Everything can NOT go in the dishwasher. Fine china, crystal, and flatware require hand washing, which means hand drying – best done with a lightweight cotton cloth that can both dry and add a bit of finishing polish.

Yay for the cloth napkin! Our floating rick rack technique lets you fancy-up a standard cloth napkin as a gift or just for everyday. It’s fun and easy, and you may already have everything you need on hand to whip up a stack in no time.

We've cooked up a great kitchen project. Hot pads are small, simple shapes that cry out for mixing and matching. We stretched our possibilities by making a long, two-handed version. Kind of like those "idiot mittens" you used to have as a kid, one mitten on each end of a string running through the arms
There are lots of options for appliqué, which is essentially just adhering a feature fabric to a background or base fabric. But with machine appliqué, you need a quality thread that can both outline accurately as well as fill without obliterating the accent fabric. These adorable gingham fruit machine appliqué designs were custom digitized for
If one of your New Year’s Resolutions was to do a better job using up the fabric you have on hand, this project is right up your alley. We collected a few leftover jelly roll strips from two FreeSpirit True Colors collections: some from Anna Maria Horner’s set and some from Joel Dewberry’s set, proving
While working on this gorgeous apron, I admit to humming that old nursery rhyme under my breath, “Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Sailor….” We absolutely love the vintage tailoring motifs that run through the Dapper collection by Tim Holtz for FreeSpirit Fabrics. We took the theme and ran with it, designing an apron with subtle hints of
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

Has winter weather brought the watery eyes and red noses? Don’t let it sneak up without a fashion solution. Make sure you’re prepared with a pretty tissue box cover to help distract you from sneezing.

Paper and cardboard wraps certainly do their job; they keep your hand protected from the very hot or very cold contents of the cup. But… are they cute and clever? Are they a green alternative? We think not! Make your own Cup Cozies, using our free patterns and easy instructions. We offer three unique wrap
One appliance that gets almost daily use in most kitchens is the trusty toaster. With all that hard work, it usually ends up looking a bit worse-for-wear. Maybe it's banged up around the edges, for sure there are crumbs aplenty, perhaps there's a small scorched area from the Raisin Bread Affair of 2016. All in
While the cornucopia dates back to Greek Mythology, its graceful shape and overflowing harvest is now most commonly associated with Thanksgiving. A cornucopia looks especially festive on the Thanksgiving table, but takes up more room than most Thanksgiving dinner platters will allow – especially with Aunt Grace's enormous Tropicana Orange Jello mold. You can get
Color Block is a classic fashion trend and is just as fabulous for home décor. It has a cool 60s vibe in a bold, modern style, and no prints need apply. This is all about solid, saturated color, which makes it perfect for today's amazing large selection of solid quilting cottons. We worked with Michael

Baby Shower Power Gift! Our baby-on-the-go thermal baby bottle carrier has a water-resistant PUL lining with a layer of insulating batting and a trendy fabric exterior. The handy Velcro® strap can hook onto a stroller.

These are not your grandmother's tea towels. Pull out the spiciest colors and most striking patterns from your scrap stash for this set of trendy towels. We also dove into the decorative stitch options on our Janome machine to add some dramatic stitch style. These towels can jazz up your own kitchen or would be

Tissue boxes are much prettier these days, but still may not be right for your room. Personalize the look with your own cover. You’ll love the pop-from-the-top grommet! The free pattern download fits a standard square-style box.

A jar wrap helps absorb condensation, makes the jar easier to handle, and looks super cute. We show how to create pretty striped accent bands from a few fave pieces of leftover fabric, making it a fun ScrapBusters project.

Not only does this Fast Fridays project live up to its speedy name, it’s also a great ScrapBuster opportunity – especially for your favorite leftover 5” x 5” charm square pre-cuts. Cut, layer, stitch, serve (shaken not stirred). It’s just that easy and as cute and colorful as can be. Of course, you could switch
Lovely linens make any occasion special. With new spring fabric collections hitting the shelves of online and in-store retailers, now is the perfect time to mix and match your favorites to create a set of fancy placemats for tea time or anytime. When making your next cup, here's a little tea tip: the hotter you

Pretty towels are a wonderful addition to any kitchen for yourself or as a gift. This option is great for longer fabric scraps. Each towel starts with one 4″ and one 3″ strip, which are then trimmed to fit a purchased base towel.

There is a French proverb that tells us, "In water one sees ones own face; but in wine, one beholds the heart of another." These tall wine bags mix the rustic feel of burlap with smooth cotton fabric and velvet or wire-edged ribbon. In honor of the quote above, we used, and offer a template for, a

A mug rug is like a mini placemat with just the right amount of room for a mug and a few little treats. Ours features pretty patchwork on one side with custom embroidery (a free download) on the opposite side’s pocket and napkin.

When the boxes come down from the attic every year, one of my favorite Christmas items to uncover is a table runner my mother made for me. It's the first thing I pull out, and for me, its appearance signals the official arrival of the holiday season. This happy patchwork and pom pom centerpiece certainly

They’re made from leather remnants. The half-square triangles go together in a snap, and the soft wool-felt backing makes them safe for any surface. Super fast and easy. No edge finishing since neither leather or felt will fray.

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