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ScrapBusters: Mini Pom Pom Garland Lanyards

Friday, 30 January 2015 1:00

We're still playing with poms here at Sew4Home. After reviewing the Clover Pom Pom Makers from Fabric Depot, and creating our pretty seasonal pom pom wreath, we couldn't quite shake the balls of fluff from our brains. For this project, we downsized, stringing mini 1" poms on cord to form a colorful garland, then looping the garland through a split ring to create a whimsical lanyard. Keeping track of your special keys just got a whole lot more fun. 

Hawthorne Threads Introduces Their Own Fabric Collections Printed at Their Own Location

Thursday, 29 January 2015 1:00

Located in upstate New York, Hawthorne Threads has become a favorite online destination for quilters, sewers, and anybody else who's crazy about high quality fabrics. We're excited to have Hawthorne Threads as a new Sew4Home sponsor. Of course they offer a wide variety, but what keeps customers coming back is Hawthorne Threads' knack for carrying the fabric that makes you want to say, "I have to sew with that."  Recent big news is the release of their very own fabric collections: Bengal, Calliope and Fair Isle. A fourth collection, Etched will be arriving soon. For those of us who enjoy their taste in fabric design, these new collections embody everything we've come to love about Hawthorne Threads. Even more amazing, they print these fabrics on-site using the latest digital technology.

How to Make Flat Felled Seams

Wednesday, 28 January 2015 1:00

The right finishes make projects go more smoothly, look more professional, and give you an upper hand when it comes to impressing friends with your vast sewing knowledge! Making a flat felled (or flat fell) seam is a detail with a place in history as well as a place in the world of professional seam finishes. You can find references to the flat felled seam technique in vintage as well as hand sewing (once the only way to sew anything!). And, if you look down right now at the inside seam of your jeans, you'll see a trademark flat felled seam.

Hanging Diaper Stacker for the Nursery

Tuesday, 27 January 2015 1:00

Babies bring a ray of sunshine into the world. However, they don't bring much of anything else with them! It's up to us to provide the important things to keep them happy and healthy. This handy diaper stacker is designed to hang from a crib or changing table. There's plenty of room for lots of diapers inside plus two handy pockets on the outside for wipes, ointments, lotions and more. Our adorable sunshine appliqué, with its unique teardrop sun rays, is offered below as a download. 

Metallic Leather Tall Tote with Renaissance Ribbons

Monday, 26 January 2015 1:00

Tall, thin and elegant, this bag could be a runway model. Or maybe at least be carried by one of those long-legged beauties. Soft faux leather with a slight metallic sheen is the perfect background for the exquisitely woven, richly colored, simply beautiful jacquard ribbons. These are brand new selections by Bonnie Christine for Renaissance Ribbons. We went Bonnie-all-the-way, using a matching fabric from her Art Gallery collection for the lining. Our specific ribbon selection is what creates the bag's fashionable spirit, but there are many, many others from which to choose at Renaissance Ribbons

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Lumbar Pillow with Front Button Closure

Friday, 23 January 2015 1:00

A horizontal pillow injects an interesting shape into the ordinary pile of pillows. This one features an envelope style opening on the front rather than the back, so we can show off a set of three beautiful cherry wood buttons. The buttons are not only fabulous, they are also keeping the pillow cover closed. Who says beauty and brains don't mix? 

Dimensional Ribbon Embellishment Technique

Thursday, 22 January 2015 1:00

We love embellishing projects with gorgeous ribbons. One reason is that we have such amazing choices from our friends and sponsor, Renaissance Ribbons. Another is because ribbons inject wonderful color and texture. Third, they're very easy to work with. Since we use them often, we're always thinking about new and unique ways to apply them. Today's quick tip shows you how to use standard piping cord to make ribbon pop off the surface.

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ScrapBusters: Quilted Mug Rug with Napkin Pocket

Wednesday, 21 January 2015 1:00

"Snug as a mug on a rug." Just gotta say that and get it out of the way! Sometimes a placemat takes up too much real estate, and a coaster is too small to hold anything extra. A mug rug is bigger than a coaster but smaller than a placemat – just the right size at your desk, in the sewing room, or on a small end table in the living room or den. Our design adds a unique little pocket with its own napkin for truly self-contained snacking. We used scraps from Bonnie & Camille's Marmalade collection for Moda Fabrics and framed it all with coordinating rick rack. The combination of sweet colors and pretty prints really makes a difference on this small project. Be bold with your choices, mix and match to fashion your own look. For more on creating great combos, take a look at our tutorial: Mixing and Matching Designer Fabric Collections.

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How to Make a Rolled Hem with Your Sewing Machine

Tuesday, 20 January 2015 1:00

There's always a certain amount of hemming and hawing about having to hem. Just about every project you do includes some sort of a hem, and there are so many techniques from which to choose. There is the simple double-turn hem, blind hem, faced hem, covered hem, taped hem, curved hem, single hem, narrow hem, cuffed hem, and bias hem. Then there are all the special hemming techniques for certain fabric types, such as leather, fur or lace, as well as projects with scalloped edges or pleats. Whew! But with even with these choices, there is one particular type of hem we receive more questions about than any of the others: the rolled hem. Since it's at the top of our You Asked 4 It list, let's get rollin'. 

Stenciled Bridesmaid Aprons with Fabric Depot

Monday, 19 January 2015 1:00

A stencil is a piece of plastic (or other sturdy material) with a design cut out of it. To decorate a fabric item with a stencil, you position it on the item, then while holding it in place, paint over the cut out parts of the template. When done, just lift it up to reveal your finished design. Voila, you've just stenciled. Even though stenciling is really popular right now, it's actually one of the oldest forms of human art. Stone age painters were using their hands as stencils on cave walls 35,000 years ago. The art form has been used continuously ever since. 

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