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ScrapBusters: Doorknob Reminder Caddy

Thursday, 14 November 2013 1:00

Some mornings it feels like I make about 20 trips out to my car. Get all the way out there... Opps! No keys. Get all the way out there... Dang! Forgot a letter to mail. Get all the way out there... Hey! Where's my phone? It's exhausting, and it usually makes me late. Organizational experts suggest collecting everything you need for the next day in one handy place. For me that means one handy place that is virtually impossible to ignore. That's why we came up with today's Doorknob Reminder Caddy. If you have to touch it to open the door, chances are high you'll actually remember it. We created a two-sided, multi-pocket caddy with a loop that hangs right over the doorknob. In fact, you could just grab the whole caddy and toss it in your car - good to go. Now.... where did I put my lunch?

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Re-imagine & Renovate: Travel Size Tissue Covers

Wednesday, 13 November 2013 1:00

Stocking stuffer alert! These adorable tissue covers are super fast and easy to make, and everyone needs a tissue now and then to dab away a tear, capture a sneeze or wipe up a mess. The ongoing Re-imagine & Renovate Series is our way to show you how easy it is to put a new spin on a fave design. Different fabric and notions can completely change the look of a project. For each of our three samples, we used two 10" x 10" Layer Cake squares, but this is also a great ScrapBusters project. 

Plastic Bag Keeper/Dispenser

Tuesday, 12 November 2013 1:00

For years, I simply stuffed my recycled plastic bags in an old, cracked plastic bucket under my sink. Very stylish! It was a mess, and nearly always overflowing. This clever plastic bag keeper/dispenser tidied things up perfectly. I put mine on the pantry door, but it would also work great over a doorknob, inside a cupboard or just hanging from a hook on the wall. Easy to store; easy to retrieve.

Pinafore Style Sewing Machine Cover with Renaissance Ribbons

Monday, 11 November 2013 1:00

We've done a number of sewing machine covers in the past, all of which have been classic fitted designs. They're a great way to keep your machine protected from sun exposure and dust when it's not in use... wait a minute... not in use... how could that be?!?! A cover can also keep away prying little fingers if you have curious toddlers about. Today's cover is the free-spirited cousin of our previous covers. I like to think of it as a pinafore for your sewing machine. Three vibrant ribbons by Tula Pink for Renaissance Ribbons turn a plain burgundy twill into a designer statement. This cover drapes over your machine and sports handy pockets on both sides to keep a few tools, patterns and notions at the ready. Tula's striking jacquard ribbons create accents to finish the edges, side bands that hold front to back, and they top those handy pockets. We give you all the measuring formulas to adjust the size of the cover to fit your machine.

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New Book From Where Women Create Features Top Quilters: Win A Copy!

Friday, 08 November 2013 1:00

THIS GREAT GIVEAWAY CLOSED 11/18/13. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED.

If you are a regular Sew4Home follower, you know one of our favorite magazines is Where Women Create. In fact, Sew4Home was even profiled in one of their issues last Fall. So we were very excited to hear Where Women Create founder, Jo Packham had a brand new book: Quilters: Their Quilts, Their Studios, Their Stories. In this 176-page book, you will meet and go behind the scenes with more than 20 of the top quilters in the industry, such as Tula Pink, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Kaari Meng, and Hoodie Cresent. Plus you get access to more than 80 online quilt patterns. Join us for a short tour and find out how you can enter to win a copy of your very own.

Romantic Bedroom Toss Pillow Trio

Thursday, 07 November 2013 1:00

It's always fun to buzz around on our Pinterest boards to discover which projects are trending as most-popular-repins. These three tiny toss pillows are today's winners. Like cherries on top of your favorite sundae, they add just the right dash of color and shape to a romantic bedroom retreat. Black velvet piping unites the two square and one round pillows. Using a consistent accent color like this is a great trick for bringing together a variety of fabrics. We used cuts from Tula Pink's The Birds & The Bees and Amy Butler's Cameo, proving there are no rules about using just one designer collection at a time! Both fabric selections have bold motifs that play off one another, and each contains hints of colors (blue, chartreuse and rose) that spotlight the same shades within the surrounding bed linens.  

French Market Tote with Coco Chanel Style Chain Handles

Tuesday, 05 November 2013 1:00

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High end boutique style you can make yourself! Our French Market Tote will make a bold fashion statement as you stroll the open air markets of Provence, France... or the aisles of your local farmer's market and specialty grocer. Load it up with fresh baguettes and bouquets of bright flowers. The pièce de résistance is the great Coco Chanel style chain and leather (faux leather in our case) handles. It's the perfect synergy of unique trim and dramatic fabric blended to achieve a designer look. We love to show you how to look at combinations from a new angle, mix textures and look for unexpected pairings. 

Sleepy Time Stuffed Owls with Fairfield

Monday, 04 November 2013 1:00

Oh! is for Ollie and Olivia Owl. This adorable stuffed pair is wondering, "Whoooooo wants a hug?" We provide all the pattern pieces you need to make one, two or an entire parliament. Yep... a group of owls is called a parliament. They must be wise indeed. Our thanks to the Soft Stuff Experts at Fairfield Processing for sponsoring today's cute owls. We used their Poly-Fil® 100% Premium Polyester FiberFill. You may be under the assumption that all fiber filling is created equal, and you just punch it in, like you're stuffing the Thanksgiving turkey. "Oh No!" says wise Olivia Owl. For a smooth, professional finish that's super soft and huggable, you must start with a quality filler. One that is resilient, washable, and will not bunch. Then, you need to take the time to fluff that quality filler and insert it, in small handfuls, into all the nooks and crannies. We have a good tutorial on Pillow Stuffing Tips & Tricks.

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Festive Fussy Cut Placemats with Decorative Stitching Detail

Friday, 01 November 2013 1:00

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The traditional Thanksgiving table usually features a tablecloth, but we think placemats are a fresh take on tabletop convention. Our set of four mix-and-match placemats blends eight gorgeous colors and designs fussy cut from Joel Dewberry's Heirloom collection. Last week, we featured our Festive Cook's Apron, which was also done in Heirloom. It broke records across Social Media for likes, shares and pins. So, we knew we had to show off these great coordinating placemats. There's also a link to the matching napkins and ties. I think it's going to be a very vibrant Thanksgiving this year!  

Heart & Ruffle Apron in Tangier Ikat

Wednesday, 30 October 2013 1:00

A heart-shaped bib, pretty ruffles rimming the edges, darts and pleats, all in the perfect combo of candy pink and orange sherbet. This, my friends, is a fun, flirty apron. And we make no apologies for the all-out "girly-girlness" of it. The  Tangier Ikat collection is by Dena Fishbein of Dena Designs for FreeSpirit Fabrics. Its Damask style design has a classic Ikat treatment where the edges appear to bleed into the background as if done with brush strokes. This ornate, wallpaper type motif was a perfect palette for fussy-cutting. The apron's bib is a match to the skirt right through the waistband, and the pocket blends into the skirt with only a ruffled top to give it away. If you're new to fussy cutting, we offer links to our full step-by-step tutorial as well as other projects that feature exact pocket matching. 

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