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.
Faux fur is everywhere this season in wearables and accessories. The other top seasonal trend we picked up on, as we browsed the shelves of both virtual and brick and mortar stores, was: faux fur pom poms. We got to looking at them more closely, and decided the couldn't be that hard to make. And we were right. They're not! We show you the simple steps below in today's Deck The Halls with Fabric.com project. Once you have your poms, you obviously must have a matching faux fur bag on which to place them. Our bag is as easy to make as the poms. It's the elegant mixture of textures that make it special: luxurious faux fur for the exterior - and those bouncy poms, a textured shantung on the inside that gives the look of high-end silk at a fraction of the price (starting at just $2.99 per yard!), and an extra long strap in super supple Vintage faux suede. With so many faux fur options to choose from at Fabric.com, you can make a bag for all your fashionable friends and each one can be personalized.
Some mornings it feels like I make about 20 trips out to my car. Get all the way out there... Opps! No keys. Get all the way out there... Dang! Forgot a letter to mail. Get all the way out there... Hey! Where's my phone? It's exhausting, and it usually makes me late. Organizational experts suggest collecting everything you need for the next day in one handy place. For me that means one handy place that is virtually impossible to ignore. That's why we came up with today's Doorknob Reminder Caddy. If you have to touch it to open the door, chances are high you'll actually remember it. We created a two-sided, multi-pocket caddy with a loop that hangs right over the doorknob. In fact, you could just grab the whole caddy and toss it in your car - good to go. Now.... where did I put my lunch?
For years, I simply stuffed my recycled plastic bags in an old, cracked plastic bucket under my sink. Very stylish! It was a mess, and nearly always overflowing. This clever plastic bag keeper/dispenser tidied things up perfectly. I put mine on the pantry door, but it would also work great over a doorknob, inside a cupboard or just hanging from a hook on the wall. Easy to store; easy to retrieve.
We've done a number of sewing machine covers in the past, all of which have been classic fitted designs. They're a great way to keep your machine protected from sun exposure and dust when it's not in use... wait a minute... not in use... how could that be?!?! A cover can also keep away prying little fingers if you have curious toddlers about. Today's cover is the free-spirited cousin of our previous covers. I like to think of it as a pinafore for your sewing machine. Three vibrant ribbons by Tula Pink for Renaissance Ribbons turn a plain burgundy twill into a designer statement. This cover drapes over your machine and sports handy pockets on both sides to keep a few tools, patterns and notions at the ready. Tula's striking jacquard ribbons create accents to finish the edges, side bands that hold front to back, and they top those handy pockets. We give you all the measuring formulas to adjust the size of the cover to fit your machine.
High end boutique style you can make yourself! Our French Market Tote will make a bold fashion statement as you stroll the open air markets of Provence, France... or the aisles of your local farmer's market and specialty grocer. Load it up with fresh baguettes and bouquets of bright flowers. The pièce de résistance is the great Coco Chanel style chain and leather (faux leather in our case) handles. It's the perfect synergy of unique trim and dramatic fabric blended to achieve a designer look. We love to show you how to look at combinations from a new angle, mix textures and look for unexpected pairings.
When you want something to be more fun, you give it a nick name. Alexandra is someone who shops Rodeo Drive with a small dog in her Louis Vuitton® bag. Lexie is your BFF who cruises the flea markets with you. Metropolitan can feel crowded, expensive and snobby. Metro is hip, trendy and cool... just like today's bag! The fabric is from the World Tour collection by David Butler's Parson Gray for FreeSpirit Fabrics. But what makes the bag unique are the ribbons, which are also by Parson Gray, but produced by our friends at Renaissance Ribbons. "Where are the ribbons?" you ask. That's the secret! We created "ribbon fabric," a technique we've shown you to some extent in other Renaissance Ribbons projects, such as the Ribbon Fold-Over Wallet. The difference here is how we've used just one ⅝" wide ribbon, stacking it to create perfectly matching accents of varying widths: single, triple and quadruple. It's not only an amazing embellishment, it adds a patina and texture you can only get from a woven ribbon.
Today's pretty pouch is the third member of our Weekender Travel Trio in the perfect fall fabric trio of twill, faux suede and brushed cotton gingham. Darts in the bottom give the pouch a roomy base, and the zippered top opens wide so you can really load it up with all the extras you need for a getaway. All three of our Weekender projects go so well together, they really need to travel as a set. Make one set for yourself and another for your weekend adventure pal... 'cause what's a road trip without your bestie?! The faux suede stripe through the middle adds to both style and texture and is the perfect background for our snazzy monogram.
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. When we decided to do a grocery bag project for the Weekend Wonders Returns series with Fabric.com, 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 keep them in the glove box of your car, and always have bags at the ready when you're out. In order for something to fold away that small, you need a lightweight fabric. But lightweight can also translate into not-very-durable. What was the toughest, thinnest material we could think of? Rip stop nylon! With their incredible variety of substrates, of course Fabric.com carries rip stop nylon in lots of fun colors - there's even two camo options! We came up with a pretty design using our signature monogram to give you 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 biggest weekend chores.