With the wacky weather we've been having this winter, I think everyone's experiencing a bit of cabin fever. If you can find a flight that hasn't been delayed, maybe it's time to get away. But packing to travel can be a challenge since bringing more than one smallish bag can cost a pretty penny. Being a smart organizer has become more important than ever. Everything needs to go into one suitcase as neat and tidy as possible. This makes our shoe and lingerie bags a travel necessity. Both are lined, and both feature cute appliqués to ID the contents.
When you're a kid, Valentine's Day is the perfect combination of giving and receiving. It's fun to plan and put together cards and treats for your friends, then it's a thrill to see what you get in return. The occasion is certainly auspicious enough to demand its own special carrying case. Ours is super cute thanks to PUL (polyurethane laminate), fold over elastic and snaps from Babyville Boutique. PUL looks great and wipes clean... a bit like kids themselves! The Babyville Boutique elements all coordinate beautifully, so mixing and matching is effortless. The case is stabilized with a inner layer of cardboard - although plastic web, firm foam or flexible template plastic would also work. We designed three generous pockets so little fingers have lots of places to put important stuff.
Gift cards are an excellent option when shopping time is tight or you're struggling to figure out someone's correct size, individual style or unique taste. That said, a gift card stuffed into an envelope can seem a little... well... impersonal. Our pretty fold-over gift card cases add the personal touch that says, "I may not know if you prefer bohemian or Burberry, but I know you're special, and I've made this just for you." There are two 4¾" pockets to hold gift cards, cash and/or a handwritten note.
Sleeping is one of my favorite things to do. I've never had any trouble falling asleep. In fact, I could probably doze off right in the middle of this sentence, given the opportunity. As much as I love it, I never get enough of it. So when I'm finally snuggled into bed, with the pillows just right and the covers tucked tight... that's when it happens. Where's the remote? Hey, I can't quite reach my glasses. What did I do with the magazine I was reading last night? Yes, there is a night stand at the side of the bed, but it's already covered with other important flotsam and jetsam, and there's not a square inch of space to spare. Solution: today's Romantic Valentines Bedside Caddy. It holds everything you need within arm's reach. Where you want it – when you need it. Sweet dreams!
There is a French proverb that tells us, "In water one sees ones own face; but in wine, one beholds the heart of another." For today's final entry in our trio of Valentines Gift Bags, we have a wine bag with the rustic feel of burlap paired with pretty fabric and ribbon. By making the heart appliqué out of the same burlap used for the main bag panels, it creates an interesting cut-out effect on the front accent band. We looked into available wine bags at several elegant outlets and discovered the majority of them did not feature a boxed bottom. So we decided to go with the flow, since it also makes the bag's construction faster and easier. But of course, the option to do small boxed corners remains. Take a look at our tutorial on How To Make Boxed Corners, and remember to add slightly to the cut length and width to accommodate the corners.
Valentines gift bag set #2 of 3: pretty fabric pouches with burlap and ribbon accents. Pull out your boxes of scraps for today's quick and easy project. We added simple casings as their closure solution, and give you two looks for the ribbon ties. You can cut your ribbon in half for matching petite side bows or thread a long length from front to back and make a single side bow... kind of like the 80s side pony - I loved the side pony. Cute burlap hearts add the perfect touch to say, "Handmade just for you, my Valentine."
Our Valentines Day ideas continue today with the first in a series of three great gift bag options. We know you love fast and easy projects, but we also know that doesn't mean you want to skimp on cute or stylish. We have you covered with these sweet little sacks. First off, they're a ScrapBusters project, which means you're likely to already have everything on hand you need. If not, the amount of fabric and notions required is small – or buy in bulk and set up a gift bag assembly line for all your Valentines. In addition, the finished bags are as cute as the proverbial button with a rustic style that works for young and old... and in between.
If "getting fit and flexible" is on your list of New Year's Resolutions, today's project is for you: a bright and beautiful yoga mat sling bag accented with stunning Renaissance Ribbons. This bag is one of those projects everyone at S4H coveted during design, construction and photography – a sure sign it will be a visitor favorite as well. It really does have it all. We started with gorgeous ribbon embellishment on the body and strap (brand new Jane Sassaman designs from our sponsor, Renaissance Ribbons); combined that with fun, colorful fabric (a heavyweight PUL in hot pink); came up with a clever double-drawstring design so you can slide your mat in or out from either end, and added a handy zippered outside pouch for extra necessities.
Who says functional can't also be fabulous?! We're back with Week #2 of our Deck The Halls with Fabric.com series. Today's generously-sized tote is the perfect overnight carryall for the season's festivities, whether you're off to Grandma's garden cottage by the sea, your best friend's condo in the bustling urban jungle or points in between. We're keeping you on top of the trends, using bold chevrons as our featured print with metallic faux leather to inject a touch of glamour. This faux leather is buttery soft and very easy to work with, but is also durable enough to hold its own as the bag's base. Clever double handles out of wide cotton webbing allow you to grab and carry the bag with one hand or sling it over your shoulder. The top opening is secured with a pretty set-in zipper. Before you break out in a sweat hearing the words, "set in zipper" - take a deep breath; we give the detailed instructions you need to make it happen.
From presents under the tree to neighborhood get togethers to Secret Santas at work... holiday gift giving can creep up on you. When I'm at a loss, a charming fabric basket is my go-to solution. With such a pretty outside, you can put almost anything inside to create a fast and fabulous, personalized gift guaranteed to generate rave reviews. Some inexpensive kitchen tools plus your own favorite recipes and you have a cook's delight. Hot toddy ingredients in a basket made from cozy flannels would be a toasty, fireside treat. Or take a quick dash through the gourmet aisle of your local grocery store, and you could put together a mouth-watering epicurean masterpiece. Today's pair includes both a large basket, measuring 10" wide x 8" tall x 6" deep as well as a small companion that finishes at 8" wide x 7" tall x 5" deep. The two nest perfectly together.