We missed the traditional Christmas in July festivities this year, so we’re celebrating this month with the debut of a brand new holiday-themed book from Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree Quilts. The Christmas Figs Block of the Month book is Joanna’s first with It’s Sew Emma, the sister site of Fat Quarter Shop. This lovely quilt is layered with 10 traditional blocks and finishes at a generous 78½” x 96½”. Read on to get a sneak peek inside the book, and enter to win one of five free books from our friends at It’s Sew Emma.
String style backpacks are in high demand right now for back-to-school, but they're really a year-round, on-the-go mainstay. They're compact and lightweight but can still hold plenty. You can find them in almost every style, from ripstop athletic gear to high-end leather bags. Ours is made in brightly colored quilting weight cotton. And to give the design even more functionality, we added unique front crossover pockets, which create four individual sections to hold smaller items.
These boxed floor cushions, with their piping and tufting, are a home décor classic. But many otherwise hearty sewing enthusiasts shy away from attempting anything three-dimensional. That’s not you, right? Of course not! So let’s get ready to go 3D! This is the fifth project in our S4H Maker’s Club, available exclusively at participating Janome Dealers across the US and Canada. With this design, Club members will do some simple but very clever and pretty patchwork, learn how to create and attach piping, and put it all together into an expertly tufted box. Read on to find out more about the project and how you may be able to join a Club in your area.
Doubly delightful! The two winners of our two most recent Great Giveaways scored big with boxes of goodies landing on their doorsteps. Read on to find out a little bit about the winning duo. And remember, there are always more opportunities ahead. Stay tuned and stay creative. Your lucky day may be next. “Life’s a game. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. But whatever cards you’re dealt, never play without heart.”
Update your pillow-scape with three pretty pillows in a cornucopia of color and pattern. We started with a full Fat Quarter Bundle, selecting 13 pieces to blend together into three different pillow shapes: one square, one rectangle, and one bolster. That means we still had 27 fat quarters left to play with when done. Combining different sizes and shapes is a great way to add instant interest to your décor. And with so many beautiful quilting cotton collections out there, this trio gives you a wonderful way to use some of your favorites in one easy patchworking project.
The square pillow – it's a decorating staple and a great way to freshen up a room. You pick your favorite fabric, measure carefully, and cut two perfect squares. You sew the seams, pivoting at each corner with precision, and insert the pillow form. You set the finished pillow on the sofa, and... Hey! That pillow doesn't look square! Instead of crisp straight edges, the sides curve in toward the center and the corners are floppy. Use this quick pro tip to learn how a slight curve can create a better square.
The most popular fabric in the realm of rustic is burlap. Believe it or not, this coarse fabric, more traditionally known for bagging coffee beans than bedecking elegant tabletops, is the hottest ticket out there when it comes to adding some trendy texture. Part of the reason behind this is how many options are available in burlaps today – both in density (the coarseness of the weave) as well as color. Yep... burlap is not just brown anymore. We've come up with a beautiful design for a simple table runner made of two layers of burlap joined with decorative stitching and highlighted with a splash of luxurious silk. We show it as wedding décor, but it's lovely for a variety of occasions. Burlap, like many specialty fabrics, comes in very wide widths. The burlaps we found at Fabric.com ranged from 47" to 60" wide with the most common width being 60". This means you can cut a number of strips from each piece.
Often, the best way to showcase an interesting embellishment is to keep your fabric muted so the featured technique shines. We used a variegated cotton yarn to create custom wrapped handles on this classic box tote – then added yarn whip stitching along the pocket top and an eye-catching crosshatch to hold the unique reverse box corners in place. Dimension, color, and style all in one.
Window coverings seem to be one of our most basic needs. As soon as you get some sort of shelter, you're looking for a way to cover the windows for privacy. In college, I simply used push-pins to hold a sheet across my apartment's bedroom window. I let it hang down at night, and during the day I held it back with a binder clip from my Economics textbook. Not very stylish, but at least it blocked the view of the dumpsters. Now I know window coverings are a great DIY project; and simple enough for the beginning sewer. Straight edges. Simple, straight stitches. The individual steps couldn't be easier. But even the most basic curtain project can go awry without some good planning. And the most important part of that planning is knowing how to take proper measurements.
Like whipped cream on a plain piece of pie or a marshmallow dropped in a mug of hot cocoa, decorative stitches can turn an ordinary project into something special. We started with a basic bib and skirt design in two natural colors of cotton duck, then added multiple lines of 9mm decorative stitching. The result: our charmingly rustic Scandinavian apron. It's perfect to wear while you're whipping up a little appelkaka (Swedish apple cake) or chockladbullar (Swedish cocoa balls).