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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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Rip Stop Grocery Bags with Carry Pouch

Tuesday, 28 October 2014 1:00

I want my grocery bags to work as hard as I do. That means I should be able throw whatever I need into them without worrying. For this grocery bag project, we not only wanted a great quick and easy design, we also wanted something different than we'd done before. How could we could improve an existing design or put a new spin on a classic style? We loved the idea of having the bags stow away in a tiny pouch – so you could toss them into a regular tote or even keep them in the glove box of your car. What a great way to always have bags at the ready when you're out! But in order for something to fold away that small, you need a lightweight fabric. Lightweight can also translate into not-very-durable, so what was the toughest, thinnest material we could think of? Rip stop nylon! We came up with a pretty design, added a cute optional monogram, and created a mix-and-match pair that folds down into a 5" x 7" drawstring pouch. Pull them out and they're tough enough to take on the big grocery chores.

Rocky Mountain Satchel: Waverly World

Monday, 20 October 2014 1:00

Calming, cozy neutrals are the most accepted palette for Fall. But when everything around you begins to feel like its blending into beige, a blast of rich color can be just the ticket. Today, we step back into Waverly World with a stylish satchel. The fabric is called Ute Mountain, and the colorway is Cove. The design is an homage to the Ute Indians of the Rocky Mountain area of Colorado and Utah. The deep navy on this Waverly fabric is highlighted with avocado, turquoise and amber. With its stair-stepping diamonds and two different medallions, this design begged for a project that would bring these motifs to the forefront. Our five-star satchel bag has the features to do just that: precise fussy cutting and pattern matching, a unique inset zipper, bias cut handles plus a detachable strap, and many more professional details.

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Ribbon & Fringe Bitty Boho Bags with Renaissance Ribbons

Friday, 17 October 2014 1:00

The seventies hippie style didn't go away, it just came back as "boho." Rich color, mixed-media, wonderful textures, and a loose, unstructured feel are hallmarks of "bohemian fashion." Today's little shoulder bags fit right in. The focal point is the stack of five gorgeous ribbons from Renaissance Ribbons. They provide the artistry and beautifully divide the silk dupioni of the top from the faux suede and fringe of the bottom. A ring of decorative stitching at the top of each bag finishes off the boho blend. Our selection of ribbons was built on Flora and Fauna themes for each bag. Our thanks to our creative friends at Renaissance Ribbons for sponsoring today's project and providing such exquisite embellishment inspiration for us all. 

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