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Jumbo Round Storage Tote

Thursday, 12 March 2015 1:00

I think we can all agree little things tend to be pretty dang cute: babies, puppies, kittens, Barbie® shoes... but let's face it, sometimes you need BIG to take care of business. This fun storage bin lives up to its jumbo name. It's a large-and-in-charge fabric basket that's ready to take on your bigger storage tasks. From books to blankets to balls of yarn, if you have a lot to keep track of, this project is for you. We chose two bold fabrics in organic cotton. And what is that dynamite looking "rope" ringing the top and creating the handles? Piping cord! Inexpensive yet just the right soft and strong combo. 

Best Interfacing Solutions for Bags and Totes with Fabric Depot

Wednesday, 11 March 2015 1:00

Thank you for your support! Words to live by when you're deciding how best to interface a project. Interfacing is one of those behind-the-scenes sewing materials that gives your projects a professional finish. You've probably heard of it, but maybe you don't know exactly what it is, what it does, or how best to choose the correct type for the job. This category is so large and varied, it's impractical to tackle everything at once, which is why we're focusing this article on the most common choices for bags and totes. You'll love the handy, printable chart we developed with our friends at Fabric Depot. Print out one copy to post in your sewing room and another to use when you shop. If you like the information here, leave us a comment below and let us know you'd like to see future articles on additional interfacing categories. 

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Spun Stripes Pillow Trio

Tuesday, 10 March 2015 1:00

Stripes are one of those universal motifs - available in many colors and widths. We decided to play with some stripes, turning and seaming them in clever ways in order to create a unique graphic effect. Our "spun stripes" allow simple triangles and squares to morph into pillow tops that seem almost three-dimensional. The designs are patterned after maritime flags, so we chose fun, primary colors. We love how the resulting trio works together as a bright blend of nautical flair. 

Tufted Round Patchwork Floor Cushion in Amy Butler's Violette: FreeSpirit Fabrics

Monday, 09 March 2015 1:00

Floral on the floor! Who says tables and counters get to have all the fun when it comes to gorgeous bouquets of blooms. We used nine prints from Amy Butler's new Violette collection for FreeSpirit Fabrics to create a beautiful patchwork floor cushion for your seat or feet, giving new meaning to "tiptoe through the tulips!" We offer pattern downloads for all the patchwork pieces so you don't have to blow a gasket trying to turn squares and rectangles into a perfect circle; we did all the math for you. Our thanks to Amy Butler, FreeSpirit, and Coats for providing us with the fabric to inspire this wonderful round riot of color and design. 

Belted Cross-Body Bag with Decorative Stitching

Wednesday, 04 March 2015 1:00

Decorative stitching against a neutral canvas gives this slouchy bucket bag a great hipster style. We used the beautiful stitches available on the Janome Memory Craft 9900, which go up to 9mm in width. For a subtle boho flair, we then incorporated long, soft tassels at the sides and front. Read on to learn our unique steps for making these custom tassels: much less than buying, and in an exact color match!

Setting Stitch Length: A Quick Look at How and Why

Tuesday, 03 March 2015 1:00

Adjusting stitch length isn't necessary for every project, but as you experiment with different types of fabrics and and start using stitches for embellishment as well as construction, a few quick tips will come in handy. When working with today's machines, which can zip along at up to 1000 stitches per minute, you can see how a little length goes a long way.

Skeleton Toile Pillows with Jumbo Poms

Monday, 02 March 2015 1:00

This happens. You're minding your own business, browsing with a particular project in mind, when a completely surprising fabric grabs your hand and yanks you over to the side, whispering, "You must have me; I'm so cool." That's exactly what happened with this wonderful pillow pair. The skeleton toile in a bright chartreuse with rich royal blue accents simply reached out and pulled us in. 

ScrapBusters: Drop-In Zippered Pouch with Lanyard

Thursday, 26 February 2015 1:00

The Dig. You know what we mean – that frantic riffling through your bag, trying to find your keys, cash, lipstick, whatever. Like a dog after a bone, we churn up the contents that collect at the bottom, and still often come up empty-handed. This cute ScrapBusters zippered pouch will let you corral your important stuff. The pouch's lanyard acts like a leash. Reach in, grab onto the lanyard, and reel up your mini bag o' belongings.

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Linen Placemats with Heirloom Stitching

Wednesday, 25 February 2015 1:00


Table linens are a great way to get started into the world of heirloom stitching, and a placemat (or two or four or more) is a nice, smallish format with which to practice. We'll show you two options today: hemstitching (if you are brand new to heirloom techniques) and fagoting (if you are more advanced). Both placemat designs feature beautiful borders with mitered corners and an optional monogram.

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