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Gypsy Romance: 3-D Triangle Pillows

Wednesday, 16 March 2011 9:00

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Truth be told, these pillows are not actually triangles, they are tetrahedrons. But not only is that impossible to say, it sounds like a scary flying dinosaur - not what it really is: a cute pyramid pillow. We found these unique pillow forms from online resource, Downlite. Each pillow (we provide templates for a small 14" and a large 16") is made up of 16 triangles, and because we paid extra attention in Geometry class, we were able to come up with a layout that, when folded and stitched together into its final 3-D shape, has different patterns aligned at every seam. Like a little tetrahedron Rubik's Cube.

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Accessories We Love: Janome Ribbon Sewing Guide

Tuesday, 15 March 2011 9:00

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Here is your word for the day: plethora. As in, "a whole bunch." As in, "With such a plethora of ribbon options on the market today, why would I want even more?" Because you can. The Janome Ribbon Sewing Guide allows you to stitch directly on ribbon up to 1" wide, so you can personalize the color and design of your ribbon accents and create exactly the look you need.

Gypsy Romance: Patchwork Pom Pom Throw

Monday, 14 March 2011 9:00
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Today begins our Gypsy Romance Series: seven bright, bohemian projects created from Pillow & Maxfield's wonderful Gypsy Bandana fabric collection. We swirl out of the gates wrapped in a lush patchwork throw with pom pom embellishments and velvet accents. The generous 56" x 56" square features nine different fabrics arranged in an explosion of intoxicating color and pattern. Those horizontal strips are actually topstitched in place over the panel seams... so don't be scared off thinking you'll have to do teeny, accurate piecing. In signature S4H style, we make it easy to create a dynamic finished product.

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Accessories We Love: Janome Beading Foot Set

Thursday, 10 March 2011 9:00

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Beads have always been a favorite embellishment of mine. I think it's because they can add dimension and texture and color in one fell swoop. But my-oh-my, putting them on is a struggle and a half. Hand sewing in an option, if you have a few spare days. And machine sewing can be like trying to ride your bike over a field of BBs (no... I haven't actually done that, but I know it would be tricky and very slippery). Luckily for me (and my bicycle), our friends at Janome have a cool set of presser feet made exactly for what I want to do: quickly attach strands of beads of various widths. Can a glittering gown for next year's Oscars be far behind?!

Creative People We Love: The Crafty Chica, Kathy Cano-Murillo

Tuesday, 08 March 2011 9:00

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We recently met a force of nature. This woman creates on so many fronts, I secretly suspect she has an extra set of arms, one of which has a glue gun surgically implanted. Color, life and laughter sparkle from her pores. I'm talking about Kathy Cano-Murillo, better known as The Crafty Chica.

Grocery List/Coupon Holder on Lanyard

Wednesday, 02 March 2011 9:00

Click to EnlargeThings to do today: 1) Make cool grocery list/coupon holder from Sew4Home; 2) With increased level of organization from said cool grocery list/coupon holder, complete chores in record time; 3) Eat chocolates; 4) Send any leftover chocolates to Sew4Home. I think that pretty much covers it. Our cute little case has a perfectly-sized vinyl window pocket that displays your shopping list, a handy credit card pocket on the opposite side and a zippered inside pouch to hold coupons and more. Yes... you can sew vinyl with your home sewing machine!

Products We Love: The Gypsy Gripper Cutting Tools

Tuesday, 01 March 2011 9:00

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The first time I saw the original Gypsy Gripper™, I thought it was a giant purple telephone sitting on my sister's cutting table. "Have you been calling Barney the Dinosaur on your toy phone?" I wondered out loud. But... wait a minute, there's no cord. There's no antenna. That's not a phone! What is it? It's a lifesaver that's what it is. If you do any rotary cutting, you will love the Gypsy Gripper™ tools. They suction, I mean REALLY suction, onto your ruler or template so you can hold it in place securely and safely while you cut.

Scrap It: Pendleton Wool Eyeglass/Sunglass Case

Monday, 28 February 2011 10:00

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I've worn glasses since I was about eight years old, which means I have absolutely no memory of what it is like to wake up and be able to see across the room. It also means, I'm a big fan of the eyeglass case because it's the best way I've found to keep track of my eyeglasses or sunglasses. Plus, it protects them when I need to toss a pair of into my bag. This fast and easy project would also make a perfect gift or a craft fair/boutique item to sell. I say this since everyone I showed my sample to wanted to keep it! We added a cute dangling fob made of of leather and beads

How To Create A Blind Hem

Thursday, 24 February 2011 1:00

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A blind hem is exactly what it sounds like: a hem with stitches you barely notice. It's perfect for window coverings or anywhere you want a clean finished edge. When I first started sewing, attaining a perfect blind hem was like finding the Holy Grail. And then a funny thing happened, I practiced it a few times, and realized it was really easy. It's sort of like learning to use chopsticks – at first it seems so awkward and difficult and then, suddenly, it's second nature. Try a blind hem and you'll never drop a wad of sticky rice in your lap again.

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Reversible Ribbon Belt

Friday, 18 February 2011 9:00

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Belts are fun to make. They're fast and easy, and use just a tiny bit of fabric or, in this case, just a few yards of ribbon! This particular project is double the fun because the belt is reversible. We show you two different ways to stitch and turn so the belt ends are finished and the side seams super flat. Try one for your own wardrobe, as a gift for any occasion, or as an item to make and sell.

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