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Tall Wine Bags in Burlap & Cotton

Friday, 11 December 2015 1:00

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 heart appliqué. By cutting this appliqué shape from the same burlap as is used for the main bag panels, it creates the look of a window on the front accent band. You could also draw your own shape to add a star, flower, dove or whatever strikes your fancy. We recommend sticking with a simple shape to maintain the cut-out effect.

Snowmen Catnip Toys

Wednesday, 09 December 2015 1:00

Documentation of the first snowman is unclear. According to Bob Eckstein, author of The History of the Snowman (yes... someone actually wrote a history of the snowman!), there are artistic depictions of snowmen dating back to medieval times. The earliest documentation he found was a marginal illustration from a 1380 work titled, Book of Hours found in the National Library of the Netherlands. Our little catnip snowmen are much more modern and designed as the perfect little pet toys to keep your kitties busy while you're outside building a real "jolly, happy soul."

Notepad Folder To Go

Friday, 04 December 2015 1:00

My mother was the ultimate note taker. She recorded everything from gifts she'd received (in order to write a thank you note later) to the gas mileage on car trips (to make sure we were getting the most for our money). In today's plugged-in-turned-on digital world, writing something down may seem old school. But jotting a note by hand is often still the fastest, easiest way to capture a thought or remember an important to-do. Plus, if you have a beautiful handmade fabric folder to keep your pad, pen, and a few extras; low-tech becomes a very lovely option. 

Felt Travel Sewing Kitty: A Hand Stitching Project

Wednesday, 02 December 2015 1:00

Wardrobe malfunctions tend to happen at the most inconvenient times. Just before making an important presentation, a strategic button falls off or a seam opens up. We're not even going to discuss how many stapler-and-Scotch-Tape repairs have been made in desperation. Instead, be ready for any small sewing emergency with a travel sized sewing kit that contains just what you need for a quick disaster fix. Better yet, all the necessities are contained in a cute felt kit with a built-in pincushion kitty. Just because you're prepared doesn't mean you can't also be adorable. 

Holiday DIY Espadrilles with Dritz

Monday, 30 November 2015 1:00

We had so much fun (and such great visitor reaction) to our first article about the new Dritz® Espadrilles program, we're back for Shoepalooza Take #2. This time, we started with the basic Dritz® jute soles, then branched out to select our own unique fabric options. But the creativity didn't stop there! We added buttons, crystals, lace, and ruffles to craft three pairs of new shoes perfect for the holidays and beyond.

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Dog Collar & Leash Sets

Friday, 27 November 2015 1:00

Take your pet walking in a winter wonderland in style this year! Beautiful ribbon, hardware, webbing, a couple of hours; and you can make your very own boutique-style dog collar and leash. This is such a fun and easy project, you'll be offering to make them for all your canine friends. We chose Renaissance Ribbons for the ultra-stylish ribbon on both our sets. This is a perfect holiday gift idea, especially with the cute embellishments we added to each. There's a slip-on bow tie for the dapper dog, and a set of poms and jingle bells for the more festive (and bouncy) pooch. 

Key Ring Gift Card Case: ScrapBusters

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 1:00

As a site dedicated to promoting all things handmade, we probably shouldn't be advocating the gift card. But... what if you put the gift card inside a super cute, handmade case? All bases covered, and everybody's happy. Plus, when the gift card is spent, the case can still be used to hold cards and cash for a quick shopping trip. We even added a key ring to clip on a house or car key. Take it by itself or toss it into a larger tote. You could even use one as a clever case for your business cards.

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Holiday Elf Stockings with Curlicue Toes

Tuesday, 24 November 2015 1:00

One of my favorite books as a child was a Little Golden Book version of the classic story, The Elves and the Shoemaker. I forced my mother to read it over and over until the binding split. What I loved the most, and wanted for my very own, were the curly-toed boots the little elves wore. These stockings are modeled after those very same elf boots. And they are just as cute as I remember.

Luxury Faux Fur Collar: Fabric Depot

Monday, 23 November 2015 1:00

Fashion in a flash. Fur collars are the rage this year on upscale winter coats. Want to add the look to your wardrobe? This beautiful faux fur collar adds an instant overlay of luxury. It was inspired by the sumptuous faux fur selection at Fabric Depot. From realistic animal fur varieties to fanciful colors of curly shags, Fabric Depot's options are wide and varied. We went with the natural fur look of a multi-color Island Raccoon; it featured not only a beautiful depth of tone, but also a smooth and deep pile. 

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ScrapBusters: Rustic Sachets with Hand Stitched Accents

Wednesday, 18 November 2015 1:00

Awwww, the sweet smell of success. Or, at least the sweet smell of lavender! Slip these pretty little sachets onto one or more hangers to freshen your closet. Tie one on a doorknob to lightly scent a small room, such as a guest bath. Bundle up several with some elegant lingerie for a decadent bridal shower gift. Or, heck... just make a few for yourself! For a seasonal spin try cedar chips, cinnamon or pine instead of lavender. With its wonky piecework and rustic feel, this project is all about random elements. Don't stress about keeping everything perfect; embrace the unusual.  

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