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Molly's Sketchbook: Felt Button Slippers

We have been talking about making slippers from this thick felt for a little while since it's thick enough to be used as a sole. Page and I were discussing slipper shapes and ways to put them together when it struck us that we could make each slipper out of a single piece of felt with almost no sewing required. We decided to add on a bright felt button for a fun bit of color and voila, these slippers were born! I am a huge fan projects like this, a clear simple idea that comes together in a flash so I'm really excited to share these. --Molly

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Whit's Knits: Fruity Trivets and Pot Holders

Late last summer we had dinner with our friend Mrs. Halby on her porch. She paraded many delicious plates of food out to us, among them, a hot baking dish of roasted fingerling potatoes. Of course, I was interested in the potatoes, but I was even more captivated by the adorable pot holder Mrs. Halby had used to transport them. It was a crocheted slice of watermelon that it turns out had been a gift from Mexico. I vowed to make my own version, and finally here it is, just in time for this summer's outdoor dinners.

To make sure these trivets and pot holders actually protect tables and hands, I doubled Blue Sky Alpaca's Worsted Cotton. It comes in so many fun fruity colors that I couldn't stop with just a watermelon and so also made a set of oranges and limes. But why stop there? Now I'm thinking about apples (colors: Ladybug, Bone and Toffee), kiwis (Lemongrass, Stone and Graphite), and grapefruits (Lotus, Cumin and Bone). I'll always have a great gift on hand for housewarmings, birthdays, and thank you's. -Whitney

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Molly's Sketchbook: Ribbon Embroidery Pillow Cases

I have always loved ribbon embroidery, I love it's texture and vintage feeling. As many of you know, we just moved our stores into a bigger space in New York and one of the perks is that we get to carry some items we never had room for before. When I saw that we were now carrying little packets of silk ribbon for embroidery I knew I wanted to try it out so I took a handful of beautiful colors home for some research. It turns out that ribbon embroidery is very similar to regular embroidery, which I absolutely love, so it wasn't  long before I was hooked!

Armed with my new skill, I wanted to make something pretty that could show off what makes ribbon embroidery so special. I decided on pillow cases because they are such a fun and easy warm weather project and a perfect blank canvas. I used a solid white in the  silky smooth Organic Cotton by Cloud 9 Fabrics for the pillowcases. This fabric feels so amazing, like the sheets at a really fancy hotel! I embroidered a simple little bunch of flowers in cheery colors and then sewed the pillow cases with a deep hem.I love the results! This is one of those projects I'm going to be making over and over again, it's practical, easy to sew, and beautiful!  --Molly

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Anzula 'Squishy' Log Cabin Baby Blanket

This July my sister, Jen, is having a baby girl! It goes without saying that I will be making this baby girl lots of handmade gifts, this Log Cabin Baby Blanket in Anzula's Squishy is the first.  I don't know what element of making this blanket was my favorite part; was it working with the gorgeous, super soft (and washable!) yarn, or was it watching the lovely hand-dyed colors come together, or perhaps it was the super easy construction of the whimsical log cabin shapes?  In any case, I enjoyed making this blanket immensely, and I hope my brand new niece enjoys it just as much! 

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Molly's Sketchbook: Hooded Baby Towel and Washcloth Set

This project is relatively quick and very simple to sew. I think it would make a perfect gift for your next baby shower!

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