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ScrapBusters: Rainbow Zippered Pouches in Two Sizes

Wednesday, 28 September 2016 1:00

Designed to be the perfect size to drop into a larger bag or tote, these little pouches are really too pretty to hide! They’re long and slim with a full 12” opening. We combined a bold stripe with a pretty floral and topped them off with a striking rainbow zipper. Follow our design or create your own unique combination of fabric and hardware. It’s a fun and easy project – perfect for experimenting with unusual pairings of color, texture and motifs. So dive deep into your stash pile and pull out something new and different. 

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Out-Of-The-Box Basics: ID the Main Parts of a Sewing Machine

Tuesday, 27 September 2016 1:00

Sewing is an art. But it does rely on science and technology as well. And then there's math with all those fractions and geometry. But most importantly... there's your machine! A good machine makes the difference – not only in the sewing experience but in the professional look of the finished project. Janome America is the exclusive sewing machine sponsor of Sew4Home and we love our studio Janomes. When you have a great machine, you can literally forget about it, and put your full concentration on the art of sewing. To borrow a line from Janome that explains this phenomenon: the easier the tools, the more creative you become. Janome machines are precise and reliable from the top of the line to the most basic entry level model. One of the very first articles we did on Sew4Home explained the parts of a basic sewing machine. We've updated that article to benefit of all the new sewing enthusiasts out there. Plus, it never hurts for any of us to dust off our skills and knowledge. 

Tall, Bold Storage Bins: Home Decor at Fabric Depot

Monday, 26 September 2016 1:00

Spring is the traditional time for cleaning out the old and organizing the new, but in many ways, Fall seems like a better time to tidy up. As the days get shorter and the weather cooler, our “inner hibernating bear” comes out. It’s time to gather up our favorite things and settle in for winter days ahead. These cool round bins are the perfect way to store and stash your stuff. We shopped the Home Décor selection at Fabric Depot and found a striking graphic print in two coordinating colors to make a pair of matching bins. From fabric and yarn to books and magazines, this is a stylish storage solution for whatever clutter you need to corral. 

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Zombie Pincushions: Happy Halloween with Odilia & Cornelius

Friday, 23 September 2016 1:00

We believe zombies actually enjoy being pincushions! It’s a nice way for them to relax; being the walking dead is kind of hard work. Our zombie pair is friendly and not dangerous at all as they hold pins for you at your sewing or cutting table. You can tell by their tattered pink hearts that they aren’t out to do any harm! We worked with some plain cotton scraps from our stash, choosing the excellent Halloween colors of Mummy Wrap White for Odilia and Ghoulish Gravestone Gray for Cornelius. With just a few floss, felt, and button accents, you can give your zombie its own unique personality. 

Playful Appliquéd Owls Placemat Set

Thursday, 22 September 2016 1:00

"Whoooooooo wants lunch?!" Our adorable appliquéd owl placemats make mealtime fun for kids... or those of us who are kids at heart! As they tumble through the trees, they seem like the perfect project for the first day of Fall. We provide templates for all four owl designs along with detailed step-by-step instructions for how to layer and stitch. Each owl pal has its own personality, thanks to their expressive eyes and whether they're hopping, perching, flying or falling. The fabric selection for all the pieces also adds style and sass. We dug through our scrap stash for a blend of fall colors. Each owl features one tiny print and one coordinating solid.

Home Décor Book Debut for Erin Schlosser: Win A Copy!

Wednesday, 21 September 2016 1:00

Our friend, Erin Schlosser is a true “renaissance woman” when it comes to working in the world of sewing and craft. From the computerized domain of embroidery design digitizing to the hands-on artistry of needle arts – not to mention the most adorable pom poms ever – Erin is a true creative, top to bottom. She also happens to be one of the amazing members of our Sewing Escape Retreats educational team. In fact, it was during one of our first planning sessions for the Retreats that we learned Erin had a book coming out this Fall. Of course, we were at the front of the line to scoop up a copy and let all of you know about it. If you glance quickly at the title: Sew Home, you might wonder, “Hey… where’s the 4?!” Yep, the title of Erin’s book is rather close to our own name, and we both laugh about it. She lays that decision at the feet of her publisher. “I had been talking about it all along as being a sewing for the home book,” says Erin. “I guess they took me at my word!” Join us for a peek inside and enter to win your very own copy. 

Products We Love: Janome Ribbon Sewing Guide

Tuesday, 20 September 2016 1:00


Here is your word for the day: plethora. As in, "a whole bunch." As in, "With such a plethora of ribbon options on the market today, why would I want even more?" Because you can. The Janome Ribbon Sewing Guide allows you to stitch directly on ribbon up to 1" wide, so you can personalize the color and design of your ribbon accents and create exactly the look you want and need.

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The Christopher Bag in Corduroy with Rain Slicker Latches: Dritz Sewing Supplies

Monday, 19 September 2016 1:00

One of my childhood heroes was Christopher Robin, Winnie the Pooh’s best friend. The reasons are many, not the least of which is the fact that he had the most awesome rain slicker with metal latches and a matching pair of rain boots for stomping in puddles while walking through the Hundred Acre Wood. When we saw this new type of Fashion Latch by Dritz®, it immediately reminded me of Christopher Robin, and so we have: The Christopher Bag. Feel free to carry it as you stomp across a mud puddle or kick though a pile of leaves… or just while you're out and about for work or school. The bag’s exterior is done in corduroy, one of the very best fabrics for Fall. The flap closes with two of what we like to call the “rain slicker latches” and the entire bag has a lovely soft slouch Christopher Robin would love. 

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Fast Fridays: Flip-Flap Luggage ID Tag

Friday, 16 September 2016 1:00

With just a bit of vinyl and cotton, you can make a clever tag that IDs your bag. We created it in a larger size and bolder color to help you quickly spot your bags on the airport’s jam-packed luggage carousel. The exterior is Marine Vinyl, which is the perfect weight and comes in fun, bright colors. You want enough body to allow the tag to hold-up to the aggressive handling it must usually endure, but it can’t be too thick or the final edgestitching that secures all the layers will be hard to keep even and precise. We show you how to cut a little flap to cover up your personal information, and even provide a free download to print your own ID insert card. 

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How to Install a Conventional Zipper

Thursday, 15 September 2016 1:00

Zzzzzzzzip it! We love the sound, the look, and the functionality of zippers. But most of us are not so in love with installing them in our sewing projects. In fact, there's probably no sewing technique more dreaded than learning how to properly install a zipper. If you're a regular S4H visitor, you know that's a challenge we can't walk away from. Today, you are going to learn how to master the most conventional zipper technique. Once you’ve done so, one warning: anyone who finds out about your new skill will be dropping off all kinds of items with broken zippers on your front porch. Ha! Pull them inside, and teach them how to do it themselves! The steps shown below are for a "conventional" zipper as you might use on a garment – where the fabric meets along the center of the zipper teeth, concealing them.

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