It won’t surprise anyone to learn that my favorite color is green. Working in the garden, choosing green fabrics, and arranging home accents; green surrounds me. Imagine my delight when Pantone (the color forecasting company used by many designers across many industries) announced the 2017 color of the year: Greenery.
*image from pantone.com
Looks like I may be ahead of the curve on this one. To celebrate my favorite color trending for 2017, I rounded up a few Greenery color-inspired tutorials.
Embroider a Handbag
Originally designed for the Baby Lock Sewlebrity Sewing Challenge, this handbag features custom machine embroidery along the top edge. Learn how to apply the embroidery to any handbag pattern or simply use the hobo tote template, as shown. Machine embroidered accents are a great way to personalize your sewn designs. See the handbag and embroidery demonstration on my blog.
Spring Green Scarf
What begins as crosswise fabric strips, ends up in a completely bias scarf. Curious? It’s easy to sew a bias, spiral scarf with a little sewing savvy. We’ll use a serger to finish the edges of this delicate fabric while creating a unique all-season wardrobe accent. Learn how to sew the scarf here.
Serge a Colorful Fabric Bin
Serge this fast and fun fabric bin—an ideal project for 10-inch precut fabric squares. 10-inch precuts are also known as 10-inch Stackers, Crackers, Layer Cakes, Patty-Cakes, Storybooks, and Ten Squares! If you’ve been wondering what to do with 10-inch precuts, start by selecting four 10-inch precut squares and make this handy organizer bin. Learn to add decorative stitches to this home organizing bin, here.
Sew a Plastic Bag Wrangler
Making this storage bag will not only clean up the kitchen, but make those plastic sacks much more accessible. See how to sew the storage wrangler here.
It seems everyone is connected through their smart phones and mobile devices, these days. On chilly days, we’re faced with the dilemma of staying connected with our gloves off or staying warm with our gloves on. Peculiar, right? I have developed an easy solution—texting gloves. Use fleece scraps to create a comfy pair of these fingerless gloves. Optional: Personalize your gloves with a monogram. In either case, these make up quickly and solve a common seasonal problem. Learn how to sew my texting gloves, here.
The 2015 Block of the Month is a free program offered on my blog. The event was quite an adventure, hence the name Adventure Quilt, as each block revealed surprised the reader. Luckily, the Adventure Quilt is available for free, all year round with all 12 blocks available on my blog. Grab the sewing tutorials and make your Adventure Quilt today. Find the 2016 and 2017 Block of the Month series linked in the right side bar of this blog.
When developing the Sewing With Nancy series on how to create covers for electronic tablets or low-tech paper tablets, it was exciting to see how a small amount of stitching or a creative use of fabric could result in a stylish cover. The first of the two-part series, Sew Techie Covers, demonstrates how simple embellishments can transform practical device covers. Learn to sew these fun cases, here.
While shopping online for handbag inspirations, my eye caught a bag decked out with ribbon—I also caught the price—$1,300. I knew we had the perfect inspiration to create a bag with my new line of Renaissance Ribbons at a fraction of the cost. Embellish your next bag design with the ribbon and the easy sewing instructions, here.
Sometimes the quilting step is the most perplexing and stressful. Your goal is for a stress-free process, but where to begin? Denise Abel, my guest on Sewing With Nancy, has a solution—use an embroidery machine and turn it into a quilting machine. Denise joins me for the second part of this series, Stress-Free Quilting with Machine Embroidery, which is this week’s online video feature. Watch the demonstration and learn to quilt with your embroidery machine, here.
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Her comment was, “I like them all! They are beautiful. My favorites would are the Heartbeat and Wind Chimes quilts. They are very different, plus I love the names. Heartbeat would be so cute in a baby quilt simply because of the name of the quilt, and, of course, you’d have to put it on the quilt label on the back for an even more special meaning.”
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