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Beach Duffle Backpack: TokyoMilk presents Neptune and the Mermaid by Margot Elena for Coats

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 1:00

It’s a duffle and a backpack in one! The drawcord top looks great and makes it fast and easy to load and unload the bag’s contents. Then, slip it on as a backpack for hands-free strolling to the beach (or river or park or....) and back again. We love all the clever fussy cutting we were able to do with our three Neptune and the Mermaid fabrics. Front and center is the vintage diver plunging into the ocean waves of the pocket panel. A bit more hidden, but nonetheless clever, are lining panels with their hints of a sly octopus. Margot Elena’s collection is so boldly brilliant and filled with such cunning motifs, you can tell your own little story within each and even project. In our seaside tale, Larry the lifeguard and his team of daring diving companions are racing to rescue sweet Sally who’s spilled her seashells by the seashore. 

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Elegant Fantail Kimono & Matching Obi Belt: TokyoMilk presents Neptune and the Mermaid by Margot Elena for Coats

Monday, 19 June 2017 1:00

Welcome to our wonderfully, watery world of mermaids, octopi, vintage bathing beauties, fantail goldfish, and more! We are celebrating a week of Neptune and the Mermaid by Margot Elena for Coats. Margot is the Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Margot Elena Companies & Collections. She is the design and marketing mind behind several cult-classic, niche beauty brands, including TokyoMilk. To her long list of accomplishments, she now adds: Fabric Designer. We were thrilled when Coats approached us about doing a series with this dynamic new collection. It starts today with our Elegant Fantail Kimono and Matching Obi Belt, incorporating three of the beautiful designs: Lost Atlantis, Age of Aquarius, and Anthemoessa. Just the names conjure up an enchanted ocean adventure. 

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Shirring: Learn It, Then Make a Top or a Dress – All in a Single Afternoon

Friday, 16 June 2017 1:00

It’s shirr magic! Elastic shirring creates a wonderful stretchy texture and is the perfect warm weather technique. It occupies the space between the simplicity of gathering and the intricacy of hand-smocking. We’ve gathered together links to our full step-by-step tutorial plus three shirring projects: a flirty little top plus a full length sundress for both big and little girls. We think you’ll find it fun to learn and easy to do. 

Easy Box Pleat Pillows

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 1:00


The box pleat is one of the easiest pleating techniques to master. We’ve used the inverted version to create a pair of simple yet stunning pillows. Use a single pleat or a double pleat; we give you all the measurements needed for either version. Or as we did, make both as the perfect decorator pair. When choosing your fabric for the inside of the pleat, look for a sharp contrast in order to make allow this detail to best stand out. We recommend a darker coordinating color. And, if making the pillow pair, it’s a nice idea to match the interior fabric to pull together the two pillows. We used a rich chocolate brown for the inner accent on ours. 

Hanging Sewing Caddy with Clear-View Vinyl Pockets

Tuesday, 13 June 2017 1:00

"Where did I put my ....?" Sewing projects are full of little bits and pieces, including numerous notions whose jobs are to make construction easier, but only if you can find them when you need them! Corral important items with our clever clear-view caddy. We used our Janome Skyline S7 for the construction as well as the pretty decorative stitching. It was a real pro when it came to handling the multiple layers and the variety of substrates; it sewed through it all with flying colors

10-Pocket Purse Organizer: Get the Pro Look with Dritz Hardware

Monday, 12 June 2017 1:00

This wonderful little caddy came about thanks to your requests on our You Asked 4 It list! Many of you had suggested we design a purse organizer. What are these brilliant little carriers? By loading up all your essentials into one multi-pocket pouch, all you need to do when you change bags is to switch the organizer from one to the other. It also makes it much easier to find those essentials – no more digging around at the bottom of your purse to locate your headphones! To give our custom organizer the very best form and function, we incorporated 10 Dritz® hardware products and tools. We’re often asked how we get such a professional look to all our samples. After thanking the person effusively for such a nice compliment, our reply always starts with one fundamental rule: use the right products and tools for the job. When you use products and tools that have been designed for a specific purpose, the installation is easier and the result is superior. 

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Soft & Stuffable Fabric Shopping Bags: Shop Pretty

Wednesday, 07 June 2017 1:00

As more and more stores up their recycling commitment (some entire cities have banned plastic bags), it's becoming pretty common to have to bring your own shopping bags. Fabric bags are the go-to alternative and widely available, particularly the heavier, structured bags. Lightweight, flexible bags that would best replace plastic can be harder to come by. Luckily, you're a clever sewing person and can make your own... with a little help from your friends at Sew4Home.

Lightweight Infinity Scarf

Tuesday, 06 June 2017 1:00

My mother was a very snappy dresser in her prime, and the number one piece of advice she passed along to me was that you could never go wrong accessorizing your outfit with a beautiful scarf. A perennially popular look is the infinity scarf, an endless circle of loveliness you can twist into a number of interesting shapes. It's a great look to dress up or down to suit any outfit or occasion. Best of all... an infinity scarf is very easy to make. And we do mean veeerrryyy easy! We made our sample scarf in under an hour... and that included stopping to take photos! This project just might become your favorite fast and easy (yet unique and elegant) gift. 

Structured & Divided Fabric Basket

Monday, 05 June 2017 1:00

Divide and conquer! When it comes to organizing your stuff, it’s one of the best ways to tackle the mess and contain the chaos. We created one of our famous fabric baskets, then added some extras we’ve never offered before in one storage solution: both inner and outer pockets, double carry handles, and a removable center divider. It’s a great caddy for the car, as we’ve shown in several of our photos, or customize it for any room in the house. 

Retro Half Apron with Matching Hot Pads

Thursday, 01 June 2017 1:00

This is the perfect kitchen gift set. There’s an adorable half apron with two matching hot pads. Bundle up the trio with a set of your favorite recipes and a few kitchen utensils to create a handmade-from-the-heart gift basket. As you can probably tell by the cool props in our photos, we're collectors of vintage kitchen goodies, so we recommend a bold retro print to capture our same vintage vibe, and we offer several brand new fabric combos below.

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