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Fabric Depot: Where a Trip to the Sewing Store Becomes a Destination Experience

Friday, 19 December 2014 1:00

When you think of reasons for visiting Portland, Oregon, your list might include majestic Mount Hood, the breathtaking Columbia River Gorge, or the enormous Powell's City Of Books. But if you sew, you most definitely want to add the awe-inspiring Fabric Depot retail store. Located on the southeast side of the Rose City, this is the fabric store sewers and quilters travel around the world to visit. Let us be your travel guide for a quick trip through their 40,000 square feet of floor space – literally an acre of fabric and notions. 

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Congratulations to Eleven Great Giveaway Winners

Thursday, 18 December 2014 1:00

Sometimes even we are surprised when we count up our most recent winners. It's fun to know we've brightened the day for so many Sew4Home visitors. Six Great Giveways over the past four months produced eleven happy winners. Congratulations one and all, and thanks to everyone who took the the time to add a comment, become part of our social media and newsletter communities, and pass along our site to friends and family. We appreciate you all so much! There are always more opportunities ahead. 

French Pillow Trio: Fleur-de-lis Appliqué

Wednesday, 17 December 2014 1:00

The final member of our French Pillow Trio is our bold Fleur-de-lis design. Although instances of this floral emblem have been found as far back as the third millennium BC, it is most strongly connected to French royalty as of about the 12th century, and is said to signify perfection, light and life. We use it on our pillow as a grand appliqué in a warm charcoal and cream color combination. 

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French Pillow Trio: Oui/Non (Yes/No) Appliqué with Poms

Tuesday, 16 December 2014 1:00

Pretty pillow numéro deux of our French Pillow Trio features a French word in its name: appliqué. Derived from the French verb "appliquér," meaning "to put on or apply," appliqué does exactly that, putting one fabric onto another as a decorative embellishment. We've created two appliqué templates you can download, one for either side of the pillow. Use them to display your mood: "Oui" -- "Yes! it's a great day." or "Non" -- "No, perhaps you should sit this one out.

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French Pillow Trio: Pleated with Belted Bow

Monday, 15 December 2014 1:00

As winter's storms blast rain, wind, snow and ice across the country, we're dreaming of sultry summer days on the balcony of a garden suite in the beautiful New Orleans French Quarter. To help bring these dreams to life, we've created a trio of shabby chic pillows in a French style. Pretty pillow numéro un features a lovely pleated front embellished with thin belted accents and a sweet bow. 

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Jewel Tone Zippered Pouch Trio in Crocodile Satin: Gifts in a Jiff with Fabric.com

Friday, 12 December 2014 1:00

Just because a project includes a zipper doesn't mean it can't be done in a zip. A top zipper with end tabs is one of the easiesr zipper installations you can do. For our final day of Gifts in a Jiff with Fabric.com, we have a small, medium and large set of posh little pouches in a luscious flannel-backed satin with a realistic crocodile texture. This is a fashionable new collection sent to us by Fabric.comIt comes in ten jewel tone colors, each one more elegant than the next. We had a hard time narrowing it down to our three favorites! To bring the trio together as a set, each features a matching base fabric, lining, and sparkling metallic zipper. 

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Toasty Fleece & Faux Fur Loop Scarves: Gifts in a Jiff with Fabric.com

Thursday, 11 December 2014 1:00

Soft and warm – the two just go together. So that's just what we did! Our two-sided infinity loop scarf is super fast and super fun. And, the options at Fabric.com in fleece and faux fur is almost limitless, so you can bundle up everyone on your holiday list. We used two printed, super cuddly minky fleece fabrics for one scarf. On the other, we combined the printed minky fleece with another amazing minky that features a faux fur finish to mimic curly llama. Both pairings are silky soft with a fluid drape that begs to be wrapped up tight. 

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Faux Cowhide Pillow is Casual Chic: Gifts in a Jiff with Fabric.com

Wednesday, 10 December 2014 1:00

You needn't be a cowboy or cowgirl to fall in love with this excellent accent pillow. The faux cowhide is 100% polyester with a heavy, velvety feel. Continuing our theme of imitation as the greatest (and humanest) form of flattery, we've paired it with a thick, rich faux wool, also 100% polyester. This combo is another marvelous example of the wide variety of fabric types and textures available from Fabric.com. The design is very chic yet super quick. You could whip out a whole herd of pillows in a single afternoon. 

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Placemats & Napkins in Terrific Ticking: Gifts in a Jiff with Fabric.com

Tuesday, 09 December 2014 1:00

Originally developed to prevent down mattress and pillow feathers from poking through or blowing away, ticking dates back as early as the eleventh century when the fabric was made with a linen warp and a cotton weft. Today, the clean and simple look of striped ticking comes in a variety of colors and is a favorite when creating a "homespun" look to sewing and craft projects. We dipped into the lovely variety of ticking available from Fabric.com to use it as the border accent for an easy and casually elegant set of placemats with matching, all-ticking napkins.

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Mother-Daughter Party Aprons: Gifts in a Jiff with Fabric.com

Monday, 08 December 2014 1:00

Holiday get togethers and family celebrations are the perfect excuse to "get your girlie on!" These happy half aprons in two sizes are made in pretty quilting weight cottons that feature one of the biggest trends of 2014: metallic accents. But the secret to their perfect-partyness are the layers of colorful tulle under each skirt. We always like shopping at Fabric.com because there are so many different types of fabric to blend together into our projects. This week is all about last-minute solutions for your holiday list. We worked with our friends at Fabric.com to bring you some fun new fabrics made into gift ideas that are quick yet still very cool. 

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