Think espadrilles are just for summer? Think again! With a closed heel, a stacked ribbon toe in fabulous fall colors, and a matching ribbon ankle strap, your new shoes are just hours away. Dritz® Espadrille Wedges are DIY magic. Don’t you dare roll your eyes! Making your own shoes is easier and more fun than you might imagine. We were skeptical at first too. I mean… shoes?! Cobblers do that, right?! We have no business in the shoe business. But, Dritz® has thought through all the hard stuff, like providing the soles and the best construction tools, and figuring out the patterns; leaving you the clever, creative part. Very chic, very simple. Make a pair for all your favorite outfits.
Mesh laundry bags to collect your washables are certainly readily available in stores and online, and they can be relatively inexpensive to purchase. However, they usually aren't as well-made as you'd like, or maybe you need a special teeny-tiny size for baby socks, or want a fun color to tempt an otherwise messy teen to pick up his underwear. Time to bust out a few of your own. They're super easy; we made our two samples in nothing flat.
When you’re carrying a heavy load in a bag, tote or brief, is there often more slip than grip in your shoulder strap? A strap pad helps keeps your shoulder strap in place, balanced over your shoulder. It also more evenly distributes the weight, making the bag easier to carry. Final benefit: when you make it yourself, it can be super pretty!
Hot pads provide a great small surface to experiment with some embellishment. Obviously, since they will be around a heat source, you can’t go wild, but subtle touches are a nice way to inject a little style into these kitchen necessities. We used ribbon and decorative stitching. Remember, natural fibers are best as you don’t want to mix in any substrates that could easily melt. We selected linen and cotton for our fabrics and cotton twill tapes for the ribbon.
Can't you picture Harrison Ford slinging this amazing duffle over his shoulder as Indiana Jones?! We blended heavy canvas and faux leather with webbing and brass zipper accents for the dashing exterior. Inside is a tough rip-stop nylon lining. Even if you're not a world-renowned archeologist and adventurer, this bag is is great way to pack your stuff, whether you're heading across town to the gym or getting away for the weekend. The holidays are coming up, and this would make a very nice gift for your personal action hero. The combination of fabrics, colors and textures has the perfect feel – a little bit retro and a whole lot cool.
Pillowcases are a fast and easy project that is perfect for beginning sewers. These lovelies combine the silkiness of solid satin with the pretty softness of flannel. We’ve used the “burrito style” construction method for this pillowcase project, which creates nicely finished seams inside and out with an easy roll-and-turn method.
Whether propping open an outside door to capture a cool breeze or holding open an uncooperative inside door, our weighted cube is a stylish way to keep the doors from slamming and the air circulating. We've created a simple box design made from standard cottons stiffened with ultra firm fusible interfacing. It would be a great ScrapBusters project as you need no more than ½ yard of either fabric. The wide webbing handle makes it easy to position the door stop as well to move it anywhere the wind blows.
One of the most requested baby gifts is the baby quilt. And, if you find out right away, you have nine months to get it done. Right? Right?! Okay, so the baby is due in a week, what are you going to do now? This super fast, but still super adorable, Double Charm Pack Baby Quilt might be the answer. There are so many gorgeous pre-cut options out there, and charm packs are one of the most affordable. This cutie pie quilt efficiently uses up nearly all the pieces from two 42-piece charm packs. Add just 1¼ yards of matching backing fabric and the batting and you’ll be out of the door to the baby shower before you know it!
Oh! is for Ollie and Olivia Owl. This adorable stuffed pair is wondering, "Whoooooo wants a hug?" We provide all the pattern pieces you need to make one, two or an entire parliament. Yep... a group of owls is called a parliament. They must be wise indeed. These owl pals are a generous size for easy squeezing, and well as for laying your head for a little sleepy time nap. Each is approximately 18" tall x 16" wide, excluding ears, wings and feet. We especially love their big, bright eyes – they're staying wide awake so you can doze safe and sound. Originally making their debut on the site in 2014, this precious pair has continued to be one of our top stuffed toy projects.
As the air conditioning blows softly on the back of your neck, let us be among the first to remind you that Summer is sneaking away and Fall and Winter will be here soon, bringing with them holiday celebrations. These pretty napkins are a fast and easy way to add a bit of sparkle to your table. We used a mid-weight metallic linen blend, which is not only lovely but is also a perfect weight for a more formal napkin. A wide band of continuous decorative stitching along one side adds a lovely finishing touch. We also give you a list of the various napkin sizing options. Who knew there were so many?!