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Slightly Slouchy Storage Baskets in Burlap & Cotton

Monday, 20 April 2015 1:00

"Stand up straight!" That admonition rang in my ears throughout my childhood. And, while I am grateful for my excellent posture, there are times when I like a little bit of a slouch. These cute round storage baskets are designed with three types of interfacing to help them hold their slightly slouchy shape. 

Re-imagine & Renovate: Mom's Favorite Apron with Fat Quarter Shop

Friday, 17 April 2015 1:00

This drop-waist apron with its jaunty suspender clips is a S4H classic that's generated hundreds of downloads since it first debuted. We're featuring a second look at it today in a beautiful new blend of prints from the Ambleside collection by Brenda Riddle Designs for Moda Fabrics from Fat Quarter Shop. The soft color palette and sweet florals of Ambleside have a country garden feel, but with the added crispness of coordinating ginghams, plaids, and wallpaper stripes. Our friends at Fat Quarter Shop provided the yardage as sponsors of this new spin on a popular pattern. 

Starfish Pillow with Button Accents

Thursday, 16 April 2015 1:00

Real starfish belong in tide pools. Our starfish pillow belongs on your sofa! This quick and easy project is the perfect way to add a splash of nautical fun to freshen-up your décor for Spring. There are dozens of great fabric collections out there with delightful seaside themes. We selected a print from Michael Miller's Sea Buddies collection in a coral-times-two design: a beautiful coral motif in a rich coral color.

Roomy Zippered Pouch with Darts

Wednesday, 15 April 2015 1:00

Today's pretty pouch is created in a wonderful textured fabric trio of twill, faux suede, and brushed cotton gingham. Darts in the bottom give the pouch a roomy base, and the zippered top opens wide so you can easily load it up with all the extras you need for a weekend getaway, a trip to the gym, or simply drop into your favorite handbag. The faux suede stripe through the middle adds to both style and texture and is the perfect background for our snazzy monogram.

Nap in a Bag: Blanket & Pillow in a Matching Bag

Monday, 13 April 2015 1:00

You never know when or where you'll be when a nap needs to happen. Our clever portable "sleep set" is a great way to always be ready. We've created a lightweight drawstring bag that holds a matching pillow and bound fleece blanket.  Toss the bag in the car for longer road trips. Send it off to pre-school for daily rest time. Keep one at Grandma's for napping emergencies. Better still... make one for yourself, because we all know naps are wasted on the young! 

EZ Playful Kids Pillowcases

Thursday, 09 April 2015 1:00

Everyone loves a fast and easy project, and these pretty pillowcases fit the bill! A new pillowcase is a great way to freshen a set of bed linens. Kids are especially happy to rest their sleepy heads on pillows covered in fun fabric. We used the Playful collection by Melody Miller for Cotton + Steel Fabrics, which has a sweetly nostalgic theme. How many of you out there still remember how to play pick-up-sticks or jacks? These classic games require absolutely no button pushing or candy crushing. Just good, clean fun - kind of like making a set of pillowcases.

Pretty Tea Cozy

Wednesday, 08 April 2015 1:00

It's time for a spot of tea. Did you know to properly brew a pot o' tea, you should first warm the teapot by swooshing a bit of boiling water inside it. Then, pour the water into your teacups to warm them. Add teabags for your preferred strength (from two to four for a standard four-cup pot). Fill the pot with boiling water, stir, and let the tea steep for about 4-5 minutes. It's during this steeping time when you can run into trouble with the tea cooling too fast. So, pop on a cozy to keep things toasty while the tea is brewing. It will also help keep your tea warm between cups. We have pattern downloads for the cozy itself as well as the cute teapot appliqué. 

Tudor Style Apron in Tula Pink's Elizabeth: FreeSpirit Fabrics

Monday, 06 April 2015 1:00

We're continuing our fun working with the beautiful fabric options in Tula Pink's latest collection for FreeSpirit Fabrics: Elizabeth. Owing to the collection's name, our apron has a certain Elizabethan flair. In researching the best elements to add the flavor of this dramatic era, we came across an interesting tidbit. In 1574, the Parliament of England passed separate laws called "sumptuary laws" to govern the ways of dressing. Clothes with gold were reserved for the Queen and her relations. Only the royals were allowed to wear clothes trimmed with ermine. And you had to have some level of nobility to sport clothes constructed from velvet, satin and silk or trimmed with fox and otter. Peasants were restricted to dresses made of cotton, leather and wool. Today, you can make your outfits from anything you'd like. With this apron, we of course recommend the quality cottons of FreeSpirt Fabrics. We also suggest whipping up some hot cross buns whilst wearing it.

Appliquéd Bath Towels with Extra Large Alphabet

Thursday, 02 April 2015 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 than a traditional monogram and the colors and patterns brighter. It's a great use for 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 the recipient's decorating theme, hobby or even a favorite sport's team.

Embroidered Patchwork Pillow: Janome America

Wednesday, 01 April 2015 1:00

It's the classic special touch: adding a little something on top. For instance, pie is great. Pie with whipped cream is awesome. A beautiful blend of fabrics in a simple patchwork pattern is always good. Overlaying that patchwork with embroidery can be great. It's a simple way to make a stunning statement. 

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