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Noel Home: Color-Popping Pom-Pom Garland

Thursday, 16 December 2010 9:00

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Poms away! Our Noel Home projects feature a plethora of poms. They were so fun to make and such bouncy and happy little fellas when done, we simply couldn't stop with only the snowball poms on our holiday projects. Back to the craft store we went for an armful of jewel tone yarn. This project is done completely by hand; no need to turn on the sewing machine. In fact, it's a great activity to do in front of the TV or while waiting for the kids to finish practice.

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Noel Home: Make-It-In-Minutes: Bits & Pieces Quilted Coasters

Wednesday, 15 December 2010 9:00

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A sparkling diamond ring (so lovely). The coveted brass ring (so tempting). The mythical Lord of the Rings (that Elf was so handsome). The unsightly furniture ring (note to self: keep Uncle Frank away from the antique sideboard). If you hate rings on your furniture, you'll love these coasters. A sewing project doesn't get much easier than this one; just cut, stitch, press. I made all four of our samples in under an hour, and I was stopping to take pictures!

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Accessories We Love: Janome Rotary Even Foot Set

Tuesday, 14 December 2010 10:00

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The Janome Rotary Even Foot Set is a nifty little tractor foot with five attachments. It's like a little sewing machine tank rolling over your fabric. By switching out the attachments, you can use it for: blind hemming, joining, attaching bias binding, making rolled hems, even matching stripes and plaids or keeping plush fabrics like polar fleece from shifting. I think if I delved a little deeper into all the possibilities, I might be able to figure out how to use it to bake a cake.

Noel Home: Simply Sweet Tea Towels

Monday, 13 December 2010 9:00

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Pretty little pleats make our holiday tea towels simply sweet. I'm voting for this project to win the award for Fave Seasonal Gift Idea. It really has it all: fast and easy to make, fun to mix and match with various fabrics and ribbons, and absolutely lovely to look at when finished and pressed to present.

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Noel Home: A Trio of Pillow Pleasures: Tufted, Triangled and Down-Filled with Poms

Friday, 10 December 2010 9:00

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Ask anyone to name the number one home décor project, and nine out ten people will answer: 'a pillow.' We're guessing that tenth person is the same guy who's always throwing off those surveys in which nine out of ten dentists agree about something. Never happy, that guy. No matter; we're delighted to stick with the majority and give you a trio of terrific holiday pillows to try. All of ours were made from fabric scraps leftover from our other Noel Home projects. But, I've listed yardages, as well as the names of the actual fabric we used, should you want to start from scratch. Let's show ol' one-out-of-ten the decorating power of pillows!

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Country Lane Round Pom-Pom Placemats: Guest Tutorial by Bari J. Ackerman

Thursday, 09 December 2010 10:00

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We're so excited to have Bari J. Ackerman back in the house! She has returned with another fun tutorial for us. From her Keeping it Real Sewing Patterns™ by Bari J.™, comes a fun set of circular placemats fringed with pom-poms. Bari also spent some time chatting with us about the inspiration behind her latest fabric collection, Country Lane, her first experience with her very own booth at the Houston Quilt Market, and exciting news about her debut association with Lecien Fabrics and a new book coming out in January.

Noel Home: Sturdy, Stylin' Firewood Carrier

Wednesday, 08 December 2010 9:00

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"The weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful." Problem is, you can only sing if you have enough wood to keep the fire burning bright. That's where our holiday firewood tote comes in... literally. Use it to haul in a generous load of wood. We used a double layer of tough indoor/outdoor fabric, which is not only sturdy, but also stain and water resistant. And those dowel-pocket handles look fancy, but are super easy to sew. This would be a great gift for all the lumberjacks on your list.

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Noel Home: French Country Apron with Matching Headscarf

Monday, 06 December 2010 9:00

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Outside our petite chateau, vineyards stretch toward the foothills of the snow capped Pyrennes. Magnifique! The sweet au pair, in her matching apron and scarf, has arrived with our cocoa. Huh? What? Oh, sorry, I fell asleep again watching Johnny Depp in Chocolat. But, our apron and scarf are still magnifique. Especially since the apron is reversible. With its pretty bound edge and tidy ties, this charming holiday apron is beautiful inside and out... just like you (and Johnny Depp)!

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Dual-Duty Reversible Coasters by Tammy Hensley

Friday, 03 December 2010 9:00

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A package arrived in the mail for us several weeks ago. In it were four lovely coasters from our friend, Tammy Hensley. You may remember Tammy from the Creative People We Love article we did about her back on November 9th. You might even recall a little photo we used of a set of her clever coasters. Little did we know we'd soon be the proud recipients of our very own 'Dual Duty Coasters.' Better still, Tammy was happy to share her original instructions with everyone here at Sew4Home.

An Interview with Fabric & Pattern Designers Bonnie & Camille

Wednesday, 01 December 2010 9:00

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"A fifth generation quilter." When I first heard this description of Camille Roskelly, I imagined a tiny little lady in a pillbox hat and gloves... like that precious grandma in the Tweety Bird® cartoons. Stereotype, right? Sorry about that. And, I've surely been taken to task, especially after meeting the young (26), lovely (how does she keep her hair so perfect?), and pregnant (baby boy number three) Camille at The Creative Connection conference in Minneapolis this past September. I was lucky enough to take one of her classes to create a sweet set of hot pads in the gorgeous Bliss fabric collection by Bonnie & Camille for Moda. Not a pillbox hat in sight. Then, I learned the 'Bonnie' of Bonnie & Camille was her mother, Bonnie Olaveson. Also youthful and lovely, and the very proud grandma to nine (Camille's new bundle will make it an even ten). So much familial talent and beauty! I just had to find out more about this trendy yet traditional team.

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