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Simply Color by Vanessa Christenson for Moda: Coin Purse

Monday, 10 September 2012 3:00

If we must say so ourselves (and sometimes we must), these little coin purses are about as adorable as they come! Not only do they get five stars on the cuteness chart, they are super easy to make. Make one for yourself (because you deserve it!), then make a bundle for your friends. They are the perfect fast and fun gift. Fill them with coins and gift cards, tasty treats or other little goodies. The happy colors and patterns of Simply Color by Vanessa Christenson for Moda Fabrics are mix-and-match heaven. We selected motifs in Sweet Tangerine, Eggplant and Lime green for our coin purse trio. We have eye-poppin' colors and patterns for the exteriors and an awesome matching chevron stripe on the inside of all three to tie them together as a set. Spare change just got a whole lot more fun!

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Simply Color by Vanessa Christenson for Moda: Vanessa's Pretty Petals Guest Tutorial

Thursday, 06 September 2012 3:00
Vanessa does beautiful appliqué work (take a look at that gorgeous bag above!), and knowing how busy she is... I figured she'd have a few tips and tricks up her sleeve that allow her to speed up the process. "You betcha!" she said! Well.... she might not have said, "you betcha," she might have just said, "okay," but, she was hap-hap-happy to help. So, today, we are very pleased to bring you a wonderful appliqué guest tutorial from Vanessa herself. She gives you step-by-step instructions to create fast-and-easy, finished-edge appliqué elements you can use to build into your own wonderful designs, like the dramatic dahlia above or whatever else your creativity imagines. 

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Simply Color by Vanessa Christenson for Moda: Kid's Laundry Duffle

Wednesday, 05 September 2012 3:00

Just like that crafty Mary Poppins, sometimes you need to sweeten the pot to get chores done. We scaled down our laundry duffle to kid size, making it easy to fill and carry into the laundry room. Plus, the super-cute appliqué on the front leaves no doubt about what needs to be done with the bag's contents! Inside is an easy-care mesh lining, so odors and dampness stay at a minimum. And the bright green baby pom pom trim is the perfect finishing touch. But wait... there's more: we've included both a free downloadable appliqué template as well as a special bonus design download for our S4H friends with embroidery machines. Whip one up in the favorite colors of each little mess-maker in your life. The Simply Color collection by Vanessa Christenson for Moda is filled with bright and beautiful choices, from Spicy Hot Pink to Eggplant - Sweet Tangerine to Lime Green.

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Simply Color by Vanessa Christenson: Preshrinking 101

Tuesday, 04 September 2012 3:00

Here's a common scenario: you buy a new garment, wear it once, wash it once, and... it is now two sizes too small! Some of us also use this phenomenon to explain why our once-favorite pants no longer fit. Although extra bowls of ice cream are likely the culprit in scenario #2, the guilty party behind scenario #1 is: improper preshrinking! Garment manufacturers often cut corners by skipping the preshrinking step in their construction process. You shouldn't make the same mistake. In the world of sewing and quilting, the ongoing great debate is: "Do you preshrink (or prewash) fabric before sewing with it or not?!" We’ve done our famous S4H research on the subject, and the resounding advice from professionals, and those who have learned the hard way (yes... we're in that bunch) is YES! Read on for the details, methods and best products to try. 

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Simply Color by Vanessa Christenson for Moda: Garment Covers

Monday, 03 September 2012 3:00

Welcome to our latest series with Moda Fabrics, celebrating the new Simply Color collection by Vanessa Christenson. I was excited to get to meet Vanessa at Spring Quilt Market in Kansas City, and talk with her about our plans for this series. Even though she was getting over a bad head cold, she was just delightful. I would caption her photo, "Bundle o' Creative Energy." As the doting mama to four little darlings, Vanessa somehow also finds time to be a designer, author, quilter, sewer... oh for goodness sakes, let's just say: doer of many things. One of Vanessa's passions is organizing. She admits she doesn't always win the clutter war, but she loves to do battle. So, we decided our Simply Color series would have an organizational theme. We kick off two weeks of colorful inspiration today with our easy Garment Covers. These are a great way to keep clothes clean and dust-free in your closet. Many folks leave dry cleaning bags on garments, but watch out... these plastic bags can cause fabrics to yellow and many emit unhealthy chemical fumes. Plus, they've long been known to be a hazard to children and pets. Our covers are reusable and washable. They finish at approximately 32", but you could certainly extend or shorten the length of the skirt to best match the items in your wardrobe. 

