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Gift Tote Trio in Small, Medium & Large

Gift Tote Trio in Small, Medium & Large

These terrific totes are as much of a present as the gifts inside. There are three handy sizes: small, medium, and large. Done in bold, heavy weight fabrics, they’ll look great from the holidays right through to spring and summer ...
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Wrap ’n’ Tie Half Apron in Ticking

Wrap ’n’ Tie Half Apron in Ticking

We love the retro look of tough-yet-soft ticking. It really stands up to kitchen stains and spills. Our half apron design is beginner-friendly and fun to sew. Great for cooking your own family favorites or make one as gift ...
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Sturdy Wraparound Firewood Tote

Sturdy Wraparound Firewood Tote

Sturdy and stylin’! Use this tote to haul in a generous load of wood. A double layer of outdoor fabric is not only tough, but also stain and water resistant. And those dowel-pocket handles look fancy, but are super easy to sew ...
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Button Quilted Layer Cake Throw

Button Quilted Layer Cake Throw

Using 10" Layer Cake squares, you can whip-up this cute and cozy lap blanket in a single afternoon. The patchwork is about as basic as you can get, and the quilting is done with hand-sewn buttons. A very beginner-friendly project ...
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The Quintessential Plaid Tote

The Quintessential Plaid Tote

It has all the traits needed to rocket to the top of the totes. Precision cutting – both straight and on the bias, piping accents, and corded handles are just a few of the styling particulars that give this bag its iconic appeal ...
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Six Ways to Machine Stitch a Straight Line

Six Ways to Machine Stitch a Straight Line

A straight line seems like the most basic sewing technique. But we’re amazed by the number of comments and questions we get about how to do it better, easier, and more consistently. Using the right foot for the job is the real secret ...
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Loominous Reflection Scarves

Loominous Reflection Scarves

Yes, that is an interesting spelling. We used Anna Maria Horner’s gorgeous LOOMinous collection woven with yarn-dyed cotton threads. Check our out roll-and-stitch technique that makes the scarf’s two sides mirror images ...
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No-Slip Chair Pads

No-Slip Chair Pads

Create a beautiful chair cushion with accent piping and nice square corners but without any stress! There's no side gusset; we use box corners instead. And the piping is attached as individual strips, so no tricky corners ...
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Wonderland Double Skirt Apron

Wonderland Double Skirt Apron

Detailed fussy cutting and precise stitching create an apron that is truly one of a kind, taking full advantage of the amazing Curiouser and Curiouser collection by Tula Pink for FreeSpirit Fabrics, based on Alice and all her Adventures ...
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Pleated Window Valance

Pleated Window Valance

A pretty valance is an easy way to add a bit of color and style to your window. An added lining adds a bit of weight to help the valance take on some sun-blocking duties, and allows the pleats to more easily press into crisp folds ...
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Extra Easy Pony Tail Bolster Pillow

Extra Easy Pony Tail Bolster Pillow

If you’re learning to sew or teaching someone else, this pillow is a great first project. We spend extra time going over tools and techniques, and include links to other articles to help move you further along the learning curve ...
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How to Make Covered Buttons

How to Make Covered Buttons

Covered buttons are cool! They add the special touch that says, "Stand back... I'm a home décor professional." Making them with a kit is easy and inexpensive. We like working with the Dritz kits – available in lots of sizes ...
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Scandinavian Style Apron

Scandinavian Style Apron

Like whipped cream on a plain piece of pie, decorative stitches can turn an ordinary project into something special. We started with a basic bib and skirt design in natural colors of cotton duck, then added multiple rows of stitching ...
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Fussy Cut Pom Pom Pillow

Fussy Cut Pom Pom Pillow

From selecting the fabric to plopping the pillow into place, this fast and easy project is a perfect way to create Décor in a Day. We used our favorite tapering technique to help prevent crumpled corners ...
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How to Grade Seam Allowances

How to Grade Seam Allowances

A Sewing Tool Box Basic! Seam grading is like stair-stepping. It's the process of turning a standard seam allowance into layered tiers of fabric. The result is less bulk, which means a smoother finish from the right side ...
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Classic Chef Canvas Apron

Classic Chef Canvas Apron

Is there a guy in your life who should be crowned King of the Kitchen? We love Dad Chefs, and this apron is specially designed to suit their style. The body is made from tough canvas and features a full coverage outline ...
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Woven Braid Patchwork Pillow

Woven Braid Patchwork Pillow

We provide complete step-by-step instructions for our own woven braid design plus two alternative ideas. The pattern works best in fabric with a variety of smaller motifs in distinct colors to achieve the pretty braided effect ...
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Yoga Tote with Wraparound Mat Straps

Yoga Tote with Wraparound Mat Straps

We’ve done totes and we’ve done yoga mat carriers, but – until this – hadn’t combined the two in such a stylish way. Collect all your gear into a generously sized tote, then use the handy wraparound straps to secure your mat ...
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Quilted Toaster Cover

Quilted Toaster Cover

The toaster probably isn't the prettiest member of the kitchen appliance family. Keep it accessible yet under wraps with our clever cozy. It features a pretty patchwork accent strip, bright piping all around, and an easy-tie handle ...
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Sparkling Napkin with Decorative Stitch Border

Sparkling Napkin with Decorative Stitch Border

New napkins are a fast, easy way to add a bit of sparkle to the table. We used a mid-weight metallic linen blend with a wide band of decorative stitching along one side. We also give you a list of the various napkin size options ...
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