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Make and Measure a Circle Without a Pattern

Thursday, 25 August 2016 1:00

The circle is, in my humble opinion, the Queen of the geometric shapes. Don't get me wrong; I like all those squares, rectangles, triangles, octagons, and whatnot; but the circle is the coolest of the bunch: smooth and pretty and endlessly useful. However, trying to draw a perfect circle without a pattern is a challenge, and figuring out the proper size of an opening into which a circle can be inserted requires working with Pi (or π), which is not the delicious kind you can eat with a bit of ice cream. We're here today to help you with the steps you've forgotten since high school geometry class (or maybe never learned because you were too busy passing notes with Susan Ellery!). We'll show you the parts of a circle, how wide to cut fabric to fit a circle, and how to draw a circle without a pattern. We've also included a handy conversion from decimals to inches, which is necessary when working with Pi.

ScrapBusters: Cord Wraps in Two Sizes

Wednesday, 24 August 2016 1:00

Although it may seem as if our varied electronic devices operate by magic, we know sooner or later they require a cord to sync, transfer or re-charge. All those little cords can become a tangled mess, making it hard to find what you need when you need it. Keep your cords tidy with these quick and easy wraps. We offer two sizes: one small version for things like tiny ear buds, another for larger items, like power cords. They take just teensy scraps of fabric. We worked with pre-cuts, using a charm square for the small size and a layer cake square for the large size. 

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Mason Jar Wraps

Tuesday, 23 August 2016 1:00

Grandma would be so proud. The humble Ball mason jar has become a very chic way to sip a cool summer drink. But as with all glassware, condensation beads up quickly on the outside of the jars, causing your grip to slip. A jar wrap helos absorb condensation, makes the jar easier to handle, and looks super cute. Our design features cotton on the exterior and knit on the interior. As a ScrapBusters project, we show you how to create pretty striped accent bands from a few fave pieces of leftover fabric. 

Sleepover Sack in Flannel with Matching Pillowcase: Fabric Depot

Monday, 22 August 2016 1:00

Ahhhhh, the sleepover. If there was ever an misnomer, this would be it, since the amount of sleeping that usually happens at such an event is minimal at best. The whole idea is to pile everyone together into one room and laugh until the wee hours. Our sleepover sack is a perfect choice for however much dozing gets done. We worked with our friends at Fabric Depot to select cozy flannel in two bright prints along with a coordinating cotton. Make a matching pillowcase to complete the sleepover set. We also added a cute, wraparound harness so the bag can be rolled and secured with a built-in handle to carry it to its destination. 

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Fall Cornucopia Great Giveaway

Friday, 19 August 2016 1:00

We have officially entered the “dog days of summer.” I remember this time of year, oh so long ago, when toasty new sweaters were stacked on my bed in anticipation of heading back-to-school. I was determined to wear those sweaters even though it meant sweat trickling down my back as the thermometer mocked my Fall fashion sense. But cool, crisp days are hovering out there, and in celebration of those sweaters, we’ve put together a Great Giveaway bursting with Fall colors. 

Vintage Style Sweetheart Apron

Thursday, 18 August 2016 1:00

This apron is another Sew4Home design original, complete with a downloadable pattern that allows you to cut the main front and back of the apron as a single piece. You'll love the sweetheart neckline and matching mini-sweet pockets. And its kicky bottom flounce will have you skipping around your kitchen, just like when you used to twirl in your big-girl-fancy-party-dress... oh, don't even try to tell me you didn't do that! Did you know most scholars show "apron" as coming from the French word "naperon," meaning a small tablecloth? That seems a little undignified, but it's your bit of interesting garment history for the week!

Round Hot Pads with Circular Decorative Stitching: Aurifil Thread

Wednesday, 17 August 2016 1:00

Recently, we were looking at all our pretty spools of Aurifil Thread and thinking, “There are so many lovely possibilities, it’s making our heads spin.” Hmmmm. Spin means to go ‘round and ‘round. What if we spun these thread colors with circular decorative stitching? That would be round-tastic, which isn’t a word but is an excellent vision. We used our Janome Circular Sewing attachment and Aurifil 40wt cotton thread to create multiple rings of decorative stitching on a set of round hot pads. Interspersed between the decorative stitching are three circles of quilting stitches to hold all the layers together. The quilting was done in Aurifil thread that matched our fabric so as not to detract from the feature circles, 40wt in the top and 50wt in the bobbin. 

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Pattern Drafting & Grading: Guest Tutorial from Sis Boom

Tuesday, 16 August 2016 1:00

One of our goals for 2016 is a commitment to partner with some of our pals in the sewing community to bring you guest features on garment sewing, since that is not an area we currently focus on at Sew4Home (you never know what the future will bring). Garments generally require complex, multi-piece patterns in a variety of sizes, which sounds intimidating – right? Carla Crim, from Scientific Seamstress and Jennifer Paganelli’s Sis Boom eBooks and ePatterns, is here to help demystify the process of creating the patterns that come together to make something beautiful to wear. We found the techniques fascinating, and it certainly inspired us to give it a try. But, just in case you can’t see yourself making your own patterns, Sis Boom has offered Sew4Home visitors a 25% discount on all the beautiful ePatterns currently available in their online shop! Read on to learn more about drafting and grading and to find your coupon code. 

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Cat’s Meow Appliqued Pillow: Janome America

Monday, 15 August 2016 1:00

Set this pretty kitty on your sofa to keep watch over the rest of your pillows. The bold silhouette with its sweet dimensional bow is truly the Cat’s Meow. Our original design was created to show off the amazing appliqué capabilities of the Janome machines. We used the Janome Skyline S7, but the same precision stitch quality is available on all their models, from the top-of-the-line sewing and embroidery powerhouses to the entry level compacts. We’re an exclusive Janome studio at Sew4Home, and it’s one of the top reasons our finished samples turn out so beautifully. Your sewing machine is the tool at the center of the process; it better have your back! That means a machine you can rely on to do what it needs to do easily and without any unnecessary frustration on your part. When you’re confident in your machine’s performance, it frees you to concentrate on your creativity. 

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Fast Fridays: Yoga Mat Strap Wrap

Friday, 12 August 2016 1:00

We’ve done several yoga mat totes here on Sew4Home (links are included below), but sometimes you don’t need or want a full bag. You’re dressed and ready, and your minimalist tendencies say all you need is to sling your mat over your shoulder and go. This style of mat-wrap is easy to find on retail shelves, but we’re willing to bet none of them are as lovely (or as clever) as ours. We’ve used gorgeous jacquard ribbon from Renaissance Ribbons on one side with standard polyester webbing on the other. All the brain-twisting wrapping, turning, and securing challenges have been figured out, so you can put it all together in a snap. It’s a perfect part of our Fast Fridays series, which is all about whipping out something wonderful in no time at all. 

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