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Basic Sewing Tools You Need to Get Started + What to Add as You Advance

Tuesday, 25 October 2016 1:00

I love those little emergency sewing kits they have at hotels. They're a life saver if you lose a button right before an important meeting or have another kind of "wardrobe malfunction." But I wouldn't dream of using them for my regular sewing – anymore than I'd open a hair salon that only carried those cute little hotel shampoos. However, for some sewers, especially beginning sewers, their set of tools is at about the same level as the free repair kit. If that's the case with your sewing basket, you have some shopping to do. Having better quality tools and notions actually helps you achieve better results on your projects. It can make the difference between a project that was fun to create and you're proud to display, and one you feel like hurling out the window. This is also a great article to share with friends who are just learning to sew. Helping them collect the right basic tools is one of the best ways to make sure they start off on the right foot. 

Soft Slouch Shoulder Bag in Plaid Flannel & Denim: Fabric Depot

Monday, 24 October 2016 1:00

For yourself or as a gift, this shoulder bag is the ideal blend of two winter wardrobe staples: soft plaid flannel and crisp denim. The bag’s slight teardrop shape and soft construction gives it a signature slouch that’s as everyday-comfortable as your favorite flannel shirt and jeans. Plaid is the hot topic in fashion this season, and you’ll love the selection of Flannel Plaids at Fabric Depot. We chose the yarn-dyed Mammoth Flannel, which is woven in for an all-the-way through richness that is the perfect compliment to the stripe and solid denim. We love shopping at Fabric Depot where we can get everything in one easy stop.


Cuddly Seatbelt Pillow

Friday, 21 October 2016 1:00

In today’s world of never-ending product disclaimers (I once bought a beach ball on which one quarter of the sphere was covered with warnings of everything I should not attempt with the ball), we feel compelled to tell you that this seatbelt pillow is not for the driver. However, your passengers are allowed to doze off, and this adjustable pillow lets them do that in comfort. No more banging their heads against the window or risking a neck cramp just to get a little shut-eye on the road.

Bat Mobile: Happy Halloween

Thursday, 20 October 2016 1:00

We were inspired to bring back this classic Halloween project not just because it's a fast and fun decorating idea for the upcoming spooky season, but also because we had a recent bat encounter. A pair of Little Brown Bats (that is actually what they're called - cute, but also scientific, I guess) flew in through an open balcony door, invading the bedroom of one of our S4H staffers! Read on to find out how to make our adorable bat mobile, as well as for a few helpful hints on how to get bats out of your house. No need for any "bats in your belfry" jokes!


How to Sew a Blind Hem

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 1:00

A blind hem is exactly what it sounds like: a hem with stitches you barely notice. It's perfect for window coverings, the hem at the bottom of a garment, or anywhere you want a clean finished edge. When I first started sewing, attaining a perfect blind hem was like finding the Holy Grail. And then a funny thing happened, I practiced it a few times, and realized it was really easy. It's sort of like learning to use chopsticks – at first it seems so awkward and difficult and then, suddenly, it's second nature. Try a blind hem and you'll never drop a wad of sticky rice in your lap again. This is one of our most popular techniques ever on Sew4Home; so much so, we try to re-run it at least once a year in order to stamp out the fear of blind hems for both new and returning visitors. 

Sports Team Tailgate Apron

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 1:00

Show your team spirit with a fan-favorite tailgate apron in team logo fabric. Since Sew4Home is located in the Pacific Northwest, we chose Seattle Seahawks fabric for our sample apron, but there are lots of NFL® options. We've linked below to the current selection at and show some additional combinations. The logo fabric is augmented with both a solid and a stripe in coordinating team colors for the lining, pockets, and bottom accent band. Breaking up a busy print with more neutral tones and patterns adds interest and actually helps emphasize the feature fabric. Pick your favorite team and get ready to party!

WordPlay Messenger Bag: Dritz Hardware & Notions

Monday, 17 October 2016 1:00

Got something to say? This bag lets you make a statement in style. It’s a messenger bag with a real message! We used iron-on letters by Dritz® to create the FACT - FICTION phrase on our WordPlay Bag. Read on to see five other word pairings we thought were fun or brainstorm to come up with your own. Three muted colors of canvas work together with classic Dritz® metal D-Rings, a swivel clip, and metal button studs to give our bag a hardworking, good looking feel… and that’s a FACT! 


Fast Fridays: Embellished Ribbon Bookmarks

Friday, 14 October 2016 1:00

At Sew4Home, we save all the beautiful ribbon scraps from our projects, which gives a great stash to pull from for projects like these beautiful bookmarks. Most of our samples were made using the gorgeous jacquard ribbon from our friends at Renaissance Ribbons. Because of their intricate designs and rich colors, jacquard ribbons are ideal for making bookmarks. Many kinds of ribbon, however, would be suitable; you may have just what you need in your stash. Velveteen ribbons with vintage rhinestone embellishments make beautiful bookmarks and require no sewing. Grosgrain ribbons in school or team colors are a fun way to personalize, plus you can embellish with custom mascot charms and beads. Fast Fridays are all about whipping out something wonderful in no time at all. These ribbon bookmarks are very fast and easy to make, especially if you do a bunch at once so you'll have plenty for gift giving.

Pillowcase with Closed Overlap Ends: You Asked 4 It

Thursday, 13 October 2016 1:00

You may have seen these type of pillowcases in luxury hotels or fancy spas. Rather than an open end, the pillow itself is enclosed in an overlap. Many of you have asked how to do create this type of finish in order to keep the stark white pillow from showing along the end of a pretty pillowcase. An envelope style closure also helps keep the pillow from slipping out the end. “Make it stay and hide it away.” Sew4Home’s got you… and your pillow covered. 

Slightly Soft Storage Baskets in Burlap & Cotton

Wednesday, 12 October 2016 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 soft shape. 


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