At S4H, we save all the beautiful ribbon scraps from our projects. Most of our ScrapBuster bookmarks are made using the gorgeous jacquard ribbon from our friends at Renaissance Ribbons. Because of their intricate designs and rich colors, jacquard ribbons are ideal for making bookmarks. Many kinds of ribbon, however, are suitable for bookmarks, and you may have just what you need in your stash. Velveteen ribbons with vintage rhinestone embellishments make beautiful bookmarks and require no sewing. Grosgrain ribbons in school or team colors are a fun way to personalize, plus you can embellish with custom mascot charms and beads. Ribbon bookmarks are fast and easy to make, especially if you do a bunch at once.
Spring has sprung! For the first time this season, I opened up my windows. I even raised up the storm glass in the screen doors. It's time to let some fresh air blow through, which in our house sets up an amazing wind tunnel effect that slams doors shut upstairs and down. I need a stylish way to keep the doors open and the air circulating. ScrapBusters to the rescue! Today's door stop is a simple cube made with standard cottons stiffened with ultra firm fusible interfacing. An opening along the bottom is where I inserted polyester fiber fill at the top, just to take up a little space, and a plastic bag of inexpensive dried navy beans at the bottom for weight. The opening seals shut with Velcro®. A wide twill tape handle makes it's easy to place and move the door stop anywhere the wind blows.
The bedroom dresser top. In catalog and magazine photos, it's always so clean – a single rose in a vase adorning one pristine corner. In reality, this is one of the most cluttered, easy-to lose-things-on surfaces in the house! Scatterings of coins, broken jewelry, forgotten notes, safety pins, missing buttons, dusty photos, watches in need of batteries... you name it, it's likely to end up on the dresser top. We've come up with a beautiful way to help you organize at least some of it. We're not promising miracles; you are still going to have to take those watches in for batteries one of these days, but at least you'll have a place to collect a few things. We call our cute fabric basket a Coin Catcher, but you're welcome to let it catch whatever you'd like.
There are so many times you need two hands free (Look Ma... No hands!). So today we have a clever pouch you can slip on a belt. Anytime you need both hands to get a task done, this little organizer is great solution. It's perfect for urban walkers, Saturday antiquing adventures or just when you're trying to wrangle two toddlers down the block. Drop your smart phone in a pocket at the back and use the zippered front pocket to hold cash, change, credit cards or other necessities. We also incorporated a handy D-ring at the top to allow you to slip a key fob in place. Or, as we show above, snap on a caribiner and, rather than slipping the pouch over a belt, simply clip it to a belt loop or even onto another larger bag or pack for fast on-and-off access.
Ditch the brown bag and lighten up your lunch table with this very cute insulated lunch bag. It uses a half a yard or less of two decorator weight fabrics for the exterior with PUL for the lining. Insulating fleece between the layers helps keep your lunch warm or cool. We added Velcro® to seal it shut while still allowing for a quick open... gotta be able to get in when you're hungry! If you wanted to amp up the insulating properties, you could reconfigure the design to add a zipper. The wipe-clean PUL on the inside makes any spills easy to remove. And, extra long handle loops mean you can grab it and go or slip it over your arm, leaving your hands are free to grab a drink or tote your latest lunchtime reading material.
Scrap-It and ScrapBusters are two ongoing series we have here at Sew4Home. The idea is to come up with quick and easy projects that use up some of those special little fabric leftovers in your stash bag. Today's mini key fobs are a perfect example: they're something useful for yourself or great as a gift; they use just a tiny bit of fabric and notions; and they're fast and fun. In fact they were so fun to make, we did FIVE samples. Each features a different embellishment technique: decorative stitching, piping, embroidery, ribbon trim, and patchwork. I'm sure you can come up with even more options: a monogram, lace, rick rack, buttons.
It's time for another installment in one of our favorite series: ScrapBusters! This time, the scraps you need are a bit larger, but I'm bettin' you still have lots of fun fabrics from which to choose to create this cute clutch. We are normally very diligent about telling you exactly which fabrics we used for our samples, however, this time around, we found our pieces in what we fondly call our 'UFO' bin: Unidentified Fabric Options. My only direction for your choosing is to use a décor weight or better for both layers in order to get an appropriate crispness. And, a print for the outside with a coordinating solid for the inside is a classy combo. The finishing touch is a little bit of bling on the front as an accent over the magnetic clasp. Ours is a broken rhinestone earring, but a fancy button or rescued broach would also work well. You just need a couple open points on it to allow you to sew the bauble in place.
My brother made me laugh out loud when he said a "mug rug" sounded like a bad toupee for an ugly guy. Although a great guess, a mug rug is really a mini placemat designed to be able to hold your coffee or tea cup and maybe an extra little treat, or... when placed by your sewing machine, a handy place to jab a few pins and needles as you sew. Originally, they came onto the scene as a fun excuse to use up some scraps to make an itty-bitty quilt. We took the mug rug concept a step further by turning it into a hand-sewn greeting card with the addition of our Salutation Strip through the center. Cards are a nice thought, but most eventually end up in the garbage can. Instead, create a Happy Birthday, Congratulations or I Love You message with a purpose; an every day reminder to the recipient that they have a friend in you!
Here's another super fast ScrapBusters project that turns out super cute with very little effort on your part. We used pre-cut Jelly Roll strips to make our ribbons, but any long scraps would work. You'll need just two 2½" x 44" strips for each towel. These gussied-up guest towels with their bright bows would look very cool on your own towel bar, but better still, they are the perfect quick and easy hostess, wedding shower or house warming gift.