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Water Bottle Sling: Weekend Wonders Returns with Fabric.com

Wednesday, 25 September 2013 1:00

The Northwest is a walking, running and biking mecca. We love to get out and about, even in the drizzle for which we are famous. But I must admit, when I see these people clutching a water bottles, it seems rather uncomfortable. There are so many other things to do with your hands: carry a pair of binoculars, hold a loved one's hand, push a stroller, grab a cup of coffee. Weekend Wonders with Fabric.com has the answer: our easy-to-make, shoulder sling water bottle carrier. The inside is lined with cozy fleece for a bit of hot/cold protection and to help absorb condensation. The shoulder strap is super long so you can wear it cross-body: keep it at hand when you need it; sweep it out of the way when you don't. We also added a tiny pocket on the front, fussy cut to be nearly invisible, and just big enough for some cards, cash and keys, giving you a great all-on-one carrier. 

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Stylish Monogrammed Weekender Tote: Weekend Wonders Returns with Fabric.com

Tuesday, 24 September 2013 1:00

I love today's weekender tote because it combines some of my favorite types of fabrics: natural, nubby twill, soft faux suede, and happy gingham for a pop of color and pattern. As part of our Weekend Wonders Returns series with Fabric.com, today's tote is the first of a trio of travel storables in this fantastic blend of fabrics. It has the perfect soft feel, which also makes it extremely packable. Not so soft and slouchy that it puddles on the floor, but also not so stiff that it seems to stand at attention if you set it down. Fill it up for a weekend getaway. Take it with you on your weekend shopping excursions. Or use it to carry your sewing and craft projects. One of the things we love about shopping at Fabric.com is the ability to choose from so many kinds of fabric: from crisp cotton to cuddly fleece, wipe-clean laminates to dress-me-up silks.

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Colorful, Zippered Pencil Cases: Weekend Wonders Returns with Fabric.com

Monday, 23 September 2013 1:00

It's the Return of Weekend Wonders with Fabric.com. Our first WW series was over a year ago, but it has remained as one of the favorite sources of inspiration sponsored by our friends at Fabric.com. These are great projects you can whip out in a weekend, and this time around, they're also great projects to use on your weekend. Like today's zippered pouches. We call them pencil cases, but they're really anything-little-thing-you-can-fit-inside-them cases. The zipper opens up wide through the middle to corral all sorts of items. Use one as the perfect little makeup bag, an on-the-go toddler kit with snacks and wipes, an essentials pouch to toss in your gym bag, and of course they make a super awesome pencil case. 

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Looking Good From The Inside Out: A Seam Finishes Re-cap

Friday, 20 September 2013 1:00

"Give us the tools and we will finish the job." Winston Churchill. One of the signs of a truly well-made project is that it looks nearly as good on the inside as it does on the outside. Finishing a project's inside raw edges will not only elevate the final appearance, it will also elevate your sewing skills to a new level. In general, the purpose of any seam finish is to prevent fray-prone fabrics from raveling beyond the seam, leaving a hole in your sewn project. It also helps to reduce bulk on certain fabrics, like fleece. And, finishing stitches always provide added strength to a seam and the fabric edge. However, it's often just about the look, and most professionals recommend you even finish fabrics that don’t appear to require it.

Love That Fabric: Fun Fall Finds

Thursday, 19 September 2013 1:00

Summer yields to autumn this Sunday. In reality, September is the last month of summer, but I start thinking about flannel and plaid the minute I flip over the August calendar page. With every seasonal change, my color preferences shift; autumn goes to pumpkin, eggplant, olive and warm gray, plus my every-season fave: turquoise. Before it gets to the projected 90ºF this afternoon, this slightly foggy, cool morning has me inspired to go on a Love That Fabric hunt. See our Fun Fall Finds…

Skirted Sewing Machine Cover

Wednesday, 18 September 2013 1:00

In honor of National Sewing Month, maybe you should do something sweet for your trusty sewing machine, like make it a little outfit! Many sewing machines come with a cover; some are hard plastic, some are soft vinyl... none are particularly pretty. Since I believe all my sewing machines have their own personalities, I think they deserve their own personalized covers to keep them protected from dust and sun exposure when not in use. Besides, these hard-working machines make so much stuff for us, the least we can do is make a little something for them! Our sample cover was created for my Janome Memory Craft 5200, a very standard-sized machine. This Janome is my mid-range model and is a real sweetie-pie. She deserved a cover with a kicky bottom ruffle and a bright turquoise ribbon accent. The fabric is the cheery red and white brights of Moda's Half Moon Modern.

