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Re-imagine & Renovate: Graphic Ruffled Edge Blanket Becomes 'Beary-Beary' Cute

Tuesday, 10 January 2012 9:00

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The baby blanket is, in my mind, the perfect gift for new parents. It's thoughtful, practical and, with the right mix of fabric, cuter than a pile of kittens. Our version gives you plenty of real estate for one cute fabric on the front, another on the back plus a third accent fabric as a dense ruffle all around. Our original project design was done up in Pillow & Maxfield's Pretty Bird collection for Michael Miller Fabrics, which gave the blanket a sophisticated splash of color and a chic artistic flair. When we selected this project as one of our R&R opportunities, we decided to dial up the cute factor with three fabrics from David Walker's Get Together collection for Free Spirit Fabrics. What's R&R you ask? "Re-imagine & Renovate," we answer. We took a classic project and re-made it in a new fabric to create an entirely different look and feel. We chose David Walker's bears and birds in blues and greens, and absolutely love how his designs look like little paper cut-outs dancing across the fabric. This is a blanket with a story to tell, "Once upon a time there was a bear, who jumped up high into the air, higher than the pair of marshmallow trees..."

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Patchwork Pom Pom Throw Has A Minky Soft Center

Thursday, 24 November 2011 9:00

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This plush throw is framed with patchwork and pom poms. Even if you've never done any patchworking, you can make this project. The fun part is picking all the squares: 72 of them in this case. It's like coloring with fabric; you mix and match, combining colors and patterns from square to square. The Heather Bailey Pop Garden & Bijoux fabrics we used create a vibrant border, but you could shuffle your choices to be more subdued or even more zany. The jumbo pom pom trims adds a playful touch, and the center of the throw is super-soft, double-sided Minky. Colorful, cute and cuddly in one great project!

Lush & Plush Trends from Fabric.com: Minky and Satin Baby Blankets

Friday, 04 November 2011 9:00

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Recently, movie star and trendsetter, Nicole Kidman was photographed holding baby Faith wrapped in a plush pink baby blanket with a lush satin ruffle. Dozens of commenters on the photo demanded to know where she got that adorable blanket. Nicole's not telling, but no worries because we have an even cuter design you can make yourself. It's part of our new S4H Series sponsored by Fabric.com: the lush-est, plushest, most trendy fabrics for Fall and Winter. Mar Bella Minky and rich satin combine today for this double-sided beauty!

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Lush & Plush Trends from Fabric.com: Tuxedo Pillowcases in Flannel

Monday, 31 October 2011 9:00

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What does GQ suggest for the best-dressed bed linens this season? Formal flannel of course! Welcome to our newest S4H Series: we're diving into the lush-est, plushest, most trendy fabrics for Fall and Winter. Sponsored by the friendly folks at Fabric.com, we have a range of projects, tips and product reviews to get you working like a pro with flannel, Minky, faux fur and faux leather. Today, we have the perfect gift for the guy on your list: our 'well-suited' pillowcases in Tailor Flannels by Timeless Treasures from Fabric.com. They're stylish yet soft, and are such a clever way to wake up the snappy dresser in your life.

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Moda Fabrics' Lil' Rascals Storybook Bedroom: Twin Size Tied Patchwork Quilt

Wednesday, 21 September 2011 9:00

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Do you remember your childhood bedspread? Most people do. Maybe it's because we always felt so safe and cuddly under those covers. And we all know when you pull the bedspread over your head, you are instantly protected from any monsters who might be trying to get you! Moving from a crib to a 'big boy bed' is a momentous occasion in a toddler's world, and deserving of a special bedcover. Our twin size patchwork quilt tutorial fits the bill. The Gang fabric within the Lil' Rascals collection by Chloe's Closet for Moda Fabrics is a fantastic easy quilting pick because the design already includes a four-patch motif, making your finished quilt look like you're quite the piecing professional.

