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Mini Coin Purse with Pleated Front

Friday, 18 October 2019 1:00

If we must say so ourselves (and sometimes we must), these little coin purses are about as adorable as they come! Not only do they get five stars on the cuteness chart, they are super easy. Make one for yourself (because you deserve it!), then make a bundle for your friends. They are the perfect fast and fun gift. Fill them with coins and gift cards, tasty treats, or other little goodies. We used a variety of different eye-poppin' colors and patterns for our exteriors with a matching fabric (but in three different colorways) on the inside to tie our three together as a set. Spare change just got a whole lot more fun!

How to Make and Install Inset Zippers

Thursday, 17 October 2019 1:00

We call this a "flat top" zipper. We've also heard it referred to as a set-in zipper and a recessed zipper. You can make up your very own name; the Penelope Zipper would be one option. You've undoubtedly seen this type of zipper on loads of handbags and totes. It sits below the top of the bag, running flat across the top (thus the vote for my name), featuring tabs at either end (to hold on to, making it easy to zip open and shut), and is secured to the bag's lining with a simple facing (which is what allows it to be recessed). When you want a professional look plus the security of a full closure, you can't go wrong with the inset-flat top-set-in-recessed-Penelope zipper. Read on to see how easy it can be.

Halloween Fun with Dritz Cheesecloth + Six Everyday Uses

Wednesday, 16 October 2019 1:00

At the risk of sounding a little cheesy, don’t you love it when you re-discover a been-around-forever kind of product that is inexpensive, natural, re-usable, and super versatile? May we re-introduce you to: Dritz Cheesecloth. This time of year, it’s a super fun Halloween decorating material, but it’s also a year-round option for cooking, cleaning, crafting, and more. 

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Gumdrop Clutch with Beaded Tassel Zipper Pull

Tuesday, 15 October 2019 1:00

Goody, goody gumdrop! This cute zippered clutch combines several of our favorite embellishments: ribbon, beads, and tassels. Extra long zipper-pull charms are on-trend this season. They can add a bit of bling to any bag, but are an especially fun accent for this clutch with its bright colors and playful pattern. Of course, it's always an option to experiment with your own combinations; a neutral palette with natural stone beads would be another lovely look. 

Products We Love: The Oliso Mini Project Iron

Monday, 14 October 2019 1:00

Have you ever seen anyone so happy about ironing? Yep, that’s me in the photo above with our new Oliso Mini Project Iron. This little marvel started hitting online and in-store retail outlets just this past summer, and we’ve been waiting to get our hands on one. Now that we have, we are not letting go. We love the full-size Oliso irons we use in our studios, but my-oh-my – this mighty mini is a new favorite. 

Cushion Style Round Pillow with Piping and Gathered Top

Friday, 11 October 2019 1:00

If you're happy and you know it... make a pillow. Pillows are one of the best things for a beginner to tackle; they're fast, fun projects for anyone and immediately brighten up your décor. This pillow is what we envision Little Miss Muffet's tuffet must have looked like. A little bit cushion and a little bit pillow in one!

Car Caddy & Waste Bin

Thursday, 10 October 2019 1:00

Eyes on the road! Municipalities are cracking down on distracted drivers, making it a perfect time to create a caddy for your car that can keep important items within reach yet enough out of the way so they don’t interfere with the task at hand: driving! We used a clever combination of Dritz® hardware and elastic for ease and flexibility. This would be a great organizer for anyone who spends a lot of time in the car. Add a few of auto safety products to make it an even smarter gift idea.

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Classic Tailored Linen and Ribbon Half Apron

Wednesday, 09 October 2019 1:00

When we're young, our parents are just our parents. Often, it's not until we're looking back over our shoulders or packing up boxes for an estate sale that we take a close look at their fashions and belongings and realize, "Wow... they were pretty stylin'."  Today's stunning half apron design has a crisp, tailored look to it, and the jacquard ribbons from Renaissance Ribbons reminded both my sister and me of our father's favorite skinny striped ties, which he would wear tp work with a starched white shirt and a suit coat on even the hottest days of summer. Indeed... he was stylin'. 

How to Make Darts to Create Contours

Tuesday, 08 October 2019 1:00

You may be familiar with darts as those pointy things you throw at a dartboard on the wall of your favorite pub. Although they don't fly, darts in sewing are still vital components of the overall sewn project. For the most part, sewing darts look quite similar to their gaming counterpart. They are wide on one end and pointy on the other. Pub darts are all about a smooth trajectory and pinpoint accuracy. Sewing darts are also big on smooth lines and precise points, but their function is all about shape. No matter what kind of sewing you do, sooner or later, you will likely have to sew a dart. Throwing darts... you can do on your own time.

Frightful Faces Halloween Treat Bags: Dritz Products and Notions

Monday, 07 October 2019 2:00

The most basic of box bottom bags becomes a top-notch Halloween Treat Bag thanks to three Frightful Faces made from Dritz Products and Notions as well as a few bits and pieces from your own scrap stash. Iron-on Lettering personalizes each bag and a sturdy 1” Dritz Belting handle means your little ghosts and goblins can load them up with lots o’ loot.

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