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Tag Maker Banner

IMG_8924I’m sure you’ve seen the new Tag Maker punches which enable you to create handmade tags easily and quickly. They even feature a centered hole punch and eyelet setter – all in the same tool! As I’m sure you are aware, tags can be used for so many purposes beyond gift packaging labels. Check out the gallery of projects over at Fiskars.com for more ideas on how to use your tags.

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Geometric Felt Coasters

I’m still more than a little bit in love with the whole geometric trend. It’s such a strong, bold look and can be used in so many different ways. I was recently inspired by these modular coasters, spotted on the Purl Bee website and there’s always a place for new coasters in my home! I wanted to give mine a more autumnal feel, using a mix of rich berry and oranges.IMG_6926I made a few changes from the original coasters, which were stitched up by hand. For the sake of speed and efficiency, I used a zig zag stitch on my machine for all the inside seams. After cutting out felt squares measuring 4.75″ on each side, I then cut smaller squares and triangles and arranged them in position on a piece of white wool felt.

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New Fabric Alert – Faux Suede by Spoonflower

IMG_2877Spoonflower have recently added a new fabric to their repertoire and it’s going to be a hit, let me tell you! Their new faux suede is an upholstery weight, 54″ wide, napped fabric with a stain-resistant finish. Basically that means it is the ideal choice for covering chairs, cushions, stools, ottomans, benches and any other upholstery project you can think of. Not only that, it has proved a success for making beautiful bags and totes and even clothing, giving projects a luxurious and tactile finish. I used it to whip up this quick Kindle case, and with a little of Pellon’s Fusible Fleece between the layers, it’s extremely padded and protective.

Of course, it’s also the perfect fabric to test out your Fiskars Amplify Fabric Shears!IMG_2903

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Father’s Day Coasters

IMG_2687I’m going to bet you have some scraps of fabric needing to be used up for small projects. I’m also certain you’re starting to thinking about Father’s Day (coming up on June 15). Here’s a win-win project that uses just a small amount of fabric and a little bit of time.

I used two different prints and made my coasters reversible. Retro glasses on one side and Pac Man (or Pac Men?) on the other.

Supplies
Fabric scraps
Pellon Fusible Fleece
Pellon Vinyl Fuse
Fuse Creativity System and Circle Medium Die
Sewing machine and thread
Teflon machine foot, suitable for sewing vinyls

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