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Cross-Body Belted Bag with Decorative Stitching

Tuesday, 13 December 2016 1:00

Decorative stitching against a neutral canvas gives this slouchy bucket bag a great hipster style. We used the beautiful stitches available on the Janome Memory Craft 9900, which go up to 9mm in width. Another great choice would be Janome's new Skyline S9 sewing and embroidery modelFor a subtle boho flair, we then incorporated long, soft tassels at the sides and front. Read on to learn our unique steps for making these custom tassels: much less expensive than buying, and in an exact color match!

Sherpa and Suede Lodge Blanket: Fabric Depot

Monday, 12 December 2016 1:00

Toasty. That’s what this big blanket is all about. We combined a plush Sherpa style faux fur with a rich faux suede: soft on one side, smooth on the other, and bound all around with the suede. The natural tones and classic Berber check give it the rustic look of a lumberjack jacket. But the only hard work ahead for this throw is keeping you toasty by the fire. Fabric Depot has a wonderful selection of both the sherpa and the faux suede. Check out the alternate combinations we put together for each of the Berber Check colors. 

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ScrapBusters: Mini Drawstring Gift Bags

Friday, 09 December 2016 1:00

I used to spend hours on gift wrapping, channeling Martha Stewart to get the perfect artisan look with fresh greens and layered papers. Or maybe I dreamed that. Yep, I’m almost certain that was just a dream. I may not be able to live up to the magic elves that inhabit Pinterest, but thanks to this super cute gift bag pattern, I can hold my own. Our simple yet clever design results in a beautifully finished bag inside and out – no exposed seams, no elves needed. Plus, because you can use them over and over, they’re a green alternative to gift wrap. 

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Nap in a Bag: Blanket and Pillow in a Matching Bag

Tuesday, 06 December 2016 1:00

You never know when or where you'll be when a nap needs to happen. Our clever portable sleep set is a great way to always be ready. We've created a lightweight drawstring bag that holds a bound fleece blanket and a matching pillow. Toss the bag in the car for longer road trips. Send it off to pre-school for daily rest time. Keep one at Grandma's for napping emergencies. Better still... make one for yourself, because we all know naps are wasted on the young! 

Ruffled-End Table Runner for the Holidays or Any Day

Monday, 05 December 2016 1:00

When browsing for great fabric for a seasonal table runner, we kept returning to the home décor category because of the bold designs and striking colors you can find there. These traditionally heavier fabrics are where most people turn for larger projects, such as curtain panels or upholstered items, so the motifs tend to be bigger and the tones more dramatic. Not only is it beautiful fabric, it's also often thicker, tougher, and more durable. Batting is usually necessary with runners made of standard cottons in order to protect the tabletop from hot or wet dishes. But with this fabric, two simple layers provided plenty of protection... unless, of course, you plan on serving sizzling fajitas at the table for your holiday dinner!

Felt Christmas Tree Ornaments

Thursday, 01 December 2016 1:00


Gather up your favorite scraps of fabric and trim, leftover buttons or beads, and some new sheets of craft felt. Then, get ready to fire up your imagination for some ornament fun. While we used a simple hand stitch on our samples, you can also sew these up quickly on your machine. The key is to use what you have on hand and let your creativity run wild. This is a fantastic project to introduce children to sewing, and a wonderful way to keep them busy over the holiday break. Kids old enough to use a needle and thread will have fun picking and choosing their favorite bits and pieces, then cutting whatever shapes they dream up. They'll be beautiful however they turn out.

Triple Velvet Evening Bag: Fabric Depot

Wednesday, 30 November 2016 1:00

Elegant but with just a touch of whimsy, our cinched evening bag miniaturizes the classic bucket shape. We shopped with our friends at Fabric Depot to select two of the most popular special occasion fabrics: velvet and silk. In particular: Triple Velvet, which is a nylon and acetate combination that creates a gorgeous drape with absolutely no stretch; and Silk Dupioni with its wonderfully crisp, slightly textured finish. We use ribbon as both a bright accent on the exterior and a striking drawcord to create the softly gathered top. 

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Lace-up Apron in Denim: Dritz Eyelets & More

Monday, 28 November 2016 1:00

This hardworking denim cook’s apron is full of clever surprises. The most striking is its cool lace-up front, featuring bold Dritz® eyelets woven through with a tough boot lace. But there’s also a hanging pocket that moves the way you move, and a bright pop of color on the lining. Our thanks to Dritz® for providing the inspiration for the lacing in the form of their new Eyelet Pliers. You’ll love the easy way we came up with for creating an opening that’s beautifully finished from all sides. 

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String Style Backpack with Crossover Pockets

Friday, 25 November 2016 1:00

String style backpacks are a year-'round, on-the-go mainstay. They're compact and lightweight but can still hold plenty. You can find them for almost everything, from ripstop athletic gear to high-end leather bags. Ours is made in brightly colored cotton. And to give the design even more functionality, we added unique front crossover pockets, which create four individual sections to hold smaller items.

How To Create Cornucopia Napkins

Wednesday, 23 November 2016 1:00

While the cornucopia dates back to Greek Mythology, its graceful shape and overflowing harvest is now most commonly associated with Thanksgiving. A cornucopia looks especially festive on the Thanksgiving table, but takes up more room than most Thanksgiving dinner platters will allow – especially with Aunt Grace's enormous Tropicana Orange Jello mold. You can get a similar horn-of-plenty essence with a simple yet elegant napkin fold. Fill your napkin cornucopia with fresh flowers or greens, a small gift, candy, nuts and fruits, or anything else that strikes your fancy and suits your guests. It's a lovely way to finish your holiday table setting. 

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