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Wednesday November 3rd, 2010

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sewing 101: wool throw

sewing 101: wool throw

I’ve been totally smitten with the beautiful throws springing up everywhere lately. But I don’t love their hefty price tags. DIY to the rescue! There’s an amazing array of stunning wool fabrics on the market, and it’s insanely easy to whip up a throw yourself with just a couple yards of fabric. At the fabric…

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Wednesday October 20th, 2010

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diy project: renske’s minimalist tote bag

diy project: renske’s minimalist tote bag

A talented seamstress with a mission, Renske Solkesz decided to create her own wardrobe after finding herself frustrated with high fashion prices. When we saw her chic and modern wardrobe creations, we asked if she’d be willing to create and share a fun accessory tutorial with us. I’m super excited about what she’s come up…

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Wednesday October 13th, 2010

Wednesday October 6th, 2010

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diy project: brenna’s book page fabric

diy project: brenna’s book page fabric

I love the look of old book pages. The toasty brown edges and pale centers of the pages pair perfectly with the stark black type. Simple design with such a vintage feel, but so fragile and brittle. To fix their fragility, I coated the paper with silicone. This technique preserves the fragile pages, making them…

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Wednesday September 15th, 2010

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sewing 101: zippered case

sewing 101: zippered case

It’s back-to-school time, and it’s hard not to have school supplies on the brain even if school days are nowhere in sight for some of us! Inspired by the good old-fashioned pencil case, I thought it would be fun to sew a lined, zippered pouch that you can use for pencils, makeup, electronics or anything…

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Wednesday August 18th, 2010

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Wednesday July 28th, 2010

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sewing 101: kitchen cozy

sewing 101: kitchen cozy

when I get on a mission to tidy up my apartment, i usually end up becoming promptly frustrated by my woeful lack of storage space. so i’m always looking for ways to lose that feeling of clutter, even when i don’t really have any real space to stash my stuff—and thus, this kitchen cozy was…

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Wednesday July 14th, 2010

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sewing 101: machine appliqué

sewing 101: machine appliqué

Here’s a great way to snazz up simple textiles with an easy embellishment technique – machine appliqué! This technique allows you to apply cut-out shapes of fabric to the surface of another fabric, achieving colorful and interesting effects that would otherwise be complicated to sew. In this post I’m appliquéing a tablecloth, but you can…

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Wednesday June 30th, 2010

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sewing 101: piping

sewing 101: piping

Okay, it may not be the sexiest topic in the sewing world, but piping is a darn handy tool to have in your stitchy arsenal. It adds a super-professional touch to pillows and cushions, as well as accessories like pot holders, placemats—just about anything that needs a little trimming action. You can buy piping in…

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Wednesday June 23rd, 2010

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diy project: pillow shams

diy project: pillow shams

this fun guys sewing project (brett will be back for sewing 101 next week!) comes from jacinda of prudent baby. {thanks for sharing, jacinda!} In my home we have a strict 4 pillow (2 per person) rule in our bed. So I came up with a solution for having pretty pillows that you can still…

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Wednesday June 9th, 2010

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diy project: portable sun shade

diy project: portable sun shade

i’ve been thinking about public spaces a lot recently for numerous reasons, but mostly because the issue of public space always pops into mind in nicer weather. after months of abnormally cold temperatures, my neighborhood is finally getting warm sun and i want to enjoy it! i know a lot of urban dwellers have no…

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