Our pretty little purse with its big, bold bow makes a dynamic fashion statement. And, we think the unique slip-through pleated band is a very clever way to clutch this clutch. It's one of those perfect holiday party accessories that can amp up your style without emptying your wallet. We created our sample in Amy Butler's amazing Sateen Bliss, from her Alchemy Studio Collection. This lucisous substrate has an absolutely wonderful feel and just the right amount of sheen. It makes a dynamite combo with our Little Black Dress.
We're back with another clever project featuring beautiful Renaissance Ribbons. These eyeglass cases are embellished with a variety of their newest ribbons from Amy Butler, Anna Maria Horner, Dena Designs and French General... just a few of the amazing designers who trust Renaissance Ribbons to execute their work in woven ribbon. Our cases have a soft fleece lining to protect your lenses. And, an internal flex frame makes them easy to open and shut with just one hand. Make one or make a bundle, they would make a great stocking stuffer as well as a lovely teacher gift. Ribbon is an excellent way to add instant beauty to projects. Jacquard ribbon, for which Renaissance Ribbons is famous, adds both woven texture and vivid color.
This year, I'm sure some stores starting putting out holiday decorations at exactly the same time as the fun size Halloween Snickers® bars. Every year it creeps a bit closer. Soon, we'll be listening to "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" as we pack the back-to-school lunches! With a respectable week to go before Thanksgiving, Sew4Home is ready to decorate for the holidays, thanks to our latest series with Fabric.com. Deck The Halls with Fabric.com covers everything from unique décor solutions to elegant carryalls to splendid gift ideas, starting with today's luxurious Christmas stockings. Green and red velvet are not the only options. In fact, we have it on high authority that Santa Claus prefers bright colors (must be those summers he spends in Florida).
Stocking stuffer alert! These adorable tissue covers are super fast and easy to make, and everyone needs a tissue now and then to dab away a tear, capture a sneeze or wipe up a mess. The ongoing Re-imagine & Renovate Series is our way to show you how easy it is to put a new spin on a fave design. Different fabric and notions can completely change the look of a project. For each of our three samples, we used two 10" x 10" Layer Cake squares, but this is also a great ScrapBusters project.
I'm a little behind the curve when it comes to reality TV. It was only a short time ago I learned exactly what a "Honey Boo Boo" was. Yikes! I also recently discovered a new competitive sport of which I had no previous knowledge: Extreme Couponing, which must be what Extreme Skateboarders do on their day off. Although far from extreme, I am a coupon clipper; I even keep the ones that spit out like some sort of crazy jackpot with my grocery receipt. They all end up in a kitchen drawer, which is usually where they are when I really need them. If I do manage to remember to bring them to the store, it's so hard to find the one I need, I often just give up. For Weekend Wonders Returns with Fabric.com, our solution is a pretty Coupon Wallet. It has seven pockets so you sort coupons, frequent shopper and/or reward punch cards, gift cards, and more into specific sections. Now they will be easy to find, and therefore, easy to use. Never pay full price again!
In our digital-everything world, one thing remains stubbornly analog: the key. Oh sure, you might have a fancy digital key pad on your car door or office building entry, but the majority of things you need to secure still use a lock and key. So we all still have keys to keep track of... lots of them. With the holidays coming up, today's project in our Weekend Wonders Returns series with Fabric.com focuses on a great gift idea: wrist loop key fobs. You can make a whole batch at a time while still personalizing each one. We even added a pretty monogrammed tag, using the free embroidery download that is part of this Fabric.com series. The back of our set of six is a beautiful, super soft faux suede. The fronts are customized with beautiful Jacquard ribbons by Renaissance Ribbons from Fabric.com. There are so many Renaissance Ribbons designs to pick from, and Fabric. com carries an amazing selection. You'll find something for everyone on your gift list, including options from many of your favorite designers, like Amy Butler, Dena Designs, Laura Foster and Anna Maria Horner. From whimsical Tiny Cakes to elegant Decorative Keys (appropriate for a key fob dontcha think?), each one you make is a mini work of art. Our instructions are sized for ⅞" ribbons, but it would be super easy to reduce or expand the width.
Fall weekends are not all golden leaves and apple cider. The season also comes knocking on our doors with cooler nights, darker mornings, and the least-welcome harbinger: the head cold. Don't let it sneak up on you without a fashion solution; be prepared with a pretty tissue box cover to help distract you from the sneezing. We did a nursery project awhile back that included a cover for a small square box of tissues, which was the first time we came up with the idea of using a Dritz® Home grommet for the tissue pop-up point. We're back today, as part of our Fabric.com Weekend Wonders Returns series, with a project for a more standard rectangular box of tissues. We give you the steps and formulas to figure the dimensions for your specific box. The Bekko fabric from Michael Miller Fabrics, with its bright white and copper geometric design is a real eye catcher, but also grabbing your attention are the beautiful ribbon accents. We used ribbon from the new Parson Gray collection by today's co-sponsor: Renaissance Ribbons.
Over the years, the constant on my desk has been the pencil cup my oldest daughter made for me in preschool from a soup can and construction paper. I'll never get rid of it, or the My Little Pony® pencil that came with it. But over the years, I have added some elegant versions by its side, like today's trio of pencil cups in Eclectic Elements. The vintage designs of this collection are the perfect choice since since pencils and pens themselves seem to have become part of the vintage world in today's iPad® driven environment. I still love my pencils and pens, and as long as I have soup cans and cool fabric, I have a way to make new ways to keep them on display. This banded set would also make a great gift, and could be your own little statement for maintaining a presence in the digital world for the classic pencil and pen.
Someone told me the other day he believed money would soon become completely digital and we'd be trading electronic credits online. It's happening already to a limited extent with Bitcoins, but it still seems so sci-fi to me. I think I'll hold on to a wallet for now, like today's pretty Eclectic Elements version. I like having physical money with me; a couple paper dollars and some coins just makes me feel happy. I think it goes back to being a kid, when every dime and quarter you hoarded put you that much closer to a giant gum ball from the shiny red dispenser. I still get a little thrill when I find a quarter in my coat pocket, although I worry what a gum ball would do now to my dental work.
What do a pocket watch, a subway schedule and a scientific butterfly illustration have in common? These "eclectic elements" are beautifully blended together in a fabric line of the same name. We're very pleased to introduce you to Eclectic Elements by Tim Holtz for Coats. This is the debut fabric line for the legendary Coats brand, and the premier collection for renowned paper crafter and designer, Tim Holtz. We have nine projects, including today's Fabric Flower Tutorial by Paula Cheney of Tim's creative team, plus an amazing Great Giveaway at the Series' conclusion. We invite you to lose yourself in the myriad of unusual and imaginative motifs that make up this collection. We can see Tim's inspiration behind each and every one, "This unique combination of salvaged findings and vintage palette creates a collection to inspire your artful imagination. I believe creativity is not in the finding of a thing, but the making something out of it after it is found."