Think espadrilles are just for summer? Think again! With a closed heel, a stacked ribbon toe in fabulous fall colors, and a matching ribbon ankle strap, your new shoes are just hours away. Dritz® Espadrille Wedges are DIY magic. Don’t you dare roll your eyes! Making your own shoes is easier and more fun than you might imagine. We were skeptical at first too. I mean… shoes?! Cobblers do that, right?! We have no business in the shoe business. But, Dritz® has thought through all the hard stuff, like providing the soles and the best construction tools, and figuring out the patterns; leaving you the clever, creative part. Very chic, very simple. Make a pair for all your favorite outfits.
Mesh laundry bags to collect your washables are certainly readily available in stores and online, and they can be relatively inexpensive to purchase. However, they usually aren't as well-made as you'd like, or maybe you need a special teeny-tiny size for baby socks, or want a fun color to tempt an otherwise messy teen to pick up his underwear. Time to bust out a few of your own. They're super easy; we made our two samples in nothing flat.
We were going to call this tutorial: Bias Binding: Basics & Beyond, however, we decided to forgo the clever alliteration and instead focus on the key words we hear whenever we receive questions about this topic: "How do you figure out how much fabric you need?" "How do you cut all the strips?" "How do you sew all the strips together?" "How do you put it on your project so it looks smooth and pretty?" "Why is the sky blue?" It's time to collect all the scattered tips and information into one updated article. We'll address all four of the most common questions: yardage, cutting, making, and attaching. You're on your own for the blue skies!
When you’re carrying a heavy load in a bag, tote or brief, is there often more slip than grip in your shoulder strap? A strap pad helps keeps your shoulder strap in place, balanced over your shoulder. It also more evenly distributes the weight, making the bag easier to carry. Final benefit: when you make it yourself, it can be super pretty!
It’s that usually very exciting and fun last-official-weekend-of-summer. But this year, we’ve found it hard to be in a full celebratory mood. Instead, we find ourselves concentrating on all the work that needs to be done to help the people devastated by Hurricane Harvey in Houston and the surrounding areas. The flood waters have begun to recede, but now the real work begins. We’ve searched through the news online and have come up with a short list of organizations who could use our help… your help… everyone’s help. #HoustonStrong.
Hot pads provide a great small surface to experiment with some embellishment. Obviously, since they will be around a heat source, you can’t go wild, but subtle touches are a nice way to inject a little style into these kitchen necessities. We used ribbon and decorative stitching. Remember, natural fibers are best as you don’t want to mix in any substrates that could easily melt. We selected linen and cotton for our fabrics and cotton twill tapes for the ribbon.
Fluffy poms are great for any number of projects. We've used them to add extra whimsy to an already fun project, as well as to juxtapose a bit of casualness against the elegance of fine cotton or velvet - kind of like wearing Converse® high-tops with a tuxedo. A little bit of levity can add just the right touch. Whether you need one great pom or dozens, a Clover Pom Pom Maker simplifies the task, and each one will be as perfectly puffy as the next. Find some yarn and get ready to get fluffy.
Can't you picture Harrison Ford slinging this amazing duffle over his shoulder as Indiana Jones?! We blended heavy canvas and faux leather with webbing and brass zipper accents for the dashing exterior. Inside is a tough rip-stop nylon lining. Even if you're not a world-renowned archeologist and adventurer, this bag is is great way to pack your stuff, whether you're heading across town to the gym or getting away for the weekend. The holidays are coming up, and this would make a very nice gift for your personal action hero. The combination of fabrics, colors and textures has the perfect feel – a little bit retro and a whole lot cool.
Want to know the long and the short of it?! Making an adjustable strap can seem like a magic rope trick with all the weaving and threading this way and that. But, it’s really quite an easy technique and makes the strap so much more useful. Lengthen to wear cross body, shorten for a shoulder strap or to hand carry. The technique also works great for instrument straps. We show you the easy steps, using handy Dritz® hardware.
Pillowcases are a fast and easy project that is perfect for beginning sewers. These lovelies combine the silkiness of solid satin with the pretty softness of flannel. We’ve used the “burrito style” construction method for this pillowcase project, which creates nicely finished seams inside and out with an easy roll-and-turn method.