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Vintage Rescue: The Denim Jacket Pillow

Friday, 18 December 2009 9:00

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Every once in awhile, I'll open my closet and see something that causes me to shake my head and wonder, "What on earth was I thinking, and why do I still have this?!" What seemed like a great idea at the time, would now be fashion suicide should I actually slip it on and leave the house. Sometimes the item goes straight into the Goodwill bag, but there are also times when my Vintage Rescue lightbulb goes on. I see beyond the jacket's silly majorette neckline and wild, stacked cuffs and envision what could be a cool home decor project. My denim jacket lives again as a whimsical throw pillow.

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Last Minute Gift Pillows: Soothing Eye Pillow

Thursday, 17 December 2009 9:00

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Here's a very fast and inexpensive way to create a wonderfully luxurious gift. It uses just tiny amounts of the gorgeous specialty fabrics you see at your local retail store (a quarter yard would yield nine cuts). You could also use up those small pieces of luxury fabric you couldn't bear to throw away from previous projects. It was quite difficult to write this article, because once these beautiful, fragrant, soothing pillows were done, I didn't want to take them off my eyes. A lightly scented filling of rice and flax seeds give them the perfect weight and smell.

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Last Minute Gift Pillows: Relaxing Neck Pillow

Tuesday, 15 December 2009 10:00

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These little bowtie-shaped neck pillows are nice for propping up your noggin when you watch TV in bed or supporting your neck while sleeping. They're easy to create despite the complex-looking shape. A thoughtful gift that takes only about 30 minutes to make.

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Tiny Totes for Terrific Treats

Friday, 11 December 2009 9:00
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It would be an understatement to say we love the handmade gift here at Sew4Home. But even we run short on time during this busiest of seasons. So, how about a store-bought treat in a handmade tote? Of course, we'd still vote for homemade inside handmade (like a riddle wrapped in an enigma), but these tiny, two-tone felt totes are so cute, they'll make anything you put in them just as adorable.

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Visions of Sugarplums Christmas Pillowcase for Kids

Tuesday, 08 December 2009 9:00

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The holidays are all about traditions, so here's a fun idea for a new one to start this year. Whip up a special pair of Christmas pillowcases for each of the kids on Santa's list at your house. This project is super fast and easy, and it uses just 1½ yards of main fabric and ½ yard of contrasting trim fabric. It will be a special day each year when the holiday pillowcases make their appearance on all the beds in the house. Your kids will also love helping to pick out their own special fabrics.

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Kwanzaa Table Mat

Monday, 07 December 2009 9:00

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Kwanzaa is a celebration of family, community and culture that combines traditions from many African cultures. It marks the harvest and emphasizes seven principles of strength: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith. The 'mkeka' is a place mat, on which the mazao, bowls of fruits and vegetables, are placed. It is traditionally made of straw or cloth and represents culture and history. It is the symbolic foundation on which the holiday stands. Our Kwanzaa table mat is based on this tradition.

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Pretty Prints Please: Star Pillow

Friday, 04 December 2009 9:00

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For this very uniquely shaped pillow, we wanted specific parts of our fabric designs showing on each panel. We also wanted each set of coordinating panels to match. To make this happen, we had to ‘fussy cut' the triangles from our fabric, which means we centered our triangle pattern on the exact part of the fabric we wanted to show. We maneuvered the pattern piece until we had our fabric design element centered just the way we liked it. Then we pinned and cut. This process takes more time and more fabric, but the result is a dynamic, perfectly symmetrical pillow.

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Hanukkah Gift or Wine Bag

Thursday, 03 December 2009 9:00

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Hanukkah gift wrap can be very challenging to find. So we decided it would be fun to show you how to make your own. We found some actual Hanukkah fabric at our local Jo-Ann Fabrics, as well as a nice combination of Hanukkah colors: blue velvets, silver cottons and rich gold satin. Then, we combed through our resources for the fastest, easiest gift bag project we could find. Happy Holidays!

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Pretty Prints Please: Cotton Gauze Bed Curtains

Wednesday, 02 December 2009 9:00

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The beautiful, billowy bed curtains we associate with elegance and style, actually have a rather ordinary and functional history. In those drafty old European castles of old, the lord and his family slept in the great hall along with all their servants, because this hall was one of the few areas of the castle where the fires were kept stoked for warmth and light. The noble family's sleeping area was separated from the rest of the riffraff by curtains. Originally, the curtains were hung from the ceiling, but as the bed evolved, a frame was added to support a canopy from which the curtains hung.

Well ... there's nobility involved in that story, which qualifies as 'princessy', which makes them perfect for our teen room makeover. They also add a strong vertical element to counteract the many horizontal surfaces in the room.

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