Outdoor dining takes a little creativity in order to keep everything from blowin' in the wind. Our darling, durable placemats have built-in pockets to hold flatware and/or napkins. Dining in? Hooray for the reversible! Simply flip over the placemats for whole new look – the back is pocket-free. These clever placemats are so quick and easy, you can easily whip up enough for your own table or the entire family reunion in a single weekend. You want a substantial fabric for this project: a canvas, heavy cotton duck or an outdoor fabric. We went the outdoor fabric route, which worked well and looked great. We love the bright, bold designs – perfect for casual summer meals.
ROOOOOAAAAADDDDD TRIIIIPPPPP! Summertime is the perfect time to load up your family and friends and hit the open road. But first you have some stuff (aka crap) you need to organize for the trip: tunes, cell phone, scribbled notes, tickets, Google Maps printouts, pens, snacks, your wallet, etc., etc., etc. If you skip this important organizational step, here's what will happen: You are driving, keeping your eyes on the road (of course), and you reach out to grab something from the pile of stuff (crap), but can't quite reach it/find it without rear-ending the truck in front of you. Instead... the needed item falls off the seat, lodging somewhere between the seat and the door. Feel free to jump in here and repeat the words you shout in your car. Our spiffy car caddy is designed to organize your stuff (crap), improve your driving safety, and look cute as can be all at the same time. It straps around the seat's headrest, so you can hang it to the front or the back. Hang it off the back and fill it up with little games and snacks to keep the kids occupied, cutting down the "Are we there yet??" requests to a minimum.
Around these parts, Summer and early Fall are prime time for outdoor concerts. Seating for these events is usually just the grassy slopes of a natural amphitheater. You gotta have something to sit on. A blanket is often too big and rather bulky to pack in. Instead, try this lightly padded, roll-up cushion in two great outdoor fabrics. It's filled with foam, which your bottom will like, and the outdoor fabric is weather and water resistant, which your pretty white summer pants will like.
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! This is a fast and easy project: make it today, you're beachward bound tomorrow.
When I was young, one of my favorite cartoon characters was Hanna-Barbera's Yogi Bear and his sidekick Boo-Boo Bear. In fact, my sister and I used to greet each other (okay... sometimes we still do) with the Yogi catchphrase, "Hey there, Boo Boo." I liked Yogi because he was always in search of pic-a-nic baskets, and I figured there must be yummy things in those baskets I would like to eat. So I was very happy when we decided to create a pic-a-nic blanket for some summer fun. As usual, we weren't satisfied with your av-er-age blanket (because we are not your av-er-age bears), so we made one side cotton sateen, the other side cotton laminate, and quilted them together with polyester batting sandwiched in between. Then, we created a clever carry wrap with shoulder straps. Fold and roll the blanket, wrap it up, Velcro® it closed, and you're good to go."Hello, Mr. Ranger, sir!"
It's the final day of Father's Day inspiration sponsored by Fabric.com. We round out the week with a soothing, wrap-him-up blanket. This time of year, a regular blanket can be a bit too heavy. But a Dad's still gotta do what a Dad's gotta do: he's gotta nap. So why not whip up a summer-weight blanket in an incredibly soft sweatshirt knit? Our blanket is designed to match yesterday's Jumbo Lounge Pillow with the same bold horizontal strips and the same cute personalized fabric tag. This fast and easy project takes just a couple hours... Dad will be dozin' before you know it.
Is your dad an ol' softee? Then he deserves the world's most amazingly soft napping pillow. When he finds out it's a handmade gift from the heart, he's going to love it even more. Don't you remember how much he loved that shoe shine kit you made out of a scrap of flannel when you were in 2nd grade? It never changes. From the bed to the couch to the floor, this big, cushy pillow is the perfect way for Dad to rest his weary bones after a busy day. Fabric.com has lots of great colors to choose from in the super soft sweatshirt knit fabric we selected. We used a preppy color palette, and the big, bold horizontal and diagonal stripes remind us of classic yachting flags... although Dad is not required to wear top-siders while relaxing. We also show you how to make the personalized fabric tag shown in the bottom corner that tells Dad he's priceless.
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.
Is your dad an awesome chef or maybe a weekend warrior on the BBQ? Whether he's headed to the next Chili Cook-Off or just flippin' burgers for a family picnic, our cook's apron and hot mitt combo is sure to light his fire. The apron construction couldn't be simpler. You provide a simple rectangle of fabric; we provide a free downloadable template for the armhole cutout. Hem, attach the pockets and ties, add a grommet, and you're good to go. We chose two medium-weight cottons from the Lock Harbor Collection by Benartex Home, just one of the many designer lines available at Fabric.com. The mitt follows one of our favorite S4H tutorials. We rotated the direction of the fabric's stripes to go vertically on the apron's pocket and horizontally on the mitt.
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.