This spring has been a wet one here in the Pacific Northwest. We are truly living up to our designation as the dampest corner of the USA. No wonder they shot those Twilight movies here! However, just recently, the sun has managed to break through for brief periods and long-dormant flowers and blossoms have suddenly burst out. Native Oregonians, also known to worship the reclusive sun, have burst out as well, dashing into the great outdoors in shorts, t-shirts and sandals even when the thermometer is not on the same page as the sunshine. In honor of these sure signs of spring: inappropriately-dressed Northwesterners and beautiful blooms, we have collected three fabric flower tutorials: one tattered, one organza and one on a pin, so you can add some floral embellishments to your next project or to your outfit for the next time YOU burst out into the sun!
Just ONE seam is all the sewing required to make a Cattail Catnip Toy. Fill with catnip and tie into segments. Your kitty will lick it and pummel it with rapid-fire kicks in appreciation. Not every cat is into catnip, and kittens ignore it; but in a lifetime of living with cats, I've never had one who didn't enjoy catnip playtime. The trick is to limit use to about once a week to avoid desensitization. Our Cattails also make a great fundraiser for animal shelters. A volunteer can make a dozen in a couple hours, and it takes very little sewing skill.
These sweet little sachets take such a tiny bit of fabric, you could easily make a basket of 14 of them from just a couple quarter yard cuts of fabric. Ours are filled with bath salts scented with essential oil. Fast, easy and economical all around. And, of course, they are also pretty as a picture... especially with the unique Moonstitch ribbon hangers. Is that the sweet smell of gift-giving success?!
This plush little Chocolate Bunny is a long-lasting alternative to his candy kin. With all the jelly bean eggs, Peeps and other sugar-coma-inducing treats in the average Easter basket, a sugar-free huggable rabbit certainly has its place. Plus, no more dilemma over whether to eat the ears or tail first! These Lil Softees are quick and easy to make, and Minky Double-Sided Cuddle Fleece is so forgiving, even a beginner can turn out a bunny that will hop into the basket looking like star.
Our 2010 Noel Home holiday series featured a festive garland made from jewel-tone pom poms. As we set up to shoot all our Gypsy Romance projects, we said, "Hey! Where's that bouncy, bright yarn garland? It would look so awesome with this fabric!" We agreed with ourselves (as we often do), and so thought we would revisit the project as the perfect finishing accent to the splash and vibrancy of Pillow & Maxfield's wonderful Gypsy Bandana fabric. Poms away!
Our regular followers are probably surprised to see so many wearables in this latest S4H series. We're just full of surprises aren't we? Actually, we're simply responding to your requests. You told us you wanted to see more easy-to-sew clothing items. Alrighty then! The Gypsy Romance tiered skirt is three simple rectangles gathered together and finished with a drawstring channel waist. No zippers... nothing but straight seams and two little buttonholes. Easy, bright and fun; it's perfect for the sunny Spring weather we just know is coming... one of these days.
Our friends, The Three Fabriteers at Izzy & Ivy have been very busy, getting ready for the debut of their latest pattern collection at the sewing and craft industry's big Spring Market trade show, which this year will be held in their neck of the woods: Salt Lake City, Utah. But, being the good eggs they are, the gals still came through with a fun Guest Tutorial for us. These charming Easter Egg pillows are cute as can be, and a great way to use up tiny trim and fabric scraps.
Wide, tie-front belts - sometimes called obi belts, are a top fashion trend this season. We thought it was a perfect style for the bohemian look of our Gypsy Romance collection. Long quilting stitches, outlining the fabric's design motifs, sparkling beads and large accent buttons provide a huge amount of interest in a very small space.