If you share your space with a pet or two (or three...), you also share a certain amount of fur, dirt, and other messes we won't go into here. Fluffy and Fido know they're supposed to stay off the special chair, but that's only when you're watching. Thanks to YouTube, we know what really goes on when we leave the room. Protect your favorite furniture with an easy-to-launder pet throw. Yes, of course you could use an old sheet, but you sew and fabric companies make adorable pet prints. Shield your surfaces in style.
Most of the time, sewing is all about soft things, from beautiful fabrics to cushy pillow inserts. However, every so often, something hard comes along. It's not there to torment you; it's a way to inject an interesting new texture into the mix. We're here with a few tips to make working with these trims easier, as well as techniques to give you the most professional finish.
A basket of goodies always makes a great gift idea. And if the basket is as pretty as ours, you're giving a gift within a gift! Once the goodies are gone, the basket remains - ready to hold new items in the kitchen, bedroom or bath. Beautiful fabric sets the mood for the specific gift-giving occasion. We designed a set of unique "V-point" angled handles in a bold contrasting color, and a big satin bow adds the final sweet touch.
Embroidery turned a simple round, white pillow into a stunning statement. Our friends at Janome America sponsored this beautiful custom embroidery design, allowing us to offer it as a free download in the six main embroidery machine formats. The ascending and descending triangles simulate a rosy sunrise reflected in a cool mountain lake. We used the Horizon Memory Craft 15000 for our sample and also tested the design on the Memory Craft 9900. Both models stitched out the design with the incredible precision for which Janome is famous.
It's celebration time for seven lucky Sew4Home fans. These last four Great Giveaways were some of our most popular ever! We know it can be disappointing to not see your name in the list below, but we can promise you this: the universal reaction of our winners is the statement, "I never win anything!" Oh, but you do. Your chance at the brass ring may be coming soon.
The beauty of this runner is in the texture of the pleated squares side by side with the plain squares. It looks best in a solid, which really shows off the definition. We chose linen. Plus - we give you a fun way to create pretty mitered corners without using a separate binding strip. Our "binding" is actually the folded-over edges of the back panel - binding and back all in one! There's plenty o' pressing in this project, so having a great iron makes it fast and easy. Here in the Sew4Home studios, we use Oliso irons. Love them - especially the iTouch® technology: touch the handle and the iron lowers. Remove your hand and it lifts back up. No more scorching, and a much more stable base.
Goody, goody gumdrop! This cute zippered clutch combines several of our favorite embellishments: ribbon, beads, and tassels. Extra long zipper-pull charms are on-trend this Fall. They can add a bit of bling to any bag, but are an especially fun accent for this clutch with its bright colors and playful pattern.
The biggest item in most bedrooms is the bed, therefore, it ranks as the star-of-the-show in most room makeovers. Our pretty duvet is made up of a dozen different cuts from seven fabric designers, but they're cleverly sized into just three simple patchwork panels. This is a great exercise in how to mix and match fabric collections for a fun and vibrant result. We also added a pop of fleece for a texture twist. For more tips on balancing color, pattern and scale, take a read through our fabric blending tutorial. Full diagrams are included below to convert the duvet from its original king size version into a queen or twin.
Show your team spirit with a fan-favorite tailgate apron in team logo fabric. Since Sew4Home is located in the Pacific Northwest, we chose the Seattle Seahawks fabric for our sample apron. Our friends at Fabric.com have a great selection of NFL® team fabric, plus selected collegiate teams, in stock now in both cotton broadcloth as well as fleece. We augmented the base fabric with a solid and a stripe in coordinating teams colors for the pockets as well as a bottom accent band. Breaking up a busy print with more neutral tones and patterns adds interest and actually helps emphasize the feature fabric.
We get a lot of questions about zippers. They seem to live at the top of many people's lists of Sewing Phobias (ziphobia!). In an effort to calm these fears, we already have three step-by-step tutorials for inserting standard zippers, tackling invisible zippers, and putting in an inset zipper. We're adding to the zipper toolbox with the following zip-tips for how to put a conventional zipper into a circular opening.