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Re-imagine & Renovate: Ruffled Market Tote Becomes High Art Handbag

Monday, 02 January 2012 9:00

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Welcome to 2012! After the whirlwind of the holidays, we thought it was time for a little R&R. Not the traditional "Rest & Relaxation" but even better: "Re-imagine & Renovate." We reached back into the S4H archives and found eight popular projects, then we re-did each of them with brand new fabrics, trims and notions. It's our way to show you how easy it is to put a new spin on a fave design. We kick off the series with our original Mother's Day Market Tote from 2011, which we turned into a sleek and stylish bag that makes a dramatic fashion statement.

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Quick & Cool Holiday Gift: Two-Tone Gift Bags in 3 Sizes

Thursday, 22 December 2011 9:00

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Our elegant gift bags come in three useful sizes and are a great way to use up larger fabric scraps. The fabric we selected for our bag trio is from Joel Dewberry's Heirloom collection for Free Spirit Fabrics, which we originally featured in our recent Thanksgiving Series. The exterior and lining of each bag are both made up of two fabrics, which gives them a beautiful finish inside and out. We added glittery rick rack for a dash of holiday sparkle. You could substitute other trims, such as piping, pom poms or or even wide ribbon to give your bags a different seasonal appeal or to coordinate with the colors of a special event, such as a wedding or graduation. Make one or make them all; they're a trio of terrific totes to carry your treats and treasures!

Moda's Half Moon Modern Sewing Room: Task Basket

Thursday, 08 December 2011 9:00

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Got BIG dreams of BIG projects? Then this is the task basket you've been waiting for. It has a 51" circumferance and is 10" deep. If I'd been paying better attention in physic class, I'd probably also be able to tell you the formula to turn those measurements into total volume or area or something, but let's just say, "That's a pretty big basket!" or maybe, "That's a big, pretty basket!" This is the sixth of eight projects in our new Half Moon Modern Sewing Room Series for Moda Fabrics. When I start a project, I like to gather up all the fabric and notions I need in one place to be certain I have enough of everything, and to keep track of it all as I move through the steps. Usually, I've just put all my stuff in a cardboard box, but that is soooooo yesterday. Our Jumbo Task Basket holds everything and does it with sturdy style. A super-heavy fusible stabilizer on the sidewalls is the secret to keeping the circular shape looking great. With two handles, you can move it around wherever you want. And, how can you look at giant zig zag stripes and not break into a grin?!

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Moda's Half Moon Modern Sewing Room: Serger Cover

Tuesday, 06 December 2011 9:00

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Yesterday we created a fun Half Moon Modern sewing machine cover, but many of you also have a special companion machine in your sewing space that we could hardly leave naked: a serger. With their different thread feeding systems and cutting mechanisms, sergers end up more square and taller than a sewing machine and so need differently-sized covers. For our Moda Fabrics Half Moon Modern Sewing Room series, we created a cover for my Janome 1110DX serger. We also did some research online to check out the sizes of the generic vinyl box covers available to make sure our dimensions were compatible. These clear vinyl serger covers were so drab, and... really, if you can see through it, the cover doesn't cover! Ours is done in sunny yellow, using the bold and beautiful zig zag motif of Half Moon Modern with an accent polkadot. There's a handy strap to make it easy to lift on and off and a pocket to hold extra thread cones, tweezers or even the manual.

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Ironing Board Thread Catcher & Caddy

Thursday, 01 December 2011 9:00

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During any given project, I figure I log at least five miles running back and forth between my sewing machine and my ironing board. Crap... need another pin. Dang... where are my scissors? Shoot... forgot to grab the seam gauge again. Sound familiar? We decided our taken-for-granted ironing board was in desparate need of its very own notions caddy. The very cute scissors motif in Moda's Half Moon Modern collection was the perfect fabric choice for the pockets and pouch. One end holds your most-used tools; the other end is a handy thread catcher with a cute button-on pincushion. Of course all this fabulous organization means I now have to make up that five miles with extra laps on the treadmill.

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Lush & Plush Trends from Fabric.com: Trendy Faux Leather Handbag

Wednesday, 09 November 2011 9:00

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Red Leather. Read that out loud three times fast. (Go ahead... I'll wait) Hard to do isn't it? Now try Red Faux Leather. Much easier, isn't it? Not only is it easier to say, faux leather is much easier to sew with than the real thing. We really enjoyed designing and creating this elegant handbag project out of the faux leather provided by our friends at Fabric.com. It's part of our Lush & Plush Series sponsored by Fabric.com, which ran all last week and is continuing this week, giving you tips, projects and product reviews surrounding the lush-est, plushest, trendiest fabrics or Fall and Winter. Our Red Calf Faux Leather bag is a perfect crossover tote. It's clean and casual enough for the office, but still posh and pretty, and in a manageable size, so it works perfectly for a night on the town.

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One Hour Wonder: The Placemat Tote

Thursday, 27 October 2011 9:00

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Eat breakfast on it this morning, turn it into a handbag this afternoon. Well... maybe skip the eating breakfast part to avoid orange juice stains. This terrific tote started its life as a pretty placemat! Construction is fast, easy... and inexpensive. All you need are a placemat with an eye-catching design, four plastic grommets, and a little bit of fabric for the handle. You might even have a few placemats in your linen cabinet that would fit the bill. Definitely a candidate for the 'this-would-make-a-great-gift' list. 

Moda Fabrics' Lil' Rascals Storybook Bedroom: Bedtime Picturebook Caddy

Tuesday, 06 September 2011 9:00

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Read me a story! Read it AGAIN!! Keep all your favorite bedtime books handy with our cute caddy tutorial. You'll notice our sample includes some well-worn classics from our own libraries... the ones read over and over, bringing delighted smiles each time. The caddy slips between mattress and box spring, held in place by the mattresses themselves as well as some gripper fabric. Two generous pockets are wide and deep enough to hold plenty of lil' literature. This 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.

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An Insulated & Laminated Lunch Bag Goes Back To School

Thursday, 01 September 2011 9:00

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Packing your kids' school lunches is the loving way to go, right? You can make sure they're full of delicious, nutritious food. According to a recent study, they might also be full of bacteria if that food cannot be kept at the proper temperature once it gets to school. Use our easy tutorial to create your own insulated lunch bag then, as the study suggests, pop in two ice packs instead of one. We used a stylish cotton laminate for the outside fabric, which is available these days in an amazing array of wonderful colors and patterns from a variety of manufacturers.

A Zippered Pencil Case Goes Back To School

Tuesday, 30 August 2011 9:00

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Fall is upon us, and with it comes the classic sights and smells of the season: golden falling leaves, cool foggy mornings, and freshly sharpened yellow pencils. This clever pencil case tutorial is based on our original wristlet project, but we increased the size and added a cute front-buttoned pocket and a bright key ring. Try it in a soft, tiny wale corduroy like we did or experiment with washed denim or crushed velvet. Your pencils are looking forward to it.

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