This pretty project originally ran during the lazy days of summer, the traditional season for seersucker. But we think the fabric's crisp, clean look is a perfect choice to freshen your bed linens for the New Year! Seersucker accents turn a plain purchased sheet set into a designer combo, and you can easily complete this project in an afternoon. For our sample, we upscaled one queen sheet set. We found our 325 thread count, 100% Organic Cotton set at Target for just $37. It looked like a $130 set from Pottery Barn when we got done with it! You can buy new as we did, or upscale an existing sheet set to give it new life... the top sheet bands and pillowcase cuffs are usually the first to fray or to look dingy. Cut them away and add something fresh and pretty.
I did quite a bit of searching to find out where/how prairie points got their name. In doing this, I discovered quite a bit about prairie dogs, the ecosystems of Kansas prairies, and even Prairie vodka. However, the history of these cute little triangles in the world of sewing and quilting seems a bit vague. There was one posting about their possible start as a trim on undergarments in the mid-1800s. If you are a prairie point historian, leave us a comment and let us know the real scoop. While we're waiting, let's make a few prairie points to adorn a pretty pillow done in Marmalade by Bonnie & Camille for Moda Fabrics. There are 32 points around the edge; including clever mitered corners, which we show you how to make, plus three along the back as buttonhole accents. And, in case you were wondering, prairie dogs are considered to have one of the most sophisticated communication systems in the animal kingdom.
Welcome to the first day of Winter 2012-2013 - the shortest day of the year! I don't know about your corner of the world, but here in the Pacific Northwest, we've already entered our gloomy gray days. The leaves have fallen from the trees (except for our famous Oregon evergreens) and the gardens are barren and wet. Today's cute cafe curtains are a wonderful way to cheer up your window treatments during the winter months. As half curtains that hang on a tension rod, they cover the bottom of the window, shielding those sometimes less-than-lovely vistas while still letting the pretty white winter light shine through above. The main vertical panels are made from split fat quarters. We used the cheery Flirt collection by Sandy Gervais for Moda Fabrics.
These clever hot pads are the best of both worlds: a 7" x 9" insulated rectangle for grab-and-go convenience with a back slip-in pocket for the added hand protection of an oven mitt. Based on a design from this Spring's Kitchen Confections series with Moda Fabrics, today's version is done in Moda's Wee Wovens Brights to match Monday's apron. This collection, which is hitting in-store and virtual shelves this month, is a brushed cotton on one side, crisp cotton on the other. It's a large collection, full of wonderfully nostalgic checks, stripes and plaids in many beautiful and bright colorways. We love it!
Charm squares are just that: charming little chunks of fabric, 5" x 5" squares from all the patterns and colorways within a given fabric collection. Moda's standard charm pack comes with 42 pre-cut 5" x 5" squares. They're a real time-saver and can make patchworking projects a delight. We used a Charm Pack of Bonnie & Camille's Marmalade collection for Moda Fabrics in a unique way for this very quick and easy pillow. The pillow front and back is made with just three simple yardage cuts (though you could use fat quarters). Then, we stitched charm squares end-to-end to create the ruffle strip. Fast, fun, and with a fantastically colorful result.
We continue our marvelous Moda Winter Series with a week of fantastic pre-cut projects, starting with today's apron made entirely from fat quarters. We chose the brand new Wee Wovens Brights by Moda Fabrics. One side is a brushed cotton, the other side a crisp cotton. How cool is that?! We used the brushed side as our "right side" for this project, which is what gives the apron its soft, flannelly appeal. Designed in-house by Moda, Wee Wovens Brights is a gorgeous collection of nostalgic checks, plaids and stripes in beautiful color combinations.
I love watching old black and white re-runs of the original TV police series, Dragnet. The most famous "catchphrase" from this series is Detective Joe Friday's iconic line, "Just the facts, ma'am." But, here's your little-known-fact-of-the-day: he never actually uttered this line! Since old myths die hard, we'll continue the parody as the theme behind today's cute little mini clutch, because sometimes you need, "Just the necessities, ma'am." When you're running out the door, you need a little purse to hold the essentials, like cards, cash, and a shopping list. You could even use one as a mini wallet to toss into a larger bag. And this time of year, these quick and easy clutches make great gifts - especially when a gift card or a little cash is tucked inside.
Skinny little carryalls getting you down? Then it's time to go big and bold with today's jumbo tote! With its 6" base and sides, you can fill it with lots o' stuff. Throw it over your shoulder to transport your latest project wherever you need to go. When you're back home, it's pretty enough to sit next to your favorite chair and hold all your in-progress supplies. We made ours to hold knitting, but it would be equally wonderful for any jumbo job. As with all the projects this week, our bag is made in Malka Dubrawsky's gorgeous Simple Marks collection for Moda Fabrics. We chose a large motif with a bit of a random pattern and didn't want to make any unecessary cuts through it that would chop up the design. So, we came up with unique wrap-around sides. Rather than the seams going directly down the sides, the main body of the bag joins in the front and back with inset panels. This allows the sides to be single beautiful pieces that really showcase the motif.
I have a small scar on the inside of my forearm from the Great Cookie Tray Debacle of 2009. If you're a multi-tasker, and most creative folks are multi-taskers, I'm sure you can relate. Just because you're doing your holiday baking doesn't mean you aren't also doing three or four other things, such as talking on the phone, scolding the children, trying to step over the dog... Soooooo, when you pull those cookie trays out of the oven, you may not be paying attention like you should. Ouch! This (and a few other scars) is why I've switched to oven mitts. They have better coverage for my hands and continue up my arms. Our adorable set is made from Malka Dubrawsky's gorgeous Simple Marks collection for Moda Fabrics. We used Fat Quarters, which are a great way to test a collection. Each mitt takes just two Fat Quarters. You can buy a complete 40-piece Fat Quarter bundle, which includes 18" x 22" cuts from all the patterns and colorways, and make oven mitts to protect your entire extended, multi-tasking family!
Which dish are you in charge of for this year's holiday celebrations? Will you be whipping up Nana's famous lasagna or maybe a warm pan of apple-cranberry crisp? If your culinary talents are on-the-go this season, you need a carrier that can keep your special dish toasty on the car ride there. Our wrap-it-up design includes a handy loop to clip a pot holder and an inside pocket for a serving utensil. It would make a wonderful combo-gift for the foodies on your list. Make the pretty carrier, then wrap up a new baking pan you've filled with a homemade holiday treat! Today is the first day of our newest series sponsored by all our friends at Moda Fabrics. This week, we have a selection of clever carriers done in Malka Dubrawsky's Simple Marks. Malka is an amazing textile and fiber artist from Austin, Texas. She's known for her unique "alternation" of fabric, including hand-dying, bleaching, and stitching. The result is fabric with such depth and texture is almost appears to be three-dimensional. If you love the rich tones of this first Simple Marks collection, you'll want to keep your eyes out for the vibrant colorways of this spring's Simple Marks Summer.