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Pillow Personality with Fairfield Processing: Secret Pocket Pillow

Friday, 24 August 2012 3:00

All our projects here at Sew4Home focus on the fabric, because the right combination of color and design makes all the difference between a project that turns out so-so and one that is decidedly so-cool. But every so often, a fabric arrives in our hands that demands to be made into something particularly unique. Such was the case when we received a Layer Cake of Moda's collection, Get A Clue With Nancy Drew®. Senior Designer, Alicia Thommas took one look at this collection, and memories flooded back of hiding under the covers with a flashlight to read just one more chapter of The Secret of the Old Clock or The Clue of the Velvet Mask. And so... today's Secret Pocket Pillow was born. Hidden in the pillow's four patchwork quadrants are four pockets to hold your most secret treasures.

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Pillow Personality with Fairfield Processing: Playful Stuffed Crocodile

Wednesday, 22 August 2012 3:00

"Tick Tock, Cap'n... Tick, Tock... someone is coming!" I don't know about you, but I spent a good chunk of my childhood hoping, wishing, dreaming I could fly like Peter Pan. I never actually jumped off the roof of the garden shed, but... I climbed up there and thought about it! Today, our Pillow Personality is: Playful. We've created a wonderfully sneaky crocodile, our homage to the creepy croc in Peter Pan who was forever stalking Captain Hook. Minky Dot and low nap fleece are the perfect pair for the top and bottom of Mr. Croc. Two widths of rick rack form his teeth and spine. And, we chose Fairfield's luxuriously silky Poly-Fil® Supreme Fiberfill as our stuffing. The texture is wonderful for toys, plus it's washable and non-allergenic. Although he looks complex, our crocodile takes just a little while. And, the pattern is a free download! "I was never to see Peter Pan again. Now I tell his story to my children and they will tell it to their children, and so it will go on - for all children grow up... Except one."

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Pillow Personality with Fairfield Processing: How to Make and Attach Piping For Pillows & More

Tuesday, 21 August 2012 3:00

Search the Internet for “how to make piping," and you're likely to find yourself smack dab in the middle of a cake decorating class. It seems learning to pipe frosting into something decorative is a highly sought-after skill. Well, so is making and attaching piping to sewn projects! Watch out, cake decorators; next time you search, you'll find yourself smack dab in the middle of a Sew4Home tutorial.   

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Pillow Personality with Fairfield Processing: Piped Bench Cushion

Monday, 20 August 2012 3:00

A bench cushion is one of the top projects new sewers list as the decorating puzzle that finally got them thinking about making something on their own rather than buying. Standard bench cushions are certainly available in stores, but I think we can all agree that they never, ever, ever fit right. This is a hard-and-fast truth, just like Jamoca® Almond Fudge is the best Baskins-Robbins® ice cream flavor is a truth (don't cross me on this one... I used to work there in high school!). 

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Pillow Personality with Fairfield Processing: EZ Zippered Pet Bed

Friday, 17 August 2012 3:00

No pillow series would be complete without a little something for the furry members of the family. Official test-pup, Sandy the Welsh Corgi, declared it to be the perfect place to catch 40 (to 400) winks. There's an easy-to-insert plastic zipper in one side so you can remove the cover and toss it in the wash. The finished size is about 27" x 36", which makes it good for a small to medium size dog or a couple giant cats. You can expand, or reduce, the dimensions as needed to best fit your best friend.

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