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Belted Cross-Body Bag with Decorative Stitching

Wednesday, 04 March 2015 1:00

Decorative stitching against a neutral canvas gives this slouchy bucket bag a great hipster style. We used the beautiful stitches available on the Janome Memory Craft 9900, which go up to 9mm in width. For a subtle boho flair, we then incorporated long, soft tassels at the sides and front. Read on to learn our unique steps for making these custom tassels: much less than buying, and in an exact color match!

Skeleton Toile Pillows with Jumbo Poms

Monday, 02 March 2015 1:00

This happens. You're minding your own business, browsing with a particular project in mind, when a completely surprising fabric grabs your hand and yanks you over to the side, whispering, "You must have me; I'm so cool." That's exactly what happened with this wonderful pillow pair. The skeleton toile in a bright chartreuse with rich royal blue accents simply reached out and pulled us in. 

ScrapBusters: Drop-In Zippered Pouch with Lanyard

Thursday, 26 February 2015 1:00

The Dig. You know what we mean – that frantic riffling through your bag, trying to find your keys, cash, lipstick, whatever. Like a dog after a bone, we churn up the contents that collect at the bottom, and still often come up empty-handed. This cute ScrapBusters zippered pouch will let you corral your important stuff. The pouch's lanyard acts like a leash. Reach in, grab onto the lanyard, and reel up your mini bag o' belongings.

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Linen Placemats with Heirloom Stitching

Wednesday, 25 February 2015 1:00


Table linens are a great way to get started into the world of heirloom stitching, and a placemat (or two or four or more) is a nice, smallish format with which to practice. We'll show you two options today: hemstitching (if you are brand new to heirloom techniques) and fagoting (if you are more advanced). Both placemat designs feature beautiful borders with mitered corners and an optional monogram.

Lightweight, Designer Backpack: Hawthorne Threads

Monday, 23 February 2015 1:00

We have been looking forward to working with the digitally printed fabric from Hawthorne Threads for months! If you missed our interview with them, take a look to learn more about their very cool, in-house digital process. Now with six collections to choose from (Norwegian Wood just debuted), the hardest part was deciding which would be the one for our project. We finally settled on Marsala – not only a beautiful collection of prints, but in the Pantone color of the year! Our backpack has classic carryall styling: from the padded, adjustable straps to the fold-over flap with a magnetic clasp to the fully-finished front zippered pocket. A great backpack in beautiful fabric: fashion meets function.

All-Weather Tote in Cotton Laminate

Friday, 20 February 2015 1:00

Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, one thing you learn right away is that you can't let a little rain stop you. If fact, you can't even let a lot of rain stop you. You have things to do, places to go, and people to see. You need a roomy shopping tote that can stand up to whatever the weather throws your way. Our All-Weather Tote features soft cotton laminate to whisk away the weather. We even used a weather-resistant zipper for the outside pocket. The inside is pretty cotton with a laminate facing. And with 5" boxed corners, this tote opens wide enough to handle a full load of power shopping.

Hanging, 14-Pocket Wall Caddy for Sewing & More

Wednesday, 18 February 2015 1:00

There are so many great little tools for sewing. But you can't take advantage of them if you can't find them! Our sewing spaces can quickly start to look the famous kitchen "junk drawer" – a jumbled mess of stuff. How many times have you bought new supplies because you've misplaced the originals? I know I have! We've created a handy wall caddy with fourteen pockets to keep all your favorite notions organized and handy. 

Floral Wedding Gown Sash

Tuesday, 17 February 2015 1:00

One wedding accessory that was become very trendy over the last couple of years is the bridal gown sash. We found them as a recommendation in articles as well as for sale on a variety of sites, from high-end bridal specialty boutiques to Etsy. The going price was $200-$600 and up! With a few small cuts of luxury fabrics, such as lace, tulle, satin and organza, along with some beautiful pearl or crystal beads, you can create your own custom wedding sash for much, much less. Plus, it will be perfect for your colors and your wedding. The key to creating a beautiful look, such as you see on our sample, is to really experiment with color, texture and the placement of the flowers, beads and other embellishments until you get a look that's just right for the bride to be.

Sateen Clutch with Dimensional Ribbon Embellishment: Renaissance Ribbons

Monday, 16 February 2015 1:00

Two rows of dimensional ribbons front and back give this sleek clutch its elegant style. These gorgeous Jacquard ribbons are the newest from Amy Butler, part of her Violette collection for Renaissance Ribbons. They accent the Violette fabric of the clutch for a 3-D blend of saturated color and design. It's a perfect eye-catching accessory to pair with everything from a little black dress on an uptown evening to dressed-up jeans for a weekend getaway. 

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Canvas Bucket Bag with Cinched Top and Two-Piece Snap Strap

Thursday, 12 February 2015 1:00

This crisp, cute bag is based on the look of one of the latest handbag trends. We've spotted these popular bucket bags on nearly every high-end accessories site as well as on the arms of many fashion-forward celebrities. They sell-out nearly as fast as they arrive at top boutiques. We made the design our own by creating the look in a modern canvas with polished nickel hardware and a matching twisted cord for the signature cinched top. It has a casual nautical feel – perfect for the warmer days ahead. Set a course for style.

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