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Mini Waist Pack

Tuesday, 26 May 2015 1:00

It's true... the "fanny pack" is back. It's showing up alongside other flashback fashions from the seventies and eighties at Forever 21, Old Navy, and H&M. Of course, we felt a slightly new spin was in order for this favorite on-the-go storage solution. Our Mini Waist Pack version has been jazzed up with cool colors and a contrasting zipper, and it's slimmed down for a sleek look and feel. We offer a pattern download so you can get the perfect bottom curve.

Memorial Day Red, White & Blue Great Giveaway

Monday, 25 May 2015 1:00

On this Memorial Day, our thanks go out to all those who've given the greatest sacrifice. We've put together our own small, patriotic tribute for Memorial Day 2015. We have a beautiful bundle of red, white and blue fabric for one lucky Sew4Home visitor. To enter to win, simply leave us a short comment below and tell us who you're remembering today and every day. 

ScrapBusters: French Press Cozy

Friday, 22 May 2015 1:00

Sew4Home lives in Coffee Land. The beautiful Pacific Northwest is home to Starbucks® , Seattle's Best® and Peet's Coffee & Tea®. We're never more than five steps from a barista. However, we also like to have lots of ways to make coffee within the comfort of our homes. The French press style coffee maker has seen a resurgence of popularity in recent years. These contraptions make an awesome cup of coffee, but if you let the press stand for any length of time, the coffee goes cold. Enter the French Press Cozy, brainchild of Sew4Home seamstress team member, Julia Chapman. Her original design used an off-the-shelf placemat. We changed it up to be a ScrapBusters project. Stitch one up faster than you can say, "grande skinny double-shot latte hot vanilla no whip."

Accessories We Love: Janome Clear View Quilting Foot and Guide Set

Thursday, 21 May 2015 1:00

If a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, I'm guessing this three-in-one presser foot is easily worth a bird, a hand and a bush. We love a cool accessory that does several things. The Janome Clear View Quilting Foot and Guide Set comes with two guides: the Quarter Inch Guide and the Ditch Stitch Guide. The foot itself is clearly marked with red guide lines for ⅛" and ¼" seam allowances, as well as cornering marks for both ⅛" and ¼" seams in front and behind the needle drop. The foot is super easy to use and very lightweight. But be careful, the little guides are the Barbie® shoes of sewing; they could very easily get lost. Keep everything together in a little plastic bag. And don't let the name fool you; even though it says "quilting" on the package, this foot comes in handy for any project that requires precise seaming or topstitching. The foot is available in both standard width (7mm) as well as wide width (9mm).

Grandma Anna's Pretty Little Pillows

Wednesday, 20 May 2015 1:00

Grandma Anna was a waste-not-want-not kind of gal. In her tidy bungalow was a narrow closet she used to store her sewing supplies. It didn't contain much in the way of pristine yardage and packaged notions, but she still had plenty to work with - each item carefully organized into a small paper sack or recycled tin can. She would cut the "still good" parts from well-worn clothing, squirrel away every fabric scrap, snip off buttons, and hoard embroidery floss in lengths as short as 6". The amazing thing was how she could take these cast-off bits and pieces and turn them into something so very sweet and pretty. We're taking a page from Grandma's book with our set of five little mix-and-match pillows in natural tones and textures.

Farm Girl Vintage Style Reversible Apron

Tuesday, 19 May 2015 1:00

Sometimes our aprons are frilly, fun, and pretty enough to work as an "outfit-topper-offer." Today we have a hard-working, full-coverage apron built to get the job done. Best yet - it's still frilly, fun and pretty! We've done it up in vintage farm girl style with an over-the-head bib; a wide sash that ties low at the waist for a long, comfy look; and a deep bottom ruffle. It's completely reversible, even the ties are double-sided, so you can use lots of your favorite fabrics.

Retro Diner Bucket Bag

Monday, 18 May 2015 1:00

It's a fabulous fifties flashback with a modern twist. Our Diner Bucket Bag is retro cool but with current features that make it easier to construct and stylish to carry - even without the perfect sweater set and pearls. This bag has a great structured shape thanks to a brand new product by Pellon: Flex-Foam™. We're excited to be able to showcase this cool, new product, which is a "just right" sew-in stabilizer consisting of a layer of foam sandwiched between two layers of soft fabric. 

Closet Hanger Safe for Travel & More

Friday, 15 May 2015 1:00

We originally designed this clever little storage solution for the frequent travelers out there. It's perfect to slip onto a hotel hanger, fill with your valuables, then cover up with a hanging garment. But it works equally well in your own closet. It's also a great way - when you're traveling or even just when planning your daily work wardrobe - to collect all the accessories that go with a particular outfit. Put lingerie, jewelry, scarves and belts into the zippered and slip-in pockets, then hang up the outfit itself over the Safe. Everything you need for that day's outfit in one handy place! Even with double zippers, clever pockets, ribbon ties and more, our Hanger Safe is surprisingly easy to make.

Prairie Points Pillow

Thursday, 14 May 2015 1:00

We did quite a bit of searching to find out where/how prairie points got their name. In doing this, we discovered quite a bit about prairie dogs, the ecosystems of Kansas prairies, and even Prairie vodka. However, the history of these cute little triangles in the world of sewing and quilting seems a bit vague. There was one posting about their possible start as a trim on undergarments in the mid-1800s. If you are a prairie point historian, leave us a comment and let us know the real scoop. While we're waiting, let's make a few prairie points to create a very unique edge for a pretty pillow. We use charm pack squares to make things quick and easy. There are 32 points around the edge; including clever mitered corners, which we show you how to make. And, we added three along the back as buttonhole accents. In case you were wondering, prairie dogs are considered to have one of the most sophisticated communication systems in the animal kingdom.

Beginner Friendly Appliquéd Apple & Pear Kitchen Towels

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 1:00

It's time to pack up those pencils and pens and find the flip flops. School's almost out for summer. If you're looking for a great end-of-the-year teacher gift, these beginner friendly appliquéd kitchen towels are just the thing. A classic ticking stripe combined with muslin and rick rack makes the perfect homespun kitchen combo. Appliqué an apple for the teacher or a pear, or make them both as a set.

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