We're celebrating the 24 extra hours of creativity in 2016 with a Leap Year Great Giveaway. Let us know how you plan on spending the day by leaving a short comment below. That enters you to win our amazing fabric and thread prize package, which contains a full fat quarter bundle from FreeSpirit Fabics, two layer cakes from Moda Fabrics, and a ten-spool box of Aurifil thread from the Fat Quarter Shop Finishing collection.
Do you ever watch those TV hospital shows and think, "I could do that"? Maybe not be an actual, real-life doctor. But you could wear a white coat, carry a stethoscope, and yell, "Get me a C-Spine, Chem 7, and a V-Fib!" I have no idea what any of those terms mean. They're just fun to shout. To get you just a little bit closer to your doctor daydreams, we're here to show you how one of the medical devices you saw Dr. Greene use every week can also be a big help in your sewing room. It's called a hemostat, and it's basically a locking clamp shaped like a long pair of scissors. (Probably what Dr. Greene wanted when he yelled, "Clamp!") A hemostat is extremely useful when you need to turn long, narrow tubes right side out.
The sewing police aren't going to haul you away for these minor infractions, but they are the little things we all try to get away with when we think no one is looking. Kind of like convincing yourself chocolate is part of the dairy food group. But if you want the very best results, kicking your bad habits to the curb is important. Which of these are you guilty of? What other ones would you add?
Ladybug, ladybug, fly away home. Our huggable ladybug pillow is so cute, you won't want her to fly away. Rather than traditional round spots on her wings, Louise the Ladybug sports ten pretty appliquéd white hearts. We also amped up the color by switching out the standard ladybug red for a pretty hot pink. And, there's a hidden heart on her chest, proving she's filled with love through and through. Actually, she's filled with a 12 oz bag of Poly-Fil® Ultra Plush Polyester Fiber Fill, making her squeezably soft. You'll love our trick for making cord-filled tubes to create her sweet pom-tipped antennae.
The round bolster is a great way to add a new and interesting shape to your pile o' decorator pillows. We chose a 6" x 16" cylinder, which is a classic size to pair up with a 16" or 20" square. Or, make a pair of bolsters as we did and display them on their own. Cording accents and gathered ends are elegant touches that add true designer style yet are so very easy to accomplish.
In our 2016 Sewing resolutions, we teased you a little bit about this new adventure. Our number one resolution was: To connect with YOU in even more ways. Today, we're pleased to announce one of the most exciting ways we'll be doing just that this year: the Sew4Home Sewing Escape sewing retreat. We've partnered with Janome America as well as some of our favorite providers of notions, fabric, and sewing tools to bring the Sew4Home experience directly to you in fun-filled, multi-day events.
Using your sewing machine to join paper and fabric is surprisingly easy. If you've never tried it yourself, this is a great first project that isn't too complicated, but is still a very pretty way to send a personal greeting. At the end of the article is a link to a coordinating fabric and paper envelope.
Pleats are the origami of the sewing world. And although you don't usually need to fold one into the shape of a swan, there are a wide variety of pretty pleats that add distinct visual and textural embellishments for both home décor as well as garment sewing. Each type provides a different look based on how it's formed. You can make: knife pleats, knife pleats in two directions, box pleats, inverted box pleats, inverted box pleats with a separate underlay, accordion pleats, sunray pleats, and wave pleats. In this tutorial, we're focusing on a box pleat and its identical yet opposite cousin, the inverted box pleat.
When you think of patchwork, you traditionally think of quilting cottons. But there's no rule saying you have to use cotton. In fact, if you're a regular Sew4Home visitor, you know we love to experiment with different fabric substrates. Today, we're adding luxury into the mix with silk dupioni. This type of silk is made from twin cocoons naturally bonded together. The bumps in the fabric, they're really called 'slubs', are the result of this bonding. Dupioni is often woven from two different colors of thread, giving it a shimmering, color-shifting appearance. We chose a jewel-box color blend of Tiffany blue, glittering silver, burnished gold, and rich ebony. Our pillows work together as a pair, and our supply list is structured to allow you to buy the correct amount of fabric to make both.
Your sewing machine is probably the largest item in your sewing space. But it likes to surround itself with lots of little things. When you're sewing, you need easy access to these smaller tools and notions so you're not wasting time jumping up and down every few minutes to find what's needed. Our sewing machine organizer apron is a perfect option with six pockets for plenty of handy storage and a waste catcher to keep things tidy. We worked with our friends at Fabric Depot to pick a base fabric that could blend well with any décor. The solution: ticking. It's a classic fabric with a crisp, clean simplicity. We then accented the perimeter and the pockets with a colorful calico binding.