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Classic Fabric Journal Cover

Thursday, 03 January 2019 1:00

Did you have a diary as a kid? I did. I just wasn't ever very good at it: "Dear Diary, School was boring today. When I got home, I ate crackers and watched TV. It was a good day." Yep, pretty scintillating stuff. However, if I'd had something as lovely as this Classic Fabric Journal Cover in which to pen my deepest thoughts, I'm sure it would have been much better: "Dearest Diary, Today was an educational minefield. When at last I made it back to the safety of hearth and home, I was able to relax with both sustenance and entertainment at the ready. Stupendous all around." Try it for yourself. Turn a plain spiral notebook into your own inspiring journal with our step-by-step instructions. The notebook is removeable so you can fill it up with plans and dreams, then easily slip a refill into the pretty cover – because plans and dreams must be able to continue!

Faux Fur and Cotton Half & Half Pillows

Wednesday, 02 January 2019 1:00

One half is cool cotton, the other half soft faux fur. When placed side-by-side and back-to-back, you get a pillow with plenty of personality. Mixing textures like this is a fun way to create a unique look. We dare you not to smile at these happy polka dots. So fast and easy, these pillows can stitch together in under an hour. 

7 New Year’s Resolutions to Amp Up Your Creativity for 2019 & Beyond

Monday, 31 December 2018 1:00

I have a clean sheet of paper and a sharpened pencil. Or… perhaps that’s too old school, so I have also opened a new note on my iPhone and my fingers are poised over the keyboard. Either way, it’s time to reflect on the past year and set a few goals for 2019. I know the experts say putting too much stock in the classic commitments can actually amplify disappointment rather than generate hope. So, let’s steer away from: losing weight, flossing regularly, and drinking more water. Instead, I want a bigger picture to keep in my mind’s eye. Let’s think about what will help make us more creative and inspired. We put together our Top Seven ideas for amping up enthusiasm and imagination… and joy. What are you planning? 

Sewing Vocabulary to Test Your Skills and Impress Your Friends

Friday, 28 December 2018 1:00

Any endeavor that turns into a passion comes with its own set of terms, phrases, abbreviations, and secret handshakes. Well, maybe they don’t all have a secret handshake… maybe just a decoder ring. Sewing is no different, and although we do try to make sure we define the more unusual words we sometimes toss around, we can forget now and then. So, we pulled together our Top Twenty Terms that come into play on a regular basis. We’ve alphabetized them into a mini glossary. If you’re a pro, buzz through and see how many you know without peeking. If you’re just getting started, these are great vocabulary builders and awesome to throw into the conversation to startle any non-sewing friends who might be eavesdropping. “I was simply unable move forward without dropping my feed dogs.”  

Ribbon Flap Shoulder Bag

Thursday, 27 December 2018 1:00

The beauty of ribbons always makes a statement. When paired with solid color fabric, they get others talking as well. This smaller shoulder bag features an attention-getting ribbon flap created from seven gorgeous Jacquard ribbons by Renaissance Ribbons. They are stitched side-by-side to the plain side of a layer of fusible interfacing. When the front and back are assembled and pressed, it activates the fusing and creates a tight, smooth bond. True stability (and true beauty) with fewer layers. Read on for how to make your own statement.

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Upcycle a Cardigan with Dritz Decorative Elastics & Closures

Wednesday, 26 December 2018 1:00

We love the look and creativity of handmade, but that doesn’t mean we never buy off the rack. There are so many great deals and styles, and since we have yet to figure out how to jam several more hours into a day, the speed of retail shopping is always appealing. The main drawback: no individuality. Thanks to some fun new products from our friends at Dritz®, we found a fast and easy way to customize an off-the-rack cardigan with decorative elastics and fasteners. You could embellish a simple sweater with a bit of bling for a New Year's Eve gathering.

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Elves Are Keeping Me Up – or, Why I Secretly Love the Last Minute Fever of Christmas Eve

Monday, 24 December 2018 1:00

Before it’s Christmas Eve, it’s Christmas Eve Day…. arguably the busiest day of year for many people, me included. Taking procrastination to the highest of heights, there is most likely: 1) a bulging bag of presents to wrap, 2) numerous sweet treats to finish but for which more butter is required (there is never, ever enough butter), 3) calls to make and emails to send to atone for the lack of, yet again, a clever Christmas card full of chatty news from 2018, and of course, 4) presents to buy since the other stuff already ordered will not arrive on time (is it just me, or does the Amazon Prime delivery window seem to be a moving target?). It’s busy, crazy, and nerve-racking… but, I actually kind of love it.

Industrial Style Quilted Oven Mitts

Friday, 21 December 2018 1:00

“Industrial style” in the world of interior design has been on a steady upward path in popularity over the last several decades. It is so cutting-edge now, you can find its stripped-down functionality in both the trendiest creative work space or a multimillion-dollar NYC condo. The hallmarks are clean lines, simple patterns, and bold machine-inspired accents. We translated the style into this pair of tough oven mitts. 

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