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How to Sew on Buttons by Machine

Wednesday, 31 March 2010 9:00

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Sewing on buttons by hand is one of my least favorite tasks. But, I LOVE using buttons on my projects. I had a dilemma. That's why I was so excited when I learned how easy it is to sew buttons using my sewing machine – and you don't need a fancy one to do it. As long as your sewing machine can do a zigzag stitch, and the feed dogs can be lowered, you can sew on buttons galore by machine!

Love That Fabric: March

Tuesday, 30 March 2010 9:00

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This month, Sew4Home kicks off a new monthly feature: Love That Fabric! Finding the perfect fabric for a project is immensely satisfying and often the difference between so-so and so-fabulous results. We look at a lot of fabric when planning S4H projects, and reluctantly have to bypass gorgeous collections because we just can't use them all. Each month we'll post a few new fabrics that really caught our attention and had our project wheels turning. They are all 'stash-worthy' – fabrics worth owning for their future possibilities. If you love them, get them while you can. Because like fashionable apparel, popular fabrics come and go; at some point even the most amazing fabrics are no longer in stores or online.

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Woodland Delight: 9-Pocket Door Caddy for Jewels and Lingerie

Monday, 29 March 2010 9:00

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For years I had an "unmentionables drawer." This had a double-meaning (double entendre for my fancy-schmancy friends): I kept my unmentionables in there (undies and the like), but it was also a drawer I preferred not to mention because it was such a MESS. I was always digging around, looking for something, tossing things about like a giant salad. Yikes! This easy over-the-door, nine-pocket caddy is much better at keeping my fine-wear and lingerie tidy and within reach. Plus, the Woodland Delight fabric is so bright and fun. You could also use the big pockets for larger jewelry, like beads and bangles. Even lightweight active wear, such as yoga tops and running shorts could be easily stashed.

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S4H Hearts Paula Prass' Woodland Delight Quilt

Friday, 26 March 2010 9:00

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We traditionally do all our own designs here at Sew4Home, but when Paula Prass, one of our favorite fabric designers, offered to let us post her beautiful Woodland Delight quilt pattern, we jumped at the chance. She's selected eight fabrics from within her collection and laid them out in a random patchwork design that is simply stunning. Brown, pink, orange and gray play out in mod flowers, graphic zig-zags, lacy blooms, and random pebble stones. It's a wonderful mixture of color and pattern that will bring a burst of color into any room. And .... it's FREE.

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An Interview with Fabric Designer, Paula Prass

Thursday, 25 March 2010 9:00

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Here at Sew4Home we are all about the fabric. It's our number one source of inspiration, and one of our favorite designers of this inspiration is Paula Prass. We've used pieces from both of her original collections: Flights of Fancy and Summer Soiree. But went totally hog-wild when we received fabric cuts from her latest group: Woodland Delight. Paula took a few minutes out of her busy schedule to chat with us, and you, about home décor sewing, fabric design, interior design, and a quilt that made her cry.

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Sweet Softies: Eggy Pop

Wednesday, 24 March 2010 9:00

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Just in time for Easter, meet our Sweet Softies friend, Eggy Pop. I dare you to look at Eggy for any length of time without smiling. Nubby chenille combines with the smooth, retro-inspired cotton of Heather Bailey's Nicey Jane for a sweet and soft vintage look, like a treasured stuffed toy you might have found in Grandma's attic. The super-plush minky we used for his hands, feet, legs, top knot and beak make our darling Eggy irresistibly squeezable.

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French Desk Set: Blotter

Tuesday, 23 March 2010 9:00

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A desk blotter is a bit of a throw back when you consider most work areas these days have a computer or laptop front and center. But, our French Desk Set collection is very traditional, and so a classic blotter was a must. The surface is a custom-cut piece of non-glare glass, which makes a wonderful writing surface and allows you to see Moda's beautiful French General fabric underneath. We've incorporated gripper fabric into the design, and between that and the weight of the glass, it ain't goin' nowhere ... whether you're furiously scribbling a missive or penning an elegant thank you.

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French Desk Set: Journal Cover

Friday, 19 March 2010 9:00

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Did you have a diary as a kid? I did. I just wasn't ever very good at it: 'Dear Diary, School was boring today. When I got home, I ate crackers and watched TV. It was a good day.' Yep, pretty scintillating stuff. However, if I'd had something as lovely as this French General Journal in which to pen my deepest thoughts, I'm sure it would have been much better: 'Dearest Diary, Today was an educational minefield. When at last I made it back to the safety of hearth and home, I was able to relax with both sustenance and entertainment at the ready. Stupendous all around.' Try it for yourself. Turn a plain spiral notebook into your own inspiring journal with our step-by-step instructions.

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Fascinating Fasteners

Thursday, 18 March 2010 10:00

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Fasteners are generally not the most glamorous notions on your list, but they are very hard workers and necessary to many projects. Sometimes you just need a functional closure; other times you want a cool way to attach one thing to another, like a fancy buckle on a pillow front, or an innovative tie-back for your curtains. We've compiled a list of commonly found fasteners to introduce you to the potential of these all-around accents.

French Desk Set: Fabric Matted Frame

Tuesday, 16 March 2010 10:00

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After covering this plain mat with a scrap of the stunning French General Rounneries Oiseaux Bird Roche fabric used in our French Desk Set, we gave it a vintage feel with a few bits of trim and one cute flea market button. Including repainting the frame, this project took 30 minutes.

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