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Beach Duffle Backpack: TokyoMilk presents Neptune and the Mermaid by Margot Elena for Coats

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 1:00

It’s a duffle and a backpack in one! The drawcord top looks great and makes it fast and easy to load and unload the bag’s contents. Then, slip it on as a backpack for hands-free strolling to the beach (or river or park or....) and back again. We love all the clever fussy cutting we were able to do with our three Neptune and the Mermaid fabrics. Front and center is the vintage diver plunging into the ocean waves of the pocket panel. A bit more hidden, but nonetheless clever, are lining panels with their hints of a sly octopus. Margot Elena’s collection is so boldly brilliant and filled with such cunning motifs, you can tell your own little story within each and even project. In our seaside tale, Larry the lifeguard and his team of daring diving companions are racing to rescue sweet Sally who’s spilled her seashells by the seashore. 

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Hanging Sewing Caddy with Clear-View Vinyl Pockets

Tuesday, 13 June 2017 1:00

"Where did I put my ....?" Sewing projects are full of little bits and pieces, including numerous notions whose jobs are to make construction easier, but only if you can find them when you need them! Corral important items with our clever clear-view caddy. We used our Janome Skyline S7 for the construction as well as the pretty decorative stitching. It was a real pro when it came to handling the multiple layers and the variety of substrates; it sewed through it all with flying colors

10-Pocket Purse Organizer: Get the Pro Look with Dritz Hardware

Monday, 12 June 2017 1:00

This wonderful little caddy came about thanks to your requests on our You Asked 4 It list! Many of you had suggested we design a purse organizer. What are these brilliant little carriers? By loading up all your essentials into one multi-pocket pouch, all you need to do when you change bags is to switch the organizer from one to the other. It also makes it much easier to find those essentials – no more digging around at the bottom of your purse to locate your headphones! To give our custom organizer the very best form and function, we incorporated 10 Dritz® hardware products and tools. We’re often asked how we get such a professional look to all our samples. After thanking the person effusively for such a nice compliment, our reply always starts with one fundamental rule: use the right products and tools for the job. When you use products and tools that have been designed for a specific purpose, the installation is easier and the result is superior. 

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Soft & Stuffable Fabric Shopping Bags: Shop Pretty

Wednesday, 07 June 2017 1:00

As more and more stores up their recycling commitment (some entire cities have banned plastic bags), it's becoming pretty common to have to bring your own shopping bags. Fabric bags are the go-to alternative and widely available, particularly the heavier, structured bags. Lightweight, flexible bags that would best replace plastic can be harder to come by. Luckily, you're a clever sewing person and can make your own... with a little help from your friends at Sew4Home.

Structured & Divided Fabric Basket

Monday, 05 June 2017 1:00

Divide and conquer! When it comes to organizing your stuff, it’s one of the best ways to tackle the mess and contain the chaos. We created one of our famous fabric baskets, then added some extras we’ve never offered before in one storage solution: both inner and outer pockets, double carry handles, and a removable center divider. It’s a great caddy for the car, as we’ve shown in several of our photos, or customize it for any room in the house. 

Crossbody Zippered Pouch with Tassel Accent

Wednesday, 24 May 2017 1:00

Made to match our Elastic Waist Boho Short Skirt, this classic little zippered pouch can just as easily stand on its own as an everyday mini bag. We used a pretty modern batik for the exterior fabric, but you need just a small fabric cut, so you may already have something in your stash that would be just the ticket. The long braided yarn straps are secured with simple side loop channels. And a triple tier tassel adds a fun finish as the zipper pull. 

Extra-Large Laundry Bins

Tuesday, 23 May 2017 1:00

These jumbo fabric baskets are so big and beautiful, they'll make sorting laundry fun! Well... if not actually fun, at least functional. And, they look great doing their job. Sparkling iron-on letters down one side let you know which items should go into the wash and which are headed to the dry cleaner. We used a combination of three striking Waverly home décor weight fabrics for our two bins. 

Crossbody Canvas Bucket Tote

Tuesday, 16 May 2017 1:00

This modern canvas bucket bag has great slouchy style and tough construction details, making it a good choice for men or women. It's a serious shoulder bag ready to head out into the elements. Load it up for a weekend adventure, use it as a holdall for gym gear, or simply sling it crossbody or over your shoulder for the trek into work each day. We were inspired by vintage rucksacks and European satchels to create a rugged design with strapping, topstitching, and an interesting lining fabric that adds a bit of fun on the inside. 

Velvet Border Portfolio Clutch: Renaissance Ribbons

Monday, 08 May 2017 1:00

Sometimes, you gotta go bold, or go home! We love the amazing new French Velvet Border trim from Renaissance Ribbons. From 2½” to 6½”, it brings a wide swath of colorful design to your project. We created a classic portfolio clutch that makes the Velvet Border the star of the show as a wraparound feature against a rich solid denim. This is a low-nap velvet. While it’s luxuriously soft to the touch, the shorter pile allows the intricate designs and colors to really stand out.

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Grommets & Rivets Starburst Bag: Designing with Dritz Hardware

Monday, 24 April 2017 1:00

Hardware is usually categorized on the functional side of sewing. It adds a professional finish and allows your project to snap, lock, clip, slip, buckle, and more. For this project, we moved hardware into the fashionable category, applying Dritz® grommets (large and extra large eyelets actually) and rivets to create a striking starburst design on the front of a bag. You get dimension and texture, plus the openings cut by the grommets allow a second color to peek through from the bag’s lining. 

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