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Sewing Machine Cover with Decorative Stitching Accents

Tuesday, 07 March 2017 1:00

A cover keeps your machine protected from dust and sun exposure when not in use, and a custom sewn cover can be a very pretty alternative to what may have come with your machine. Decorative stitching accents in multiple colors plus button embellishment adds a bit of flair to our design. Have fun with your fabric selections to best match your décor; we recommend coordinating two prints with one solid – a solid is the best background for the decorative stitching. Read on to see how we measured out Janome Skyline machine to determine our cuts. There's also a pattern download provided for the curved side panels. Your trusty machine works so hard for you, doesn't it deserve a brand new outfit?! 

Ruffle Bunnies: Fun Appliqué Kitchen Towels

Monday, 06 March 2017 1:00

These kitchen towel Ruffle Bunnies are ready to hop-to-it and help with your dish drying. Download our free appliqué templates to make a set for yourself as well as all your friends. As you know, bunnies have many friends and relations, so they like to have lots of company. We used a Fat Quarter Shop Jolly Bar bundle to cut out our cute bunny trio. These 5” x 10” pre-cuts are a FQS exclusive and were the perfect size for all three designs. You’re going to love the unique way we came up with to create the double ruffle, which is finished on all sides and doesn’t leave a visible seam allowance. It’s like magic, you might say a bit like pulling a rabbit out of a hat… if you aren’t too tired of the bun-bun metaphor yet! 

Fast Fridays: Double-Ended Key Fobs

Friday, 03 March 2017 1:00

Keep all your keys contained with one of these versatile key fobs. One end has a traditional split key ring; the other end is a swivel hook. You’ll combine just a small piece of thin faux leather with a short length of gorgeous ribbon. Layer, stitch, clamp, and you’re done! Our Fast Fridays projects are all about whipping up something wonderful in no time at all. 

Coupon Clipper Organizer & Wallet

Thursday, 02 March 2017 1:00

I am a coupon clipper; I even keep the ones that spit out like some sort of crazy jackpot with my grocery receipt. They all end up in a kitchen drawer, which is usually where they are when I really need them. If I do manage to remember to bring them to the store, it's so hard to find the one I need, I often just give up. Our solution is this pretty Coupon Organizer & Wallet. It has seven pockets so you can sort coupons, frequent shopper punch cards, gift cards, and more into specific sections. Now they will be easy to find, and therefore, easy to use. Never pay full price again!

Round Patchwork Floor Cushion with Tufting

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 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 floral prints from Amy Butler's 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. 

Canvas Weekender Duffle: Dritz Gunmetal Hardware

Monday, 27 February 2017 1:00

This super-stuffable duffle fills up with plenty of stuff then cinches down into a compact and easy-to-carry box shape. Dritz® hardware makes it all work! We added both carry handles as well as an adjustable shoulder strap. The strap can be completely detached, which makes the bag a good option for travel – no dangling strap to get caught on things. You’ve likely seen this classic style before. It reminded us of a vintage college sports duffle. Read on to see how we’ve demystified the steps to creating the zip-wrap-and-clip combo that gives the top of the duffle its signature silhouette. 

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How to Clean Your Sewing Machine: Get Smoother Sewing & Fewer Repairs

Friday, 24 February 2017 1:00

This is one article we like to bring back often because it's so important to be nice to your trusty sewing machine. Do you know the number one thing you can do to keep your sewing machine running smoothly? Clean out the lint! It's an unavoidable by-product of sewing. The more you sew, the more lint sifts into the guts of your machine. A little regular cleaning will keep your machine running smoothly. And a clean machine is also a quiet machine. Not only will periodic "care and feeding" help your machine to run better, it can also save you money in major repairs. Our thanks to Janome America for taking us through the important steps of regular maintenance you can do yourself in between trips to your dealer for more thorough cleaning and service.

Classic Grommeted Curtain Panel

Thursday, 23 February 2017 1:00

Spring is coming, and with it comes the need to re-fresh and renew. One of the best ways to update your home décor is with new curtains. They can instantly transform any room and are the perfect fabric and color building blocks for other transformations, like cushions or table linens. This classic grommeted curtain panel is a project you can turn to again and again. It's fast and easy, plus we give you all the formulas you need to adapt the design to fit your unique window scapes. 

Yardage Conversion Cheat Cards

Wednesday, 22 February 2017 1:00

I know I should be able to do math in my head; I also know I should eat more fruits and vegetables and actually use my gym membership. I could continue to pretend all these things are going to happen, or… I could find some little workarounds. Our Cheat Card is a handy reference table that converts common yardage amounts into inches and centimeters – no math-in-your-head required. It’s small enough to tuck into your wallet or tack up on the bulletin board in your sewing room. 

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How to Make a Narrow Hem with a Neat Corner

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 1:00

Finishing the corners when you're making a narrow hem can be a challenge. Making a perfect 90˚ fold at each corner is one option, and often will work just fine. However, it can be tough to keep your raw edges tucked in, and bulky or slippery fabrics can cause you fits. Instead, our go-to finish option is the folded diagonal point corner: easy, tidy, and pretty from both sides. 

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