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Romantic Ruffle and Bow Pillowcases

Wednesday, 31 July 2019 1:00

A set of pillowcases is a fast and easy project anyone can do. It's the special touches that make them stand out from store bought. These pretty pillowcases feature deep ruffled borders and dainty bows, suggesting the look of a ballet dancer's billowing skirts. What a sweet way to freshen up a guest room, bringing some beautiful color and design to the bed linens. 

Starfish Pillow with Button Accent Arms

Tuesday, 30 July 2019 1:00

Real starfish belong in tide pools. Our starfish pillow belongs on your sofa (or your bed or chair or bench or...). This quick and easy project is the perfect way to add a splash of nautical fun to freshen-up your décor for summer and beyond. There are dozens of great fabric collections out there with delightful seaside themes. We offer a few of our favorites below.

The Wave Pocket Market Tote

Monday, 29 July 2019 1:00

eye-catch・ing, adjective: immediately appealing or noticeable. Synonyms: a trio of beautiful totes in fussy-cut quilting cottons. This is what we call a statement bag. It's specifically designed to make the best use of the chosen fabric's color and motif. Each bag blends three prints to create the exterior and lining. Our set is particularly striking because we made three, but one bag on its own will draw attention like no other. While shooting our sample photographs, people literally stopped us on the street to ask about them!

DIY Shade Cover, Playhouse Tent or Lounge Cabana

Tuesday, 23 July 2019 1:00

When things turn hot-hot-hot in the great outdoors, it's "bring-your-own-shade" kind of weather. Our fun portable shade tent fits the bill. It's perfect as a children's outdoor playhouse as well as a comfy lounge cabana for "big kids" to relax, read, and doze. We show you how to create the easy-to-assemble PVC frame as well as the slip-on fabric covering. This project was created a few seasons back, but quickly rose to the tip-top of our Most Popular lists across several social media outlets, and continues to maintain its position there. In Pinterest alone, our cabana has appeared well over 20,000 times! We can see the reasons: it's easy to make, fast to set-up, and rolls-up for travel or to store, which is why we love to roll it out again when the summer sun starts to shine.

Pillow Trio in Two Bold Shapes: Rectangular Bolster and Classic Round

Monday, 22 July 2019 1:00

What makes a great pillowscape? Gorgeous fabric, an interesting shape or two, and a few special bits of embellishment are good places to start. We combined all these attributes to create a fabulous 50" bolster with two matching round pillows. Make one or create the entire trio to pump up the pillow power on your sofa or bed. 

Mini Box Style Zippered Cosmetics & Toiletries Case

Thursday, 18 July 2019 1:00

We love travel size toiletries. I think this may date back to those long-ago days playing with Barbie® dolls and trolls. Everything was so little and cute. In fact, most things are more adorable in a mini size: people, puppies, muffins... and little bottles of shampoo, deodorant, and lotion. At approximately 7½” x 4” x 3½”, our cosmetics and toiletries bag is smaller than a standard dopp kit, but is still the perfect size to fit all those tiny bottles, jars and more, while tucking neatly inside your luggage. It’s a “mighty mini”! 

Apple and Pear Kitchen Towels with Easy Appliqué

Wednesday, 17 July 2019 1:00

These apple and pear appliqués are so fresh and fun, we're tempted to take a bite out of our cute kitchen towels! If you're brand new to appliqué, this is a beginner-friendly design, and both the template download as well as all the technique steps are detailed below. A classic ticking stripe combined with muslin and rick rack makes the perfect homespun kitchen combo. Appliqué a set with all apples or all pears, or mix and match as we did, alternating the appliqués but keeping the main fabric and rick rack accents consistent for continuity from one towel to the next. They'd be a lovely housewarming or bridal shower gift... of course, after you make a set or two for yourself! 

Knit Baby Bib with Ruffle Accents

Tuesday, 16 July 2019 1:00

Why not add a bit of glamour to your little one's mealtime? Cute ruffles near the shoulders make these bibs look like they have fancy cap sleeves. We offer a full pattern download for those ruffles, as well as for the body of the bib and the front pocket. Not only are they pretty, they’re also fast and easy. The layers come together with all-around binding that turns into tails to tie the bib in place. 

Quilted Case with Wraparound Zipper for Toiletries & More

Monday, 15 July 2019 1:00

Zip open wide and drop your stuff inside! This versatile case can hold toiletries and more. Quilted layers give it a flexible finish so the sides can softly expand to fit items of all shapes and sizes. If you’ve always been a little intimidated by three-dimensional sewing, we encourage you to give this little case a try. It’s surprisingly straightforward, and we’ve included lots of helpful tips along the way. 

English Cottage Christmas Stockings: Christmas in July 2019

Thursday, 11 July 2019 1:00

Did you ever wonder where "Christmas In July" came from? It turns out this summer celebration of Yuletide has been around for years. In the early 1940s, relief groups planning to send presents to soldiers or missionaries overseas, would gather everything together in July in order to have it ready to ship it off in time to arrive before Christmas. Then, in 1942, director Preston Sturges released a comedy titled "Christmas In July” and the popular film did much to make the term fashionable. In the 1950s, retailers started having Christmas In July sales as a way to lure in shoppers during the long stretch between Father's Day and Back-To-School. Although not as common any longer for general retail, in the sewing world, Christmas In July promotions continue to be successful because they actually make sense. If you're sewing Christmas gifts, you really should be getting your patterns and fabric ready in the summer. Otherwise, at the big family gift-opening, you face the humbling experience of giving half finished projects and then quickly taking them back with promises to return them by Valentine's Day... or thereabouts. In honor of Christmas in July 2019, we have the quintessential holiday project: stockings to hang by the chimney with care.

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