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How To Box Corners: Two Methods with Formulas

Thursday, 18 January 2018 1:00

Okay - true confession time. In school, I was a theater rat... always in plays and musicals, always taking artsy-fartsy classes, including "How To Mime" or, as I remember it, "How To Pretend You're Stuck In A Box And Look Foolish Doing It." Unless you're Marcel Marceau, you look really silly doing mime. So... no mime today. But, we are still making a box. In particular, a boxed corner. This is a sewing technique everyone should have in her/his arsenal. The boxed corner creates space in something that would otherwise be flat. For example, in a bag, you'll have a lot more room to stash your stuff if you create boxed corners. Basically, any sewn corner can be turned into a boxed corner with a few simple steps. We show you the two most common methods.

Sparkle & Shine Knit Infinity Scarf

Wednesday, 17 January 2018 1:00

Infinity scarves are one trend that just keeps going and growing. You can find them in everything from chunky knitted wools to smooth cashmere to sheer voiles. We wanted to revisit our earlier infinity scarf tutorial with an eye for how to utilize some of the lovely pre-embellished fabrics that are often available this time of year, although as shown below, florals and abstacts would also be lovely. For this scarf to work well, it's best to choose a fabric that comes in a very wide width (at least 58" - 60") and has a lovely soft drape. We opted for knit, a category that offers an amazing array of colors, patterns, and textures. We found a soft jersey knit in a dusty charcoal gray pre-embellished with pretty sparkles, giving our scarf day-into-evening appeal. We also changed-up our original cutting plan to make the best use of the fabric. By cutting and sewing together a number of strips on the diagonal, similar to how bias binding is sewn, you can hide the seams and get a nice bit of stretch so your finished circle is easy to twist and loop into just the look you want. 

Tips for Sewing with Faux Leather

Tuesday, 16 January 2018 1:00

Left: Faux Leather Shopper, Right: Trendy Faux Leather Handbag

Back in the 1970s, I wanted my mom to buy me a real leather jacket. Unfortunately, she was only prepared to spend for one made of synthetic leather. As much as I wanted to believe it looked genuine, it just looked fake. Today's fake – excuse me, faux leather looks so much more like the real thing. And, not only is faux leather less expensive than genuine leather, it's also easier to sew with. Read on for a few of our favorite tricks and tools.

Button Up Neck Cowl in Flannel and Cuddle: Janome America

Monday, 15 January 2018 2:00

Yes, we’ve entered the New Year, and yes, we’d like to think that means ol’ man winter is in our rear view mirror. But across the US, the cold weather is hanging on tighter than the waistband of your favorite jeans after all those holiday treats! This warm-you-up neck cowl will get you through the wicked weather in style. It’s like a mini scarf that buttons around your neck. Ours is smooth flannel on the outside and soft luxury fleece on the inside. Toasty times two! 

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Ruffle & Bows Sham and Pillowcase Set – Part Two: Bow-tied Floral Pillowcases

Friday, 12 January 2018 1:00

Pillowcases are the #1 project for beginning sewers. We’ve designed a coordinated set of shams and cases, both of which are sized to fit standard bed pillows (20” x 26”). This article includes the steps for the pillowcases with their bold floral fabric, and featuring pretty bow closures and peek-a-boo facings in gingham to match the shams

Ruffle & Bows Sham and Pillowcase Set – Part One: Ruffle Gingham Shams

Thursday, 11 January 2018 1:00

Freshen up for new year with a set of beautiful bed linens. We’ve designed a coordinated set of shams and pillowcases, both of which are sized to fit standard bed pillows (20” x 26”). This article includes the steps for the shams with their pretty all-around ruffles and cute button-back closure. Pillow shams are always a favorite way to keep things tidy up top. 

The "Everything" Apron: Embroidery, Decorative Stitching, and Quilting

Wednesday, 10 January 2018 1:00

This lovely apron pulls together three different techniques into one, fun project: our Everything Apron. It features embroidery, decorative stitching, and quilting. The base design of the apron comes from the Vintage Modern Pleated Apron from our Kitchen Confections Series. We added pretty new embellishments to give it an updated look with a little bit of everything for everyone.

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Round Lined Basket with Fold-Over Cuff

Tuesday, 09 January 2018 1:00

All I want is a place for my stuff. Actually, I also want world peace and maybe to win the lottery, but for now... I'm good with a place for my stuff. These soft, round baskets are designed to hold all kinds of stuff and look great doing it. Put one on a countertop to hold kitchen utensils or bath necessities. Make a bunch and line them up for a row of instant organization. We added a tab on the front with cotton webbing and an O-ring. It looks nice and adds interesting texture, but it's also functional, acting as a pull tab. You can fill up a shelf all the way to the top with a batch of baskets, then access each with its tab and ring, sliding one out just like using a drawer pull.

Panel Place Mats with Large Motif Fabric

Monday, 08 January 2018 1:00

By emphasizing a large motif and using a contrasting fabric for the borders, this place mat design creates the perfect frame for your favorite place setting. You’ll learn how to fussy cut to perfectly center the fabric’s motif, so whether you make two or twenty, each mat can be a perfect match. Our clever construction method starts as a tube, allowing a flatter finish with four lines of vertical topstitching.

Top 20 Projects of 2017 - Which Are Your Faves?

Friday, 05 January 2018 1:00

It’s time for our annual re-cap. Our task is to go through the past year and add up all the traffic counts, the likes/loves/pins/shares/etc./etc, and read through the comments again. Of course, we love all our projects, so it’s always hard to limit the number. But, no one is probably interested in a Top 200 list to wade through! That’s what our Project Index is for. Hard as it was, narrow it down we did, and we invite you to take a trip down memory lane to see them all. Each and every one is linked, so you can jump over to the project page to make sure you’ve added new favorites to your must-make list… just in case you missed them the first time around. 

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