It's day three of our 2013 Father's Day week sponsored by Fabric.com, and it's time to remember all those times Dad drove you to school and sports events and practices and music lessons and friends' houses. He never complained... well, he hardly ever complained. Isn't it time to say, "Thanks!" for all that shuttling from pillar to post? Give Dad this amazing vintage style duffle. It's a super cool way for him to pack up his stuff, and who knows... maybe you could give him a lift somewhere. The combination of fabrics, colors and textures has the perfect feel – just a little bit retro. Can't you picture Harrison Ford slinging it over his shoulder as Indiana Jones?! We blended heavy canvas and faux leather with webbing and brass zipper accents; inside is a tough rip-stop nylon lining.
You've decided to give Dear ol' Dad something handmade from the heart this year for Father's Day. But finding great gift ideas for guys can be tough, starting with the search for perfect fabric, which can be challenging in a world that seems populated solely by pretty posies and polka dots. Luckily for us, our Father's Day series this week is sponsored by Fabric.com; we had an amazing inventory from which to choose. The right fabric makes all the difference in how a project turns out; it can even spin something that might have originally been designed with a feminine appeal into a completely different, more masculine look. What's Dad's favorite color, hobby, or sports team? The fabric choices are wide and varied, so you can search for and find the perfect combination of colors and textures. This week we have five Father's Day projects to choose from, starting with a little something for Techie Dad: a sleek device carrier to hold an iPad® and cell phone or file folders and homework to correct for Teacher Dad. The finished look is ultra-professional, as if you just grabbed it off the shelf at Eddie Bauer®, but thanks to S4H's great step-by-step directions, you can make it yourself in perfect Dad fabrics, like the great olive twill we chose paired with a fantastic patterned cotton for the lining.
At just 5" square, our teeny tiny purse might seem like the perfect little girl accessory (and it would be), but all us big girls wanted it for our very own! Not only is it cute as can be, it's also just right to hold a bit of make-up, cards and cash. We combined three soft peachy-pink prints from Cloud9 Fabric's Nursery Basics and Maman Premium Organic Collections. The easy-to-use frame is just like the ones you'd find on a little coin purse.
The bedroom dresser top. In catalog and magazine photos, it's always so clean – a single rose in a vase adorning one pristine corner. In reality, this is one of the most cluttered, easy-to lose-things-on surfaces in the house! Scatterings of coins, broken jewelry, forgotten notes, safety pins, missing buttons, dusty photos, watches in need of batteries... you name it, it's likely to end up on the dresser top. We've come up with a beautiful way to help you organize at least some of it. We're not promising miracles; you are still going to have to take those watches in for batteries one of these days, but at least you'll have a place to collect a few things. We call our cute fabric basket a Coin Catcher, but you're welcome to let it catch whatever you'd like.
There are so many times you need two hands free (Look Ma... No hands!). So today we have a clever pouch you can slip on a belt. Anytime you need both hands to get a task done, this little organizer is great solution. It's perfect for urban walkers, Saturday antiquing adventures or just when you're trying to wrangle two toddlers down the block. Drop your smart phone in a pocket at the back and use the zippered front pocket to hold cash, change, credit cards or other necessities. We also incorporated a handy D-ring at the top to allow you to slip a key fob in place. Or, as we show above, snap on a caribiner and, rather than slipping the pouch over a belt, simply clip it to a belt loop or even onto another larger bag or pack for fast on-and-off access.
Ditch the brown bag and lighten up your lunch table with this very cute insulated lunch bag. It uses a half a yard or less of two decorator weight fabrics for the exterior with PUL for the lining. Insulating fleece between the layers helps keep your lunch warm or cool. We added Velcro® to seal it shut while still allowing for a quick open... gotta be able to get in when you're hungry! If you wanted to amp up the insulating properties, you could reconfigure the design to add a zipper. The wipe-clean PUL on the inside makes any spills easy to remove. And, extra long handle loops mean you can grab it and go or slip it over your arm, leaving your hands are free to grab a drink or tote your latest lunchtime reading material.
Once the crocuses and daffodils poke through winter's chill, it's official. Spring has her new sandals on, her toenails painted, and she's headin' our way. With Spring comes the opening of local Farmer's Markets. For the final project in our Mother's Day week with Fabric.com, we have a sturdy tote specially designed to hold all that farm fresh bounty. It features cotton laminate inside and out and is strengthened with a Therm O Web® interfacing that can take moisture without distorting. A gathered front pouch holds extra green bags for your produce purchases. The finished bag is approximately 16" tall, 15" wide and 6" deep, giving you plenty of room for everything from bouquets of spring tulips to sweet clover honey to farm fresh eggs. Long ribbon ties let you adjust the top closure to best fit your heavenly haul.
One winter ago, we ran a series in which we experimented with some "Lush and Plush" fabrics, such as faux leather and fur, cuddly Minky fleece, and super soft flannel to create a number of beautifully rich home décor items and accessories. One of the favorite projects within the series, that went on to become one of our most popular projects ever, was our Trendy Faux Leather Handbag. For the original series, we created the bag in a rich wine-red faux calf leather with striking deep amber imitation tortoise shell handles. We decided to R&R it for Spring – lightening and brightening it but maintaining its super stylish lines.
I was never a flower girl. This will go down on my List o' Lifetime Regrets right alongside never tap dancing on Broadway and giving away my original Midge® and Skipper® dolls to the little girl up the street rather than saving them in mint condition to sell on eBay for hundreds of dollars! Putting my bitterness behind me, we've come up with a beautiful flower girl basket as part of our Rustic Wedding series with Fabric.com. Our design combines five very different fabrics for an awesome blend of color, weight and texture: a rich cotton blend on the outside in a cool ikat style polka dot, a vintage style ticking on the inside, a great tulle ruffle around the top, a ruched taffeta for the handle, and a pretty rolled accent rose on both the front and back in silk dupioni silk with burlap leaves.
Bridesmaids' gowns get a bad rap (see the movie, 27 Dresses for the hysterical proof)! Many of us have a frightening ensemble or two stuffed in the back of our own closets. Overall, wedding styles are evolving in wonderful new (non-closet-hiding) directions, and accessory trends are in the forefront. One of the latest and cutest articles in bridesmaid attire is a coordinated clutch for all the ladies in the wedding party, which we roll-out today, kicking off Week #2 of A Rustic Wedding with Fabric.com. Bridesmaid dresses rarely have any pockets; there's no where to tuck an emergency tube of lipstick or a tissue for those romantic moments. So, a small clutch a certainly functional idea, but it's also a beautiful gift for the bride to bestow on her girlfriends, possibly with a little something extra tucked inside. Not just for weddings, these clutches are perfect for all kinds of special occasions.