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Toddler's Laminated Cotton Project Apron

Thursday, 09 January 2014 1:00

Keep your tots tidy with this adorable apron for art projects and more. We used laminated cotton for a easy, wipe-clean finish. Everyone who's anyone is adding this wonderful substrate choice to their new fabric collections. We give you some tips for sewing with it (it's really easy), and a toddler-sized pattern to download. Depending on the child's build, it's meant to fit a toddler up to about a 4T to 5T. Whip one up, then whip out the poster paints.

ScrapBusters: Heart-Themed Gift Bags in Burlap & Cotton

Wednesday, 08 January 2014 12:35

Our Valentines Day ideas continue today with the first in a series of three great gift bag options. We know you love fast and easy projects, but we also know that doesn't mean you want to skimp on cute or stylish. We have you covered with these sweet little sacks. First off, they're a ScrapBusters project, which means you're likely to already have everything on hand you need. If not, the amount of fabric and notions required is small – or buy in bulk and set up a gift bag assembly line for all your Valentines. In addition, the finished bags are as cute as the proverbial button with a rustic style that works for young and old... and in between.

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Microwavable Rice Heating Pads

Tuesday, 07 January 2014 12:16

We love the simple clean lines of these microwavable neck and lap/back heating pads. After under a minute in the microwave, you'll get up to an hour of safe, warm heat without the dangers inherent in electric heating pads: burns, fires and electrical shock. Electric heating pad cautions actually read: Never use in a situation where you could fall asleep. Hmmm... often falling asleep is my goal. These pads are not difficult to make, and are a useful gift for most any adult. They're good for muscle aches or when you feel a chill and don't want to turn up the thermostat. You can also freeze them for a pleasant cooling effect. Although, just typing that made me shiver. Add a drop of essential oil if you'd like a little aromatherapy.

Good Gifts for Guys: Fleece Scarf with Zippered Pocket

Monday, 06 January 2014 1:15

Old man winter came stomping in with a vengeance this year. We're sending warm thoughts to all our Sew4Home friends in the mid-west and along the east coast. Seems like it's the perfect time for a totally toasty project that's also a great Valentine's Day gift idea. Today's fleece scarf is super fast and easy thanks to edge-binding with Dritz® Fold-Over Elastic. We also added a lightweight zippered pocket on one end. Use it to hold essentials so you can keep those jacket or pants pockets free to stuff your hands. Brrrrrrrrrrrr!

Button Quilted Layer Cake Throw

Thursday, 02 January 2014 1:00

Thanks to the pre-cut squares of a pretty Layer Cake, we whipped-up this cozy lap blanket in an afternoon. The patchwork is about as basic as you can get, and the quilting is done with hand-sewn buttons. Rather than crank up the thermostat, keep a pretty throw like this by your desk or chair to keep you toasty while reading, working, sewing, knitting or watching TV. It's also the perfect size for a frosty morning 'car cozy' – tumble the blanket in the dryer for a few minutes right before you walk out the door, then wrap it around your lap... or around your little kiddos, as a warmer-upper while you wait for the cold car to defrost. My mom did this for me when I was small, because we didn't have a garage, only a carport; it made chilly morning drives to school a toasty treat.

Double Zipper Pillow with Fairfield

Monday, 30 December 2013 1:00

Zippers are one of the trusty workhorses of the sewing world. They normally go about their jobs, opening and closing without much fanfare. But recently, it's become quite trendy to let them out from between the seams to shine on their own. Today's fashionable pillow does just that, featuring zippers on both the front and back. The back zipper is the official opening for the Fairfield Home Elegance™ pillow form. The front zipper is fully functioning, but is there as embellishment only; it opens onto an inset placket. You can show off the pillow from either side. Both zippers are highlighted with parallel strips of decorative stitching, and that eye-candy front zipper also has a long tassel for extra appeal. The pillow can even be displayed with the front zipper partially open... very daring.

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Yoga Mat Sling Bag in PUL with Renaissance Ribbons

Monday, 23 December 2013 1:00

If "getting fit and flexible" is on your list of New Year's Resolutions, today's project is for you: a bright and beautiful yoga mat sling bag accented with stunning Renaissance Ribbons. This bag is one of those projects everyone at S4H coveted during design, construction and photography – a sure sign it will be a visitor favorite as well. It really does have it all. We started with gorgeous ribbon embellishment on the body and strap (brand new Jane Sassaman designs from our sponsor, Renaissance Ribbons); combined that with fun, colorful fabric (a heavyweight PUL in hot pink); came up with a clever double-drawstring design so you can slide your mat in or out from either end, and added a handy zippered outside pouch for extra necessities.

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Cocktails at Eight Hostess Apron

Wednesday, 18 December 2013 1:00

The clink of ice swirling in glasses, card tables in the living room, cut crystal bowls of white mints with green centers, ashtrays... yes, there were lots of ashtrays. I have clear memories of peeking around the corner, watching the 'grown-ups' holding cards in their hands and cigarettes between their lips, laughing, talking, playing bridge. And orbiting through it all, my mother, handing out appetizers, picking up crumpled napkins, and wearing a crisp hostess apron and high heels. Our own little episode of Mad Men in our living room. Today's Cocktails At Eight apron tutorial features rich taffeta and frothy organza with a sprinkling of tiny, shiny bows.

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Pro Chef Half Apron with Renaissance Ribbons

Monday, 16 December 2013 1:00

The inspiration for this project came from our official Sew4Home You Asked 4 It list. When you send us a request or comment online about something you'd like to see, we add it to this list. Then, we refer to our list when we're creating new ideas. You wanted more aprons for guys, and your wish has been fulfilled by today's Pro Chef Half Apron accented with stunning Renaissance Ribbons. Our thanks to Renaissance Ribbons for sponsoring today's project! You've made all those You Asked 4 It guys very happy.

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Bundle of Box Style Floor Cushions: Deck The Halls with Fabric.com

Thursday, 05 December 2013 1:00

Today's our last project day in the Deck The Halls with Fabric.com series, and we're moving from The Halls down to The Floors with our decorating inspiration. These boxed floor cushions, with their piping and tufted buttons, are a home décor classic. But many otherwise hearty sewists shy away from attempting the style because it's three-dimensional. Remember when people thought the earth was flat? Then, when they kept on sailing and didn't fall off the edge, they discovered all sorts of amazing things?! It's the same with sewing. If you're only willing to attempt flat projects, you're missing all kinds of fun. And... you're highly unlikely to fall off your sewing chair. Floor cushions make great extra seating for holiday gatherings and game nights, so we knew we had to make more than one. We selected big, bold and beautiful fabrics from Premier Prints to make a festive stack of four. Then, we added a clever harness out of nylon webbing to bundle them together, making it easy to carry the whole stack from room to room. The harness also works to keep the stack stable when used as a handy footstool. 

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