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Slim Messenger Bag: New Etsy Shop Pattern

Monday, 28 October 2019 1:00

Tall and slim, this handsome messenger bag is a casual, fun style that’s great for everyday and anywhere you need to go. It works well for either guys or gals. Originally released as part of the Sew4Home Maker’s Club; this bag pattern is now available exclusively in the S4H Etsy Shop. Our thorough step-by-step instructions cover how to create two types of straps, insert push locks, add piping, plus more professional details that will take your bag making skills to the next level. 

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Fast Fridays: Scrunchies with Optional Tie

Friday, 25 October 2019 1:00

They’re back! This hairstyle mainstay of the 80s is one of the top trends this year for pulling up your pony. Scrunchies are super fast and fun and take just a tiny bit of fabric and elastic, which makes them a great fit for our Fast Fridays series – projects that are all about creating something wonderful in no time at all. Our scrunchies are done with a unique double-turn method that eliminates the hard center seam found is many other styles. The traditional construction method has a bulky overlapped seam that leaves a flat spot in the scrunchie, and who wants their scrunchie-ness interrupted with that?! Read on to learn our technique for a smooth, stretchy circle. 

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Products We Love: Pillow Talk Book and Kits by Edyta Sitar

Thursday, 24 October 2019 1:00

Who loves pillows? We love pillows! Actually, we think it’s safe to say that everyone loves pillows. How could you not? They’re soft and pretty, and their flat surface is the perfect foundation for design. The lovely and creative, Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts has taken that pillow top design to a wonderful new level in Pillow Talk, her latest book with It’s Sew Emma. Read on to take a look inside at the 25 eye-popping pillows and discover the 25 companion Pillow Talk fabric kits available starting this month at Fat Quarter Shop. 

Modern Two-Tone, Fold-Over Clutch in Faux Leather and Suede

Wednesday, 23 October 2019 1:00

Two colors, two fabrics, one awesome bag. This clutch knocks-off a popular style we spotted on the shelves of several high-end boutiques. We love being able to give you the inspiration and instructions to make your own beautiful bags and totes for a fraction of the hundreds of dollars listed on designer price tags.

How to Narrow Wide Webbing to Fit Small Hardware

Tuesday, 22 October 2019 1:00

The stars do not always align. The square peg does not fit the round hole. Sometimes the perfect webbing or strapping you’ve selected for a shoulder bag or similar project is simply too darn wide for the D-ring or Swivel Hook you really want/need to use. Try this quick trick to bring your wide webbing down to size.

Mini Coin Purse with Pleated Front

Friday, 18 October 2019 1:00

If we must say so ourselves (and sometimes we must), these little coin purses are about as adorable as they come! Not only do they get five stars on the cuteness chart, they are super easy. Make one for yourself (because you deserve it!), then make a bundle for your friends. They are the perfect fast and fun gift. Fill them with coins and gift cards, tasty treats, or other little goodies. We used a variety of different eye-poppin' colors and patterns for our exteriors with a matching fabric (but in three different colorways) on the inside to tie our three together as a set. Spare change just got a whole lot more fun!

How to Make and Install Inset Zippers

Thursday, 17 October 2019 1:00

We call this a "flat top" zipper. We've also heard it referred to as a set-in zipper and a recessed zipper. You can make up your very own name; the Penelope Zipper would be one option. You've undoubtedly seen this type of zipper on loads of handbags and totes. It sits below the top of the bag, running flat across the top (thus the vote for my name), featuring tabs at either end (to hold on to, making it easy to zip open and shut), and is secured to the bag's lining with a simple facing (which is what allows it to be recessed). When you want a professional look plus the security of a full closure, you can't go wrong with the inset-flat top-set-in-recessed-Penelope zipper. Read on to see how easy it can be.

Halloween Fun with Dritz Cheesecloth + Six Everyday Uses

Wednesday, 16 October 2019 1:00

At the risk of sounding a little cheesy, don’t you love it when you re-discover a been-around-forever kind of product that is inexpensive, natural, re-usable, and super versatile? May we re-introduce you to: Dritz Cheesecloth. This time of year, it’s a super fun Halloween decorating material, but it’s also a year-round option for cooking, cleaning, crafting, and more. 

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Gumdrop Clutch with Beaded Tassel Zipper Pull

Tuesday, 15 October 2019 1:00

Goody, goody gumdrop! This cute zippered clutch combines several of our favorite embellishments: ribbon, beads, and tassels. Extra long zipper-pull charms are on-trend this season. They can add a bit of bling to any bag, but are an especially fun accent for this clutch with its bright colors and playful pattern. Of course, it's always an option to experiment with your own combinations; a neutral palette with natural stone beads would be another lovely look. 

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