Our handsome clutch uses a solid linen with a narrow lace overlay to set a fresh and fancy tone. It's the ultimate excuse to pull out some matching party finery and head out on the town. The cuts of fabric, lace, and ribbon are all small ones so this is a perfect project to use (ie. to part with) some of your favorite scraps. It would also make a wonderful accessory gift for a bridal party!
Let’s kick off the New Year with a new bag! This slouchy shoulder bag is fast and easy but with a very stylish finish. We spotted the adorable corduroy pear print from our friends at Cloud9 Fabrics several months ago and knew it would be perfect for a casual tote. A mid-weight canvas in a coordinating solid adds extra stability for the base and strap, and the smooth surface of the canvas is a lovely complement to the texture of the corduroy. The cool strap-and-tassel closure is a look we spotted on some of this season’s trendiest designer bags.
When we're young, our parents are just our parents. Often, it's not until we're looking back over our shoulders or packing up boxes for an estate sale that we take a close look at their fashions and belongings and realize, "Wow... they were pretty stylin'." Today's stunning half apron design has a crisp, tailored look to it, and the Kaffe Fassett ribbons we chose from Renaissance Ribbons reminded both my sister and me of our father's favorite skinny striped ties, which he would wear with a starched white shirt and a suit coat on even the hottest days of summer. Indeed... he was stylin'.
These handy energy savers are great for both winter and summer. Right now, when ol' man winter is beating down our doors, they keep the heat in and the drafts out. In the summer, they're just as handy to help keep the cool air inside and the heat and humidity outside. They can also help reduce outside dust, noise, and odors. A Door Draft Guard would make a great housewarming (or "house-cooling" as the case may be) gift. But, remember, the filler can be quite heavy (we used dried beans). It would likely be easier to just wrap up the outer covering. You could then include instructions in the gift box on how and with what to fill the tube.
Embroidery turned a simple round, white pillow into a stunning statement. Our friends at Janome America sponsored this beautiful custom embroidery design, allowing us to offer it to you as a free download in the six major embroidery machine formats. The ascending and descending triangles simulate a rosy sunrise reflected in a cool mountain lake. We used the Horizon Memory Craft 15000 for our sample and also tested the design on the Memory Craft 9900. Both models stitched out the design with the incredible precision for which Janome is famous.
When the temperature dips or the wind flies, can chapped lips be far behind? This time of year, it can be difficult to keep your lips moist and protected from the elements. Your best defense is a good offense: constant swipes from your trusty tube of lip balm. I don't know about you, but I have tons of tubes of lip balm, however, there's never one nearby when I need it. So I end up buying another! Our mini key ring pouches are a Sew4Home Classic, and they make a perfect fast and easy gift for yourself as well as all your chap-lipped friends. They're also an awesome ScrapBusters project. Make several of these adorable key ring lip balm holders so you always have your favorite tubes on hand... and can stop buying more than you need.
If you're brand new to sewing, you might think a purse is too advanced of a project to tackle. Nope! With some clever cutting and careful stitching, this ribbon-accented bag is super cute and super easy. There are no complicated corners or closures. And, the main body of the purse is a heavy felt, one of the most forgiving fabrics for new sewers. Finishing at 11" x 11", it's also the "Goldilocks" of sizes: not too big, but not too small – just right. Great for those quick shopping trips when you want a lightweight shoulder bag. It would also make a wonderful gift... showing off your new sewing skills to friends and family who may still think a cool purse is "sooooo hard to do" (we'll never tell!).
Gift card, credit card, business card; this three-pocket mini wallet holds them all. We used pre-cuts, but the real stars are the stunning Renaissance Ribbons. We’ve brought you news over the last several months about the Ribbon Lovers' Club that Renaissance Ribbons debuted this year. As a club member, each month a packet arrives at your door with five to seven one-yard lengths of exquisite ribbon. We created these clever pouches with the Club packets in mind. You can create multiple cases with a single one-yard length, mixing and matching with fabric scraps or pre-cuts you have on hand. They make a gorgeous gift idea.
What does a throw pillow want to be when it grows up? Probably a super soft body pillow that offers four and a half feet of huggability. These tall pillows are popular for crashing on the family room floor, relaxing (I mean studying) in a dorm room, and are well known for providing sleep support for pregnant moms. We loved the blanket style fleece patterns that are available now in super cozy fleece. They have a similar style to the famous Pendleton® wool blankets... but for a fraction of the price. Deep fringe at either end adds to the "lodge look."
Give the gift of relaxation with our scented spa set. All three pieces are made out of super soft Cuddle Dimple, Cuddle Three, and Velvet Cuddle. There’s a neck wrap to pull the stress from your shoulders, an eye pillow to soothe and calm, and a pretty headband to gently sweep your hair up and away in order to easily rest the neck wrap and eye pillow in place. We got the idea for making the set in luxury fleece from our friends at Fabric Depot. They alerted us to a very large shipment of Cuddle that has just arrived from Shannon Fabrics: prints, solids, textures, and more. Let's all say it together: ahhhhhhhhh ..... spaaaaaaaaaaa.