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Zip Zap Mini Pouch with Side Loop Straps

Wednesday, 17 February 2016 1:00

Sometimes extra-cute is exactly what you need to get your sewing creativity flowing. This adorable zippered pouch is just the ticket. Don't you love that striking center zipper? But... are you a little afraid of zippers, especially cool metal zippers? Like the scary monster under your bed, most zipper phobias are totally unfounded. In fact, a zipper down the middle like this one is a very easy option. Give it a try; conquer your fear! Then... peek under your bed. Nothing there to worry about either, except those adorable dust bunnies.

Canteen Bag in Wool & Corduroy

Tuesday, 16 February 2016 1:00

Bags come in all shapes and sizes, but this round canteen style is one of our favorites. It has such a great retro feel. You can pretend you're a Boy Scout on a special outdoor expedition or a WWII-era mail carrier delivering an urgent message. What? You don't make up adventures to go with each of your bags? Well where's the fun in that?! We paired two terrific textures to get our signature look: a striking wool suiting and corduroy. A decorative cotton is used for the lining. Bold fabric choices require equally bold accents; we chose a heavy metal zipper, sliders, and rings. 

Sewing Machine Organizer Apron: Fabric Depot

Monday, 01 February 2016 1:00

Your sewing machine is probably the largest item in your sewing space. But it likes to surround itself with lots of little things. When you're sewing, you need easy access to these smaller tools and notions so you're not wasting time jumping up and down every few minutes to find what's needed. Our sewing machine organizer apron is a perfect option with six pockets for plenty of handy storage and a waste catcher to keep things tidy. We worked with our friends at Fabric Depot to pick a base fabric that could blend well with any décor. The solution: ticking. It's a classic fabric with a crisp, clean simplicity. We then accented the perimeter and the pockets with a colorful calico binding.

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Valentine Drawstring Bonnet Basket

Friday, 22 January 2016 1:00

Structured on the bottom, soft on the top. Sounds like the making of a comfy mattress, but it's also the clever construction that creates our adorable Bonnet Baskets. The walls and base of the basket use a combination of fusible foam and rigid interfacing to form a perfect round shape that stands up on its own - even when filled to the brim. The drawstring top is soft and flexible, creating a billowy cap to cover and secure the basket's contents.

Compact Geo Pop Duffle with Rip Stop Lining

Monday, 11 January 2016 1:00

Bags in round or barrel shapes make a great style statement, but they can seem intimidating when you're new to sewing. If you've passed over these projects before, it's time to stop, look, and listen. We've cleverly adapted the construction of this duffle to allow you to do the majority of the steps with flat pieces. 3-D is great when watching the new Star Wars movie, but flat is friendlier for sewing. 

Child's Valentines (& More) Carry Case

Wednesday, 06 January 2016 1:00

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 and family; 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 novelty PUL (polyurethane laminate), fold over elastic, and plastic snaps - all 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 an 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. 

Extra-Large Wash & Dry Clean Laundry Bins

Wednesday, 30 December 2015 1:00

These jumbo fabric baskets are so big and beautiful, they'll make sorting laundry fun! Well... if not actually fun, at least functional. And, they look great doing their job. Sparkling iron-on letters down one side let you know which items should go into the wash and which are headed to the dry cleaner. We used a combination of three striking Waverly fabrics for our two bins. 

Yoga Mat Shoulder Style Tote

Wednesday, 23 December 2015 1:00

You can't sit and sew home decor projects all day long. Sometimes you need an exercise break ... but not a break from style. We paired a décor weight exterior with a standard weight cotton lining, both in vibrant colors and prints. Then we calmly meditated on the easiest instructions with the most stylish details. The result guarantees good karma for all who tote this tote to class.

ScrapBusters: Two-Tone Gift Bags in Three Sizes

Friday, 18 December 2015 1:00

We all know good things don't always come in small packages. They can be small, medium or large... and still be quite wonderful. That's why we made our super cute gift bags in three sizes. It also allows you to sort out your holiday list into those who've been Good, Very Good, and Great. Our elegant gift bags come in three useful sizes and are a great way to use up larger fabric scraps. We used up some of our favorite FreeSpirit Fabrics scraps, making samples in Heirloom by Joel Dewberry, Super Fly by Jennifer PaganelliKumari Garden Holiday by Dena Designs, and Star Flakes and Glitter by Tina GivensThe exterior and lining of each bag are both made up of two fabrics, which gives them a beautiful finish inside and out. 

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Soft Cross Body Bag with Decorative Stitch Strap: Janome Skyline S7

Wednesday, 04 November 2015 1:00

Sometimes you want structure and sometimes you want soft. With slicing winds, hammering rain, and sheets of ice, winter serves up enough hard edges. Treat yourself or a friend to this easy-going sling bag. Canvas and cotton with fusible fleece in between creates a durable yet flexible tote. A solid strap lets you wear it cross-body so your hands are free, and the bag is snug to your side when that wind kicks up. We used the decorative stitches on our Janome Skyline S7 to make a super stylish strap from simple twill tape.

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