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Happy Holidays with FreeSpirit & Rowan: Zippered Pouch & Pocket Tissue Cover

Friday, 02 November 2012 3:00

We round out our collection of projects in Melissa White's Amelie's Attic collection with a two-for-one day: two pretty organizers for your favorite bag or tote (perhaps the Country Fresh Carryall from this very series!). Our zippered pouch features a striking pleated panel. With its wraparound bottom, we show you a fun new way to create this clever lined bag. And, our little tissue cover is about as cute as they come. Wouldn't it make a perfect stocking stuffer? We love to take non-traditional fabrics and show you how beautiful they can be when incorporated into holiday projects. Amelie's Attic is perfect for holiday giving and decorating, yet has a country fresh beauty that will last year 'round. Melissa's designs are based on her fifteen years of research into rare Elizabethan wall paintings in Tudor houses across Britain. The result is a fabric collection with a modern style softened by patina of history. We especially loved the crackled finish that overlays her vintage florals.

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Happy Holidays with FreeSpirit & Rowan: Country Fresh Shopping Carryall

Thursday, 01 November 2012 3:00

If you're heading out for holiday shopping, you need a bag that makes maneuvering the season's crowded stores and stalls easier, and looks great doing it. We had a few "musts" on our shopping list for this shopping bag: 1) It must be big enough to hold a wallet and essentials as well as smaller purchases, leaving your hands free to browse the racks and bins; Solution: a taller bag with 2" side and bottom panels. 2) The opening must have a cover, but no zippers, buckles or clasps that take two hands to operate; Solution: a longer flap weighted with batting. 3) The strap must be adjustable, allowing you to quickly shorten it as the booty within the bag builds; Solution: short and long shoulder ties. 4) It must be cute, because that's all we allow at Sew4Home; Solution: Amelie's Attic by Melissa White for Rowan Fabrics.

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Happy Holidays with FreeSpirit & Rowan: How to Make Gathers by Machine

Tuesday, 30 October 2012 3:00

We love to gather with friends and family to share good food and conversation. We enjoy gathering with like-minded folks to attend concerts and other events. In these contexts, gathering is fun and easy. By comparison, in sewing... gathering is often known as daunting and time-consuming! Many sewists will do just about anything to avoid adding gathers (or ruffles) into their projects, whether by hand or machine. We believe all gathering should be fun and easy, and today, we aim to change the perception of gathering with a sewing machine. After reading this tutorial, we bet you’ll be inviting your sewing friends over to convince them just how easy it is to gather fabric. If you do this, we think you should call it "gatherers gathering on gathers!"

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Happy Holidays with FreeSpirit & Rowan: Country Fresh Double Flounce Apron

Monday, 29 October 2012 3:00

Today's the day we begin our ramp up to the 2012 holiday season! We welcome you to our latest series: Happy Holidays with Westminster Fibers Lifestyle Fabrics, the amazing folks who bring you FreeSpirit and Rowan collections. Over the upcoming weeks, we'll bring you a new collection from four different Westminster designers. This week, you'll meet Melissa White of Rowan Fabrics. Coming up throughout November are: Ty Pennington, Verna Mosquera and Amy Butler. Here at Sew4Home, we love to take non-traditional fabrics and show you how beautiful they can be when incorporated into holiday projects. Today's charming apron is a great example. The warm red accents add a pop of holiday color that makes it a perfect choice for Christmas morning brunch, yet the entire combination works wonderfully throughout the year. Even with all its special accents: bound slash pockets, two gathered tiers and a pretty bodice tie... this is a very easy project. 

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Oh Baby! with Fabric.com: Beautiful Diaper Bag

Thursday, 25 October 2012 3:00

Plenty of room, lots of pockets, PUL lining, adjustable strap... this diaper bag has it all. Plus, most importantly for a bag that's your constant companion for months: it's GREAT looking! In fact, it might be hard to give up this pretty bag once your baby has become a more compact traveller. We used a coordinated pair of Premier Prints twill-weight cottons from sponsor, Fabric.com. To this medium weight fabric, we added a fusible interfacing on all the main pieces, and the sides and bottom have the extra stability of a fusible craft fleece. Our bag is meant to stand up to heavy daily use! Today is the final project in our Oh Baby! series with Fabric.com. Make sure you check out all the great ideas and information. Whether you're making items for yourself or as gifts, you're sure to find something wonderful. If you scroll to the bottom of the instructions, you'll find all the related articles in the two-week series.

