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Terry Cloth Shower Wraps for Men & Women: Fabric Depot & Shannon Fabrics

Monday, 27 June 2016 1:00

We were thrilled to learn about the new terry cloth styles and colors from Shannon Fabrics and to know that Fabric Depot would be carrying a great selection. If you’ve ever hunted for terry cloth, you know how challenging it can be to find. If you do finally locate some, it’s likely to come in white, white and white! And, the quality can be iffy. Those worries are over! Premium terry cloth by Shannon Fabrics has landed at Fabric Depot. We scooped some up right away, designing a pair of classic shower wraps. There’s a full length wrap for women and a waist wrap for men. Great for yourself or as a snuggly gift. Drying off just got a lot more lovely. 

ScrapBusters: Washcloths with Patchwork Binding

Thursday, 21 April 2016 1:00

It's time to bust out some scraps! This super cute project targets some of the smaller pieces in your bag of favorite fabric bits. Our project takes an ordinary washcloth to the next level by adding a very pretty patchwork bound edge. We created a standard single fold bias binding and attached it in the traditional two-step method to a soft terry cloth center. There are links within the article below to full tutorials on both making and attaching bias binding. The extra-special part is how the binding is created from a patchworked panel. Pull out some of your favorite skinny scraps, piece them together side by side, then cut the bias strips from this assembled fabric panel. 

Giant Towel Doggy Dryer

Friday, 23 October 2015 1:00

Contrary to stories you may have heard, it doesn't really rain all the time in Oregon (especially this year!). We do have a rainy season... it's just a lot longer than other place's rainy seasons. It's about time for those rains to start in earnest, which means soggy doggy paws won't be far behind. As with many folks, our pets are inside/outside critters. If they are going in and out during the aforementioned "rainy season," it's nice to be able to dry them off before they come in. "That's what rags are for!" you say. True, but rags are usually not very absorbant, they tend to be kind of small, and worst of all, they can leave you and your clothes exposed to the dripping doggie. We designed a towel that can protect the dryer while sopping up the dryee. Our Doggie Dryer is a long, double-layer towel with a large pocket at either end. Slip one hand into each pocket for easy drying control; the wide center of the towel stays between you and the wet doggie-dog. Idea credit goes to Bob Johnson, and modeling credit to sweet Doggie Elaine... even though she was a little confused about why we kept pouring water on her head during the photo shoot. 

Hooded Baby Bath Towel with Matching Washcloth

Thursday, 15 October 2015 1:00

This is absolutely one of the best baby gifts ever! Bundling up baby after bath time with a hooded towel is easier and cozier. The hood doesn't just help dry those clean mop tops, it actually acts as a little anchor, allowing mom or dad to more quickly wrap the rest of the towel around squirming, slippery baby-boo. Ours features a cotton accent fabric for the hood and a matching bound washcloth. Downloadable patterns are offered below.

Ergonomic Baby Burp Cloths: Fabric Depot

Monday, 05 October 2015 1:00

When my children were small, I went through many a day with a blob of baby barf on the back of my sweater. This situation is far from uncommon, and I know there are some who consider it a "badge of honor." However, all things being equal, I think I'd have preferred to skip the dry cleaning charges. We've designed an ergonomic burp cloth pattern that allows the cloth to curve around your neck and drape fully over your shoulder from front to back. It's designer-level protection! Thanks to our friends at Fabric Depot, we were able to select two of the most popular baby fabrics to make the cloths: Double Gauze and Cuddle Fleece

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Six-Pocket Round Bath Caddy: Fabric Depot

Monday, 10 August 2015 1:00

The new "tiny house" movement has nothing on dorm life, where living space shrinks to the bare minimum and you're welcomed to the world of the communal bathroom. For kids heading off to college, it's often the first experience in condensing all their belongings to fit into a small shared space. Let them use this great looking, super functional round caddy to keep bath necessities together in one handy organizer that's easy to tote back and forth. We worked with our friends at Fabric Depot to select a heavier-weight Oxford Cloth in a fun dot pattern; it reminded us of happy little soap bubbles. The pretty exterior is paired with a water repellent nylon for the lining.

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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.

Mesh Laundry Bags with Drawstring Tops: Freshen Up for 2015

Wednesday, 24 December 2014 1:00

Mesh laundry bags to collect your washables are certainly readily available, and they can be pretty inexpensive to purchase. However, they usually aren't as well-made as you'd like, or you need a special teeny-tiny size for baby socks, or you just want a fun color to tempt an otherwise messy teen to pick up his underwear. Time to bust out a few of your own. They're super easy; we made our two samples in nothing flat. It's a great way to Freshen Up for 2015.

ScrapBusters: Patchwork Bound Washcloths

Monday, 09 June 2014 1:00

It's ScrapBusters time, and today we're targeting some of the smaller pieces in your bag of favorite fabric bits. Our project takes the ordinary washcloth to the next level by adding a very pretty patchwork bound edge. We created a standard single fold bias binding and attached it in the traditional two-step method to a soft terry cloth center. There are links within the article below to full tutorials on both making and attaching bias binding. The extra-special part is how the binding is created from a patchworked panel. Pull out some of your favorite skinny scraps, piece them together side by side, then cut the bias strips from this assembled fabric panel. 

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Shower Curtain with Pom Pom Valance: It's Waverly Week!

Friday, 16 May 2014 1:00

This beautiful shower curtain is guaranteed to improve your singing in the shower by 110%. We're not sure how we will ever back up that claim, but since everyone figures they sound like Beyonce when the water's running, how can we go wrong? We chose two coordinating Waverly Sun N Shade fabrics: one with a bold motif for the main curtain, the other in a smaller design for the valance. Pom poms provide a pop of color. Toss that plain plastic shower curtain and go for gorgeous instead.

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