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Round Patchwork Floor Cushion with Tufting

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 1:00

Floral on the floor! Who says tables and counters get to have all the fun when it comes to gorgeous bouquets of blooms. We used nine floral prints from Amy Butler's Violette collection for FreeSpirit Fabrics to create a beautiful patchwork floor cushion for your seat or feet, giving new meaning to "tiptoe through the tulips!" We offer pattern downloads for all the patchwork pieces so you don't have to blow a gasket trying to turn squares and rectangles into a perfect circle; we did all the math for you. 

Canvas Weekender Duffle: Dritz Gunmetal Hardware

Monday, 27 February 2017 1:00

This super-stuffable duffle fills up with plenty of stuff then cinches down into a compact and easy-to-carry box shape. Dritz® hardware makes it all work! We added both carry handles as well as an adjustable shoulder strap. The strap can be completely detached, which makes the bag a good option for travel – no dangling strap to get caught on things. You’ve likely seen this classic style before. It reminded us of a vintage college sports duffle. Read on to see how we’ve demystified the steps to creating the zip-wrap-and-clip combo that gives the top of the duffle its signature silhouette. 

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Classic Grommeted Curtain Panel

Thursday, 23 February 2017 1:00

Spring is coming, and with it comes the need to re-fresh and renew. One of the best ways to update your home décor is with new curtains. They can instantly transform any room and are the perfect fabric and color building blocks for other transformations, like cushions or table linens. This classic grommeted curtain panel is a project you can turn to again and again. It's fast and easy, plus we give you all the formulas you need to adapt the design to fit your unique window scapes. 

Set of Three Nested Sewing Baskets with Vintage Accents

Monday, 20 February 2017 1:00

You can never have too many places to keep your stuff – especially your sewing stuff. All the bits and bobs needed for a project can easily get scattered, so having a set of baskets in a variety of sizes is a welcome way to organize it all. Of course, you aren’t required to use them for sewing supplies; they’d be just as handy as desk caddies, to organize items in the bathroom or nursery, or to tidy up that one part of the kitchen counter that always collects way too much random stuff.

Cute Ruffled Edge Baby Blanket

Friday, 17 February 2017 1:00

Babies need blankets. When my kids were small, I liked to think of our blanket collection as little baby drop cloths. Because, just like painters, babies are often in need of their own little piece of clean real estate, which they can then destroy as they choose. In my mind, a cute blanket is always the perfect baby gift. Our adorable design is super fast and easy to make, especially if you have a ruffler attachment.

Embroidered Teardrop Tote: Large Shopper Style

Thursday, 16 February 2017 1:00

February is National Embroidery Month, and this big, beautiful tote features one of our favorite embroidery accents. The bag's design is generous in both size and style thanks to the perfect combination of a bold fabric motif and that striking embroidery. Our Sewing Escape attendees will recognize this project as the basis for the bag made at the events! The teardrop shape, narrower at the top and wider at the bottom, carries a lot and is fast and easy to load with just one hand. We chose a cotton duck from Premier Prints with a slub texture; this means it has intentional striations that give it an interesting knobby look. The cool turquoise and slate color combination is great for any season and a perfect backdrop for the bright pops of color in the mosaic border design embroidered across the top of the tote (front and back). We offer both a free embroidery design download as well as a printable template should you prefer to do hand embroidery or decorative stitching.

Empire Waist Apron

Wednesday, 15 February 2017 1:00

This apron has a unique empire waist and lovely details that make it pretty enough to wear outside the kitchen: piping, gentle gathering across the skirt, an eye-catching oval pocket, and an optional fabric flower. We added a safety-pin to the back of our flower so it could be worn at strap level, at the empire waist or simply removed. We suggest a medium weight fabric, such as the original 100% cotton twill we used, to give the design its crisp style. 

Quilted Yo-Yo Tote in Metallic Linen

Monday, 13 February 2017 1:00

The front of a bag is a bit like a blank slate. It’s a lovely flat surface that can evolve into any number of wonderful looks. We started with a gorgeous metallic linen blend from Robert Kaufman, then added a quilted windowpane grid, and finally, arranged twelve tone-on-tone yo-yos as the perfect dimensional accent. It’s elegant and fashionable with just the right pinch of whimsy.

Make Your Own Reusable Grocery Bags

Wednesday, 08 February 2017 1:00


Just when you think you're the reigning Queen of Green – reusing and recycling your way through the day, someone rains on your parade. Stories have hit the media in recent years about everyone's favorite green choice: the reusable store grocery bag. Turns out we should be washing those things after each use or they can become a breeding ground for bacteria. Problem: if you've ever tried washing the ones you often get at the market, they start to fall apart or go as limp as week-old lettuce. Great. Then, more stories pop up that show many of these same bags are coming from overseas, containing potentially unsafe levels of lead. Great x2. Time to make our own: prettier, safer, and sturdier. Reclaim your throne, Queen of Green!

Easy Stuffed Toys: Cotton Candy Kitty

Tuesday, 07 February 2017 1:00


If you've never tried making your own stuffed toys, this adorable Cotton Candy Kitty is a great first project. Luxury plush is surprisingly easy to work with. We used and love Shannon Fabric's Cuddle fleece. There is a free pattern download below, and we show you how to stitch right through the paper pieces to make it simple to keep your curves and angles spot-on, even around the sharp corners and tight curves. 

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