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Rustic Wedding Redux: Zippered Bridesmaid Clutch with Tattered Rose

Monday, 14 April 2014 1:00

Bridesmaids' gowns get a bad rap (see the movie, 27 Dresses for hysterical proof)! Many of us have a frightening ensemble or two stuffed in the back of our own closets. But wedding styles are evolving in wonderfully new, non-closet-hiding directions, with cute accessory trends at the forefront. One of the latest, must-have articles in bridesmaid attire is a coordinated clutch for the ladies of the wedding party. Bridesmaid dresses rarely have any pockets; there's no where to tuck an emergency tube of lipstick or a tissue for those romantic moments. So, a small clutch a certainly functional idea, but it's also a beautiful gift for the bride to bestow on her girlfriends, possibly with a little something extra tucked inside. Not just for weddings, these pretty little clutches are perfect for all kinds of special occasions.

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Beautiful Cotton Garment Covers

Friday, 21 March 2014 1:00

Today's pretty garment covers are a great way to keep clothes clean and dust-free in your closet. Many folks leave dry cleaning bags on their garments, but watch out... those plastic bags can cause fabrics to yellow and many emit unhealthy chemical fumes. Plus, they've long been known to be a hazard to children and pets. Our covers are reusable and washable. Each one finishes at approximately 32" long, but you could certainly extend or shorten the length of the bottom section to best match the items in your wardrobe. 

Coin Purse with Pleated Front

Thursday, 20 March 2014 1:00

If we must say so ourselves (and sometimes we must), these little coin purses are about as adorable as they come! Not only do they get five stars on the cuteness chart, they are super easy. Make one for yourself (because you deserve it!), then make a bundle for your friends. They are the perfect fast and fun gift. Fill them with coins and gift cards, tasty treats, or other little goodies. We used a variety of different eye-poppin' colors and patterns for our exteriors with an awesome matching chevron stripe on the inside of all three to tie them together as a set. Spare change just got a whole lot more fun!

Canvas Bucket Tote: Must-Have Bags with Fabric.com

Friday, 14 March 2014 1:00

A guy's gotta carry stuff too, so doesn't he deserve a Must-Have Bag of his own?! The final bag in our series with Fabric.com is today's canvas bucket bag with its great slouchy style and tough construction details. 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 your gym gear, or simply sling it 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. 

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Oversize Zippered Clutch: Must-Have Bags with Fabric.com

Thursday, 13 March 2014 1:00

When we're tracking the latest fashion flavors, we like to browse high-end sites to see which styles are selling for hundreds of dollars. Then we figure out what we could do to make that look easier, better, and all our own. For our Must-Have Bags week with Fabric.com this meant taking a peek at what was flying off the shelves at Coach and Saks Fifth Avenue, among others. At the top of the trends right now: the oversize clutch. It's a day-into-evening look that works beautifully: a slim silhouette in a haute hue. 

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BoHo Sling Bag with Ruffles & Hand Embroidery: Must-Have Bags with Fabric.com

Wednesday, 12 March 2014 1:00

A relaxed style, subtle embroidered detailing, and rich ruffling add up to equal today's Must-Have Bohemian Bag. Mix and match four different quilting cottons to create vintage-inspired boho chic. We used four pretty prints from the Daydreams collection by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics. We found all four colorways of Daydreams at Fabric.com. A bit o' batting adds just the right softness, and simple hand embroidery acts as the quilting, outlining some of the fabric's motifs in running stitches and accenting the centers of others with French knots. This bag is the perfect project to bring out your boho.

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Messenger Style Brief: Must-Have Bags with Fabric.com

Tuesday, 11 March 2014 1:00

Current yet classic. Today's Must-Have Bag is a messenger style brief with good looks and smart functionality. The Premier Prints cotton duck fabric we chose at Fabric.com gives our bag a crisp, cool style that's right on trend for either guys or gals. We went with modern graphics, using an unexpected splash of bright tangerine on the flap. The bag would work equally well in solids or you could even turn your brief bucolic with a unique floral combo. With over 500,000 yards of fabric to choose from at Fabric.com, there's always something new to discover to make the project unique to you! 

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Large Embroidered Shopping Tote: Must-Have Bags with Fabric.com

Monday, 10 March 2014 1:00

It's a week to get "carried away!" Fabric.com has joined us to sponsor five days of Must-Have Bags. We have something for every mood – from tailored elegance to urban chic. Today: a big, beautiful shopping tote. It's generous in both size and style thanks to the bold motif of the fabric. We chose a cotton duck from Premier Prints with a slub texture; this means it has intentional striations that give it an interesting knobbly look. A Feathers design in cool turquoise and slate caught our eyes. It has a strong, clean Southwestern vibe that we amplified with an embroidered, mosaic-type design across the top of the tote (front and back). You'll find both an embroidery design download as well as a printable template should you prefer to do hand embroidery or decorative stitching.

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Vintage Shoulder Dust Covers

Wednesday, 05 February 2014 1:00

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During a recent clean-up, my sister came across a hand-embroidered shoulder dust cover our grandmother had made for our mother. I think that officially qualifies as 'vintage'! We both thought it was not only beautiful, but a great idea. We all have special clothing in our closet we may not wear often, but certainly don't want to give away. A whole garment bag seems like overkill if you need easy access to the outfit, yet still would like to protect it between wearings. Our Vintage Shoulder Dust Cover is just right to keep dust and debris from settling along the shoulders of your special garments. Thanks, Grandma! I always knew you were super cool and ahead of your time.

Re-imagine & Renovate: Structured Fabric Task Baskets

Tuesday, 04 February 2014 1:00

The fabric basket. I think we could post a tutorial for one of these every day and people would still clamor for more. They can be used in any room in the house for any number of storage solutions. Depending on the fabric you choose, each one you make is a custom statement. That's the idea behind our Re-imagine & Renovate series (R&R): to take another run at a favorite project with new fabrics, new embellishments and new uses in mind. Today we're R&R'ing our original Hello Kitty® sewing basket in a nostalgic combination of ticking stripes and vintage print cottons. 

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