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Re-imagine & Renovate: Ruched Bolster Pillow

Friday, 20 May 2016 1:00

The popular R&R series (Re-imagine & Renovate) is our way to show you how combining different fabrics in a project can produce an almost unlimited number of beautiful end results. These pretty round pillows were originally done it a bright floral that completely lived up to the collection’s name: Happy Land by Jennifer Paganelli for FreeSpirit Fabric. We switched the palette to a deep navy, wedgwood blue, and cream with gold metallic accents to give this new R&R version a more sleek and elegant styling.

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Airstream Toiletry Bag

Thursday, 19 May 2016 1:00

The curved design of this toiletries travel bag reminds us of the classic Airstream trailers. It's an efficient a size and shape to hold all your bath necessities. We were inspired by the adorable postage theme ribbons by Jessica Jones for Renaissance Ribbons. The classic blue, crisp white, and vivid red of the ribbons are echoed in the turquoise canvas we chose for the bag's base and the scarlet piping that outlines the front and back. And those fun metallic dots on the top cotton are like shiny round postmarks. This bag is bold, bright, and brimming with personality. We can just hear it saying, "Take me traveling!" 

Choose the Right Sewing Machine Needle for Your Project

Wednesday, 18 May 2016 1:00

You probably already know the rule of thumb for sewing machine needles: install a new one at the beginning of each project. When a needle is piercing your fabric at 600 to 1,000 stitches per minute, small things like a dulled point or an eye that's beginning to wear, can make a big difference in the quality of your stitches. But it's just as important to choose the right kind of needle. This is information we like to run at least once a year because it's such a good reminder to us all. Our thanks to Janome America and Janome Canada for helping us with the fine points of machine needles.

Big & Beautiful Diaper Bag

Tuesday, 17 May 2016 1:00

Plenty of room, lots of pockets, PUL lining, adjustable strap... this diaper bag has it all. Plus, most importantly for a bag that's your constant companion for months: it's GREAT looking! In fact, it might be hard to give up this pretty bag once your baby has become a more compact traveller. We used a coordinated pair of twill-weight cottons. To this medium weight fabric, we added a fusible interfacing on all the main pieces, and the sides and bottom have the extra stability of a fusible craft fleece. Our bag is meant to stand up to heavy daily use! 

How to Keep Your Projects Looking Good: Dritz® Clothing Care

Monday, 16 May 2016 1:00

Creating beautiful handmade projects is what we all love to do. However, we probably don’t put in quite as much effort thinking about how to keep them looking beautiful. So we spent some time with our clever friends at Dritz® to explore their Clothing Care category, coming away with nine products that help smooth, dry, repair, protect, and more. The majority of them are “multi-taskers" with additional uses outside the sewing room, including as travel solutions. Do you have your own unique uses for these types of products (your own "hacks" for the social-media-savvy)? We'd love to hear them. Leave us a comment below.

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Fast Fridays: Napkin & Apron Set in Moda Toweling

Friday, 13 May 2016 1:00

Welcome to our newest feature on Sew4Home! Fast Fridays will bring you pretty and popular projects guaranteed to be super simple. They’re great for last-minute gifts or anytime you feel like whippin’ up something wonderful in no time at all. Of course they’d be perfect for beginning sewers, but we all love an easy project! Our first Fast Friday is a set of napkins and a matching apron in Moda’s 100% cotton toweling. This vintage style fabric is pre-hemmed along the selvedge, so two of your seams are already done. That’s a darn good start to “super simple.” 

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Double-Ended, Two-Handed Potholder

Thursday, 12 May 2016 1:00


We've cooked up a great kitchen project. Hot pads are are small, simple shapes that cry out for mixing and matching. We stretched our possibilities by making a long, two-handed version. Kind of like those "idiot mittens" you used to have as a kid, one mitten on each end of a string running through the arms of your coat. However, we didn't think "idiot hot pads" sounded very good. I don't know about you, but I always set down my potholders on opposite sides of the kitchen so when I need both to pull something out of the oven or off the stove, I never seem to have two within reach. Problem solved, and a very pretty solution to boot!

Moda Designer Spotlight: Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique

Wednesday, 11 May 2016 1:00

We first met Vanessa at the 2015 Fall Quilt Market in Houston, Texas where she was introducing her latest fabric collection for Moda Fabrics. She's a talented quilt maker, fabric designer, and somehow balances it all with being Mom to two young kids. Her fabrics have a fresh, upbeat feeling that make you want to shut yourself in your sewing room and create, create, create. In fact, her recently released Little Miss Sunshine collection inspired us to do just that. We created our own super cute Diamond Girl Apron

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Big Canvas Beach Tote with Rope & Grommet Handles

Tuesday, 10 May 2016 1:00

Our big beach bag is all cotton so it breathes well and dries in a snap, but it's not waterproof and so isn't designed to take a dip in the salty surf. Its job is to keep you looking good on your way to the water's edge. We're on board with that! We used a beautiful cotton/linen blend canvas paired with natural canvas duck. It's a super stylish combo for our on-the-go beach tote. Rope handles add a nautical touch and make it easy to open wide so you can load up plenty of towels and other important beach gear. Don't forget the sunscreen.

Canvas Laundry Hamper with Drawcord Cotton Liner: Fabric Depot

Monday, 09 May 2016 1:00

We’re comin’ clean! Or at least giving you the tools to make it easier to get those piles of dirty clothes off the floor, into a hamper, and eventually on their way to the laundry room. If you took out the garbage this week, you’ll immediately recognize the theory behind this cool two-part hamper: the exterior “box” provides the shell (and does it very handsomely if we do say so ourselves), and the interior bag is like a waste can liner, dropping in and folding over the top. Fill ‘er up, then cinch ‘er up and carry the dirties to the wash. We worked with the experts at Fabric Depot to come up with an excellent combination of sturdy canvas for the exterior and delightful cotton for the lining. We love this Mendocino collection by Heather Ross for Windham Fabrics. 

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