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The Big Shopper in Tropical Barkcloth: Fabric Depot

Wednesday, 22 June 2016 1:00

When you first saw the beautiful fabric we used for these totes, how many of you shouted, “My grandma had curtains from fabric just like that!”? You’re right; this is the classic tropical print barkcloth that was all the rage in home furnishings from the late 1940s through the 1960s. It’s still hugely popular for both unique garment construction as well as home décor, but you don’t have to scour the thrift stores to find it. Fabric Depot carries a gorgeous selection of brand new Big Kahuna Barkcloth in classic exotic florals like palm fronds and hibiscus blooms. The texture, weight, and colors are just as rich and gorgeous as the vintage originals. 

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Mesh Zippered Sport Pouches with Elastic Trim

Tuesday, 21 June 2016 1:00

A zippered pouch is our favorite carryall when small items need to travel. On this clever little critter, we mixed Dritz® fashion elastic with cotton fabric and pet screen to create a sporty pouch you can take across the country on vacation or across town to the gym. The open mesh of the pet screen allows you to easily see what's inside; it's also great when you need to sift out sand after a day at the beach or shake out crumbs from on-the-go snacks. The elastic is used like a binding, adding heft and flexibility rather than stretch. And the fabric accent panels are perfect for pre-cuts or scraps. What do you need to carry today?

Square Patchwork & Tufted Couch Cushion: Dritz Home Decor

Monday, 20 June 2016 1:00

Round things that make me smile: baby thighs, ice scream scoops, rolling hills, tufted cushions. Creating undulating curves across a flat surface is a wonderful way to add dimensional interest to a plain cushion. For our tufting projects, we prefer the home décor tools from Dritz® to make the job easier and provide the most professional finish. We recently added a full tutorial to take you through the three most common options: stitch tufting, button tufting, and bolster tufting. Today we have a bit of tufting inspiration to make you smile.

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Fast Fridays: Felt and Fabric Coasters

Friday, 17 June 2016 1:00

Not only does this Fast Fridays project live up to its speedy name, it’s also a great ScrapBuster opportunity – especially for your favorite leftover 5” x 5” charm square pre-cuts. Cut, layer, stitch, serve (shaken not stirred). It’s just that easy and as cute and colorful as can be. Of course, you could switch to a more elegant look with muted tones and metallics. Or wouldn’t these be lovely on the guest tables in wedding colors, maybe with a touch of lace? Let us know what great ideas you come up with next time you feel like whippin’ up something wonderful in no time at all! 

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Mini Clean Mats in Laminated Cotton

Tuesday, 14 June 2016 1:00

When you're on-the-go, eating at outdoor picnic tables or food courts, do you ever wonder where to sit or put your food? Sometimes those surfaces look a bit questionable at best. And, experiments with cold and flu germs have shown they can remain active on hard surfaces for up to 48 hours. Yikes! Our set of mini clean mats is a great way to help keep things sanitary. Not only are they cute as can be, they roll up and secure with a wrap strap so they're easy to carry. Lay them out anywhere for a clean surface: one for your meal and one to sit on. When done, simply wipe clean with a sanitizing spray.

Hanging Outdoor Shade Screen: Fabric Depot

Monday, 13 June 2016 1:00

Ahhhh; it's a lovely summer day on the patio. Blue skies, bright sun... actually, really bright. Blinding might be a better word! If you have an outdoor living space you likely also have one or two areas that always get blasted by the sun, making them virtually unusable at certain times of day. Enter our innovative Shade Panel solution. It's an outdoor curtain with a center screen that filters in light while blocking out the worst of the blinding rays – all without destroying your view. We worked with our friends at Fabric Depot to come up with the perfect combo for this project: bold Outdoor Fabric and unique Pet Screen (100% woven vinyl-coated polyester).

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The Safari Duffle

Tuesday, 07 June 2016 1:00

Can't you picture Harrison Ford slinging this amazing duffle over his shoulder as Indiana Jones?! We blended heavy canvas and faux leather with webbing and brass zipper accents for the dashing exterior. Inside is a tough rip-stop nylon lining. Even if you're not a world-renowned archeologist and adventurer, this bag is is great way to pack your stuff, whether you're heading across town to the gym or getting away for the weekend. Father's Day is coming up, and this would make a very nice gift for your personal action hero. The combination of fabrics, colors and textures has the perfect feel – a little bit retro and a whole lot cool (just like Dad).  

Smock Style Reversible Apron in Meow or Never by Moda

Monday, 06 June 2016 1:00

A full-coverage apron is a true vintage classic. The longer skirt and over-the-head bib are serious about keeping you clean top to bottom. Our version is completely reversible  even the ties are double-sided. But what makes it extra irresistible is the Meow or Never fabric, the latest from Moda designer, Erin Michael. This collection was unveiled just last month at Spring Quilt Market and will be appearing at retailers this Fall. We were thrilled to be given some preliminary cuts to come up with a bit of pre-release inspiration. 

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Sewing and Craft Half Apron

Thursday, 02 June 2016 1:00

We've always been partial to half aprons. Their smaller size tends to make them inherently more adorable. But this little fella, with its pockets a’plenty, is as hardworking as it is cute. Tie it on, load it up with your favorite notions, and get ready to whip up your next project.

Car Caddy: Front or Back Seat Auto Organization

Tuesday, 31 May 2016 1:00

ROOOOOAAAAADDDDD TRIIIIPPPPP! It's the perfect time to load up your family and friends and hit the open road. But first you have some stuff (aka crap) you need to organize for the trip: tunes, cell phone, scribbled notes, tickets, pens, snacks, your wallet, etc., etc., etc. If you skip this important organizational step, here's what will happen: You are driving, keeping your eyes on the road (of course), and you reach out to grab something from the pile of stuff (crap), but can't quite reach it/find it without rear-ending the truck in front of you. Instead... the needed item falls off the seat, lodging somewhere between the seat and the door. Feel free to jump in here and repeat the words you shout in your car. Our spiffy car caddy is designed to organize your stuff (crap), improve your driving safety, and look cute as can be all at the same time. It straps around the seat's headrest, so you can attach it to the front or the back. Hanging off the back, you can fill it up with little games and snacks to keep the kids occupied, cutting down the "Are we there yet??" requests to a minimum. 

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