The holidays are here, like it or not it’s time to deck the halls and stand in check out lines. Decorating and wrapping gifts can take up so much time, and making new Christmas decorations might be out of the question for you as of now, but don’t cross it off your list just yet, here is a fun, easy and not very time consuming project that will be a great decoration for years to come.
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Here is another quick and easy holiday gift idea: handmade coin purse! These coin purses are easy to make and super cute! Best of all, they don’t take much fabric! You can get away with using a couple of fat quarters or some scraps from your fabric stash!
Decorating the Christmas tree is an important ritual for my family. We all gather wearing itchy Santa hats and sipping hot cocoa while my father plays festive songs on the piano and we all sing out of key while meticulously placing ornaments on our carefully chosen tree. In our family, however, the most prized ornaments are not the fancy hand-blown glass kind, but rather he home-made ones. Cork reindeer, family photos and salt dough angels are our most cherished. Now that I don’t live in the family home, I wanted to create some hand-made ornaments to decorate my own tree, which resulted in these traditionally inspired modern felt ornaments that use the often-neglected decorative stitches on your machine and some tinsel-like metallic thread.
The holidays are getting closer and I am always looking for quick and easy gift ideas. Infinity scarfs are all the rage and they are so easy to make! I decided to spice it up a little by using some unique fabric and lace. I cut out parts of the fabric to the lace would really stand out. There are unlimited possibilities to style and looks for infinity scarves so get creative! Your family and friends will love you for it.
Julia loved working on this pattern because it looks really complicated and impressive, but in actuality it is pretty easy! She said that it was mainly time consuming because of all the piecing, but is still a great pattern for beginning quilters. Julia has already inspired a few coworkers to start their own quilts, and we can’t wait to see their finished products!
Julia is going to give the quilt to her mother for Christmas! Quilts make great gifts for the upcoming holiday season, not only are they beautiful and super thoughtful but they are useful too! We have a few fun and free quilt patterns in our free stuff section, we also have a great selection of quilt patterns for sale.
Thanksgiving is, well basically, HERE! Don’t panic. Deep breath. Here is a simple tutorial on how to make mitered corners for cloth napkins. A cloth napkin gives a meal a warm, homey touch and they are so simple and your family will be so impressed that you made them. This is also a great gift to bring to the hostess or host if your going to dinner at their home. Great for Christmas gifts too! Okay, lets get down to business.
The holiday season is fast approaching, is your house ready for guests? Here at Harts we have tons of fun fabrics that you can use to spice up your home decor for the holiday season!
Burlap is a an awesome and versatile fabric, it has so many great uses for holiday home decor! Our burlap comes in a bunch of colors and you can use it to create a rustic table runner or placemats for your thanksgiving dinner tablescape. Another popular use for burlap is making holiday wreaths! All you need for your wreath project is a couple yards of burlap and some festive ribbon. We put together a burlap project pin-board over on our pintrest, you can check it out here to get inspired!
Another easy to use fabric for simple holiday crafts is felt. Using a fall leaf stencil you can easily create a thanksgiving garland by stringing up different colored fall leaves cut from felt. You can also use felt to create cute coasters in the shape of turkeys or leaves to spice up your dinner party.
Here is the fall leaf garland we put together using a few different colored felt square, super easy, super quick, and super cute!
Our very talented seamstress and fabric buyer Katrina has made this amazing Mission Maxi dress from Jamie Christina patterns and we are all begging her to make one for us! She said this dress was super easy to make and the directions were clear and easy to follow. She chose a fantastic jersey knit fabric that has woodpeckers all over it (Woodpecker Jersey Knit Black and Mushroom #65940) and she added a fun lace embellishment to the back giving this dress a fun super girly touch. This pattern has two options, the one that Katrina chose with the gusset in the back but there is also a version of this pattern without the gusset for a more casual look. Katrina says this is one of the most comfortable dresses she owns and she can’t wait to make another!
Some advice Regarding the pattern:
SIZE: Using the measurement chart on the back of the pattern the sizing is very near accurate but Katrina had to add a little to the bustline to make it fit better.
FIT: The arm holes are a little small so she plans to drop them lower and the neckline would be a little more flattering if it was lower as well.
Annie is one of our very talented sewist here at Hart’s and if you read our blog often you can see how that’s true because she has made many wonderful things. This dress here had the staff in an uproar about what pattern she used but Annie is so talented that she actually drafted this pattern herself… so none of us could make one… brat. I’m kidding, Annie is awesome!
This dress is made from a wonderful Japanese style cotton print called Japanese Fairy Tale Cotton Cream that has all of your favorite fairy tale characters portrayed. This fabric has Snow White, Alice in Wonderland, Thumbelina, Little Red Riding Hood and even The Three Little Pigs. Her dress is a simple shift dress that she drafted with a cute tie in the back to cinch the waist and the adorable off set peter pan collar that really make this dress pop. All in all, well done Annie! Now you have to make one for all of us!