It's the final day of Father's Day inspiration sponsored by Fabric.com. We round out the week with a soothing, wrap-him-up blanket. This time of year, a regular blanket can be a bit too heavy. But a Dad's still gotta do what a Dad's gotta do: he's gotta nap. So why not whip up a summer-weight blanket in an incredibly soft sweatshirt knit? Our blanket is designed to match yesterday's Jumbo Lounge Pillow with the same bold horizontal strips and the same cute personalized fabric tag. This fast and easy project takes just a couple hours... Dad will be dozin' before you know it.
Is your dad an ol' softee? Then he deserves the world's most amazingly soft napping pillow. When he finds out it's a handmade gift from the heart, he's going to love it even more. Don't you remember how much he loved that shoe shine kit you made out of a scrap of flannel when you were in 2nd grade? It never changes. From the bed to the couch to the floor, this big, cushy pillow is the perfect way for Dad to rest his weary bones after a busy day. Fabric.com has lots of great colors to choose from in the super soft sweatshirt knit fabric we selected. We used a preppy color palette, and the big, bold horizontal and diagonal stripes remind us of classic yachting flags... although Dad is not required to wear top-siders while relaxing. We also show you how to make the personalized fabric tag shown in the bottom corner that tells Dad he's priceless.
It's day three of our 2013 Father's Day week sponsored by Fabric.com, and it's time to remember all those times Dad drove you to school and sports events and practices and music lessons and friends' houses. He never complained... well, he hardly ever complained. Isn't it time to say, "Thanks!" for all that shuttling from pillar to post? Give Dad this amazing vintage style duffle. It's a super cool way for him to pack up his stuff, and who knows... maybe you could give him a lift somewhere. The combination of fabrics, colors and textures has the perfect feel – just a little bit retro. Can't you picture Harrison Ford slinging it over his shoulder as Indiana Jones?! We blended heavy canvas and faux leather with webbing and brass zipper accents; inside is a tough rip-stop nylon lining.
Is your dad an awesome chef or maybe a weekend warrior on the BBQ? Whether he's headed to the next Chili Cook-Off or just flippin' burgers for a family picnic, our cook's apron and hot mitt combo is sure to light his fire. The apron construction couldn't be simpler. You provide a simple rectangle of fabric; we provide a free downloadable template for the armhole cutout. Hem, attach the pockets and ties, add a grommet, and you're good to go. We chose two medium-weight cottons from the Lock Harbor Collection by Benartex Home, just one of the many designer lines available at Fabric.com. The mitt follows one of our favorite S4H tutorials. We rotated the direction of the fabric's stripes to go vertically on the apron's pocket and horizontally on the mitt.
You've decided to give Dear ol' Dad something handmade from the heart this year for Father's Day. But finding great gift ideas for guys can be tough, starting with the search for perfect fabric, which can be challenging in a world that seems populated solely by pretty posies and polka dots. Luckily for us, our Father's Day series this week is sponsored by Fabric.com; we had an amazing inventory from which to choose. The right fabric makes all the difference in how a project turns out; it can even spin something that might have originally been designed with a feminine appeal into a completely different, more masculine look. What's Dad's favorite color, hobby, or sports team? The fabric choices are wide and varied, so you can search for and find the perfect combination of colors and textures. This week we have five Father's Day projects to choose from, starting with a little something for Techie Dad: a sleek device carrier to hold an iPad® and cell phone or file folders and homework to correct for Teacher Dad. The finished look is ultra-professional, as if you just grabbed it off the shelf at Eddie Bauer®, but thanks to S4H's great step-by-step directions, you can make it yourself in perfect Dad fabrics, like the great olive twill we chose paired with a fantastic patterned cotton for the lining.
"Phoomph™ adds oomph!" Phoomph™ is a new product from our friends at Coats & Clark. It's a double-sided, 1mm fabric bonding sheet with permanent adhesive on both sides. Simply peel away the protective covering and place your fabric over the Phoomph™, smoothing it with your hands. Yep! There's no heat or ironing needed at all to create the permanent bond. You can then cut the fabric-covered Phoomph™ into what ever shape(s) you desire. Coats sent us both available textures and several colors to play with, and that's exactly what we did: play! Read on to take a look at all the fun stuff we came up with, then tell us your own great ideas for it and you could win one of four prize packages of Phoomph™ to play with too!
We love being able to give away wonderful prizes, and we thank our amazing sponsors who make all of it possible. Today, we run down our latest winner roll call: the Oliso® iron winner, the Fabric.com Rustic Wedding winner, and the two Liz & Alicia's Fave Fabric winners. Four folks whose smiles went from mild to mega-watt when they heard the news.
One perks you up, one calms you down. Ahh, fabric… our drug of choice. Today's two pretty picks are both new collections perfect for warmer weather, and available right now. Hipster by Holli Zollinger and Shannon Lamden for Riley Blake Designs came out this month. It's an energizing set of prints that range from bold retro graphics to funky Cross Stitch and Scallop Knit prints. These two concepts (the bold retro graphics with the cross stitch and scallop) seem at odds, and yet they work together fantastically – I want it on pillows and a "hipster" summer dress. Linen Closet by Renee Nanneman of Need'l Love for Andover Fabrics is the epitome of fresh, crisp fabric. Envision a pretty set of bed pillows and a softly colored quilt; add an open window with a morning breeze blowing through... a silver tray with coffee, scones and strawberry jam... a kitty at the foot of the bed and nothing pressing to do. I want to go there.
At just 5" square, our teeny tiny purse might seem like the perfect little girl accessory (and it would be), but all us big girls wanted it for our very own! Not only is it cute as can be, it's also just right to hold a bit of make-up, cards and cash. We combined three soft peachy-pink prints from Cloud9 Fabric's Nursery Basics and Maman Premium Organic Collections. The easy-to-use frame is just like the ones you'd find on a little coin purse.
Because quality tools make a world of difference in your finished projects, we feel extremely fortunate to use Janome machines exclusively in our Sew4Home studios. No matter what we dream up to make, we know our Janomes will be up to the challenge. Just a couple weeks ago, we profiled the new Janome Magnolia 7630 to show what you can expect right out of the box with a standard mid-range Janome machine. Today, as promised, we start collecting entries to give away a 7630!