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Paris Apartment Sewing Machine Cover: Guest Tutorial by Bari J.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011 9:00

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The contest for the kit ended 10/7/11. Even if you didn't win, you can still make the cover with Bari J's terrific tutorial...

Yay! Bari J. is back with another adorable sewing pattern. After everything your sewing machine has done for you, isn't it time you surprise it with a chic evening cover-up with flirty pom-pom fringe?! You could not find a more perfect fabric collection for this sewing machine cover than Bari's magnifique Paris Apartment collection, her first for Lecien. Merci, Bari, for providing our Sew4Home friends with such a delightful free project, plus the chance for one lucky person to win a kit to make their own Paris Apartment sewing machine cover. 

Moda Fabrics' Lil' Rascals Storybook Bedroom: Bound & Personalized Blanket

Wednesday, 31 August 2011 9:00

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It's the world's greatest protective shield... from things that go bump in the night, chilly morning air or the I-miss-my-mommy blues. There's nothing like a thick, snuggly blanket to make everything better. And, there's nothing easier than our blanket tutorial. A handsome binding in alternating fabrics is set against a field of creamy white polar fleece. We personalized the project with our lil' boy's name embroidered in the corner. Even with this extra embellishment, the steps are fast and easy. Today's bound blanket is just one of the eight projects in our new Storybook Lil' Boy's Room Series sponsored by Moda Fabrics and featuring the nostalgic Lil' Rascals collection by Chloe's Closet. From a chubby-cheeked cowboy to a bespectacled pug dog to a mischievous monkey... the characters of Lil' Rascals are all up to something.

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Moda Fabrics' Lil' Rascals Storybook Bedroom: Sleepytime Pillowcases

Monday, 29 August 2011 9:00

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Vintage, Retro, Old School... or simply, "Hey, I remember that!" Designs with a nostalgic flavor go by many names, but are universally appealing. We start a new tutorial series today called Storybook Bedroom. It's sponsored by our creative friends at Moda Fabrics and features Lil' Rascals by Chloe's Closet. From a chubby-cheeked cowboy to a bespectacled pug dog to a mischievous monkey... the characters of Lil' Rascals are all up to something. Don't know about you, but I want to collect my graham crackers and milk, find my favorite picture book, and settle down for a much-needed afternoon nap. Over the next few weeks, we'll unveil eight tutorials to outfit a toddler's bedroom. We envisioned a boy's room, but this collection's soft color palette and playful designs would work for any lil' rascal in your life. Today's project: easy pillowcases sure to make everyone look forward to slipping into the land of nod.

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Queen Quilt Fat Quarter Cut-Up

Thursday, 18 August 2011 9:00

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A beautiful quilt thrown across a country fence to catch the golden summer sun and a gentle breeze. A pretty picture to be sure. But even better is the fact that this quilt tutorial is simply the easiest way ever to make a queen-size quilt! It's perfect for a beginner. The Fat Quarters, which we cut for our blocks, make it look like you've been saving scraps for years. And, a machine-stitched binding keeps the overall time requirement pretty darn low. 

Michael Miller Fabrics' Citron-Gray Nursery: Patchwork Baby Quilt with Monogram

Monday, 15 August 2011 9:00

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The gateway drug of quilting is the baby quilt tutorial. Once you try one of these easy, itty-bitty marvels, you'll be hooked, and small pieces of fabric will begin stacking up all over your house. This handsome quilt is just one of eight tutorials in our modern, baby boy nursery series, sponsored by our good friends at Michael Miller Fabrics and created using their new Color Story concept. Designer Alicia Thommas picked out the best and the brightest of the bold geometrics in our chosen Citron-Gray Color Story. With names like, Feeling Groovy, Play Stripe and Disco Dot... you know it's going to be a fun tutorial. We added a custom monogram to the bottom right corner square, which personalizes the project and will make it a cherished keepsake. However, first it has to be dragged around the house for a few years, cried into, and cuddled with; only then can it be a real keepsake.

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