Small and soft; those are the requirements for a “lovie” – a cuddle-up-with-me blanket that is destined to become an instant favorite and a soothing companion for nap time, story time, or anytime a little soft security is needed. We worked with the adorable new flannels from the Penned Pals collection by Ann Kelle for Robert Kaufman Fabrics. We loved the hand-drawn critters and the wide selection of colors: pink, yellow, mint, blue, gray, black, and white. Kelle Boyd, the designer extraordinaire behind Ann Kelle sent along a full set of one-yard cuts of all the featured flannels. One lucky winner will get to make his/her very own lovie! This Great Giveaway closed on 12/3/18, thanks to everyone who participated. You can continue to enjoy the step-by-step lovie instructions!
Our mini warming pads feature a great-to-grip jelly bean shape. Heat in a microwave for 20-30 seconds to deliver up to 30 minutes of soothing heat. Perfect for pockets! A clever thumb loop helps make sure the beans don’t budge when slipped inside a coat or sweater pocket. This is an excellent ScrapBusters project or use up some of your favorite 5” charm square pre-cuts. We offer a downloadable pattern in three sizes plus a set of super cute tags.
What does GQ suggest for the best-dressed bed linens this season? Formal flannel! Looking for the perfect gift for a special guy on your holiday gift list: our "well-suited" pillowcases in soft, garment style flannels might be just the thing. They're a clever way to wake up the snappy dresser in your life. Follow our suggestions listed below or put together your own wardrobe.
This very versatile tote is a little like one of those Transformer toys. You think it’s one shape, then it morphs into another – and another! Dritz Heavy Duty Snaps on both side panels let you open it wide – to a full 6” depth – or cinch it down to a handy tapered top. The two-part lining pulls up to form a clever drawstring cover, protecting the contents inside… or just adding a pop of pretty color. But the real highlight of the tote is the new 1½” Dritz Belting for the handles. You’ve probably seen this style of belting/strapping on some of your favorite casual bags, but until now, it’s been hard to find for home DIY projects. Now you can “Do it with Dritz!”
Just when you think you're the reigning Queen or King of Green – reusing and recycling your way through the day, someone rains on your parade. Stories have hit the media in recent years about everyone's favorite green choice: the reusable store grocery bag. Turns out we should be washing those things regularly or they can become a breeding ground for bacteria. Problem: if you've ever tried washing the ones you often get at the market, they start to fall apart or go as limp as week-old lettuce. Great. Then, more stories pop up that show many of these bags are coming from overseas, containing potentially unsafe levels of lead. Great x2. Time to make your own: prettier, safer, and sturdier. Reclaim your throne, Queen or King of Green! And thank you for helping to keep single-use plastics out of the world's oceans.
This plush throw is framed with patchwork and pom poms. Even if you've never done any patchwork, you can make this beautiful blanket. The fun part is picking all the squares: 72 of them in this case. It's like coloring with fabric; you mix and match, combining colors and patterns from square to square. We selected bright, bold options to create a super vibrant border, but you could vary your own choices to create a more subdued outcome... or even more colorful! The jumbo pom pom trim adds a playful touch, and the center of the throw is super-soft, double-sided luxury plush fleece. Colorful, cute, and cuddly in one great project!
The cloth napkin; you simply can't ask for an easier home décor project. If you are just getting started in sewing or teaching someone new, napkins are an instant-gratification winner. If you're already a pro, they're a fast and fun project. And this time of year, when the holidays are almost upon us, they're a perfect host/hostess gift to whip out in an afternoon before your evening festivities. We kick ours up a notch with beautiful decorative stitching all around the edge and a coordinating fabric napkin ring that "ties" them altogether.
We’re always on the lookout for designer trends in retail shops, online, magazines, and more. It was during a recent search that we spotted a number of pillows with dense panels of decorative stitching, as well as many featuring embroidery accents and tassels. It was a style that had a bit of a boho feel but with a more elegant spin. Thanks to the power, precision, and flexibility of our Janome studio machines, we knew we could pull together all these trends into one fabulous pillow.
This Ribbon Wallet is so beautiful, you'll want to carry it by itself – not hide it away in a handbag. We've used the technique of assembling a number of ribbons side-by-side to create our own "ribbon fabric." The ribbons used in our sample are some of the breathtaking Jacquard ribbons for which Renaissance Ribbons is famous. They are intricately woven with brilliant color. Because of this detail in the weaving, the ribbons have wonderful substance that makes them gorgeous to work with.
One easy way to use up odd-sized scraps of pretty fabric is to patchwork them together into an interesting pillow. This pretty pillow is an example of one made using a grid. The design is the same on both the front and back, however, we turned one grid panel 90º to create an interesting effect when the pillow is viewed from the side. We originally dove into our scrap stash and pulled out a Kate Spain layer cake bundle from her old Central Park collection for Moda Fabrics, because we loved the huge variety of bright colors and bold graphics, but the concept will work with any pile of scraps you think look good together. Just goes to show there is almost no cute little scrap without a future in one of your creations.