Kristl Pelz: November 2011 Archives
The Merchants and I have gotten together and created a list of What We Love among the new items that have been added to the website recently. Since it's the week before Thanksgiving, my thoughts are churning with ideas for quick holiday gifts I can make next weekend after the turkey has been cooked, eaten and the leftovers taken care of. I have a couple for you based on the new fabrics we wanted to show you today.
Everyone in the office went crazy for these Double-sided Yarn-Dyed Plaids our Apparel Buyer, Elizabeth, found. The fabric is two pieces of yarn-dyed voile in coordinating plaids connected together to create a lightweight ''double cloth.'' Here's what we all decided to do. We cut along the plaid lines for a straight edge and made a 36'' square. Then we fringed all four sides to create a fabulous scarf. No sewing required! The guys in the office are begging us to fringe some for them. That's quick gift number one.
In the Home Decor world here at fabric.com, Premier Prints Rules for some of the trendiest, contemporary prints at bargain prices. Recently, they have been adding new fabrications to their incredible line up of prints. This week we added a terrific medium weight twill collection that could be used for apparel as well as home dec. Personally, I'm seeing a couch-full of new pillows. And, at these prices, $7.48 to $10.98, I can make the pillow backs and fronts from the same fabric. That's quick gift number two.
I have noticed a trend among our designer cotton print fabrics lately. Many companies have created collections around sewing themes. Since many of us have sewing rooms, these fabrics are a natural to spruce up a sometimes chaotic space. Here are the collections I like the most: Anna Griffin's Penelope, the Dress Making Collection, Make Do and Mend, Sew, Sew and Sew, A Quilter's Home. So, if you have a sewer or quilter on your holiday list, take a look at these collections and consider a machine cover or generous-sized pin cushion for her. That's the third holiday gift idea in my aresenal.
As a part of the Lush and Plush series from Sew4Home, we have a fantastic faux leather handbag project. We have everything you need to create this project including a terrific selection of faux leather fabrics, handbag handles and linings that will take your bag to the designer level.
If you have not worked with faux leather fabrics before, fear not. The experts at Sew4Home have a tutorial that will answer all your questions. So what are you waiting for! Doesn't your fall accessory wardrobe deserve a new addition?
Sew4Home has created yet another fantastic project for the Lush & Plush series. It is a Pull Through Scarf and Cuffs for your gloves made from faux fur. As I mentioned before, Sew4Home created a great tutorial on how to work with faux fur, so this project can easily be accomplished on almost any sewing skill level.
This is also definitely gift worthy sewing at it's best. For the more experienced seamstress, this project could represent presents for all the stylish ladies on your list. For those who are new to the sewing craft, it's a terrific learning experiece, and a very impressive end result for your efforts.
This is definitely going on my project list for the Thanksgiving holidays. I'll show you the results when I'm done!
I'm not sure how they do it, but the crew at Sew4Home has created another fantastic project that's even better than the last. And, those first two projects were absolutely fabulous! Today's projects use the beautiful and luxurious Mar Bella Minky from Shannon. The Baby Blanket Projects, one for boys and one for girls, also features a soft flannel back and silky satin charmeuse ruffles all the way around.
As we have seen in past projects, the instructions are detailed and informative. They have awarded this project with their Holiday Gift Idea seal of approval. The project is so easy and rewarding, you should make one for the child in your life and one to give. I'm considering making one of each to stash on my gift shelf until the next baby gift opportunity comes along!
The next projects in Sew4Home Lush & Plush series with fabric.com is a faux fur throw and a faux fur pillow. These projects are quite simple. The wonderful people at Sew4Home have even created a ''Sewing with Faux Fur'' tutorial to make it even easier to make these luxurious items. We have some fantastic faux fur fabrics for you to choose from for your throws and pillows, too.
If you cannot think of an excuse to make these Lush and Plush projects for yourself, consider your holiday gift list. The throw would make an incredible gift for the Luxury Lover on your list. Depending on the style of faux fur you choose, it can go in a family room, living room or bedroom. The pillows will add a little opulence wherever they sit. The best part is that no one would guess how simple they were to make!