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Garden Party Apron: Make it from Fat Quarters

Tuesday, 09 May 2017 1:00

There they sat. Five gorgeous fat quarters we’d been hoarding from Amy Butler’s classic Love collection. They hadn’t been purchased for any particular project, but only because they were just so very pretty. They looked lonely all folded up on a shelf. So, an idea began to percolate. What if we could create an apron from those five fat quarters where there would be virtually no wasted fabric? The scraps from this garden party apron would fit in a garden party teacup. 

Velvet Border Portfolio Clutch: Renaissance Ribbons

Monday, 08 May 2017 1:00

Sometimes, you gotta go bold, or go home! We love the amazing new French Velvet Border trim from Renaissance Ribbons. From 2½” to 6½”, it brings a wide swath of colorful design to your project. We created a classic portfolio clutch that makes the Velvet Border the star of the show as a wraparound feature against a rich solid denim. This is a low-nap velvet. While it’s luxuriously soft to the touch, the shorter pile allows the intricate designs and colors to really stand out.

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ScrapBusters: Colorful Ruffled Oven Mitts

Thursday, 04 May 2017 1:00

As maker's, it's time we fess up: scraps are a bit of an addicition. When we love a fabric, it's hard to say goodbye after just one project. So into the save bin they go, bits and pieces we can't wait to use again. Today's ScrapBusters project is a great reason to pull out some of the prettiest, springiest fabrics from your scrap stash. Blend them together into a happy mix of pattern and color. Each oven mitt uses up to four different fabrics. Wouldn't these make a great gift for wedding shower season?

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Heirloom Pillow with Wave Tucks and Woven Lace

Monday, 01 May 2017 1:00

Perhaps best known as the provence of christening gowns and wedding ensembles, heirloom techniques can be brought into a variety of projects to add a bit of elegant detail. Sometimes, extra fancy is just what you need. We incorporated straight tucks, wave tucks, entredeux, and lush ruffles into our heirloom pillow. Following the tradition of neutral fabrics and embellishments, we selected a lovely ivory batiste, adding just a subtle element of contrast with the woven brown silk ribbon.

Terry Cloth Shower Wraps for Men & Women

Tuesday, 25 April 2017 1:00

If you’ve ever hunted for terry cloth, you know it can be challenging to find. If you do finally locate some, color choice and weight options are likely to be minimal, and the quality can be iffy. Thanks to the softness experts at Shannon Fabrics, those worries are over. They offer a wonderful selection of premium terry cloth in different colors, weights, and even textures. Pick out your favorites to make our pair of classic shower wraps. There’s a full length wrap for women and a waist wrap for men. Great for yourself or as a snuggly gift. Drying off just got a lot more stylish. 

Grommets & Rivets Starburst Bag: Designing with Dritz Hardware

Monday, 24 April 2017 1:00

Hardware is usually categorized on the functional side of sewing. It adds a professional finish and allows your project to snap, lock, clip, slip, buckle, and more. For this project, we moved hardware into the fashionable category, applying Dritz® grommets (large and extra large eyelets actually) and rivets to create a striking starburst design on the front of a bag. You get dimension and texture, plus the openings cut by the grommets allow a second color to peek through from the bag’s lining. 

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Rustic Beaded Floral Wedding Gown Sash

Thursday, 20 April 2017 1:00

One wedding accessory that has remained popular over the last few years is the bridal gown sash. We found them as a recommendation in wedding planning articles as well as for sale on a variety of sites, from high-end bridal specialty boutiques to Etsy. The going price was $200-$600 and up! With a few small cuts of luxury fabrics, such as lace, tulle, satin, and organza, along with some beautiful pearl or crystal beads, you can create your own custom wedding sash for much, much less. Plus, it will be perfect for your colors and your wedding. The key to creating a beautiful look, such as you see on our sample, is to experiment with color, texture and the placement of the flowers, beads and other embellishments until you get a look that's just right for the bride-to-be.

Modern Two-Tone, Fold-Over Clutch in Faux Leather

Tuesday, 18 April 2017 1:00

Two colors, two fabrics, one awesome bag. This clutch knocks-off a popular style we spotted on the shelves of several high-end boutiques. We love being able to give you the inspiration and instructions to make your own beautiful bags and totes for a fraction of the hundreds of dollars listed on designer price tags.

Guitar Strap – The Trendy Bag Accessory: Janome America

Monday, 17 April 2017 1:00

The name is due to its similarity to the wide, ornate straps musicians have always used to hold their guitars. By changing how the ends attach, they are now one of the trendiest accessories and a fun way to update any bag that uses a removable strap. We created ours to show off the decorative stitch package on our Janome Skyline S7. We love pretty stitching, and are always on the lookout for reasons to show it off. At a full 40” in length, this strap provides the perfect long, straight platform. To amp up the texture, we stitched with Aurifil 28wt 100% cotton thread in two solid colors and one variegated. The heavier weight of this gorgeous thread really makes the stitches pop and it worked great in both the top and bobbin, flowing through without a hitch. 

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Three Tier Ombre Apron with Shabby Chic Style

Tuesday, 11 April 2017 1:00

Ombre is a French word for shading or graduating. In fashion, it refers to the graduation of color in a garment, such as when a fabric is very dark at one end and gradually lightens. With the multitude of tones to choose from within today's quilting cotton solids, we were able to achieve a beautiful ombre effect in this three tier apron design. Using colors from within the Michael Miller Cotton Couture collection, our ombre effect goes from light Vanilla on top to a dusky Sage at the bottom of the triple tier skirt. These beautiful neutrals were the perfect base for a little shabby chic style. We added vintage buttons, heirloom lace, subtle embroidery, and a surprise tulle layer in the middle of the skirt. Magnifique!

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