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Last Minute Mother’s Day Gifts: Make Them in an Afternoon

Wednesday, 04 May 2016 1:00

I believe one of the top jobs of any mom is helping her kids avoid “the last minute.” Remember those gentle reminders to start things early, which gradually turned less gentle, the closer the deadline loomed? She tried to warn us, but did we listen? Usually not; probably because the panicked screaming coming out of our mouths the night before the Science Fair was drowning out her suggestions. This Sunday is Mother’s Day, but there’s still time to make something special. We’ve collected five Sew4Home classic projects you can easily finish in an afternoon, using fabric you likely have on hand. You can tell her you’ve been planning for weeks… and she’ll pretend to believe you.

Tiny Tucks with a Quarter Inch Seam Foot

Tuesday, 03 May 2016 1:00

Narrow tucks, called pintucks when they are super-duper narrow, are most well-known in the world of heirloom sewing, but they can add a lovely bit of detail to many kinds of projects. You can create this look quickly and easily with your Quarter Inch Seam foot. Tucks can be sewn in thread to match the fabric for a classic tone-on-tone look. Switch to a contrasting thread for extra detail along the stitch line. Or, accent with decorative stitching between tucks on directly on top of each tuck.

Outdoor Mini Mats with Pockets

Monday, 02 May 2016 1:00

The indoor variety of this project if often called a "mug rug." It's simply a small placemat to hold just a few items, such as a mug of tea and a biscuit. Since we are coming up on the season to dine al fresco, we felt there needed to be an outdoor version of the mug rug. Using just a few small cuts from outdoor fabrics, we designed a cute Mini Mat that sports a handy, full-width pocket and a grommet for hanging. 

More Moda Fabric to Love, Printable Gift Tags, and a Special Great Giveaway

Friday, 29 April 2016 1:00

We’ve had so much fun this week with fresh projects in new Moda fabric. Today, to wrap everything up, we have three additional collections that we didn’t use this time around but can’t wait to dig into for future inspiration. There's also have a set of cute custom gift tags you can download and print for Mother’s Day (and more). Plus, FIVE lucky Sew4Home visitors (one for each day of Moda Moms Week) are going to be winners in our Moda Take The Cake Great Giveaway.

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Diamond Girl Apron featuring Little Miss Sunshine: It’s Moda Moms Week

Thursday, 28 April 2016 1:00

Our final project for Moda Moms Week is a signature Sew4Home apron in the cheerful Little Miss Sunshine collection by Lella Boutique, which delivered this month to your favorite fabric retailer. We offer a full pattern download below that allows you to create the perfect angles of our Diamond Girl design. These patterns are a big job to produce in a way that works well for construction yet still allows you to output the pieces on your home printer. Please join us in sending equally big thanks to Moda Fabrics for their sponsorship support; it’s what makes offering this free pattern possible.

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Elegant Patchwork Pillow Trio featuring Ville Fleurie: It’s Moda Moms Week

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 1:00

It’s Day Three of Moda Moms Week, so of course we must have three pretty pillows. Thia is absolutely no problem when we’re designing with the latest cornucopia of color and pattern from French General: Ville Fleurie, which landed in-store and on virtual shelves this month. Here at Sew4Home, we’ve been French General fans for years. Their rich tones and intricate motifs are like opening a vintage treasure chest. In fact, much of the fabric inspiration is based on the unique French document collection, which French General founder, Kaari Meng and her husband JZ have been accumulating for over 20 years. 

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Quilted Jelly Roll Jumbo Carryall featuring Valley: It’s Moda Moms Week

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 1:00

Day Two of Moda Moms Week! We all know most moms are going in a dozen different directions at once, which means they need a generously-sized tote to hold all their on-the-go supplies. Our Jelly Roll Jumbo Carryall fits the bill. We designed the modern skyscraper appliqué on the front and back to feature Valley by Sherri & Chelsi, which arrived in-store and online this month. Our “skyline” of Jelly Roll strips is set against a background of the new 45” Moda Barkcloth in Slate Gray

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Bloomin’ Throw featuring Bespoke Blooms: It’s Moda Moms Week

Monday, 25 April 2016 1:00

Welcome to Moda Moms Week! To celebrate Mother’s Day coming up on May 8th, we have brand new projects your favorite mama is going to love. We chose four of the latest Moda collections that arrive(d) in-store and online at your favorite fabric retailer this month and next. The loveliness starts today with our Bloomin’ Throw, which we created to feature Bespoke Blooms by Brenda Riddle Designs. It arrives in May. The half square triangle design is echoed in the throw’s unique angled corners. And the fabric’s delicate colors and motifs are perfectly positioned from the center out to simulate a flower opening up to the sun. 

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Happy Oilcloth Pillows for Patio Living: Fabric Depot

Friday, 22 April 2016 1:00

Oilcloth, that classic shiny fabric from grandma’s kitchen, is back in a big way. The bold designs and super bright colors are a perfect combo to add a blast of happy to any room. How could you look at giant red chili peppers against a field of sunshine yellow and not smile?! Plus, because oilcloth is water resistant with a wipe-clean surface, it’s ideal for patio living. Our friends at Fabric Depot have one of the largest and best selections of oilcloth we’ve found on their retail floor! They are now adding many options online, so check back often as they add new links to the selection. With a few of our helpful tips and techniques, you’ll find that sewing with oilcloth is easier than you might think. For one thing, there’s no edge finishing because it doesn’t ravel (yay!). Turn up the fun-o-meter to 10, and add a little happiness to your outdoor décor with these reversible pillows.

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ScrapBusters: Washcloths with Patchwork Binding

Thursday, 21 April 2016 1:00

It's time to bust out some scraps! This super cute project targets some of the smaller pieces in your bag of favorite fabric bits. Our project takes an ordinary washcloth to the next level by adding a very pretty patchwork bound edge. We created a standard single fold bias binding and attached it in the traditional two-step method to a soft terry cloth center. There are links within the article below to full tutorials on both making and attaching bias binding. The extra-special part is how the binding is created from a patchworked panel. Pull out some of your favorite skinny scraps, piece them together side by side, then cut the bias strips from this assembled fabric panel. 

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