Products We Love: Dritz Home Fashion Grommets

Monday, 16 September 2013 1:00

THIS GREAT GIVEAWAY CLOSED 9/23/13. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED. 

A hole is simply a circle with depth. Cover the edges with a ring, and it becomes... a grommet! Here are Sew4Home, we are grommet fans, or as we prefer to be called: "grommeteers." Grommets look great, adding texture and dimension. But they're also quite functional, providing a stable opening for a rod or a channel for cording. We've all seen metal ones, and they certainly have their place, but today, we're talkin' fashion grommets from Dritz® Home. These easy plastic grommets have been around for a few years, and we've used them on a number of our projects, but the color selection was pretty basic. Recently, Dritz® amped up the options to include dozens of cool colors, designs, sizes, and added an octagon shape as well as the standard circle. Trace, cut, insert and snap together. It's as easy as that! There are no special tools required, just a pen and scissors. Let's make some holes! And, if you are a S4H Newsletter Subscriber, you could win your own package to try. We'll draw three winners!

Eclectic Elements by Tim Holtz for Coats - Time Flies Quilt

Thursday, 12 September 2013 1:00

Today's project has already won the Sew4Home Most Beautiful Quilt Award and we're betting it may also be a Most Popular Quilt winner. The different and unique motifs in the Eclectic Elements collection are a quilter's dream. You can isolate and piece together all these interesting little bits into a wonderful quilting collage. All the great shapes are also an inspirational bonanza for the final quilting. Seamstress, Michele Mishler really went to town on our sample, outlining the clock faces and butterflies, and doing some great free-motion stippling in the solid areas. This is not a basic quilt. If you have little or no quilting experience, you might want to browse through our Project Index first and start with some easier quilts. You could also review our five-part series on quilting basics that begins here with Tools, Notions and Other Stuff You Need to Start. But if you're already into quilting, this is a design you're going to want to put on your list along with the Eclectic Elements fabric. 

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Eclectic Elements by Tim Holtz for Coats - Banded Trio of Pencil Cups

Wednesday, 11 September 2013 1:00

Over the years, the constant on my desk has been the pencil cup my oldest daughter made for me in preschool from a soup can and construction paper. I'll never get rid of it, or the My Little Pony® pencil that came with it. But over the years, I have added some elegant versions by its side, like today's trio of pencil cups in Eclectic Elements. The vintage designs of this collection are the perfect choice since since pencils and pens themselves seem to have become part of the vintage world in today's iPad® driven environment. I still love my pencils and pens, and as long as I have soup cans and cool fabric, I have a way to make new ways to keep them on display. This banded set would also make a great gift, and could be your own little statement for maintaining a presence in the digital world for the classic pencil and pen.

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Eclectic Elements by Tim Holtz for Coats - Fabric Wallet

Tuesday, 10 September 2013 1:00

Someone told me the other day he believed money would soon become completely digital and we'd be trading electronic credits online. It's happening already to a limited extent with Bitcoins, but it still seems so sci-fi to me. I think I'll hold on to a wallet for now, like today's pretty Eclectic Elements version. I like having physical money with me; a couple paper dollars and some coins just makes me feel happy. I think it goes back to being a kid, when every dime and quarter you hoarded put you that much closer to a giant gum ball from the shiny red dispenser. I still get a little thrill when I find a quarter in my coat pocket, although I worry what a gum ball would do now to my dental work.

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