Here's a fast and inexpensive way to create a wonderfully calming gift - your own soothing spa-style eye pillows. Each one uses just small amounts of pretty fabrics plus a bit of trim. We opted for fun, colorful combinations, pulling our prints from a Jolly Bar bundle from Fat Quarter Shop - a perfectly sized precut for this project at 5" x 10". You could certainly also go with luxury fabrics such as satin and silk. A lightly scented filling of rice and flax seeds gives them the perfect weight and aroma.
As a little girl, I liked to watch my mother get dressed up to go someplace special. On the top shelf of her closet, she kept a round, paper-covered hatbox. Inside were a half dozen lovely millinery-quality flower pins, each carefully wrapped in tissue. The finishing touch was pinning a flower to her dress or the lapel of her jacket. My favorite was a big rose-colored peony flower made of woven fabric with several pale green, ribbon-wrapped stems.
You've seen these awesome headbands everywhere. They're a go-to solution for yoga class, running, or just when it's a bad hair day. Now you can make your own. It's very easy, so easy in fact, we did two styles: one is accordion-pleated so you can adjust the pleats to wear it wide or narrow; the other is a turban style with a classic front knot. We tried both styles with a thin woven cotton as well as a lightweight knit. Both worked well during construction and looked great when done.
Soft and light as a cloud, our double gauze scarves are the perfect accessory for the warmer weather headed our way. Their deep ruffled ends add just the right bit of flounce without too much bulk. In fact, the design is so lightweight, you can twist two scarves together for a beautiful blend of color and pattern. And because they’re super fast and easy, you’ll definitely want to make two or four or even more! Some for you and some for gifts… or all for you; we’ll never tell. We used the Embrace Double Gauze by Shannon Fabrics from Fabric Depot. There are brand new designs and colors in stock and ready to be part of your wardrobe.
The practice of decorating eggshells goes back much farther than the Christian traditions surrounding Easter. 60,000-year-old ostrich eggs with engraved decoration have been found in Africa. The ancient Egyptians, Persians, Phoenicians, and Hindus all believed the world began with an enormous egg, so using the egg as a symbol of new life is literally ancient history. We've put aside the marbled elegance and gold leaf of long ago, as well as the today's candy-colored dyes and crayons, opting instead for a basket of super-soft Easter eggs in bright, patterned fleece with ribbons, rick rack, mini-poms, and felt flower accents. They probably won't last 60,000 years, but they sure are cute right now!
Did you have a diary as a kid? I did. I just wasn't ever very good at it: "Dear Diary, School was boring today. When I got home, I ate crackers and watched TV. It was a good day." Yep, pretty scintillating stuff. However, if I'd had something as lovely as this Fabric Journal Cover in which to pen my deepest thoughts, I'm sure it would have been much better: "Dearest Diary, Today was an educational minefield. When at last I made it back to the safety of hearth and home, I was able to relax with both sustenance and entertainment at the ready. Stupendous all around." Try it for yourself. Turn a plain spiral notebook into your own inspiring journal with our step-by-step instructions. The notebook is removeable so you can fill it up with your plans and dreams, then easily slip a refill into your pretty cover – becuase plans and dreams must be able to continue!
I love watching old black and white re-runs of the original TV police series, Dragnet. The most famous "catchphrase" from this series is Detective Joe Friday's iconic line, "Just the facts, ma'am." But, here's your little-known-fact-of-the-day: he never actually uttered this line! Since old myths die hard, we'll continue the parody as the theme behind this cute little mini clutch. Sometimes you need, "Just the necessities, ma'am." When you're running out the door, you need a little purse to hold the essentials, like cards, cash, and a shopping list. You could even use one as a mini wallet to toss into a larger bag.
Wide, tie-front belts - sometimes called obi belts, add a touch of bohemian style to your wardrobe. We used long quilting stitches to accent our fabric's design motifs, then placed a few pretty seed beads at focal points. Faux suede end caps provide the background for the wooden buttons that combine with long suede ties to create the belt's closure. We've packed a huge amount of interest in a very small space.
Ladybug, ladybug, fly away home. Our huggable ladybug pillow is so cute, you won't want her to fly away. Rather than traditional round spots on her wings, Louise the Ladybug sports ten pretty appliquéd white hearts. We also amped up the color by switching out the standard ladybug red for a pretty hot pink. And, there's a hidden heart on her chest, proving she's filled with love through and through. Actually, she's filled with a 12 oz bag of Poly-Fil® Ultra Plush Polyester Fiber Fill, making her squeezably soft. You'll love our trick for making cord-filled tubes to create her sweet pom-tipped antennae. Louise originally appeared on Sew4Home in January 2014, and she has continued to be one of our most popular toy pillow patterns.
Using your sewing machine to join paper and fabric is surprisingly easy. If you've never tried it yourself, this is a great first project that isn't too complicated, but is still a very pretty way to send a personal greeting. At the end of the article is a link to a coordinating fabric and paper envelope.