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Designer Handle Tote: Luxe Style For Less

Monday, 06 October 2014 1:00

If you're a lover of all things sewing, you've probably heard all the clever quotes: Measure Twice, Cut Once; Keep Calm and Quilt On, Sewing Mends the Soul, and our favorite for today's project: It's All About The Fabric. The fashionable, upscale boutiques in our area seem to be filled with the latest purses and bags. One trend we noticed is what we dubbed, the signature fabric tote: a bag whose fabric is so unique and striking, it is the focal point of the entire design. These special handbags carried price tags for $75, $100, and up! With the amazing fabric options available to you, both in-store an online, you can create your own signature style for a fraction of boutique prices. We turned to our friends at Fabric Depot, selecting an eye-catching geometric in a high-end charcoal and citrine color combination with an amazing chenille texture.

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The Quintessential Plaid Tote: Fabulous Fall with Fabric.com

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 1:00

Quintessential: representing the most perfect or typical example of a quality or class. We may be blowin' our own horn a bit here, but we absolutely love this plaid tote, and we really believe it has all the traits needed to rocket it to the top of the charts for cool and classic totes. No Fabulous Fall series would be complete without a perfect plaid, and when initially browsing the selection at Fabric.com, this blue and tan blend immediately caught our eyes. It's reminiscent of a vintage Pendleton® "49'er" jacket. Precision cutting – both straight and on the bias, piping accents, and corded handles are just a few of the styling particulars that give our tote its iconic appeal.

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Jumbo Round Storage Tote: Fabulous Fall with Fabric.com

Monday, 29 September 2014 1:00

I think we can all agree little things tend to be pretty dang cute: babies, puppies, kittens, Barbie® shoes... but let's face it, sometimes you need BIG to take care of business. Today's storage bin lives up to its jumbo name. As we kick off week #2 of our Fabulous Fall series with Fabric.com, we've created a large-and-in-charge fabric basket that's ready to take on your bigger storage tasks. From books to blankets to balls of yarn, if you have a lot to keep track of, this project is for you. We chose two bold fabrics in organic cotton. And what is that dynamite looking "rope" ringing the top and creating the handles? Piping cord! Inexpensive yet just the right soft and strong combo. 

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Kids' Round Storage Bins with Appliques & Side Handles: Fabulous Fall with Fabric.com

Tuesday, 23 September 2014 1:00

Mary Poppins had a spoonful of sugar to work her magic on room organization. You have your sewing machine and today's project for super cute storage bins. We continue the Fabulous Fall series with our great round fabric baskets. They make picking up and putting away much more fun and colorful. Our foundation fabric is a classic canvas from series sponsor, Fabric.com. The accent fabrics for the exteriors, appliqués and linings are a mixture of décor weight and quilting weight cottons, which means the selection available to match your own decorating themes is huge. Fabric.com carries an inventory of over 500,000 yards!

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Canteen Bag in Wool & Corduroy: Fabulous Fall with Fabric.com

Monday, 22 September 2014 1:00

There are many things that make fall fabulous: leaves on the trees exploding with color, the aroma of a rich stew simmering on stove, morning frost sketching delicate patterns on the window panes. If you're a lover of sewing and craft, it's also the time when we leave behind the distractions of summer and turn once again to our trusty sewing machines. We're taking a very fabulous look at fall this week and next with our friends from Fabric.com. We have two weeks of gorgeous fabrics and the perfect projects to welcome the art of autumn. Our series starts off with today's Canteen Bag, featuring two classic fall fabrics: wool suiting and corduroy.

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ScrapBusters: Companion Pouches

Monday, 08 September 2014 1:00

So nice, we made them twice. Not just as two sample options, but as two coordinated pouches designed to clip together. Take one or take both. Turn them into a mini shoulder bag or ditch the strap and toss one or both into a larger tote. Stash money and cards in one, make-up and extra necessities in the other. So many options – it's the ultimate in mini-pouch flexibility. They're precisely matched in size and shape so they clip together perfectly. All this, and as a ScrapBusters project, you can make a set from the great fabrics lurking in your scrap bin.

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String Style Backpack with Front Crossover Pockets

Wednesday, 27 August 2014 1:00

String style backpacks are everywhere for Fall, from ripstop athletic gear to high-end leather bags. They're compact and lightweight but can hold plenty. Ours is made in two bright fabrics from Ann Kelle's Beatbox collection for Robert Kaufman fabrics, which we found at Fabric.com. To give our design even more functionality, we added unique front crossover pockets, which create four individual sections to hold smaller items.

Airstream Toiletry Bag with Renaissance Ribbons

Monday, 25 August 2014 12:00

The curved design of this toiletries travel bag reminds us of the classic Airstream trailers. It's an efficient a size and shape to hold all your bath necessities. We were inspired by the adorable postage theme ribbons by Jessica Jones for Renaissance Ribbons. The classic blue, crisp white and vivid red of the ribbons are echoed in the turquoise canvas we chose for the bag's base and the scarlet piping that outlines the front and back. And the fun metallic dots of the top cotton are like shiny round postmarks. This bag is bold, bright and brimming with personality. We can just hear it saying, "Take me traveling!" 

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Slim Messenger Bag with Push Locks

Monday, 18 August 2014 1:00

Mustangs are the beautiful wild horses of western North America. They are such a dramatic icon, in 1971 the United States Congress recognized the herds of mustangs as "living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West." We selected Melody Miller's striking Mustang collection as the feature fabric in today's handsome slim-style messenger bag. The collection is from the brand new Cotton + Steel company, a division of RJR Fabrics. Cotton + Steel hit the fabric world with a bang this Spring as one of the most anticipated collaborations in years. The company brings together the talents of Miller along with Rashida Coleman-Hale, Alexia Abegg, Kim Kight and Sarah Watts. Our thanks to Fabric.com for providing the Mustang fabric as well as the coordinating Cotton & Steel cotton for lining and the crisp navy twill of the exterior. It's a combo that's ready to hit the trail for back-to-school, back-to-work, or anywhere those wild horses pull your heart. 

Time to Travel Tote

Tuesday, 12 August 2014 1:00

Our extra-large tote is ready for a road trip, and thanks to the great Eclectic Elements fabric by Tim Holtz for Coats, it comes complete with great destinations built right in to the design, like Times Square and Coney Island. Fussy cutting is the name of the game in creating this bag's special look. If you're new to the technique, we offer a great step-by-step tutorial, but the concept is simple: carefully cut each of the fabrics to center and feature a particular motif, such as the subway stop names, clock faces and butterflies we selected from the dozens of interesting options within this wonderfully unique collection from paper-crafting guru, Tim Holtz. The front of the bag features a fabric flower as an optional embellishment, and decorative metal rivets help hold the strap ends in place and add a subtle dash of dimension.

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