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Teen Pretty Pack: Sleep-over Pillowcase

Thursday, 10 February 2011 9:00

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What do teens like better than sleeping 'til noon? Sleeping over with friends... where there is usually no actual sleeping until noon. Perhaps this pretty pillowcase will tempt them into dreamland. It's a version of our favorite easy-as-pie instructions we've used a number of times to create pillowcases for holidays and other special occasions. The main difference this time is we only made one case, and we cut separate pieces for the front and back of the main body, requiring three full seams instead of just two. But that extra seam was worth it, because it allowed us to feature the beautiful flying birds of the Bonnes Aimies fabric swooping right through the middle.

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Teen Pretty Pack - Minky Marshmallow Bound Blanket

Tuesday, 08 February 2011 9:00

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We have a small series starting today called Teen Pretty Pack, three easy projects that would be perfect additions to a teen bedroom. Actually, we'll let you put them in any bedroom you want. All three feature gorgeous fabrics and super soft Minky accents. To start things off is this easy big bound blanket. At nearly five feet square, there's plenty of cuddle room for all. In fact, our Official Cushiness Tester, Big Ollie the orange cat, certified it as worthy of non-stop pushy-pulley paw kneading and a ten on the purr-o-meter.

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Valentine's Day: Hoopla Pre-Cuts: Gathering Apron

Monday, 07 February 2011 9:00

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A little bit frilly, a little bit flirty. Our Valentine's Day apron is bursting with candy heart colors. We made ours from pre-cuts in Hoopla by Moda Fabrics, which allowed us to mix and match a great variety of patterns. It reminds me of opening up my mailbox of little valentines in grade school with all those bright pink, red and purple greetings smiling up at me. Especially that Snoopy® one from my crush, Jimmy. Our design adds three fun drawcord tunnels, which allow you to vertically gather the bodice and the skirt. Cute!

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Top Thread Tips From the Experts at Coats & Clark

Thursday, 03 February 2011 9:00

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One of our very first articles on Sew4Home (way back in the old days of 2009!) was how to go about selecting the right thread for your project. It's still one of the most important topics to talk about; after all, thread is what's holding everything together! We're happy to announce one of the newest S4H supporters is the venerable Coats & Clark - purveyors, for nearly 200 years, of some of the best thread in the business. It was the dawn of the 1800s when Patrick Clark developed a method of twisting cotton yarns together to produce a thread so strong and smooth it could replace the natural silk used in the looms of the day. We worked with Coats & Clark to update our thread information to help you understand not only the standard choices, but some of the specialty options as well.

Valentine's Day: Hoopla Pre-Cuts: Treat Bag Toppers

Wednesday, 02 February 2011 9:00

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Here's a fast and fabulous Valentine's gift idea everyone will love, because it includes both adorable fabric and yummy candy. We created a cellophane bag topper from Charm Pack squares, stitched on a personalized message of love, and sealed it with a secret quick-release basting stitch. When it's finished its job as a bag topper, it can serve as a cute coaster or beautiful bookmark.

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Valentine's Day: Hoopla Pre-Cuts: Box o' Chocolates Heart Pillows

Monday, 31 January 2011 9:00

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This is exactly the project you've been waiting for: the Zero Calorie box of Valentine's chocolate! Our theme of chubby holiday hearts continues with these plump little pillows. We added a pleated chiffon sash across the center to give them the look of the classic heart-shaped boxed of assorted chocolates. Secret Tip: hidden inside layers of batting and muslin keep our hearts smooth and round. They are fast and easy to make and take just small cuts of fabric; use used Fat Quarters of Hoopla by Moda for ours. They'll make a perfect gift for everyone you love, because just like Forrest said, "Life is like a box o' chocolates!"

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Valentine's Day: Hoopla Pre-Cuts: Chubby Heart Coasters

Friday, 28 January 2011 9:00

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This time of year, we're all wearing our hearts on our sleeves. Why not spread the love to a few other items? Today, our chubby cherub hearts perk up a plain square coaster. It's a great project to practice your appliqué skills. We used Charm Pack Squares, which made things very fast and easy. But I bet you could also burrow into your scrap basket and find some cute little pieces that have just been waiting for the opportunity to shine.

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Sewing with Kids Underfoot

Wednesday, 26 January 2011 9:00

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When you have small children at home, your most common question isn't, "How do I make that?" – It's, "How do I make that with a two-year-old and a four-year-old running loose in the house?" (If you have children that age, you should probably stop reading this for a moment and go see what they're up to.) Sewing with little kids underfoot can be a challenge. But if you think ahead and do a little creative planning, you won't have to put away your sewing machine until they're in college. We've collected our best ideas and found some handy expert online resources for fun activities.

Creative People We Love: Izzy & Ivy Designs

Tuesday, 25 January 2011 9:00

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In our third installment of this series, we are happy to introduce you to "The Three Fabri-teers"... that's my name for the trio of very creative women behind Izzy & Ivy Designs. Based in Utah, Shasta Parry, Jana Nielson and Lauralee Billingsley produce a series of absolutely adorable patterns for little girls. Ruffles and flounces, buttons and bows... they make me wish I could still get away with wearing a puffy skirt with four tiers of colorful ruffles... without being mistaken for a giant pastry. The princess skirt on me, maybe not, but one of Izzy & Ivy's signature saucy bags and purses it totally up my alley. These are happy patterns; I think it's because they're designed by such happy and upbeat people. With sixteen children between them, what I see as happiness could simply be lack of sleep, but I think it's really a genuine love of working with their hands to create something fantastic. Shasta, Jana and Lauralee exude an infectious optimism.

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