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Pack up your keys, headphones, cords, spare change, and other necessary odds and ends in these pretty little no-sew pouches. Constructed from durable microsuede—available at fabric and crafts stores—they look luxe but stand up to daily use. The best part? They are, quite literally, a cinch to make.

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There's something magical about fire dancing on water. Reflected in the liquid's shimmering surface, the flickers of a candle's flame appear doubly radiant and twice as beautiful. Floating candles add instant atmosphere to a casual summer table, and with our technique, you can create lots of them in only a couple of hours.

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Curtains establish the mood of a room: Sheers seem to emit airy freshness; cafe curtains communicate stylish flair; tab-tops are ever so modern; and heavy velvet drapes connote traditional formality. With some careful measuring and a bit of patience, you can make a very attractive pleated valance to enhance simple sheers. Here's three ideas for sewing your own curtains.