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Box Style Tote with Yarn Wrapped Handles & Accents

Monday, 06 August 2018 1:00

Often, the best way to showcase an interesting embellishment is to keep your fabric muted so the featured technique shines. We used a variegated cotton yarn to create custom wrapped handles on this classic box tote – then added yarn whip stitching along the pocket top and an eye-catching crosshatch to hold the unique reverse box corners in place. Dimension, color, and style all in one.

How To Measure For Curtains, Drapes & More

Friday, 03 August 2018 1:00

Window coverings seem to be one of our most basic needs. As soon as you get some sort of shelter, you're looking for a way to cover the windows for privacy. In college, I simply used push-pins to hold a sheet across my apartment's bedroom window. I let it hang down at night, and during the day I held it back with a binder clip from my Economics textbook. Not very stylish, but at least it blocked the view of the dumpsters. Now I know window coverings are a great DIY project; and simple enough for the beginning sewer. Straight edges. Simple, straight stitches. The individual steps couldn't be easier. But even the most basic curtain project can go awry without some good planning. And the most important part of that planning is knowing how to take proper measurements.

Scandinavian Style Rustic Apron with Decorative Stitching Accents

Thursday, 02 August 2018 1:00

Like whipped cream on a plain piece of pie or a marshmallow dropped in a mug of hot cocoa, decorative stitches can turn an ordinary project into something special. We started with a basic bib and skirt design in two natural colors of cotton duck, then added multiple lines of 9mm decorative stitching. The result: our charmingly rustic Scandinavian apron. It's perfect to wear while you're whipping up a little appelkaka (Swedish apple cake) or chockladbullar (Swedish cocoa balls).

Shower Curtain with Valance plus Pom Pom Accents

Wednesday, 01 August 2018 1:00

This beautiful shower curtain is guaranteed to improve your singing in the shower by 110%. We're not sure how we will ever back up that claim, but since everyone figures they sound like Beyonce when the water's running, how can we go wrong? We chose two coordinating Waverly Sun N Shade fabrics: one with a bold motif for the main curtain, the other in a smaller design for the valance. Pom poms provide a pop of color. Toss that plain plastic shower curtain and go for gorgeous instead.

Ball Frame Bridesmaid's Clutch

Tuesday, 31 July 2018 1:00

One of the most popular wedding trends is to create coordinated clutches for the bridesmaids. These adorable little purses are just the right size to carry a few important items to the wedding and reception. Many brides also use them to hold special wedding day gifts for their girlfriends. We even found some stories out there about brides who've skipped traditional bridesmaid bouquets, choosing instead to put real or silk flowers on coordinated clutches and have the girls carry these down the aisle. Our design uses a classic 9" x 3" metal frame with a ball clasp. Of course, there is absolutely no rule saying this is only for brides and bridesmaids. It's a classic look for any occasion.

Upcycled Cardigans: Dritz Decorative Elastics & Closures

Monday, 30 July 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. I’m just waiting to show up in People magazine’s “Who Wore it Best” column… probably not on the winning side. 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.

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Mesh & Cotton Beach Bags

Friday, 27 July 2018 1:00

Yes, the stores are already filled with back-to-school supplies, but we refuse to let go of summer. There are plenty of days left for fun in the sun! If you agree, our super cute Mesh Beach Bags are perfect for all the warm weather adventures yet to come. The mesh body lets sand and dirt sift out while at the same time allowing air to flow in and help dry out suits and towels. We used Dritz® Iron-on Letters to personalize our bags. Professional Dritz® hardware adds the functionality with an interior snapped pocket and detachable cross body strap.

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Divided and Structured Fabric Basket

Thursday, 26 July 2018 1:00

Divide and conquer! When it comes to organizing your stuff, it’s one of the best ways to tackle the mess and contain the chaos. We created one of our famous fabric baskets, then added some extras we’ve never offered before in one storage solution: both inner and outer pockets, double carry handles, and a removable center divider. It’s a great caddy for the car, as we’ve shown in several of our photos, or customize it for any room in the house. 

How to do Elastic Shirring: Make a Top or Dress in an Afternoon!

Wednesday, 25 July 2018 1:00

It’s shirr magic! Elastic shirring creates a wonderful stretchy texture and is the perfect warm weather technique. It occupies the space between the simplicity of gathering and the intricacy of hand-smocking. We’ve pulled together links to our full step-by-step tutorial plus three shirring projects: a flirty little top plus a full length sundress for both big and little girls. We think you’ll find it fun to learn and easy to do. 

How to Make Tiny Tucks with a Quarter Inch Seam Foot

Tuesday, 24 July 2018 1:00

Narrow tucks, called pintucks when they are super-duper narrow, are most often used in the world of heirloom sewing, but they can add a lovely bit of detail to many other types of projects. You can create this look quickly and easily with your Quarter Inch Seam foot. Tucks can be sewn in thread to match the fabric for a classic tone-on-tone look. Or, switch to a contrasting thread for extra detail along the stitch line. For even more embellishment, amp up the accent with decorative stitching between tucks or directly on top of each tuck.

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