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Double Zipper Device Sleeve with Wrist Strap

Thursday, 13 July 2017 1:00

We love the idea of concealing a cutting-edge electronic device inside a vintage wrapper. Our Double Zipper Device Sleeve combines three nostaligic prints from the wonderful Eclectic Elements series by Tim Holtz for Coats. There's a great old-fashioned ticking stripe together with a print made up of retro rulers and tapes. The lining is a cool collage of vintage labels and pen and ink illustrations. Three generous pockets can hold a selection of devices. The inner sleeve is sized to easily accommodate a Nook®, Kindle® or iPad® Mini. Two 7" x 7" outer pockets can fit the smaller Nook® or your smart phone. The front pocket can be completely sealed with a zipper, so it could also hold a wallet and keys. Or... go ahead and push against the electronic grain by tucking an actual printed book or notepad into one of the compartments! Fusible fleece between the layers keeps everything soft yet stable. So many options in one convenient bag.

Laminated Little Sunshine Diaper Tote

Wednesday, 12 July 2017 1:00

Tiny hands, teeny toes... babies are adorable little packages, but what they lack in size, they more than make up for in volume. Leaving the house with a baby can feel like provisioning for an Arctic adventure. You need a generous diaper bag to handle the task. Our Little Sunshine Tote features wipe-clean cotton laminate on the outside and a PUL lining. With 5" boxed corners, this tote opens wide, and there are plenty of pockets to store all the necessities: two small and two large pockets on the inside plus a handy side bottle pocket and zippered pouch on the outside. It's lightweight but hard-working.

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Lightweight Designer Day Pack

Tuesday, 11 July 2017 1:00

Our backpack has classic carryall styling: from the padded adjustable straps to the fold-over flap with a magnetic clasp to the fully-finished front zippered pocket. It's a great day pack created in beautiful fabric: fashion meets function. We used Hawthorne Threads digitally printed fabric in a quilting-weight cotton. Thanks to a high thread count, this traditional weight feels smoother and a bit heavier than traditional collections. We loved working with it. Even better news: Hawthorne Threads now offers their in-house collections in a variety of substrates. Most designs are available in standard 100% quilting cotton, organic 100% quilting cotton, poplin, rayon, and linen cotton canvas!

Canvas Bucket Bag with Drawcord Top and Two-Piece Snap Strap

Monday, 10 July 2017 1:00

This crisp, cute bag looks like we grabbed it right off the shelf of the trendiest high-end boutique. Its bucket shape and cinched top is a silhouette that remains popular season after season. We made the design our own by creating the sample in a modern canvas with polished nickel hardware and a matching twisted cord for the signature drawstring closure. It has a casual nautical feel – perfect for the warmer days ahead. Or, switch out the fabrics for a bag that can take you into Fall and Winter. Whatever your choice, it's easy to set a course for style. We used and recommend a mid-weight cotton canvas for the best result, and there are lots of great options to explore from a variety of designers. We're always impressed by the selection at Robert Kaufman, Kokka, and Premier Prints. We also liked Cloud9 GeoCentric Zig Zag Organic Cavas which we found at Harts Fabric.

“The Cool Kids Are Coming” – S4H Classics Great Giveaway

Friday, 07 July 2017 1:00

Make way for the most popular projects! July is one of the hottest months of the year here in the states, so we’re turning up the cool. We’ve picked five top projects from three of our favorite categories: Bags & Totes, Aprons, and Storage Solutions. Each week for the next three weeks, we’re featuring classics for you to discover – or re-discover. And to celebrate the return of these coolest-of-the-cool projects, we have an amazing prize bundle to go with each themed week. That’s three chances to win, and we have three ways to enter! 

English Cottage Christmas Stockings: Christmas in July

Thursday, 06 July 2017 1:00

Did you ever wonder where "Christmas In July" came from? It turns out this summer celebration of Yuletide has been around for years. In the early 1940s, relief groups planning to send presents to soldiers or missionaries overseas, would gather everything together in July in order to have it ready to ship it off in time to arrive before Christmas. Then, in 1942, director Preston Sturges released a comedy titled "Christmas In July” and the popular film did much to make the term fashionable. In the 1950s, retailers started having Christmas In July sales as a way to lure in shoppers during the long stretch between Father's Day and Back-To-School. Although not as common any longer for general retail, in the sewing world, Christmas In July promotions continue to be successful because they actually make sense. If you're sewing Christmas gifts, you really should be getting your patterns and fabric ready in the summer. Otherwise, at the big family gift-opening, you face the humbling experience of giving half finished projects and then quickly taking them back with promises to return them by Valentine's Day... or thereabouts. In honor of Christmas in July 2017, we have the quintessential holiday project: stockings to hang by the chimney with care.

Cord Wraps in Two Sizes

Wednesday, 05 July 2017 1:00

Although it may seem as if our varied electronic devices operate by magic, we know sooner or later they require a cord to sync, transfer or re-charge. All those little cords can become a tangled mess, making it hard to find what you need when you need it. Keep your cords tidy with these quick and easy wraps. We offer two sizes: one small version for things like tiny ear buds, another for larger items, like power cords. They take just teensy scraps of fabric. We worked with pre-cuts, using a charm square for the small size and a layer cake square for the large size. Great for travel!

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Floral Half Apron with Slash Pockets

Monday, 03 July 2017 1:00

It may be a half apron, but it’s full of pretty details. For yourself or as a delightfully easy gift, this pretty apron mixes a very lightweight solid cotton with a bold quilting cotton print. The gorgeous fabric we chose is from Jennifer Paganelli’s Color Brigade collection for FreeSpirit Fabrics. Its swirling floral motif and sunny color palette does the heavy-lifting to create eye-catching accents. And the solid sheer cotton helps keep the gathered skirt and wide waist ties soft and flowing.

Fast Fridays: Button Loop Overlap Pillows

Friday, 30 June 2017 1:00

What’s faster than a pillow. Well… cheetahs, Italian sports cars, and the time it takes for your kids to age from 2 to 20 to name a few. So, let’s be more specific. When it comes to sewing projects, what’s faster and easier than a pillow? Nothing! This pillow design is certainly quick and easy, but the classic styling makes it look like it stepped right out of a high-end home décor store. We took a traditional envelope closure and brought it around to the front. Add a beautiful button, and you have instant elegance. 

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