All your Christmas Cats and Holiday Hounds can have their own sweet dreams of sugar plums (or jerky treats) in our ultra comfy pet bed. We selected two cozy coordinates: a bright Christmas green and a rich leopard print. The design incorporates four bolster pillows sewn onto a flat base with a separate tufted pillow insert. We noodled on this one for quite awhile to come up with instructions that yielded a cool finished design that was also easy to assemble. So although any three-dimensional project is a bit more complex than a flat item, this cozy pet bed is something we know you can do!
Looking for a huggable holiday gift idea? Try one of our plush toy projects. Each one is more adorable than the next and downloadable patterns are available for all of them. We chose Fairfield's luxuriously silky Poly-Fil® Supreme Fiberfill as our stuffing. The texture of this fiber filling is wonderful for soft toys, plus it's washable and non-allergenic. Please note that several of the items shown have button eyes. They should be very securely stitched in place, but if you want to make one for a very young child, you may want to consider using appliquéd fabric circles instead of buttons.
It's time for a "can-you-believe-it" moment. Can you believe this fabulous tote is made from faux leather and designer vinyl? It is! Our friends at Fabric Depot wanted a project to show off the Clover Wonder Clips. One of the most common uses of the clips is as a substitute for pins when sewing with speciality fabrics. Pins can leave permanent holes in vinyl and faux leather, so clips are a better alternative. We found our beautiful fabrics from within the amazing selection available from Fabric Depot. Today's designer vinyls and faux leathers come in an incredible array of realistic textures, and in colors from the natural neutrals of real leathers to vibrant fashion tones, like bubblegum pink crocodile and tooled southwestern turqouise. If you haven't shopped for or worked with these substrates lately, you're in for a treat. The variety is amazing, it's soft, flexible and easy to sew, and that strong smell of the old-school vinyls is gone.
"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.
This is a You Asked 4 It project that has been on our list for quite awhile. We finally found the perfect fabric to make it happen: Mod Pods in Mineral from the Home Décor Jacquard collection by Waverly Fabrics. It's soft yet stable in a great neutral with a subtle texture. The French Mattress Edge is actually a hand-stitching technique. It's not at all difficult, but you do need a longer, stronger needle and extra-strong upholstery thread for the best results.
We just finished putting the new Janome Skyline S5 through its paces. Make sure you check out our full review. But, of course, the very best way to find out if a machine is the new love of your life is to use it to make a full project. We chose a bold oversize clutch that could test a number of our favorite features, such as: layers, precision topstitching, tight corners, and decorative stitching.
Paper napkins are... well... paper! Cloth napkins are more beautiful, more absorbent, and more green. These pretty napkins use a technique for building patchwork strips called a 'strata.' Today you get to practice the technique to make a set of coordinating napkins. The finished set is so colorful, it will make breakfast, lunch or dinner feel like a party.
One of the fastest holiday makeovers is a tablecloth. There are really only three steps: 1) cut, 2) hem, 3) set the table. We put our Clover Hot Hemmer to use, which made things even faster. So much so, we decided to make tablecloth sets for both a long dining table and a small card table for serving. Each set features two elegant home décor fabrics from Fabric Depot: a thick and rich drapery or upholstery weight for the underlay and a gorgeous sheer for the overlay.
Ahhhh, the classic leather elbow patch... it can transform a rumpled guy in a tacky corduroy jacket into that suave and sophisticated history teacher you had a mega-crush on sophomore year. But... what else can it do? For our final day of "Did it with Dritz" week, we have a great fashion bag that pulls together not only two different Dritz Iron-On Patches, but also gives you a chance to try out The Speedy Stitcher we introduced this week.
Yesterday was the first day of Standard Time across most of North America. We got an extra hour of sleep, but in exchange for this bonus snooze time, we are now faced with several months of ever-encroaching darkness. It's the perfect time for a bag with built-in reflective capabilities, which kicks off our new "Did it with Dritz" week. This high-visibility mini-tote is great for kids who are often headed to school and back home in the dark. See how we used four different nifty notions from Dritz.