The bow tie has long been the purview of over-dressed little boys, dapper accountants, and Bill Nye the Science Guy, but we're blasting out of that box. We used unique fabrics and custom designs to create three quirky, confident, and stylish ways to wear a bow tie. Our teen trio effortlessly pulled off each example of this unexpected fashion flair: Newsboy Button Down, Hipster Double Plaid, and Party Chic Velvet. What's the big deal with bow ties? It's all thanks to our friends at Dritz® who sent us their new Bow Tie Kit. These inexpensive kits make creating an adjustable neck band easy - so you can concentrate your imagination on customizing your best bow.
There's power in plaid! It's a fashion staple that never goes out of style. Dress it up or dress it down - it's fabulous in every way. We used a double layer of cozy plaid flannel for our fringed scarves. It's a great alternative to wool plaids, which can be itchy to wear around your face and neck. Here's a bit of fun flannel history: it was originally made of carded wool or worsted yarn. Today, the coziness comes from cotton. 100% cotton flannel is super soft; with two layers, it's super-duper soft. We picked out our flannels from the great selection at Fabric Depot. It was mix and match heaven. Below we give you direct links to our two featured combinations as well as nine additional options to consider. And that's just a drop in the bucket. Fabric Depot offers enough choices to put together dozens of powerful plaid pairs.
This is one of our favorite holiday projects. Maybe because the tree skirt is a Christmas classic. Maybe because we love the vibrant patchwork of fabrics set-off with bold binding and bows. Maybe because the triangle wedges secretly remind us of pie, and we love pie. In fact, now that we've mentioned it, we wish we had a slice or two of pie. Mmmmmmmm.... pie.
For the next several Fridays, we've collected some S4H classic gift ideas for you. Each one is especially fast and fun, and can easily be made with fabric from your stash. So when you hear yourself screaming, "I gotta getta gift!!!" We're here to help. This handy little carrying case is modeled after the lanyards you often get at conferences or other events. In fact, you could certainly use it for that or to hold small travel documents and ID. It's also a perfect size for credit cards, cash, even your keys... all on a removable lanyard. Use it without the lanyard as a mini wallet inside a larger handbag or tote. The secret back pocket is held together with Velcro® so nothing will tumble out. This is a great ScrapBusters project; you can mix and match the three fabrics needed to create just the right look. Choose a fabric combo that highlights the recipient's hobby or just his/her favorite colors.
What's the lifeblood of any wardrobe? Accessories! Why do we love accessories so much? Because they're a fast, economical way to jump start an old outfit. Throw on a belt, wrap up in a scarf, add a fabric flower pin... suddenly, it's a whole new look and feel. The small size of accessories also makes them a great way to try out new substrates, like the luxurious rayons we used for this long, beautiful scarf. There's an elastic channel through the middle, allowing you to ruche it up into a fun, ruffly shape secured at each end with a pretty little bow. We made two scarves, each one in two coordinating rayons. Wear them separately or together. For yourself or as a gift, these quick and easy accessories are a great way to brighten up anyone's wardrobe.
Oh! is for Ollie and Olivia Owl. This adorable stuffed pair is wondering, "Whoooooo wants a hug?" We provide all the pattern pieces you need to make one, two or an entire parliament. Yep... a group of owls is called a parliament. They must be wise indeed. These owl pals are a generous size for easy squeezing, and well as for laying your head for a little sleepy time nap. Each is approximately 18" tall x 16" wide, excluding ears, wings and feet. We especially love their big, bright eyes – they're staying wide awake so you can doze safe and sound.
A baby's first year is all about touch. Their little fingers are busy exploring the world around them. Why not create a wonderfully soft surface full of interesting textures to investigate?! A recent trend is what's called a "tag blanket." The idea is to combine the classic security blanket with an activity play mat, giving babies an interactive adventure that still has the cuddly comfort of their favorite blankies. We met with our friends at Fabric Depot to review the latest, greatest, and softest fabric options. Then we put our own Sew4Home spin on the tag blankets we found in stores and online by increasing the size to play mat dimensions (ours is 35" x 35") and designing a unique patchwork surface of fleece, faux fur, and cotton. The ribbon "tags" around the perimeter are all satin, the hands-down favorite of babies and toddlers. How many satin blanket bindings did you rub off as a child?!
It starts flat, then folds up 1-2-3, and snaps front and back to create an adorable cone-shaped mini purse for coins and more. Project design credit goes to Tendance Ruban for re-inventing this lovely vintage design; our thanks to Renaissance Ribbons for bringing it to our attention and suggesting we do an update. We reverse-engineered the original sample to provide you with easy, step-by-step instructions and a downloadable pattern. For this multi-layer project with its origami fold, it's important everything stays flat. Our solution: the ribbons are stitched to the plain side of a layer of fusible interfacing. When the front and back are assembled and pressed, it activates the fusing and creates a tight, smooth bond. Stability is increased and layers are decreased.
"If your hair is done properly and you have on good shoes, you can get away with anything." So says Iris Apfel of Harper's Bazaar. And, I would have to agree. We all know a "good hair day" is simply "a good day!" Our sparkly flower hair clips were designed with little girls in mind, but they can inject a bit of glamour into your lovely locks as well. The "petals" are made from tiny scraps of various synthetic fabrics; we used glitter tulle, organza, and polyester lining fabric. A tiny, faceted bead holds everything together at the center.
Ponchos are a classic trend that pop back up every five to ten years, and why not? They allow you to go outside wrapped in a soft, cozy blanket and no one thinks you're crazy... in fact, they compliment you on your chic fashion sense. We're down with that! Give our Bound Wool Poncho a try. It's easy and fun.