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5923_pencil.jpgMany pencil and marker cases are great for the first few weeks of class, but soon show their wear from repeated openings and closings. 

Why not make a sturdy fabric case that will stand the test of time . . . and look super cute in the process? 

We found this adorable zippered pouch at Craft Passion. We love it, and think you'll find many other ways to use it besides as a holder for pencils, pens, and markers. Better make one (or two!) for yourself as well.

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5886_imgp4794a.jpgOffer a bit of protection for the pocket camera that is going off to school with your student this fall.  We found this fast and easy camera case (here) that is sure to be a hit...you might even want to make one for yourself.  The handy wrist holder even keeps the camera close at hand.

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As you send your little (or big one) off to school this fall a fun and secure place for them to hold money might me just the ticket.  Check out this quick and easy Bi-fold wallet project we found at Modest Maven

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This month, Sue Nickels will teach you about embellishments-thread stems, straight stitched accents, free motion curlicues, and decorative blanket stitching.

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5837_bag.jpgIt's that time of year when students of all ages begin gathering their supplies for the fall semester. Why not send your student(s) off in style with some very cool 'quilty' items? We're here to help: over the next few weeks, we'll share some school supplies that your student is sure to love. 

This week's project, from Obsessive Crafting Disorder, is a fun-and-fast messenger bag that you can make in two sizes. While the larger size is great for a laptop or notebook, the smaller version makes for a pretty darn cute purse.

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This week, Helen Gibb shows you how to prepare and attach your fabric print, as well as how to add a few ribbons and beads to your postcard foundation.

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Helen has a limited number of kits available on her website. Along with all the necessary elements, each kit also includes dupioni silk for the background, beautiful lace, and luscious silk ribbons and trims imported from Italy and Japan.

Don't forget: if you post your WIP, you're eligible to win one of four of Helen's Ribbonwork DVDs.

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This week's quick little project uses a few small pieces of fabric and draws inspiration from a favorite Indian party food. 

We love these charming little wristlet bags, called  Samosa Pouches, and thought you just might have fun making some, too -- plus Shruti (from 13woodhouseroad) shares a recipe to make your own yummy Indian snacks!

 

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5757_helengibb.jpg Join internationally renowned master of ribbonwork, Helen Gibb, in the classroom as she teaches you how to create a beautifully embellished 1920s- style postcard using ribbon, lace, trims, beads, and a lovely fabric image. Once completed, Helen shares creative ideas for showing off your project.


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In Lesson 1, which debuts June 25, Helen covers fabric, lace, and trim options, as well as how to begin building the base layer of your postcard. 

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If you'd like to join the fun right away, Helen has a limited number of kits available on her website.  The kit, along with all of the necessary elements that you need, also includes dupioni silk for the background, beautiful lace, and luscious silk ribbons and trims imported from Italy, and Japan.

Don't forget: if you post your WIP, you're eligible to win one of four of Helen's Ribbonwork DVDs.

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As summer is the time that many of us visit family and friends, we think you'll agree that this week's project is "just the ticket!"

You can assemble these distinctive, but easy-to-make tags in an hour or so. They'll help you find your luggage quickly among the sea of bags on the carousel. They also make wonderful hostess gifts, so why not whip up several for those occasions that call for a 'quilty' gift?

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For this week's stash-buster, you'll use both 8" and 6 1/2" squares to create a stunning (and easy) scrap quilt that you can make as large or small as you'd like.

Give it a try: this one's sure to be a family favorite!  

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We found this easy to make raw-edge circle quilt top tutorial (here) and thought it the perfect way to purge your stash while at the same time stitch a fun quilt sure to please you or any recipient. 

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