Sometimes it's fun to not have to worry about learning a whole new project. Instead, why not take a favorite design and simply give it a whole new look? In other words: Re-imagine & Renovate! Like a fresh coat of paint, brand new fabric and a few little changes can make all the difference. The original project on which this R&R is based was a top; we've simply lengthened it to create a dress - we show you how to do the math below. And, we give the link to our step-by-step shirring tutorial. You have everything you need to create something totally unique. Open yourself up to a world of possibilities in both fabric and techniques; give yourself a little R&R!
At Sew4Home, we're way too busy coming up with great projects to participate in traditional R&R: rest and relaxation! Instead, here in our studios, R&R stands for: "Re-imagine & Renovate." It's all about putting a new spin on a favorite design, picking new fabrics, trims and notions to create a unique look. How you combine fabric in a project gives you an unlimited number of beautiful end results. The original project on which today's pretty PJ shorts are based was a Valentine's Day His & Her combo. Today, we've recreated just the "Hers" version with its pretty satin ribbon at the waist and kicky bottom ruffle. The Juliet fabric by Anna Griffin has a wonderfully soft palette and the ruffle/waistband fabric features a beautiful pearl finish. We show you how to make a pattern using an existing pair of your favorite shorts. Super easy, super comfy and super cute.
Today's project shows you how the application of an exquisite ribbon can transform an otherwise simple rectangle of solid fabric into an elegant table runner. The ribbon we chose is a French Linen Trim from our friends, and new premium Sew4Home sponsor, Renaissance Ribbons! We added batting to soften the runner and increase its table protection abilities, then quilted the center in a wide diamond pattern. The ribbon frame extends beyond the edge at all four corners with pretty loops cut and turned to best feature the woven lavender motif.
We originally designed and made this fun summer wrap using a beach towel. Today, we've recreated it with a swingy, soft knit in an eye-catching chevon design. That's the idea behind our R&R series: we Re-imagine and Renovate a classic design to come up with a whole new look. It shows you how each fabric has its own personality; and just like mixing flavors in cooking – different colors, patterns and textures in fabric always yeild a delicious, new style. Today's cute and casual throw-it-on swimsuit wrap is sized for an average adult. It finishes at approximately 27½" in length, perfect for our teen model, but you could certainly cut it longer or shorter as needed. The starting width of both the front and back panels is 39", which allows for a roomy drape, but again, cut it narrower or wider for your best fit. Most knits are quite wide (ours were 60"), so you have a lot of fabric with which to work.
One of our earliest supporters here at Sew4Home was Edith Minne of Renaissance Ribbons. We developed our own little mutual-admiration-society since we are transfixed by her gorgeous woven Jacquard ribbons, and she is taken by our unique project tutorials. Renaissance Ribbons is known throughout the industry for supplying some of the loveliest and most unique woven ribbons and trims available. A number of them are imported designs from France; many others are created by several of your favorite designers, such as Kaffe Fassett, Amy Butler, Tula Pink, Sue Spargo, and today's featured designer, Anna Maria Horner. We're pleased to announce Renaissance Ribbons has just become a premium Sew4Home sponsor! They will be appearing regularly each month with at least two innovative ribbon projects. We begin our new collaboration with a soft shoulder bag, embellished with the lush designs of Anna's Field Study ribbon collection.
All those christmas cats and holiday hounds deserve attention too during Christmas in July with Fabric.com. We browsed the fleece selection, which is both huge and available year 'round at Fabric.com, and selected two cozy coordinates to build our super comfy pet bed: a bright Christmas green and a rich leopard print. Our design incorporates four bolster arm pillows sewn into a flat base with a separate tufted pillow insert. We noodled on this one for quite awhile to come up with instructions that yielded a cool finished design that was also easy to assemble. So although any 3-D project is a bit more complex than others, this cozy pet bed is something we know you can do!
No Christmas in July series worth its name would be complete without some sort of gift wrap solution. For this Series with Fabric.com, we've kicked it up a notch, making 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 winter right through to spring. We picked strong graphics in colors outside traditional holiday reds and greens yet that blend with them 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.
When there's a brand new little one in the family, the holidays are all about baby. We have you covered with this week's Fabric.com Christmas in July preparations. Our adorable baby quilt with its matching appliquéd bib will make Baby's First Christmas extra special. The quilt is made of traditional nine-patch blocks, but we stretched four of the nine squares into rectangles. The resulting design mimics the look of a little wrapped present. You make nine present blocks to create the perfect baby quilt gift. The matching bib uses a couple of larger motifs from the quilt's fabric as appliqués and super soft and absorbant chenille on the back.
Today during Christmas in July with Fabric.com, we're planning for all those Parties in December. When you're out and about on the town during this most festive time of the year, one of the best accessories to have is a pretty purse. You'll need something big enough to hold all the essentials... perhaps even generous enough to tuck in a few holiday hostess gifts. And, you'll want an elegant style that can blend with your best little black dress as well as a casual Christmas sweater and jeans. This design is based on our original Mini Wristlet pattern, but we've re-imagined it as a larger bag and added some very unique zipper accents thanks to the innovative zippers we found at Fabric.com. One is an amazing crystal zipper, the other's a great chunky metal zipper.
Yep; it's that time of year again: Christmas in July. Temperatures across the US this season have been high, especially out here in the West. It's hard to imagine ever pulling out sweaters and mittens again, but before you know it, we'll all be complaining about the chilly winter winds and reminiscing about those lazy days of summer. Recognizing Christmas in July allows you to get a jump on your holiday projects and take advantage of all the great holiday fabrics released and available in the widest selection right now. Many are also on sale! We've turned the tradition around a bit by mixing seasonal prints with some universal beauties. Fabric.com has sponsored five days of projects - each guaranteed to be a hit on Christmas morning and continue to be enjoyed throughout the months ahead. What better way to start the week than with our innovative (and reversible) Snowman Pillows.