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Foamology 102: Displaying a Custom Quilt Block with Soft Design Foam

Wednesday, 18 June 2014 1:00

Yesterday we introduced you to Foamology™ by Fairfield. This is is a new craft product that gives you a quick way to mount fabric so it displays as custom wall décor. Choose from sets of large foam blocks, pattern cut blocks or even kits of smaller blocks you can assemble on the wall to form unique three-dimensional patterns. Yesterday we explained how you could use the foam tiles to feature large embroidery stitchouts. Today, we're showing how we created one of our favorite quilt blocks as a wrapped display - perfect sewing room art!

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Foamology 101: How to Turn Favorite Embroidery Samples into Instant Wall Art

Tuesday, 17 June 2014 1:00

We'll start off by saying Foamology™ is not a subject you'll learn at University, but this innovative décor product would be perfect for decorating a dorm room. Foamology™ is a new product from Fairfield; a company that knows all about fillers and foam. It's a dense foam pre-cut into a variety of sizes and shapes. These resulting tiles are available in both rigid and soft styles and feature a stickybase™ self-adhesive back for easy covering and wall mounting. We were asked to take a look at the product and immediately saw it could be a fun option for displaying embroidery design stitchouts, turning thread art into wall art to decorate your home. 

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Hexagon Pillow with Wraparound Cording Plus Round & Square Companions: Waverly World

Monday, 16 June 2014 1:00

Sometimes a project has a distinct front and back. Other times, you want it to be pretty from all sides. We welcome you back to Waverly World with a set of elegant pillows that feature wraparound cording for a unique, all-around-gorgeous result. Our newest S4H sponsor, Waverly is a lifestyle brand you know from your favorite home store; encompassing window treatments, wall coverings, bedding, bath and table linens, storage accessories, and more. But what started it all is the Waverly fabric line, which dates back to 1923 and is still an industry trendsetter. We selected two coordinated prints from the Indigo colorway within their home décor fabric collection to create a trio of pillows in three distinct shapes: hexagon, round and square.

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Chill Out Cooling Neck Wraps for Adults, Kids & Dogs

Friday, 13 June 2014 1:00

One of the very best quick-cooling spots on your body is your neck. This is because there are blood vessels very close to the surface of your skin. These are called pulse points. Applying a moist compress to these pulse points helps you cool down quickly and easily. That's the job of our Chill Out Neck Wraps, which use water absorbing crystals for cooling power. You may have seen versions of these online or in stores. They have become quite popular because they are comfy to wear, hold their chill for hours, and are fast and inexpensive to make. We've added our own S4H style with more functional, tube-like cooling pockets and a template for rounded ends.

Gypsy Romance Soft Shoulder Bag

Thursday, 12 June 2014 1:00

What are gypsies often known for? Traveling. And what do you need for traveling? A beautiful bag. Our soft and slouchy boho bag blends five different fabric designs from within one collection plus one accent solid into the ultimate dramatic statement. Color, pattern and texture combine from all sides. Lightweight batting between the layers helps keep the shape without losing the cush. And a row of perky pom poms along the top edge marks this as one super creative carry-all.

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How to Insert a Magnetic Snap Closure

Wednesday, 11 June 2014 1:00

The magnetic snap is indispensable to the construction of purses, totes and bags. We've used them on dozens of Sew4Home projects and decided it was high time the technique had its very own tutorial. As with many notions and tools that add a unique professional finish, the steps for their use are themselves not necessarily difficult. The secret is having the time and patience to go through the instructions in the correct order, and with extra precision in your marking and measuring. 

How to Insert a Turn or Twist Lock Closure

Tuesday, 10 June 2014 1:00

The turn or twist lock closure is one of those finishing touches that looks so professional, it fools you into thinking it must be crazy hard to install. We're here to bust that myth wide open. We used this closure on our Ribbon Flap Shoulder Bag with Renaissance Ribbons. Centered within one of the ribbons, this little lock completed the bag with high-end style. Read on to see the easy steps to follow. The trick is to measure one, twice, three times to insure both halves of the closure are perfectly placed.

ScrapBusters: Patchwork Bound Washcloths

Monday, 09 June 2014 1:00

It's ScrapBusters time, and today we're targeting some of the smaller pieces in your bag of favorite fabric bits. Our project takes the ordinary washcloth to the next level by adding a very pretty patchwork bound edge. We created a standard single fold bias binding and attached it in the traditional two-step method to a soft terry cloth center. There are links within the article below to full tutorials on both making and attaching bias binding. The extra-special part is how the binding is created from a patchworked panel. Pull out some of your favorite skinny scraps, piece them together side by side, then cut the bias strips from this assembled fabric panel. 

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Safari Duffle in Canvas & Faux Leather

Friday, 06 June 2014 1:00

Can't you picture Harrison Ford slinging this amazing duffle over his shoulder as Indiana Jones?! We blended heavy canvas and faux leather with webbing and brass zipper accents for the dashing exterior. Inside is a tough rip-stop nylon lining. Even if you're not a world-renowned archeologist and adventurer, this bag is is great way to pack your stuff, whether you're heading across town to the gym or getting away for the weekend. Father's Day is coming up, and this would make a very nice gift for your personal action hero. The combination of fabrics, colors and textures has the perfect feel – a little bit retro and a whole lot cool (just like Dad).  

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Top 10 Advanced Sewing Machine Features: What to Look for When You're Shopping for Your Dream Machine

Thursday, 05 June 2014 1:00

Here at Sew4Home, we've always said a good quality sewing machine is your most important creative tool. No matter what level you're at, you should always buy the best machine you can afford. We recently outlined a list of suggestions about entry-level or mid-range models: Top Top Five Things to Remember About How to Shop For & Buy a Sewing Machine. But what about when you're shopping for one of the top-of-the-line models? 

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