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ScrapBusters: Quilted Mug Rug with Napkin Pocket

Wednesday, 21 January 2015 1:00

"Snug as a mug on a rug." Just gotta say that and get it out of the way! Sometimes a placemat takes up too much real estate, and a coaster is too small to hold anything extra. A mug rug is bigger than a coaster but smaller than a placemat – just the right size at your desk, in the sewing room, or on a small end table in the living room or den. Our design adds a unique little pocket with its own napkin for truly self-contained snacking. We used scraps from Bonnie & Camille's Marmalade collection for Moda Fabrics and framed it all with coordinating rick rack. The combination of sweet colors and pretty prints really makes a difference on this small project. Be bold with your choices, mix and match to fashion your own look. For more on creating great combos, take a look at our tutorial: Mixing and Matching Designer Fabric Collections.

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ScrapBusters: Companion Pouches

Monday, 08 September 2014 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: Ruffled Patchwork Table Runner

Friday, 22 August 2014 1:00

When we're brainstorming on projects for our popular ScrapBusters series, we like to give you ideas for various sizes and shapes. That's the beauty of scraps: some are tall and narrow, some are short and squat, some are simply chunks and hunks of great color and design. They're all so pretty, and we saved them for a reason, right? Because we want to use them again! Dig down for the tall and narrow pieces in your scrap stash, fussy cut them to center the prettiest possible vertical motifs, then stitch them together into this striking table runner with a subtle ruffled edge.

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ScrapBusters: Personalized Mug Rug

Tuesday, 19 August 2014 1:00

My brother made me laugh out loud when he said a "mug rug" sounded like a bad toupee for an ugly guy. Although a great guess, a mug rug is really a mini placemat designed to hold your coffee mug or tea cup and maybe an extra little treat, or... when placed by your sewing machine, a handy place to jab a few pins and needles as you sew. Originally, they came onto the scene as a fun excuse to use up some scraps by making an itty-bitty quilt. We took the mug rug concept a step further by turning it into a hand-sewn greeting card with the addition of our Salutation Strip through the center. Cards are a nice thought, but most eventually end up in the garbage can. Instead, create a Happy Birthday, Congratulations, Thank You or I Love You message with a purpose; an every day reminder to the recipient that they have a friend in you!

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ScrapBusters: Vintage Style Headband Ties

Monday, 11 August 2014 1:00

Our fast and fun little ties remind me of the classic 40s and early 50s shots of movie stars relaxing. Still ultra glamorous in the supposedly "candid" 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. 

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ScrapBusters: Rustic Sachets with Wonky Patchwork

Friday, 18 July 2014 1:00

Awwww, the sweet smell of success. Or, at least the sweet smell of lavender! Slip these pretty little sachets onto one or more hangers to freshen your closet. Tie one on a doorknob to lightly scent a small room, such as a guest bath. Bundle up several with some elegant lingerie for a decadent bridal shower gift. Or, heck... just make a few for yourself! This project is all about random elements with its wonky piecework and rustic feel. Don't stress about keeping everything perfect; embrace the unusual.  

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ScrapBusters: Mason Jar Wraps

Friday, 20 June 2014 1:00

Grandma would be so proud. The humble Ball mason jar has become the chicest way to sip a cool summer drink. But as with all glassware, condensation beads up quickly on the outside of the jars, causing your grip to slip. A jar wrap absorbs condensation, makes the jar easier to handle, and looks super cute. Our design features cotton on the exterior and knit on the interior. As a ScrapBusters project, we show you how to create pretty striped accent bands from a few fave pieces of leftover fabric. 

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ScrapBusters: Patchwork Bound Washcloths

Monday, 09 June 2014 1:00

It's ScrapBusters time, and today we're targeting some of the smaller pieces in your bag of favorite fabric bits. Our project takes the ordinary washcloth to the next level by adding a very pretty patchwork bound edge. We created a standard single fold bias binding and attached it in the traditional two-step method to a soft terry cloth center. There are links within the article below to full tutorials on both making and attaching bias binding. The extra-special part is how the binding is created from a patchworked panel. Pull out some of your favorite skinny scraps, piece them together side by side, then cut the bias strips from this assembled fabric panel. 

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Weighted Door Stop Cube

Tuesday, 08 April 2014 1:00

Spring is fighting for a foothold today year. Not only did March come in like a lion... it also left like a lion in many places across the US (there was a blizzard in Fargo, North Dakota this year on April 1st!). But we know those clear, sunny days must be just around the corner. Soon you'll be able to open up your windows, raise up the storm glass in the screen doors, and let the fresh air blow through. In our house, this sets up an amazing wind tunnel effect that slams doors shut upstairs and down. We needed a stylish way to keep the doors open and the air circulating. ScrapBusters to the rescue! Today's door stop is a simple cube made with standard cottons stiffened with ultra firm fusible interfacing.

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ScrapBusters: Doorknob Reminder Caddy

Thursday, 14 November 2013 1:00

Some mornings it feels like I make about 20 trips out to my car. Get all the way out there... Opps! No keys. Get all the way out there... Dang! Forgot a letter to mail. Get all the way out there... Hey! Where's my phone? It's exhausting, and it usually makes me late. Organizational experts suggest collecting everything you need for the next day in one handy place. For me that means one handy place that is virtually impossible to ignore. That's why we came up with today's Doorknob Reminder Caddy. If you have to touch it to open the door, chances are high you'll actually remember it. We created a two-sided, multi-pocket caddy with a loop that hangs right over the doorknob. In fact, you could just grab the whole caddy and toss it in your car - good to go. Now.... where did I put my lunch?

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