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ScrapBusters: Playful Appliquéd Owls Placemat Set

Monday, 17 August 2015 1:00

"Whoooooooo wants lunch?!" Our adorable appliquéd owl placemats make mealtime fun for kids... or just those of us who are kids at heart! We provide templates for all four owl designs along with detailed step-by-step instructions for how to layer and stitch. Each owl pal has its own personality, thanks to their expressive eyes and whether they're hopping, perching, flying or tumbling. The fabric selection for all the pieces also adds style and sass. We dug through our scrap stash for a blend of fall colors. Each owl features one tiny print and one coordinating solid.

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ScrapBusters: Leather Coasters

Wednesday, 12 August 2015 1:00

Your scrap basket may not include leather, but you might be surprised where you can find bits and pieces of real leather. Here in the Pacific Northwest, we have Tandy Leather, which has several retail locations as well as online shopping. Their retail stores extend across the country and even internationally. Check out the store locator to see if there's one in your area. Or, you may have a similar outlet; any larger company that creates leather goods probably offers scraps for sale. If not, browse local vintage and re-sale shops for leather vests, larger purses, and other leather products you can repurpose. In addition, you can always choose to substitute faux leather. These half-square triangles go together in a snap. And the soft wool-felt backing makes them safe for any surface. 

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ScrapBusters: Outdoor Mini Mats

Thursday, 09 July 2015 1:00

The indoor variety of this project if often called a "mug rug." It's simply a small placemat to hold just a few items, such as a mug of tea and a biscuit. Since this is the season to dine al fresco, we felt there needed to be an outdoor version of the mug rug. So we pulled out a few favorite outdoor fabrics from the S4H scrap stash and designed a cute Mini Mat that sports a handy, full-width pocket and a grommet for hanging. 

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Lip Balm Key Ring Mini Case

Tuesday, 07 July 2015 1:00

When the temperatures rise 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 – there's just never one nearby when I need it. So I end up buying another! Today's fast and easy idea is perfect as both a Sew It Up 4 Summer project and a ScrapBusters choice. 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.

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ScrapBusters: Fabric Bowl Covers

Wednesday, 01 July 2015 1:00

Lighten up on the plastic wrap and aluminum foil and go green with these pretty fabric bowl covers. They're great when you're dining outside. Slip them over an open bowl to keep dirt and buggies from invading the contents. It's like a little bowl bonnet, and such a fun way to add a country-fresh look to your table. This is a super fast and easy project anyone can do.

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ScrapBusters: Reversible Headband Ties or Hair Wraps

Tuesday, 23 June 2015 1:00

Call them headband ties, hair wraps, or even scarf thingies. Whatever the name, these cute little ties are fast, fun... and reversible. They remind me of the classic 40s and early 50s shots of movie stars relaxing. Still ultra glamorous in the supposedly "candid" publicity photos, casual hairstyles often featured pretty hair ties just like these to hold back their silky curls. Not only is this a delightful way to put some favorite fabric scraps to work, it's also a great trick to extinguish a potential bad hair day. Sew It Up 4 Summer!

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ScrapBusters: Flatware Pockets for Outdoor Dining

Monday, 08 June 2015 1:00

Today is the first article in our Sew It Up 4 Summer series: new and classic projects that are quick to create and a perfect choice for summer fun in the sun. One of the best parts of warm weather is moving meals outside. You can have a picnic on your own porch or patio. When dining al fresco, keep forks clean and napkins from blowing away with our cute little flatware pockets.

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ScrapBusters: Companion Pouch Set

Friday, 08 May 2015 1:00

So nice, we made them twice. Not just as two sample options, but as two coordinated pouches designed to clip together. Take one or take both. Turn them into a mini shoulder bag or ditch the strap and toss one or both into a larger tote. Stash money and cards in one, make-up and extra necessities in the other. So many options – it's the ultimate in mini-pouch flexibility. They're precisely matched in size and shape so they clip together perfectly. All this, and as a ScrapBusters project, you can make a set from the great fabrics lurking in your scrap bin.

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ScrapBusters: Scrappy Ruffled Oven Mitts

Thursday, 23 April 2015 1:00

We're moving into shower season. Not April showers, but bridal and wedding showers. Today's ScrapBusters project is a great shower gift idea. Use some of the prettiest, springiest fabrics from your scrap stash, blending them together into a happy mix of pattern and color. Each oven mitt uses up to four different fabrics. 

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ScrapBusters: Drop-In Zippered Pouch with Lanyard

Thursday, 26 February 2015 1:00

The Dig. You know what we mean – that frantic riffling through your bag, trying to find your keys, cash, lipstick, whatever. Like a dog after a bone, we churn up the contents that collect at the bottom, and still often come up empty-handed. This cute ScrapBusters zippered pouch will let you corral your important stuff. The pouch's lanyard acts like a leash. Reach in, grab onto the lanyard, and reel up your mini bag o' belongings.

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