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OY VE! What the hey! So how many licks does it take to get to the center of this Tootsie Roll?

One…two…a whoo whoo…three

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Back-to-school means back  to life if you’re a parent! No more 24/7 entertaining. No more constant whining complaints of boredom. You’re ready to throw them back to their teachers. I know, I’ve been there. Of course that doesn’t mean you don’t want to throw them back in style. Of course not! That’s a direct reflection on you Mom.

Lunch bags are a big deal. They continue to be a hot trend with kids and adults. That statement lunch bag could spell the difference between the cool kids and everybody else table! But hey Mom, this doesn’t just have to be for the kiddos. Absolutely not! You deserve a new, colorful cool kids table lunch bag for those days you “brown” bag it! This is more than your run-of-the-mill brown bag.

With it, you’ll lighten your stash as well as know that you’re leaving a substantially smaller footprint. These bags are not only reusable, they’re also leak resistant because its secret core is a plastic grocery bags! But be warned! This is a bag you can look good and feel good about too; so don’t be surprised if your admission of who made it lands you back in the sewing closet to make more for your friends so they can be cool too!

But that’s okay, because this is a quickie project. Read on to learn how with another one yard or less/one hour project.

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Lots of decorating going on since we bought the farm. Too much to do! Too many windows, which means privacy is a challenge since I don’t want to cocoon the house in drapery! And then there are the door windows, which pose a unique challenge. This was my solution after a Pinterest (yep, a Pinterest idea) moment.

Rather than putting a drape or a shade on the door which requires an installation, we’re going to install a window covering that is unique and will have your friends and neighbors wondering what you are doing, now that they can’t eavesdrop on you anymore! And the best part about this…it’s easily removable and costs a fraction of those expensive window cling things.

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Knock-knock…

Who’s there?

Ikat…

Ikat who?

Ikat’s got your tongue or do you have no clue what Ikat is?

Ikat has gained in popularity over the years with designers. While many people think Ikat refers to a design or pattern, it’s actually a process. Read on to find out more!

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Of all the projects we post to our Pinterest, this particular one has gotten a whole lot of attention. So, in response, I’d like to first thank Robin Vines Smith for the original publication, and offer an update based on a similar project.

Like Robin said, most people think adding a pocket to a garment, retail or otherwise is simply not possible or too difficult. Fact is, adding pockets to a garment isn’t all that difficult. To be truthful, it’s easier when your garment has a side seam. But you can do this with a little tweeking even to a garment without side seams. It’s riskier if you’re not familiar with how pockets are installed, but still doable.

In this simple tutorial, I’ve added pockets to a dress I created a while back that just needed a place to hide my hands! Read on for instructions and a printable pattern you can use if you need it.

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Of all the projects we post to our Pinterest, “Adding Pockets to Any Garment” has gotten a whole lot of attention. So, in response, I’d like to first thank Robin Vines Smith for the original publication, and offer an update based on a similar project.

Like Robin said, most people think adding a pocket to a garment, retail or otherwise is simply not possible or too difficult. Fact is, adding pockets to a garment isn’t all that difficult. To be truthful, it’s easier when your garment has a side seam. But you can do this with a little tweeking even to a garment without side seams. It’s riskier if you’re not familiar with how pockets are installed, but still doable.

In this simple tutorial, I’ve added pockets to a dress I created a while back that just needed a place to hide my hands! Read on for instructions and a printable pattern you can use if you need it.

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If I had your endless attention, I could really go deep on the subject of any fabric. Since I don’t, I’m going to do my best to just keep you entertained and teach you a little history while we’re there. No NO!! Don’t run away! There’s no quiz or paper due, I promise!

So riddle me this. How are Jacquard/Damask Brocade and the modern day computer directly related? Wait, what? Yes, they are. And you’ll have to read on to learn how.

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It started with an Elsa event. Elsa, my Huskie mix, has many such “events” that usually involve tearing something up that is fluffy. This time, it was a pillow sham. Thankfully not the pillow, just the

Yeah, you just THINK cute is going to save you again…probably will, not gonna lie. (You’ll note the offending sham in the background)

sham. Which didn’t really matter though. I just bought those shams for a staging. Now I had only one and no way to repair it since the machine was packed.

Elsa is fortunate that she has cute going for her…

So flash forward, I still have no matching shams. I could just repair the torn one. But to be honest, sometimes a repair job is just not worth the time, especially when they were cheap to start with.

But wait…I have scraps! Two shams is one yard of fabric. I can do this! You can do this, too! This is one of the easiest, most satisfying projects you’ll ever do. There’s nothing like new pillow shams to dress up a drab bedroom look. So whether you have scraps or not, it’s a one yard, one hour (or less) project.  Read the rest of this entry »

And…we’re back! How often do we take the ordinary for granted; do we see the tools and necessary items in  our life as routine and take no notice? Whether it’s a pair of high tops, one of those trendy little zipper bags, the sails in your winds, or even the seat cushions on your lawn furniture, Duck is a whole lot more than you think. A close cousin to Duck Tape, their stories converge in an interesting way. So let’s dive into the history of this popular utilitarian fabric that’s getting some mileage these days.

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Genevieve Gorder Gotham Chinoise Inked Toile Drapery Fabric

 

Welcome back! Thanks for following the series. To be honest, I’ve learned a lot just in my research. I really thought I had a handle on fabric weave, type and design. Apparently I was mistaken! Last time, we (including me) learned about Dupioni Silk, a beautiful high end silk from India often used in formal wear such as wedding attire. We’re going to switch gears and go the opposite direction and dive into the world of Toile. And no, it’s not pronounced like foil or even close to that. Although, please don’t feel ignorant if you did. Potato/Patahtoe I always say.  My new Alabama friends find it amusing that I called the neighboring town Gwen, spelled Guin. Looked right to me. It’s pronounced Gyou-in with a hard “g”. I am usually very good with names. So in my defense,not my first offense. I  lived in Illinois a great deal of my life and called a town near by Shuh-bone-ah. The town of Shabonna is pronounced sha-buh-nuh, with a short “a”. I called it that from 1976 until about 2005.

Imagine my embarrassment.

Well, while you’re reminiscing about you own pronunciation faux pax, read on to learn more about Toile, pronounced (twal). Now ya’ll can feel fancy with this new French word!

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