts in our archives, but for this Re-imagine & Renovate version, we chose a full size, 60" x 60" version. We found a perfect fabric to create the rustic look of a traditional rag quilt: the Handcrafted collection by Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics. Very different from most traditional quilting cottons, it's created entirely by hand. The process is a new interpretation of the ancient wax resist, fabric dying art form of batik. We felt the result gave the fabric the look of hand silk-screened fabrics: looser, more free-form and with deeply saturated pigments. It was absolutely spot-on for a colorful rag quilt.