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Star Light, Star Bright. Make your wish upon these pretty stars of the holiday season. Our decorative pillows come in three sizes and three mix-and-match styles. Each size comes with a free pattern download. They look great as a set but would also be striking as the featured "shaped" pillow against more traditional squares and
Nearly every sewing machine has at least a few decorative stitch options. Most of our Janome studio machines have dozens and dozens. These stitches are like tiny pieces of thread art; it’s hard to believe a single threaded needle can produce such an intricate design. Even though we love them, we often forget to use
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
When browsing for great fabric for a seasonal table runner, we kept returning to the home décor category because of the bold designs and striking colors you can find there. These traditionally heavier fabrics are where most people turn for larger projects, such as curtain panels or upholstered items, so the motifs tend to be
It might seem like woolen mittens, snowmen, and twinkling lights are in the distant future, but if you're a planner – it's never too early to start your holiday décor and gift sewing. Give yourself plenty of time to finish without working 'round the clock (the normal option when the woolen mittens, snowmen, and twinkling
Holiday themed batik quilting cottons have become a very popular seasonal fabric. A number of manufacturers are now coming out with special collections each year. The motifs are a bit larger and the colors a bit bolder than what you might traditionally expect in a batik. It's a fun and festive look, and was the perfect
I used to spend hours on gift wrapping, channeling Martha Stewart to get the perfect artisan look with fresh greens and layered papers. Or maybe I dreamed that. Yep, I’m almost certain that was just a dream. I may not be able to live up to the magic elves that inhabit Pinterest, but thanks to
Gather up your favorite scraps of fabric and trim, leftover buttons or beads, and some new sheets of craft felt. Then, get ready to fire up your imagination for some ornament fun. While we used a simple hand stitch on our samples, you can also sew these up quickly on your machine. The key is
Growing up, we had a very special Little Golden Book® that only appeared during the Christmas season. It was called Santa's Toy Shop. It had a thin plot line, but we loved it. Santa was sad because he never had time to play with the toys he made. So Mrs. Claus convinced him to stop
When the boxes come down from the attic every year, one of my favorite Christmas items to uncover is a table runner my mother made for me. It's the first thing I pull out, and for me, its appearance signals the official arrival of the holiday season. This happy patchwork and pom pom centerpiece certainly
One of my favorite books as a child was a Little Golden Book version of the classic story, The Elves and the Shoemaker. I forced my mother to read it over and over until the binding split. What I loved the most, and wanted for my very own, were the curly-toed boots the little elves
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