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Rustic Wedding Redux: Two-Tone Burlap Table Runner

Friday, 18 April 2014 1:00

The most popular fabric in the realm of rustic is burlap. Believe it or not, this coarse fabric, more traditionally known for bagging coffee beans than bedecking wedding finery, is the hottest ticket out there when it comes to adding trendy texture. Part of the reason behind this is how many options are available in burlaps today – both in density (the coarseness of the weave) as well as color. Yep... burlap is not just brown anymore. We've come up with a beautiful design for a simple wedding table runner made of two layers of burlap joined with decorative stitching and highlighted with a splash of luxurious silk. Burlap, like many specialty fabrics, comes in very wide widths. The burlaps we found at Fabric.com ranged from 47" to 60" wide with the most common width being 58". This means you can cut a number of strips from each piece.

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Rustic Wedding Redux: Bride & Groom Chair Covers

Wednesday, 16 April 2014 1:00

The rustic theme is one of the hottest trends right now in the DIY wedding category, for both wedding attire as well as the ceremony and reception decorations. It's all about creating a wonderful mash-up of subtle tones and textures - just like you'd find in nature itself. A hallmark of the trend is mixing traditional wedding fabrics; like taffeta, silk, tulle and organza with unique fabrics not normally thought of as wedding choices; such as burlap, ticking, crushed velvet and muslin. We have just such a blend today in our wedding chair covers. Decorating the chairs for a wedding reception is nothing new, but we especially like the idea of having a unique set of chair covers at the head table for the bride and groom. Our design combines rustic striped ticking and an elegant crush of taffeta. We finish it off with a sleek monogram juxtaposed with a funky-chic button. 

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Rustic Wedding Redux: Zippered Bridesmaid Clutch with Tattered Rose

Monday, 14 April 2014 1:00

Bridesmaids' gowns get a bad rap (see the movie, 27 Dresses for hysterical proof)! Many of us have a frightening ensemble or two stuffed in the back of our own closets. But wedding styles are evolving in wonderfully new, non-closet-hiding directions, with cute accessory trends at the forefront. One of the latest, must-have articles in bridesmaid attire is a coordinated clutch for the ladies of the wedding party. Bridesmaid dresses rarely have any pockets; there's no where to tuck an emergency tube of lipstick or a tissue for those romantic moments. So, a small clutch a certainly functional idea, but it's also a beautiful gift for the bride to bestow on her girlfriends, possibly with a little something extra tucked inside. Not just for weddings, these pretty little clutches are perfect for all kinds of special occasions.

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Stretchy Yoga Headbands: Pleated & Turban Styles

Friday, 11 April 2014 1:00

They're a go-to solution for yoga class, running, or just when it's a bad hair day – you've seen these awesome headbands everywhere. Now you can make your own. It's super easy, so easy in fact, we did two styles: one is accordion-pleated so you can wear it wide or narrow, the other is a turban style with a classic front knot. We tried both styles with a thin woven cotton as well as a lightweight knit. Both worked well during construction and looked great when done.

Clear-View Grocery List Holder with Zippered Coupon Pouch

Thursday, 10 April 2014 1:00

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Things to do today: 1) Make cool grocery list/coupon holder from Sew4Home; 2) With increased level of organization from said cool grocery list/coupon holder, complete chores in record time; 3) Eat chocolates; 4) Send any leftover chocolates to Sew4Home. I think that pretty much covers it. Our cute little case has a perfectly-sized vinyl window that displays your shopping list (yes... you can sew vinyl with your home sewing machine), a handy credit card pocket on the opposite side, and a zippered interior pouch to hold coupons, cash and more. The optional lanyard makes it easy to grab from your purse, clip to a shopping bag, or simply sling over your shoulder. 

Weighted Door Stop Cube

Tuesday, 08 April 2014 1:00

Spring is fighting for a foothold today year. Not only did March come in like a lion... it also left like a lion in many places across the US (there was a blizzard in Fargo, North Dakota this year on April 1st!). But we know those clear, sunny days must be just around the corner. Soon you'll be able to open up your windows, raise up the storm glass in the screen doors, and let the fresh air blow through. In our house, this sets up an amazing wind tunnel effect that slams doors shut upstairs and down. We needed a stylish way to keep the doors open and the air circulating. ScrapBusters to the rescue! Today's door stop is a simple cube made with standard cottons stiffened with ultra firm fusible interfacing.

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Funny Bunny is a Sweet Softie

Thursday, 03 April 2014 1:00


Stuffed animals make me happy. They live on my desk at home and in the studio, so I can glance over at them when I'm having a bad day or when someone has shot down another one of my 'spectacular' ideas. There they sit. Always calm, always smiling. Funny Bunny is a super sweet softie who combines nubby cotton chenille with smooth, retro-inspired cotton for a soft vintage look.

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Cuddle Soft Easter Eggs

Wednesday, 02 April 2014 1:00

The practice of decorating eggshells goes back much farther than the Christian traditions surrounding Easter. 60,000-year-old ostrich eggs with engraved decoration have been found in Africa. The ancient Egyptians, Persians, Phoenicians, and Hindus all believed the world began with an enormous egg, so using the egg as a symbol of new life is literally ancient history. We've put aside the marbled elegance and gold leaf of long ago, as well as the today's candy-colored dyes and crayons, opting instead for a basket of super-soft Easter eggs in bright, patterned fleece with ribbons, rick rack, mini-poms, and felt flower accents. They probably won't last 60,000 years, but they sure are cute right now!

Appliquéd Bath Towels with Jumbo Letters

Monday, 31 March 2014 1:00

Monogrammed towels are one of life's little luxuries, but for a bit more playful option, try appliqué. The letter(s) can be larger and the colors and patterns brighter. It's a great use of some of those pretty scraps hiding in your stash bin. Make a set for your family to help distinguish which towel belongs to which dripping wet person. Bath linens also make an excellent gift for showers, weddings and housewarmings – especially when you can not only personalize the colors, but also the fabric to fit a recipient's decorating theme, hobby or even a favorite sport's team.

Ruffles and Romance Neckroll Pillow

Thursday, 27 March 2014 1:00

The inspiration for today's pillow came from a beautiful blouse in Alicia's closet. Taking ideas from garment construction is a fun way to incorporate unique techniques and embellishments into your home décor. We used the softness of double-layer ruffles to create romance-in-the-round on this beautiful neckroll pillow. An overcasting stitch finishes the raw edges, adding to the shabby chic design. When you see this raw-edge effect on garments, it's often been done with a serger and what's called a 'lettuce edge.' We show you how to create a similar effect with your sewing machine. We pre-washed our tissue linen fabric and scrunched it slightly to a give the pillow its slightly distressed texture and antique feel. The shape is a 6" x 20" pillow insert; you could alter the size, but you'd want to refigure the number and width of the ruffle strips.

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