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Oh Baby! with Fabric.com: Travel Diaper Case & Changing Pad

Wednesday, 24 October 2012 3:00

Sometimes you just need the essentials for a quick trip out with baby: a few diapers, wipes and a changing pad will get you through most situations. Better still if those essentials can be packed in a clever case that looks great... like a trendy handbag instead of a bulky carrier with giant cartoon animals that screams, "Baby stuff in here!" Our Oh Baby! series, sponsored by our friends at Fabric.com includes lots of great baby wearables and bring-ables, but this is one of our favorites. The case is designed to resemble a fashionable clutch with a gently curved flap, darts in the bottom for fullness, and a handy wrist strap that can also be snapped over a stroller handle. Finishing at approximately 10½" x 8", the case is small enough to toss into a larger tote or full-size diaper bag. The easy fold-up changing pad uses iron-on vinyl, so the fabric used is a perfect match.

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Oh Baby! with Fabric.com: How To Turn Any Fabric Into A Laminate With Iron-On Vinyl

Tuesday, 23 October 2012 3:00

Today's popular laminated cottons start out as basic woven 100% cottons, which are then coated with a Phthalate-free laminate. They're ideal for any project where you want some waterproofing or the ability to wipe the finished item clean with a damp cloth. Think baby bibs, changing pads, raincoats, outdoor tablecloths, reusable shopping bags, and more. Many of your favorite fabric designers are adding laminate choices to their collections, giving you dozens and dozens of very pretty options to choose from. But sometimes, there's a specific print you can't find as a laminate; such as when you're using a very specific set of fabrics and want everything to match exactly. There's an easy way to make your own laminated fabric with iron-on vinyl. The most widely used product of this type, and the one we're using for today's tutorial, is Heat 'n' Bond by Therm O Web from Fabric.com. 

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Oh Baby! with Fabric.com: Insulated Baby Bottle Carrier

Monday, 22 October 2012 3:00

Babies and their entourages (sometimes referred to as parents) are always on the go: to the store, the park, the playgroup, the zoo, anywhere and everywhere. When they're out and about, they like to have their favorite drink nearby. Mom gets her 'Bucks venti half white mocha, half cafe vanilla, ez ice, 2 shots pour appigato style with whip and caramel drizzle frappachino (actual order overheard at one of our local Starbucks®)... baby gets his/her bottle - nicely warmed or chilled, thank you very much. Today, as part of our Fabric.com Oh! Baby series, we have a baby-on-the-go thermal baby bottle carrier. There's a water resistant PUL lining, a layer of insulating batting, and a super trendy fabric exterior with a handy Velcro® strap.

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Oh Baby! with Fabric.com: Pacifier Lanyard and Carrying Pouch

Friday, 19 October 2012 3:00

Babies like to suck on things, and today's orthodontically-correct pacifiers seem to be something the majority of us can agree on as little lifesavers... for both the baby and the parents. However, they also seem to be something that is never where you need it when you need it. Today, as part of our Fabric.com Oh! Baby series, we have two solutions: one) a lanyard that snaps onto the pacifier on one end and clips on to a baby's clothing, stroller or swing on the other end; and two) a cute little pouch that can hold two binkies (on their lanyards) with its own snap-on handle to attach the pouch to a diaper bag, stroller or wherever you might need to have it handy. I dub this pouch: "backup-binky-bag." Because... you can never have too many on hand. In fact, I still remember coming across an old cardigan in the back of a storage closet, years after my own kids were well beyond binkies – in the pocket, a spare pacifier!

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Oh Baby! with Fabric.com: Splat Mat with a Carrying Case

Thursday, 18 October 2012 3:00

When you’re expecting for the first time, people line up to tell you all the wonderful things in store for you. Your head is swirling with visions of your loving, sweet-smelling bundle-of-joy-to-be. And, of course, it’s all true. However, rarely does anybody let you in on another truism: babies are messy. Really messy! For such tiny little things, they are able to produce an amazing amount of wet, sticky, slimy stuff... sometimes at high velocity. Protect your floors, rugs and more with our two-sided laminated splat mat. When not in use, it folds away into a handy carrying case, which means you can also tote it along to protect the spaces you are visiting with your little mess maker. Good thing they look so cute creating all this chaos!

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