When you first saw the beautiful fabric we used for these totes, how many of you shouted, “My grandma had curtains from fabric just like that!”? You’re right; this is the classic tropical print barkcloth that was all the rage in home furnishings from the late 1940s through the 1960s. It’s still hugely popular for both unique garment construction as well as home décor, but you don’t have to scour the thrift stores to source it. You can find many options at your local in-store and online fabric outlets in the same classic exotic florals, like palm fronds and hibiscus blooms. The texture, weight, and colors are just as rich and gorgeous as the vintage originals.
Cute receiving blankets and cute little hats... it's a classic combo that never ceases to delight a new mama and daddy. Because, let's face it, when it comes to cute hats... they're really designed for adults to look at! Put an adorable hat on an even more adorable baby, and every adult in the room will immediately oooohhhh and aaahhhh. The baby will likely be less-impressed, but for him/her, we have our super softee, bound knit blankies.
ScrapBusters is one of our most popular series here at Sew4Home. The idea is to come up with quick and easy projects that use up some of those special little fabric and trim leftovers in your stash bag. Today's mini key fobs are a perfect example: they're something useful for yourself or great as a gift, they use just a tiny bit of fabric and notions, and they're fast and fun. In fact they were so fun to make, we did FIVE samples.
The seventies hippie style didn't go away, it just came back as "boho." Rich color, mixed-media, wonderful textures, and a loose, unstructured feel are hallmarks of "bohemian fashion." Today's little shoulder bags fit right in. The focal point is the stack of five gorgeous ribbons from Renaissance Ribbons. They provide the artistry and beautifully divide the silk dupioni of the top from the faux suede and fringe of the bottom. A ring of decorative stitching at the top of each bag finishes off the boho blend. Our selection of ribbons was built on a Flora and Fauna theme for each bag.
Packing your own lunch for school or work saves money and very likely allows you a more nutritious meal. Now… it can also be the most stylish of alternatives. This pretty insulated lunch bag is fun, colorful, and features a bold monogram that clearly states, “That’s my PB&J, dude… hands off.” We used the Janome Skyline S9 sewing and embroidery machine for construction and embroidery. It made stitching through the multiple layers a snap, and the monogram was super easy to set-up and stitch out.
To ‘bolster' means to uphold or add support, as in, "They bolstered morale by serving large pieces of free cake to everyone." The etymology originates in the world of pillows (a very, cushy world), where a bolster is a long, narrow pillow, often used to support the back or neck. Our black, white, and linen version finishes at over 30" long and makes a dramatic statement across a bed or against the back of a couch.
This terrific tote has so many interesting details, we couldn't fit them all into the title! Besides the rivets securing the straps in place and the jean buttons on the side pockets, there are also cool metal grommets, western style pocket flaps, and twin needle topstitching. We turned to Dritz® for all the key hardware components. Metal accents like this are the perfect touch to finish a bag professionally. But they do more than just look good.
This is absolutely one of the best baby gifts ever! Bundling up baby after bath time with a hooded towel is easier and cozier. The hood doesn't just help dry those newly clean mop tops, it actually acts as a little anchor, allowing mom or dad to more quickly wrap the rest of the towel around squirming, slippery baby-boo. Ours features a cotton accent fabric for the hood and a matching bound washcloth. Downloadable patterns are offered below.
I’m privileged to have my dad’s wallet. It’s a wide fold-over style in soft brown leather with several pockets, his name embossed in gold along the top of one of them. I can remember him pulling a coin out of it to give to me. Even with all the digital options out there for transacting purchases on your smart phone, I still like to carry a wallet. Although leather is traditional, today’s wallets come in all shapes and sizes and substrates. We’ve created ours in a pair of gorgeous quilting cottons with lots of fully-finished pockets and a zippered coin pocket in case you come across a treat you need. Although, it’s likely to take more than just one coin these days!
Clear glass vases… we all seem to end up with a cupboard full of them in various sizes. They can be quite lovely individually, but it can be difficult to use them in a grouping. In addition, because they are clear, you can see through to the floral arrangement’s stems and leaves, which may not be as pretty as you’d like for your table top. We have an easy answer: vase wraps. This is a Fast Fridays tutorial, so you know it will be quick and easy. And, even better, you’ll use just small cuts of fabric, interfacing, lining, and felt; also making it an excellent ScrapBusters project.