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Charm Box: A New Shortcut Quilt from Fat Quarter Shop; Plus a Charm Pack Giveaway

Tuesday, 21 April 2015 1:00

Charm Box is the newest member of the Shortcut Quilts family at Fat Quarter Shop (FQS). This semi-regular quilt program is designed to make great use of pre-cut bundles; it features projects that are fast, simple, and cute-as-can-be! Charm Packs are one of the most economical of the pre-cut options. Each one traditionally contains forty-two 5" x 5" squares and most retail for under $10.  Our thanks to all our friends at Fat Quarter Shop for allowing us to feature this "charming" new quilt and to offer a pair of Charm Packs to one lucky Sew4Home visitor.

Slightly Slouchy Storage Baskets in Burlap & Cotton

Monday, 20 April 2015 1:00

"Stand up straight!" That admonition rang in my ears throughout my childhood. And, while I am grateful for my excellent posture, there are times when I like a little bit of a slouch. These cute round storage baskets are designed with three types of interfacing to help them hold their slightly slouchy shape. 

Re-imagine & Renovate: Mom's Favorite Apron with Fat Quarter Shop

Friday, 17 April 2015 1:00

This drop-waist apron with its jaunty suspender clips is a S4H classic that's generated hundreds of downloads since it first debuted. We're featuring a second look at it today in a beautiful new blend of prints from the Ambleside collection by Brenda Riddle Designs for Moda Fabrics from Fat Quarter Shop. The soft color palette and sweet florals of Ambleside have a country garden feel, but with the added crispness of coordinating ginghams, plaids, and wallpaper stripes. Our friends at Fat Quarter Shop provided the yardage as sponsors of this new spin on a popular pattern. 

Starfish Pillow with Button Accents

Thursday, 16 April 2015 1:00

Real starfish belong in tide pools. Our starfish pillow belongs on your sofa! This quick and easy project is the perfect way to add a splash of nautical fun to freshen-up your décor for Spring. There are dozens of great fabric collections out there with delightful seaside themes. We selected a print from Michael Miller's Sea Buddies collection in a coral-times-two design: a beautiful coral motif in a rich coral color.

Roomy Zippered Pouch with Darts

Wednesday, 15 April 2015 1:00

Today's pretty pouch is created in a wonderful textured fabric trio of twill, faux suede, and brushed cotton gingham. Darts in the bottom give the pouch a roomy base, and the zippered top opens wide so you can easily load it up with all the extras you need for a weekend getaway, a trip to the gym, or simply drop into your favorite handbag. The faux suede stripe through the middle adds to both style and texture and is the perfect background for our snazzy monogram.

How to Make a Dart to Create Contours

Tuesday, 14 April 2015 1:00

You may be familiar with darts as those pointy things you throw at a dartboard on the wall of your favorite pub. Although they don't fly, darts in sewing are still vital components of the overall sewn project. For the most part, sewing darts look quite similar to their gaming counterpart. They are wide on one end and pointy on the other. Pub darts are all about a smooth trajectory and pinpoint accuracy. Sewing darts are also big on smooth lines and precise points, but their function is all about shape. No matter what kind of sewing you do, sooner or later, you will likely have to sew a dart. Throwing darts... you can do on your own time.

Nap in a Bag: Blanket & Pillow in a Matching Bag

Monday, 13 April 2015 1:00

You never know when or where you'll be when a nap needs to happen. Our clever portable "sleep set" is a great way to always be ready. We've created a lightweight drawstring bag that holds a matching pillow and bound fleece blanket.  Toss the bag in the car for longer road trips. Send it off to pre-school for daily rest time. Keep one at Grandma's for napping emergencies. Better still... make one for yourself, because we all know naps are wasted on the young! 

Congratulations to FIVE Great Giveaway Winners

Friday, 10 April 2015 1:00

A high-five to our five latest winners of fabric, books and more. Bringing you the best in project inspiration and product information is our main focus, but we love to be able to do frequent giveaways to spread a bit of creative cheer among our loyal visitors. Congratulations to all the winners!! Find out who won what, and why they are happy to be Sew4Home followers.

EZ Playful Kids Pillowcases

Thursday, 09 April 2015 1:00

Everyone loves a fast and easy project, and these pretty pillowcases fit the bill! A new pillowcase is a great way to freshen a set of bed linens. Kids are especially happy to rest their sleepy heads on pillows covered in fun fabric. We used the Playful collection by Melody Miller for Cotton + Steel Fabrics, which has a sweetly nostalgic theme. How many of you out there still remember how to play pick-up-sticks or jacks? These classic games require absolutely no button pushing or candy crushing. Just good, clean fun - kind of like making a set of pillowcases.

Pretty Tea Cozy

Wednesday, 08 April 2015 1:00

It's time for a spot of tea. Did you know to properly brew a pot o' tea, you should first warm the teapot by swooshing a bit of boiling water inside it. Then, pour the water into your teacups to warm them. Add teabags for your preferred strength (from two to four for a standard four-cup pot). Fill the pot with boiling water, stir, and let the tea steep for about 4-5 minutes. It's during this steeping time when you can run into trouble with the tea cooling too fast. So, pop on a cozy to keep things toasty while the tea is brewing. It will also help keep your tea warm between cups. We have pattern downloads for the cozy itself as well as the cute teapot appliqué. 

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