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” 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.
The round bolster is a great way to add a new and interesting shape to your pile o' decorator pillows. We chose a 6" x 16" cylinder, which is a classic size to pair up with a 16" or 20" square pillow. Or, make a pair of bolsters as we did and display them on their own. Cording accents and gathered ends are elegant touches that add true designer style yet are so very easy to accomplish.
Although I have no proof, I feel certain that somewhere in my past there is an ancestor of regal bearing. Perhaps a Baltic princess or a brooding prince from the moors of Scotland. I have a deep affection for well-appointed luxury. For a formal occasion, I love the look of a table runner with place mats. The rich dark wood of the dining table sets off the fabric, and the individual linens act like beautiful little frames for the china and silver. This very elegant table runner in a sparkling platinum damask with rich mahogany accents is certainly fit for a king or a queen or... for your own royal family this holiday season.
Calming, cozy neutrals are the most accepted palette for winter. But when everything around you begins to feel like its blending into beige, a blast of rich color can be just what the doctor ordered. We turned to the bold prints of Waverly fabrics for this very stylish satchel. The fabric is called Ute Mountain, and the colorway is Cove. The fabric's design is an homage to the Ute Indians of the Rocky Mountain area of Colorado and Utah. The deep navy of the fabric is highlighted with avocado, turquoise, and amber. With its stair-stepping diamonds and two different medallions, this design begged for a project that would bring these motifs to the forefront. Our five-star classic satchel has the features to do just that: precise fussy cutting and pattern matching, a unique inset zipper, bias cut handles plus a detachable strap, and many more professional details.
One week and counting… it’s officially the Festival of the Last Minute. We’re right there with you and have put together a set of four nearly-no-sew projects that use Dritz hardware and tools to make the steps easy and the results outstanding. We worked with two layers of craft weight glitter vinyl to fashion a journal pencil pouch, tasseled bookmark, wrist loop key fob, and two sizes of cord wraps. As we put together the set, we’ve been referring to them in-house as: Sparkly Things… and really, that’s exactly what they are. Truth be told, we can all use a bit more sparkle in our lives – dontcha think?!
Bundle up a few folks on your gift list with one of our warm and wonderful flannel and faux sherpa scarves. Sherpa is the “it” fabric this season, and today’s faux fur and fleece sherpa options make it both easy and economical to add this thick and bundle-y texture to your winter warm-up projects. We paired our sherpa fleece with another perennial winter favorite: plaid flannel. The bouncy finishing touch are the jumbo poms at each end of the scarf, because fluffy pom poms make everything a little bit happier. Best of all – this is a Sew4Home Fast Fridays project. Our Fast Fridays series is all about whipping out something wonderful in no time at all, and you can put together one of these scarves in just a couple hours from first cut to last stitch.
Holiday themed batik quilting cottons have become a very popular seasonal fabric. A number of manufacturers are now coming out with special collections each year. The motifs are a bit larger and the colors a bit bolder than what you might traditionally expect in a batik. It's a fun and festive look, and was the perfect choice for the crazy patch treatment on our luxurious tree skirt. This is an easy project – there's still time to whip one up for this year!
The circle is, in my humble opinion, the Queen of the geometric shapes. Don't get me wrong; I like all those squares, rectangles, triangles, octagons, and whatnot; but the circle is the coolest of the bunch: smooth and pretty and endlessly useful. However, trying to draw a perfect circle without a pattern is a challenge, and figuring out the proper size of an opening into which a circle can be inserted requires working with Pi (or π), which is not the delicious kind you can eat with a bit of ice cream. We're here today to help you with the steps you've forgotten since high school geometry class (or maybe never learned because you were too busy passing notes with Susan Ellery!). We'll show you the parts of a circle, how wide to cut fabric to fit a circle, and how to draw a circle without a pattern. We've also included a handy conversion from decimals to inches, which is necessary when working with Pi.