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Star Pillows: Christmas in July with Fabric Depot

Monday, 25 July 2016 1:00

Star Light, Star Bright. Wish upon these first stars of the holiday season. We’re celebrating Christmas in July with Fabric Depot, introducing a set of brand new star pillows in three sizes and three mix-and-match styles. Summertime is when fabric manufacturers traditionally unveil their holiday collections. As limited runs, these fabrics often melt away long before the snowflakes start to fall. For the best selection, shop and buy now.

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Baby Bib with Strip-Pieced Front and Terry Cloth Back

Friday, 22 July 2016 1:00

Cuteness alert! These fast and easy baby bibs are pretty and practical. The front is made from Jelly Roll strips. We used the new North Woods collection by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics. It’s officially a holiday collection, but the Scandinavian-inspired designs can really work year ‘round. The back is absorbent terry cloth in a bright lime green. And it’s all held together with an easy binding that turns into the tails that tie the bib in place. 

Industrial-Style Oven Mitts

Wednesday, 20 July 2016 1:00

“Industrial style” in the world of interior design has been on a steady upward path in popularity over the last several decades. It is so cutting-edge now, you can find its stripped-down functionality in both the trendiest creative work space or a multimillion-dollar NYC condo. The hallmarks are clean lines, simple patterns, and bold machine-inspired accents. We translated the style into this pair of tough oven mitts. 

Tall Fabric Box-Baskets

Tuesday, 19 July 2016 1:00

I think a lot of people like to make stuff into which they can put other stuff. Every time we come up with a new storage solution, we get rave reviews. Structured fabric baskets are at the top of the list. These "box-baskets" are put together in essentially the same manner as a number of our previous baskets, but we've changed the shape, the height, and the base in order to give them the feel of a box and a basket in one!

DIY Wedge Espadrilles: New from Dritz

Monday, 18 July 2016 1:00

We knew these were coming, and now they’re here! The Dritz® Espadrille Wedges! The summer footwear is now available in a DIY version. Don’t you dare roll your eyes! Making your own shoes is easier and more fun than you might imagine. We were skeptical at first too. I mean… shoes?! Cobblers do that, right?! We have no business in the shoe business. But, Dritz® has thought through all the hard stuff, like providing the soles and the best construction tools and figuring out the patterns; leaving you the clever, creative part. We took on the challenge by designing toes made of stacked ribbon with a matching ribbon ankle strap. Very chic, very simple. Make a pair for all your favorite outfits. 

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Festive Half Apron with Extra Large Pockets

Friday, 15 July 2016 1:00

If you are one of the super-organized folks in our midst, this lovely apron could get you started on your holiday sewing (we are, after all, already half way through the year!). We selected a pair of quilting cottons with lovely gold metallic accents from the Rhapsody in Blue collection from Kanvas Fabrics. It’s a festive combination that’s perfect for a holiday gathering. But who couldn’t use a bit of sparkle to glamorize an everyday occasion?! 

ScrapBusters: Full Circle Zippered Sewing (& More) Case

Wednesday, 13 July 2016 1:00

This cute round zippered case falls neatly under our ScrapBusters heading since you need just a few bits of fabric and batting plus a zipper. It also qualifies for our You Asked 4 It category because quite a few of you spotted the full-circle zippered case we made for our original zipper-in-the-round tutorial, and you wanted to know how to put the whole thing together – with a lining. You asked. We answered.

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Diamonds & Tufting Make a Pretty Patchwork Pillow

Tuesday, 12 July 2016 1:00

We call this our "jewel box pillow" because it features three rows of diamonds. But in the world of patchwork, a diamond is really just a square turned on point. So the complex-looking front of this pretty pillow is actually just six simple rows stitched together on the diagonal. Fooled ya, didn't we?! We add piping and covered buttons to soften the angles of the diamonds and triangles. 

Collegiate Garment Bag: Fabric Depot

Monday, 11 July 2016 1:00

Go Team! This soft-sided garment bag is full of school spirit, well, actually it’s full of clothes, but on the outside it’s flying school colors. Send your college kids back to school with this special carrier for their “good clothes.” Sweatshirts and jeans might be daily wear, but they’ll likely need at least a few nicer pieces for events, awards, even a job interview (wouldn’t that be great!). Our amazing friends at Fabric Depot have an excellent selection of 9.3oz cotton canvas duck in dozens of great colors so you’re sure to find the perfect color combo for your favorite student. We’re proudly showcasing the red and gold colors of courage, chivalry, and determination that mark Hogwarts’ House of Gryffindor. Pick your pair, then blend a white or natural for the top and binding. 

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Fast Fridays: Boho Parisian Bandanas - 8 Ways to Wear It

Friday, 08 July 2016 1:00

According to style watchers, one of the summer’s must-have accessories is the bandana. It’s featured regularly as a head scarf but is just as popular tied around the neck, the wrist, and even onto bags and totes. And here’s the latest fashion flash: you don’t have to use traditional bandana fabric. In fact, many sites and magazines are showing all kinds of patterns and colors. Excellent! We worked with our friends at Fat Quarter Shop, where the quilting cotton variety is amazing, to select a fun new collection to turn into our Boho Parisian Bandana Set: Joie de Vivre by Bari J for Art Gallery Fabrics. 

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