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Rustic Wedding Redux: Two-Tone Burlap Table Runner

Friday, 18 April 2014 1:00

The most popular fabric in the realm of rustic is burlap. Believe it or not, this coarse fabric, more traditionally known for bagging coffee beans than bedecking wedding finery, is the hottest ticket out there when it comes to adding trendy texture. Part of the reason behind this is how many options are available in burlaps today – both in density (the coarseness of the weave) as well as color. Yep... burlap is not just brown anymore. We've come up with a beautiful design for a simple wedding table runner made of two layers of burlap joined with decorative stitching and highlighted with a splash of luxurious silk. Burlap, like many specialty fabrics, comes in very wide widths. The burlaps we found at Fabric.com ranged from 47" to 60" wide with the most common width being 58". This means you can cut a number of strips from each piece.

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Take Our Social Media Survey & Enter To Win A Big Fabric Bundle

Thursday, 17 April 2014 1:00

Social Media choices are changing on what often seems like a daily basis. New sites are added, existing platforms updated, interactivity options pop up like dandelions in the front lawn. In response to this, we decided to go directly to you, our visitors, to learn when and where you'd like to hear from us and find out how your own social media habits are evolving. We've put together a few short multiple-choice questions, which should take you about five minutes to complete (there are no math problems you must solve for "x"). If you include your email at the completion of the survey, you'll be entered to win a fun prize bundle: a mystery grab bag of cool fabric cuts direct from the S4H Stash. And, you'll have our gratitude for helping us become the best social butterflies on the block. 

Rustic Wedding Redux: Bride & Groom Chair Covers

Wednesday, 16 April 2014 1:00

The rustic theme is one of the hottest trends right now in the DIY wedding category, for both wedding attire as well as the ceremony and reception decorations. It's all about creating a wonderful mash-up of subtle tones and textures - just like you'd find in nature itself. A hallmark of the trend is mixing traditional wedding fabrics; like taffeta, silk, tulle and organza with unique fabrics not normally thought of as wedding choices; such as burlap, ticking, crushed velvet and muslin. We have just such a blend today in our wedding chair covers. Decorating the chairs for a wedding reception is nothing new, but we especially like the idea of having a unique set of chair covers at the head table for the bride and groom. Our design combines rustic striped ticking and an elegant crush of taffeta. We finish it off with a sleek monogram juxtaposed with a funky-chic button. 

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Tax Day Great Giveaway

Tuesday, 15 April 2014 1:00

It's April 15th – a day when so many give so much. We'd like to soften the blow with a giveaway of our own. We bundled up some pretty fabric cuts and sparkling Madeira thread from our stash and put them into a pretty spring tote. After tax day, there often isn't a lot of extra cash to carry in your purse, so you can at least look inside at some beautiful fabric and thread to brighten your day. To enter, let us know which projects have been your favorites here at Sew4Home and what you're hoping to see.

Rustic Wedding Redux: Zippered Bridesmaid Clutch with Tattered Rose

Monday, 14 April 2014 1:00

Bridesmaids' gowns get a bad rap (see the movie, 27 Dresses for hysterical proof)! Many of us have a frightening ensemble or two stuffed in the back of our own closets. But wedding styles are evolving in wonderfully new, non-closet-hiding directions, with cute accessory trends at the forefront. One of the latest, must-have articles in bridesmaid attire is a coordinated clutch for the ladies of the wedding party. Bridesmaid dresses rarely have any pockets; there's no where to tuck an emergency tube of lipstick or a tissue for those romantic moments. So, a small clutch a certainly functional idea, but it's also a beautiful gift for the bride to bestow on her girlfriends, possibly with a little something extra tucked inside. Not just for weddings, these pretty little clutches are perfect for all kinds of special occasions.

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Stretchy Yoga Headbands: Pleated & Turban Styles

Friday, 11 April 2014 1:00

They're a go-to solution for yoga class, running, or just when it's a bad hair day – you've seen these awesome headbands everywhere. Now you can make your own. It's super easy, so easy in fact, we did two styles: one is accordion-pleated so you can wear it wide or narrow, the other is a turban style with a classic front knot. We tried both styles with a thin woven cotton as well as a lightweight knit. Both worked well during construction and looked great when done.

Clear-View Grocery List Holder with Zippered Coupon Pouch

Thursday, 10 April 2014 1:00

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Things to do today: 1) Make cool grocery list/coupon holder from Sew4Home; 2) With increased level of organization from said cool grocery list/coupon holder, complete chores in record time; 3) Eat chocolates; 4) Send any leftover chocolates to Sew4Home. I think that pretty much covers it. Our cute little case has a perfectly-sized vinyl window that displays your shopping list (yes... you can sew vinyl with your home sewing machine), a handy credit card pocket on the opposite side, and a zippered interior pouch to hold coupons, cash and more. The optional lanyard makes it easy to grab from your purse, clip to a shopping bag, or simply sling over your shoulder. 

The Top Five Things to Remember About How to Shop For & Buy A Sewing Machine

Wednesday, 09 April 2014 1:00

Sewing requires some specialized tools, the biggest one being the sewing machine itself. If you're new to sewing, you might be tempted to get a machine as cheaply as possible. However, this is one of those cases where saving a few bucks now can end up causing you hours of frustration later. Purchasing a machine within your budget is necessary, but getting the cheapest (or free-est) machine out there is rarely the best option. We combined our own years of experience with expert tips from sewing machine sponsor, Janome America to bring you the top five things to keep in mind when shopping for a new sewing machine. We're talking here about entry-level or mid-range models for day-in-day-out sewing of clothing, quilting and home décor. We'll look at the top-of-the-line models that combine embroidery and other special features in future articles. Right now, you want to concentrate on ease-of-use, stitching precision, and reliability.

Weighted Door Stop Cube

Tuesday, 08 April 2014 1:00

Spring is fighting for a foothold today year. Not only did March come in like a lion... it also left like a lion in many places across the US (there was a blizzard in Fargo, North Dakota this year on April 1st!). But we know those clear, sunny days must be just around the corner. Soon you'll be able to open up your windows, raise up the storm glass in the screen doors, and let the fresh air blow through. In our house, this sets up an amazing wind tunnel effect that slams doors shut upstairs and down. We needed a stylish way to keep the doors open and the air circulating. ScrapBusters to the rescue! Today's door stop is a simple cube made with standard cottons stiffened with ultra firm fusible interfacing.

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Re-imagine & Renovate: Renaissance Ribbons' Pinafore Style Sewing Machine Cover

Monday, 07 April 2014 1:00

Our R&R series (Re-imagine & Renovate) is a favorite here at Sew4Home. You get to see how new fabric and trim transforms a classic project. Go from floral and frilly to sleek and modern, from traditional to whimsical. Or, simply experiment with a new color palette. Today, we start a mini-series under the R&R banner. Our friends at Renaissance Ribbons are getting into the act as "guest renovators," making their own versions of the projects we've done for them over the past few years. The original Pinafore Style Sewing Machine Cover was designed as the free-spirited cousin of our previous fitted covers. This cover drapes over your machine and sports handy pockets to keep a few tools, patterns and notions at the ready.

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