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Washed Canvas Tote with Belting Handles and Drawstring Lining: Dritz Sewing

Monday, 12 November 2018 1:00

This very versatile tote is a little like one of those Transformer toys. You think it’s one shape, then it morphs into another – and another! Dritz Heavy Duty Snaps on both side panels let you open it wide – to a full 6” depth – or cinch it down to a handy tapered top. The two-part lining pulls up to form a clever drawstring cover, protecting the contents inside… or just adding a pop of pretty color. But the real highlight of the tote is the new 1½” Dritz Belting for the handles. You’ve probably seen this style of belting/strapping on some of your favorite casual bags, but until now, it’s been hard to find for home DIY projects. Now you can “Do it with Dritz!”

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Perfect 10 Quilts Book and Ruler: An It’s Sew Emma Exclusive Bundle

Friday, 09 November 2018 1:00

Back in grade school, multiplication tables were not my friend. Except for 10s. I loved the 10s, and I still do. Besides, there are Top 10 lists of everything imaginable, weather comes in ten-day forecasts, and we have ten fingers and toes. As a Lover of Tens, I was thrilled to receive the new Perfect 10 Quilts book from It’s Sew Emma with the accompanying Creative Grids 10” ruler. Click below to find out more about this awesome combo pack, the Perfect 10 Sampler Quilt Along happening now at Fat Quarter Shop, and how you could win one of two $25 gift cards to Fat Quarter Shop. Ten is Tops! 

DIY Reusable Grocery Bags

Thursday, 08 November 2018 1:00


Just when you think you're the reigning Queen or King of Green – reusing and recycling your way through the day, someone rains on your parade. Stories have hit the media in recent years about everyone's favorite green choice: the reusable store grocery bag. Turns out we should be washing those things regularly or they can become a breeding ground for bacteria. Problem: if you've ever tried washing the ones you often get at the market, they start to fall apart or go as limp as week-old lettuce. Great. Then, more stories pop up that show many of these bags are coming from overseas, containing potentially unsafe levels of lead. Great x2. Time to make your own: prettier, safer, and sturdier. Reclaim your throne, Queen or King of Green! And thank you for helping to keep single-use plastics out of the world's oceans.

Patchwork Pom Pom Throw with a Luxury Plush Fleece Center

Wednesday, 07 November 2018 1:00


This plush throw is framed with patchwork and pom poms. Even if you've never done any patchwork, you can make this beautiful blanket. The fun part is picking all the squares: 72 of them in this case. It's like coloring with fabric; you mix and match, combining colors and patterns from square to square. We selected bright, bold options to create a super vibrant border, but you could vary your own choices to create a more subdued outcome... or even more colorful! The jumbo pom pom trim adds a playful touch, and the center of the throw is super-soft, double-sided luxury plush fleece. Colorful, cute, and cuddly in one great project!

ScrapBusters: Decorative Stitch Napkins with Matching Ties

Tuesday, 06 November 2018 1:00

The cloth napkin; you simply can't ask for an easier home décor project. If you are just getting started in sewing or teaching someone new, napkins are an instant-gratification winner. If you're already a pro, they're a fast and fun project. And this time of year, when the holidays are almost upon us, they're a perfect host/hostess gift to whip out in an afternoon before your evening festivities. We kick ours up a notch with beautiful decorative stitching all around the edge and a coordinating fabric napkin ring that "ties" them altogether.

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Decorative Stitch Designer Pillow with Embroidery Accents & Tassels: Janome Sewing Machines

Monday, 05 November 2018 1:00

We’re always on the lookout for designer trends in retail shops, online, magazines, and more. It was during a recent search that we spotted a number of pillows with dense panels of decorative stitching, as well as many featuring embroidery accents and tassels. It was a style that had a bit of a boho feel but with a more elegant spin. Thanks to the power, precision, and flexibility of our Janome studio machines, we knew we could pull together all these trends into one fabulous pillow.

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Ribbon Front Fold-Over Wallet

Friday, 02 November 2018 1:00

This Ribbon Wallet is so beautiful, you'll want to carry it by itself – not hide it away in a handbag. We've used the technique of assembling a number of ribbons side-by-side to create our own "ribbon fabric." The ribbons used in our sample are some of the breathtaking Jacquard ribbons for which Renaissance Ribbons is famous. They are intricately woven with brilliant color. Because of this detail in the weaving, the ribbons have wonderful substance that makes them gorgeous to work with.

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ScrapBusters: Trixie's Easy Patchwork Pillow

Thursday, 01 November 2018 1:00

One easy way to use up odd-sized scraps of pretty fabric is to patchwork them together into an interesting pillow. This pretty pillow is an example of one made using a grid. The design is the same on both the front and back, however, we turned one grid panel 90º to create an interesting effect when the pillow is viewed from the side. We originally dove into our scrap stash and pulled out a Kate Spain layer cake bundle from her old Central Park collection for Moda Fabrics, because we loved the huge variety of bright colors and bold graphics, but the concept will work with any pile of scraps you think look good together. Just goes to show there is almost no cute little scrap without a future in one of your creations. 

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Gift Tote Trio in Small, Medium & Large

Wednesday, 31 October 2018 1:00

These terrific totes are as much of a present as the gifts they can carry inside. We've done gift bag projects before, but decided to really kick it up a notch, making generously-sized gift bag totes for the whole family in small, medium, and large. These totes are done in bold, heavy weight fabrics that will look great from the holiday season right through to spring and summer. We picked strong graphics in colors outside traditional holiday reds and greens yet that blend with these classic tones beautifully. A sparkling bow or embellishment adds just the right touch of holiday pizzazz under the tree; remove the bow and you have a tote that's good to go for everyday use.  

Sturdy Wraparound Firewood Carrier

Tuesday, 30 October 2018 1:00

"The weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful." Problem is, you can only sing that song if you have enough wood to keep the fire burning bright. That's where our sturdy and stylin' firewood tote comes in... literally. Use it to haul in a generous load of wood. We used a double layer of indoor/outdoor fabric, which is not only tough, but also stain and water resistant. And those dowel-pocket handles look fancy, but are super easy to sew. This would be a great gift for all the lumberjacks on your list.

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