The round bolster is a great way to add a new and interesting shape to your pile o' decorator pillows. We chose a 6" x 16" cylinder, which is a classic size to pair up with a 16" or 20" square. Or, make a pair of bolsters as we did and display them on their own. Cording accents and gathered ends are elegant touches that add true designer style yet are so very easy to accomplish.
In our 2016 Sewing resolutions, we teased you a little bit about this new adventure. Our number one resolution was: To connect with YOU in even more ways. Today, we're pleased to announce one of the most exciting ways we'll be doing just that this year: the Sew4Home Sewing Escape sewing retreat. We've partnered with Janome America as well as some of our favorite providers of notions, fabric, and sewing tools to bring the Sew4Home experience directly to you in fun-filled, multi-day events.
Using your sewing machine to join paper and fabric is surprisingly easy. If you've never tried it yourself, this is a great first project that isn't too complicated, but is still a very pretty way to send a personal greeting. At the end of the article is a link to a coordinating fabric and paper envelope.
Pleats are the origami of the sewing world. And although you don't usually need to fold one into the shape of a swan, there are a wide variety of pretty pleats that add distinct visual and textural embellishments for both home décor as well as garment sewing. Each type provides a different look based on how it's formed. You can make: knife pleats, knife pleats in two directions, box pleats, inverted box pleats, inverted box pleats with a separate underlay, accordion pleats, sunray pleats, and wave pleats. In this tutorial, we're focusing on a box pleat and its identical yet opposite cousin, the inverted box pleat.
When you think of patchwork, you traditionally think of quilting cottons. But there's no rule saying you have to use cotton. In fact, if you're a regular Sew4Home visitor, you know we love to experiment with different fabric substrates. Today, we're adding luxury into the mix with silk dupioni. This type of silk is made from twin cocoons naturally bonded together. The bumps in the fabric, they're really called 'slubs', are the result of this bonding. Dupioni is often woven from two different colors of thread, giving it a shimmering, color-shifting appearance. We chose a jewel-box color blend of Tiffany blue, glittering silver, burnished gold, and rich ebony. Our pillows work together as a pair, and our supply list is structured to allow you to buy the correct amount of fabric to make both.
Your sewing machine is probably the largest item in your sewing space. But it likes to surround itself with lots of little things. When you're sewing, you need easy access to these smaller tools and notions so you're not wasting time jumping up and down every few minutes to find what's needed. Our sewing machine organizer apron is a perfect option with six pockets for plenty of handy storage and a waste catcher to keep things tidy. We worked with our friends at Fabric Depot to pick a base fabric that could blend well with any décor. The solution: ticking. It's a classic fabric with a crisp, clean simplicity. We then accented the perimeter and the pockets with a colorful calico binding.
We hope you've enjoyed our week of superb softness with three different blanket projects and a helpful Sewing with Cuddle how-to article. Our thanks to Fabric Depot and Shannon Fabrics for providing all the fabric as well as their expertise in working with this luxury plush fabric. To cap things off, we have a Great Giveaway designed to get you started on some soft sewing of your own. We have three Cuddle Cake bundles for three lucky Sew4home visitors. Each contains twenty 10" x 10" squares in a coordinated colorway.
The ultimate softness of luxury plush fabric originally hit the scene as the ideal choice for bundling up babies. Which means no Cuddle blanket series would be complete without a baby blanket! We doubled the cozy quotient of ours by mixing the Cuddle with an extra soft flannel. You'll love this blanket's easy binding. It's formed by wrapping the larger flannel backing square around to the front and over the Cuddle square to create a wide, continuous border. We also show you a clever way to stitch the rick rack in place for a perfect reveal along each edge and into the corners. Our thanks to Fabric Depot and Shannon Fabrics for helping us bring this week's Cuddle series to you with three blankets, a full tutorial that contains all the best tips for working with plush fabric, and a Great Giveaway.
The bigger they are, the colder they get. That may not be exactly how the saying goes, but it explains how we feel about skimpy blankets. When you're feeling a chill, you want soft, snuggly warmth from your shoulders right down to your toes. Our Soft Elegance blanket is two thick layers of Cuddle: a rich Embossed Ribbon Cuddle on top with a thick Sherpa Cuddle on the back. We took full advantage of the wide width of the Cuddle plush fabric, making our blanket a tall and toasty 59" x 68". A huge thanks to our friends at Fabric Depot and Shannon Fabrics for providing the fabric for this project and our entire week of super softness: three blankets, a full tutorial with all the best tips for working with plush fabric, and a Great Giveaway.
If you've ever touched quality plush fabric, you've probably made this sound: "Ohhhhhh, ahhhhhh." You're also likely to have immediately stroked your cheek with this wonderfully soft fabric. Luxury plush goes by several names. Many people refer to it generically as Minky, but that is actually a brand name, much like Kleenex® is a brand name for facial tissue. For this article, we're referring to it as "Cuddle," which is the name given to the category by industry leader, Shannon Fabrics. The fabric gives a fabulous softness to a wide variety of projects, from toys to pillows to blankets and more (we loved using it for a soft fitted crib sheet). It's not a difficult fabric to sew with, but to create the very best results, it helps to have a few tips and tricks under your belt prior to jumping in. And doesn't jumping into a huge pile of Cuddle sound like a wonderful thing? "Ohhhhhh, ahhhhhhh!"