Outdoor dining takes a little creativity in order to keep everything from blowin' in the wind. Our darling, durable placemats have built-in pockets to hold flatware and/or napkins. Dining in? Hooray for the reversible! Simply flip over the placemats for whole new look – the back is pocket-free. These clever placemats are so quick and easy, you can easily whip up enough for your own table or the entire family reunion in a single weekend. You want a substantial fabric for this project: a canvas, heavy cotton duck or an outdoor fabric. We went the outdoor fabric route, which worked well and looked great. We love the bright, bold designs common in the outdoor category – perfect for casual summer meals.
It's time to celebrate the colors of summer! These cheery pinwheel coasters with their "hot dots" will inject some bright pops of color into your seasonal dining. They'd be particularly fun for an outdoor celebration. The design is based on a classic S4H tutorial, but we've revised things a bit to utilize pre-cut 10" x 10" Layer Cake squares, showing how cute it can be to bundle together variety of colors into a pretty set. Dig down into your scrap stash for some fave prints and solids and get these pinwheels spinning! Great as a gift idea, but you'll surely want an extra set or two for yourself.
Round things that make me smile: baby thighs, ice scream scoops, rolling hills, tufted cushions. Creating undulating curves across a flat surface is a wonderful way to add dimensional interest to a plain cushion. For our tufting projects, we prefer the home décor tools from Dritz® to make the job easier and provide the most professional finish. We have a full tutorial to take you through the three most common options: stitch tufting, button tufting, and bolster tufting. This pretty patchwork cushion provides a bit of tufting inspiration to make you smile.
Wrap up with a bit of summertime softness in our beautiful, diaphanous scarf. You’ll start with a voile, batiste or similar, add a perfectly centered seam to give you enough length to wrap it like a lightweight shawl, then create a line of tiny, twisted floss cords along both ends. Yep... we have easy instructions for how to make those!
When packing for a short trip or weekend getaway, it can be hard enough to choose what to bring. Why add the stress of trying to figure out what to put all those choices into? Rolling luggage is overkill. Your standard tote is not big enough, and its open top is a recipe for disaster. A roomy duffle is the perfect solution. Does that have to mean an athletic style bag with a giant logo on the side? Nope! Because you can make your own stylin’ duffle. And you can make it in the season’s most fashionable colors and prints. Don’t be put off by the size, structure or professional finishes. This duffle is much easier to make than you might think. Let's give it a go!
Dinner - good. Dinner with friends - better. Dinner with friends outside around a beautifully set table - best. Nothing spices up your outdoor living space more quickly than a new tablecloth. Ours is fast and easy, but also unique with a center contrasting panel that acts like a built-in runner and secret pockets behind each corner. Use these corner pockets to slip in weights that can help hold the tablecloth in place when gentle summer breezes start to blow. The bold Waverly Sun N Shade fabrics we used will keep the tablecloth looking great all season long.
When you're searching for the fastest and easiest home décor project, most people would steer you toward a simple pillow. We don't disagree, but when it comes to instant gratification, close on the pillow's heels is the pillowcase! They take a bit more fabric than a standard pillow cover, but a crisp, new pillowcase immediately brightens up your bed linens. It's quick and fun to make special pillowcases for all kinds of special occasions. We've altered the traditional fold-and-stitch construction method with today's version: a reversible case. By stitching just one extra seam, you get twice the pretty possibilities.
A heart-shaped bib, pretty ruffles rimming the edges, darts and pleats, all in the yummy combo of candy pink and orange sherbet. This, my friends, is one fun, flirty apron. And we make no apologies for the all-out "girly-girlness" of it. We originally used fabric from the Tangier Ikat collection is by Dena Fishbein of Dena Designs for FreeSpirit Fabrics. This ornate, wallpaper type motif was a perfect palette for fussy-cutting. We offer new fabric alternatives below that would also be fussy-cutting friendly. Taking the time for this type of precise pattern layout allows the apron's bib to be a perfect match to the skirt right through the waistband, and the pocket blends into the skirt with only a ruffled top to give it away.
We are always a little startled by how expensive simple pillows can be to purchase. Browsing online or in stores for style and embellishment options is a great way to grab an idea you can make your own! For this bold beauty, we delved into the category of Word Pillows... a perennial favorite at the trendiest boutiques; it's a style we saw multiple times in our high-end searching. The first order of business is to find a typeface that lends itself to the appliqué process, then to come up with a single word or a very short phrase that can be large and in charge on your pillow front. We provide a free downloadable template for our nautical-themed "Ahoy!" script, but there are a few billion other words out there to use. For fonts, you can check what's available within your own computer's word processing program or search online for free and paid font options. And, just as you'd need a smooth, clean surface for handwritten calligraphy, your Word Pillow also needs a good foundation. We're using a 20" x 20" Home Elegance™ insert from Fairfield. It has a dense softness that provides the perfect finish for what we want our pillow to say. Your fun fact for the day: Alexander Graham Bell preferred those answering his invention do so with the word, "Ahoy." The first telephone operators actually used this term.
We've had several requests for a stylish nursing cover, and have risen to the challenge with this very easy-to-make version – complete with a hidden inside pocket for nursing pads or baby wipes. The more common name for this item out on the Internet appears to be: 'Hooter Hider' – uh, alrighty then. Makes me think of skimpy t-shirts and chicken wings, so I'm stickin' with Nursing Cover if it's all the same to you. Ours is soft knit on the outside with a woven cotton print on the inside, giving Mom something pretty to look at.