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Faux Leather Shopper with Fabric Depot

Friday, 21 November 2014 1:00

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. 

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Sturdy & Stylin' Firewood Carrier

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 1:00

"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.

French Mattress Edge Floor Cushions: Waverly World

Monday, 17 November 2014 1:00

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. 

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Fold-over, Zippered Clutch with Circular Decorative Stitching: Skyline S5

Friday, 14 November 2014 1:00

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. 

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Patchwork Napkin Set Uses 14 Different Pretty Prints

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 1:00

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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. 

Tablecloth & Sheer Overlay Sets: Holiday Magic with Fabric Depot

Tuesday, 11 November 2014 1:00

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.

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Canvas Slim Bag with Elbow Patch Corners: Did it with Dritz

Friday, 07 November 2014 1:00

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. 

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Reflective Mini Tote with Key Fob Clasp: Did it with Dritz

Monday, 03 November 2014 1:00

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.

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Quilted Wrap-and-Go Casserole Carrier

Thursday, 30 October 2014 1:00

Which dish are you in charge of for this year's holiday celebrations? Will you be whipping up Nana's famous lasagna or maybe a warm pan of apple-cranberry crisp? If your culinary talents are on-the-go this season, you need a carrier that can keep your special dish toasty on the car ride there. Our wrap-it-up design includes a handy loop to clip a pot holder and an inside pocket for a serving utensil. It would also make a wonderful present for the foodies on your gift list. Make the pretty carrier, then wrap up a new baking pan you've filled with a yummy homemade treat! 

Rip Stop Grocery Bags with Carry Pouch

Tuesday, 28 October 2014 1:00

I want my grocery bags to work as hard as I do. That means I should be able throw whatever I need into them without worrying. For this grocery bag project, we not only wanted a great quick and easy design, we also wanted something different than we'd done before. How could we could improve an existing design or put a new spin on a classic style? We loved the idea of having the bags stow away in a tiny pouch – so you could toss them into a regular tote or even keep them in the glove box of your car. What a great way to always have bags at the ready when you're out! But in order for something to fold away that small, you need a lightweight fabric. Lightweight can also translate into not-very-durable, so what was the toughest, thinnest material we could think of? Rip stop nylon! We came up with a pretty design, added a cute optional monogram, and created a mix-and-match pair that folds down into a 5" x 7" drawstring pouch. Pull them out and they're tough enough to take on the big grocery chores.

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