Welcome to our latest series with Moda Fabrics, celebrating the new Simply Color collection by Vanessa Christenson. I was excited to get to meet Vanessa at Spring Quilt Market in Kansas City, and talk with her about our plans for this series. Even though she was getting over a bad head cold, she was just delightful. I would caption her photo, "Bundle o' Creative Energy." As the doting mama to four little darlings, Vanessa somehow also finds time to be a designer, author, quilter, sewer... oh for goodness sakes, let's just say: doer of many things. One of Vanessa's passions is organizing. She admits she doesn't always win the clutter war, but she loves to do battle. So, we decided our Simply Color series would have an organizational theme. We kick off two weeks of colorful inspiration today with our easy Garment Covers. These are a great way to keep clothes clean and dust-free in your closet. Many folks leave dry cleaning bags on garments, but watch out... these plastic bags can cause fabrics to yellow and many emit unhealthy chemical fumes. Plus, they've long been known to be a hazard to children and pets. Our covers are reusable and washable. They finish at approximately 32", but you could certainly extend or shorten the length of the skirt to best match the items in your wardrobe.
A place for everything and everything in its place. Makeup and toiletries are some of the hardest things to keep tidy; there are so many little bottles and brushes and bits of this and that. We knew when we were putting together our Romantic Bedroom Retreat with Rowan and FreeSpirit that we would need some storage solutions. We also knew it would be a great opportunity to use the laminates... because all those bits of this and that tend to spill here and there! Both our pretty boxes are generous in size, finishing at 10" x 6" x 7" deep. We made them using two different methods; you can choose your favorite option below. The makeup brush cup uses a standard tin can, but we show you how to measure and cut the pieces for any cylindrical container you have on hand.
You can never have too many cute little bags for your important stuff. And, because important stuff comes in all sizes, we designed our Weekend Wonders Zippered Pouches in three sizes: Small, Medium and Large. Each has a wipe-it-clean PUL lining, so you can use them for storage, travel and more. Not only is this a quick and easy project you can whip out in a weekend, it's also a project that just takes a little bit-o-fabric. Put it all together and you have a great opportunity to buy smaller cuts of those designer prints you've been drooling over. Our Weekend Wonders sponsor, Fabric.com carries an inventory of over 500,000 yards of fabric! You're sure to find a few must-haves!
Welcome to Week #2 of our Weekend Wonders series with our friends at Fabric.com. Great projects you can whip out in a weekend. Ours have a casual summer theme – perfect for sunny weekend. Today, we're back and we're BIG! Our designer beach bag is a wonderfully tall tube, perfect for loading with all your sun and fun supplies. The soft rope handles are woven through grommets to gather the top and make their own shoulder straps. We spotted similar bags at high-end catalog sites with prices tags of $50 and up!
Get Christmas "in the bag" early this year, but whipping up a few dozen of these quick, easy and very cute drawstring gift bags. We started with prints from Dear Mr. Claus by Cosmo Cricket for Moda Fabrics. The collection reminds us of vintage paper and cards, and so was the perfect choice for this green alternative to gift wrap. Our simple yet clever design results in a beautifully finished bag inside and out – no exposed seams. You can use the bags over and over! And, since we are still sweltering through summer, there's no reason you can't switch out the fabric and ties to make birthday gift bags, Halloween treat bags, even back-to-school lunch bags by substituting a laminated cotton for the lining squares. "Dear Mr Claus, it's only July... I promise to have things all worked out and back on track by December; please keep me on your 'Good' list. Love, S4H."
Everyone loved last week's tutorial about how to make wave tucks! And, we promised to show you how we put them into action here in the S4H studios. Have we ever backed out on a promise? (You can't count that time I ate the last slice of pie; I only said I'd try to leave you a piece!) Today, our very cute, very preppy handbag is not only a gorgeous use of contrasting wave tucks, it's a hands-on lesson in how smack-dab-dead-on the Michael Miller Cotton Couture colors (all 90 of them!) match all the prints within the MMF Color Stories.
You may have noticed we have a bit of a crush on laminates. This starry-eyed happiness encouraged us to scan back through some projects, looking for candidates to Re-imagine and Renovate in this fun substrate. Bingo! We landed on our Cosmetics & Toiletries Bag from last summer's Travel Accessories series. The original sample already featured laminate on the inside to make it resistant to damage from on-the-go spills, but we thought, "Wow... this would be awesome done entirely in laminate!"
We're coming into the home stretch of our Everything Old Is New Again series with Fabric.com. But there's still lots of fun, including an amazing Shopping Spree Great Giveaway coming up this Friday! Today, we're talkin' toile ... actually, we're talkin' toile de jouy. It's a fabric best known for covering rich Aunt Ruth's living room chairs (the chairs you aren't allowed to sit on). But we've turned it into a trendy bag with an unexpected pop of color for the lining, coordinating accent ruffle, and major button bling.
Color block is the fashion statement this spring. We've spotted the style on everything from pretty pillows to darling dresses to terrific totes... like this one. In order to give you two trends for the price of one, we executed the signature color block style in one of the popular new laminated fabrics, choosing bold black and white patent leather vinyls from Fabric.com. Stylish and sophisticated, our tote design is actually very easy to make, even with its posh cotton lining and double shoulder straps. The bag was sitting on the end of my work table for a couple days, and every single person who walked by had to pick it up, admire it and try it on for size... even the guys!
If a zipper doesn't zip, is it still a zipper? Certainly a question for the ages, don't you think? And we have the answer! A zipper that doesn't zip is Zipper Tape. We've used this very unique trim as a substitute for piping as well as a stand-in for ribbon on today's very clever bucket purse. This project is sure to be another instant Sew4Home classic: a smashing design, in the perfect fabrics and trim, that's easy to make! Whip it up... or should I say ZIP it up, today.