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Metallic Leather Tall Tote with Renaissance Ribbons

Monday, 26 January 2015 1:00

Tall, thin and elegant, this bag could be a runway model. Or maybe at least be carried by one of those long-legged beauties. Soft faux leather with a slight metallic sheen is the perfect background for the exquisitely woven, richly colored, simply beautiful jacquard ribbons. These are brand new selections by Bonnie Christine for Renaissance Ribbons. We went Bonnie-all-the-way, using a matching fabric from her Art Gallery collection for the lining. Our specific ribbon selection is what creates the bag's fashionable spirit, but there are many, many others from which to choose at Renaissance Ribbons

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Double Zipper Device Sleeve

Thursday, 15 January 2015 1:00

We love the idea of concealing a cutting-edge electronic device inside a vintage wrapper. Our Double Zipper Device Sleeve combines three nostaligic prints from the wonderful Eclectic Elements series by Tim Holtz for Coats. There's a great old-fashioned ticking stripe together with a print made up of old-school rulers and tapes. The lining print is a cool collage of vintage labels and pen and ink illustrations. Three generous pockets can hold a selection of devices. The inner sleeve is sized to easily accommodate a Nook®, Kindle® or iPad® Mini. Two 7" x 7" outer pockets can fit the smaller Nook® or your smart phone. The front pocket can be completely sealed with a zipper, so it could also hold a wallet and keys. Or... go ahead and push against the electronic grain by tucking an actual printed book or notepad into one of the compartments! Fusible fleece between the layers keeps everything soft yet stable. So many options in one convenient bag.

Extra-Large Wash & Dry Clean Laundry Bins: Waverly World

Friday, 26 December 2014 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 fabrics for our two bins. Although heavier than traditional fashion-weight fabrics, these 100% cotton fabrics were still soft and easy to work with. Ultra-firm fusible stabilizer allows them to stand up on their own in your closet or laundry room yet still be flexible enough to hold plenty and tote easily. It also means you can practice your mad basketball skills, shooting in socks from across the room without knocking them over!

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Jewel Tone Zippered Pouch Trio in Crocodile Satin: Gifts in a Jiff with Fabric.com

Friday, 12 December 2014 1:00

Just because a project includes a zipper doesn't mean it can't be done in a zip. A top zipper with end tabs is one of the easiesr zipper installations you can do. For our final day of Gifts in a Jiff with Fabric.com, we have a small, medium and large set of posh little pouches in a luscious flannel-backed satin with a realistic crocodile texture. This is a fashionable new collection sent to us by Fabric.comIt comes in ten jewel tone colors, each one more elegant than the next. We had a hard time narrowing it down to our three favorites! To bring the trio together as a set, each features a matching base fabric, lining, and sparkling metallic zipper. 

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Fast Gift Wrap Sleeves in Felt & Cotton: Fabric Depot

Wednesday, 03 December 2014 1:00

Slice, stitch, tie, give. Just four steps to fast and festive (and reusable!) gift wrap solutions, in wool felt with cotton accents. Pretty bows and belts keep things wrapped up tight. We found our fabric solutions at Fabric Depot, and selected them to show off how our Omnigrid Ruler Grips make cutting faster and easier - a bonus when you're whipping out a number of these wraps for last minute gifts. We worked with our friends at Fabric Depot to plan three different sizes and styles from glamorous to whimsical to guy-friendly. Each is designed to be saved and used again as gift wrap, or in the case of the All Felt with Belt Closure & Boxed Bottom option, to be used as an every day accessory to carry papers, small devices and more - a cool "drop in" folder for a larger briefcase. 

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Faux Leather Shopper with Fabric Depot

Friday, 21 November 2014 1:00

It's time for a "can-you-believe-it" moment. Can you believe this fabulous tote is made from faux leather and designer vinyl? It is! Our friends at Fabric Depot wanted a project to show off the Clover Wonder Clips. One of the most common uses of the clips is as a substitute for pins when sewing with speciality fabrics. Pins can leave permanent holes in vinyl and faux leather, so clips are a better alternative. We found our beautiful fabrics from within the amazing selection available from Fabric Depot. Today's designer vinyls and faux leathers come in an incredible array of realistic textures, and in colors from the natural neutrals of real leathers to vibrant fashion tones, like bubblegum pink crocodile and tooled southwestern turqouise. If you haven't shopped for or worked with these substrates lately, you're in for a treat. The variety is amazing, it's soft, flexible and easy to sew, and that strong smell of the old-school vinyls is gone. 

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Sturdy & Stylin' Firewood Carrier

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 1:00

"The weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful." Problem is, you can only sing if you have enough wood to keep the fire burning bright. That's where our holiday firewood tote comes in... literally. Use it to haul in a generous load of wood. We used a double layer of tough indoor/outdoor fabric, which is not only sturdy, but also stain and water resistant. And those dowel-pocket handles look fancy, but are super easy to sew. This would be a great gift for all the lumberjacks on your list.

Fold-over, Zippered Clutch with Circular Decorative Stitching: Skyline S5

Friday, 14 November 2014 1:00

We just finished putting the new Janome Skyline S5 through its paces. Make sure you check out our full review. But, of course, the very best way to find out if a machine is the new love of your life is to use it to make a full project. We chose a bold oversize clutch that could test a number of our favorite features, such as: layers, precision topstitching, tight corners, and decorative stitching. 

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Canvas Slim Bag with Elbow Patch Corners: Did it with Dritz

Friday, 07 November 2014 1:00

Ahhhh, the classic leather elbow patch... it can transform a rumpled guy in a tacky corduroy jacket into that suave and sophisticated history teacher you had a mega-crush on sophomore year. But... what else can it do? For our final day of "Did it with Dritz" week, we have a great fashion bag that pulls together not only two different Dritz Iron-On Patches, but also gives you a chance to try out The Speedy Stitcher we introduced this week. 

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Reflective Mini Tote with Key Fob Clasp: Did it with Dritz

Monday, 03 November 2014 1:00

Yesterday was the first day of Standard Time across most of North America. We got an extra hour of sleep, but in exchange for this bonus snooze time, we are now faced with several months of ever-encroaching darkness. It's the perfect time for a bag with built-in reflective capabilities, which kicks off our new "Did it with Dritz" week. This high-visibility mini-tote is great for kids who are often headed to school and back home in the dark. See how we used four different nifty notions from Dritz.

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