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ScrapBusters: Mini Drawstring Gift Bags

Friday, 09 December 2016 1:00

I used to spend hours on gift wrapping, channeling Martha Stewart to get the perfect artisan look with fresh greens and layered papers. Or maybe I dreamed that. Yep, I’m almost certain that was just a dream. I may not be able to live up to the magic elves that inhabit Pinterest, but thanks to this super cute gift bag pattern, I can hold my own. Our simple yet clever design results in a beautifully finished bag inside and out – no exposed seams, no elves needed. Plus, because you can use them over and over, they’re a green alternative to gift wrap. 

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Triple Velvet Evening Bag: Fabric Depot

Wednesday, 30 November 2016 1:00

Elegant but with just a touch of whimsy, our cinched evening bag miniaturizes the classic bucket shape. We shopped with our friends at Fabric Depot to select two of the most popular special occasion fabrics: velvet and silk. In particular: Triple Velvet, which is a nylon and acetate combination that creates a gorgeous drape with absolutely no stretch; and Silk Dupioni with its wonderfully crisp, slightly textured finish. We use ribbon as both a bright accent on the exterior and a striking drawcord to create the softly gathered top. 

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String Style Backpack with Crossover Pockets

Friday, 25 November 2016 1:00

String style backpacks are a year-'round, on-the-go mainstay. They're compact and lightweight but can still hold plenty. You can find them for almost everything, from ripstop athletic gear to high-end leather bags. Ours is made in brightly colored cotton. And to give the design even more functionality, we added unique front crossover pockets, which create four individual sections to hold smaller items.

Round Lined Basket with Cuff

Thursday, 17 November 2016 1:00

All I want is a place for my stuff. Actually, I also want world peace and maybe to win the lottery, but for now... I'm good with a place for my stuff. These soft, round baskets are designed to hold all kinds of stuff and look great doing it. Put one on a countertop to hold kitchen utensils or bath necessities. Make a bunch and line them up for a row of instant organization. We added a tab on the front with twill tape and an O-ring, which looks nice and adds interesting texture, but is also functional as a pull tab. You can fill up a shelf all the way to the top with a batch of baskets, then access each with its tab and ring, sliding one out just like using a drawer pull.

Laminated Make-Up/Toiletries Case with Wraparound Zipper

Wednesday, 16 November 2016 1:00

We’ve designed traveling cases for make-up and toiletries before, but never with a full zipper that allows the top to open up completely, giving you easy access to all your necessities. When we spotted the new Team Spirit Zippers from Coats, we saw our opportunity. At 26”, with separating plastic teeth, and in a dozen team color combinations, they were long enough, water-resistant enough, and bold enough to fit the bill. Open wide, fill to the brim, zip it up, and go! 

Lion Head Machine Embroidered Mini Tote: Aurifil 80wt Thread

Monday, 07 November 2016 1:00

There is fine, and then there is Aurifil fine! Aurifil’s newest thread collection is their 80wt super fine, 100% cotton wonder. We were thrilled to be selected as one of the first to experiment with this lovely new thread, putting it through its paces outside of the world of quilting. We developed three custom embroidery designs – each presented in a unique project. Thanks to Aurifil’s sponsorship, all the designs are free for you to download in the six major machine embroidery formats. We kick-off our Aurifil 80wt series with today’s Lion Head Mini Tote, featuring a detailed machine embroidery design in the style of the popular adult coloring book illustrations. 

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Party Favor Bags for Weddings, Holidays & More

Thursday, 27 October 2016 1:00

Back when I was attending parties in patent leather mary janes and hair bows, party favors were low-key and unassuming. If you were really lucky, you might score a candy bracelet you could eat right off your wrist. These days, things have amped up to a whole new level, with fancy favors becoming standard for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries and more. I'll admit to getting a party favor almost nicer than the gift I'd brought to the event! Maybe it's time to step back to something basic yet beautiful, starting with today's pretty favor bags in soft linen accented with gorgeous Renaissance Ribbons. Clean and simple, but with a personal touch and a fundamental elegance. What goes inside is up to you!

Soft Slouch Shoulder Bag in Plaid Flannel & Denim: Fabric Depot

Monday, 24 October 2016 1:00

For yourself or as a gift, this shoulder bag is the ideal blend of two winter wardrobe staples: soft plaid flannel and crisp denim. The bag’s slight teardrop shape and soft construction gives it a signature slouch that’s as everyday-comfortable as your favorite flannel shirt and jeans. Plaid is the hot topic in fashion this season, and you’ll love the selection of Flannel Plaids at Fabric Depot. We chose the yarn-dyed Mammoth Flannel, which is woven in for an all-the-way through richness that is the perfect compliment to the stripe and solid denim. We love shopping at Fabric Depot where we can get everything in one easy stop.

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WordPlay Messenger Bag: Dritz Hardware & Notions

Monday, 17 October 2016 1:00

Got something to say? This bag lets you make a statement in style. It’s a messenger bag with a real message! We used iron-on letters by Dritz® to create the FACT - FICTION phrase on our WordPlay Bag. Read on to see five other word pairings we thought were fun or brainstorm to come up with your own. Three muted colors of canvas work together with classic Dritz® metal D-Rings, a swivel clip, and metal button studs to give our bag a hardworking, good looking feel… and that’s a FACT! 

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Slightly Soft Storage Baskets in Burlap & Cotton

Wednesday, 12 October 2016 1:00

"Stand up straight!" That admonition rang in my ears throughout my childhood. And, while I am grateful for my excellent posture, there are times when I like a little bit of a slouch. These cute round storage baskets are designed with three types of interfacing to help them hold their slightly soft shape. 

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