These easy-to-make seersucker napkins are the perfect addition to your home, especially during the summer months when you're hosting outdoor parties. The classic fabric is inexpensive and available at almost any cloth store, so you can mix and match a few colors. Even better, seersucker's slightly puckered texture means there's no ironing required.
These little pillows will do wonders for your mood and have a surprisingly regal provenance. Packed with lavender, they're like the ones made for European aristocracy in the Middle Ages, when the fragrant herb was rare and something of a luxury. To strike the right note of indulgence, we chose striped and solid silk taffeta; whatever fabric you use, you won't need much of it.
Leftovers are the bane of the sewing room, but a little creativity can save odd lengths of fabric from ragbag ignominy. One idea: Use strips of cloth or lace to trim the opening of a cotton pillowcase. A monogrammed handkerchief from a flea market can be folded diagonally and machine-stitched to a pillowcase, creating a wonderful gift for someone with the same initial.
A baby's clothes acquire history so quickly: the blanket she came home from the hospital in, the overalls she wore while learning to crawl, the flannel pajamas she slept in. For those items too precious to give away there is a solution more creative and less cluttering than a box in the attic -- a baby memory quilt that is sure to become an heirloom.