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Collectible Tins from Fat Quarter Shop: Five Chances to Win!

Friday, 07 October 2016 1:00


Irresistible. That is the word to describe these little tins. I think we all have a pretty-little-box gene that kicks in whenever we see cuteness like this. This gene overrides necessity, and we are driven to find something… anything to fit into the pretty-little-box in order to call it our own. Our friends at Fat Quarter Shop have an incredible selection of collectible tins, each one more irresistible than the next. Best yet – they’re super affordable; most are just a few dollars each! Get ready to fulfill your pretty-little-box cravings. Five lucky Sew4Home visitors are each going to win a set of three tins! 

Personalized Bound Blanket: Fast & Easy Gift Idea

Thursday, 06 October 2016 1:00

There's nothing like a thick, snuggly blanket to make everything better. And, there's nothing easier than our blanket tutorial. A handsome binding in alternating fabrics is set against a field of soft, double-sided fleece. We personalized our project with a name embroidered in one corner. Even if you're brand new to sewing, you can create this blanket in just a couple hours. As we move into the holiday season, it makes our list of the best fast and easy gift ideas. We show the blanket above along with one of our popular Neck Pillows.

Products We Love: The Clover Hot Ruler

Wednesday, 05 October 2016 1:00

Accurate pressing is one of the most important parts of the construction process. Having a tool that holds precise, narrow folds and clean angles is critical. And, if that tool allows you to do that without your fingers getting dangerously close to the iron, it’s a must-have in our book! One of our favorite pressing tools, the Clover Hot Hemmer has a new friend: the Hot Ruler. This 2½” x 10” ruler is part of the Press Perfect collection by Joan Hawley for Clover, and is made of the same super thin, heat resistant nylon fiberboard with a special non-slip surface. 

Insulated Baby Bottle Sleeve

Tuesday, 04 October 2016 1:00

Babies and their entourages (sometimes referred to as parents) are always on the go: to the store, the park, the playgroup, the zoo, anywhere and everywhere. When they're out and about, they like to have their favorite drink nearby. Mom gets her 'Bucks venti half white mocha, half cafe vanilla, ez ice, 2 shots pour appigato style with whip and caramel drizzle frappachino (actual order overheard at one of our local Starbucks®)... baby gets his/her bottle - nicely warmed or chilled, thank you very much. It's an easy request to fill thanks to our baby-on-the-go thermal baby bottle carrier. There's a water resistant PUL lining, a layer of insulating batting, and a super trendy fabric exterior with a handy Velcro® strap.

Sweet Half Apron with Piping and Flap Pocket: In Handmade by Bonnie & Camille

Monday, 03 October 2016 1:00

As sweet as…? You fill in the blank! For our part, we’re going to go with: as sweet as a fresh batch of birthday cupcakes with extra sprinkles. When we saw the new Handmade collection by Bonnie & Camille for Moda Fabric, we knew it was as sweet as that and more! The gorgeous soft colors and quilt-inspired motifs are perfect for a pretty apron. It’s such a wonderfully blended collection that we couldn’t stop with just one, making two matching samples so there’s sweetness to share. 

Pull-Through Scarf in Faux Fur & Matching Cuffed Gloves

Friday, 30 September 2016 1:00

Walk into any store selling clothing or accessories this season, and right there in the front display you will see it: faux fur! It is everywhere, especially these adorable sets of faux fur scarves and gloves. Super trendy: check! Super easy: double check! With a little bit of fur and a little bit of time, you can create beautiful matching scarves and cuffed gloves for yourself and anyone else you know who needs to bundle up. 

Dead Roses Halloween Witch Hat

Thursday, 29 September 2016 1:00

One of my favorite characters in the Warner Bros.® series of cartoons is Witch Hazel, who debuted in the 1954 short, "Bewitched Bunny." Disney® had previously created a Witch Hazel, and she was kind of cool too, but not nearly as sarcastic or quite as much the fashion victim as the Hazel created by Warner Bros. animator, Chuck Jones. A major part of his Hazel's signature style included a wonderfully crumpled black hat. We think she would approve of our Dead Roses Halloween Hat with its scrunched top, wilting flowers and stowaway spider. Hauntingly hideous haute couture and one of our most popular Halloween projects!

ScrapBusters: Rainbow Zippered Pouches in Two Sizes

Wednesday, 28 September 2016 1:00

Designed to be the perfect size to drop into a larger bag or tote, these little pouches are really too pretty to hide! They’re long and slim with a full 12” opening. We combined a bold stripe with a pretty floral and topped them off with a striking rainbow zipper. Follow our design or create your own unique combination of fabric and hardware. It’s a fun and easy project – perfect for experimenting with unusual pairings of color, texture and motifs. So dive deep into your stash pile and pull out something new and different. 


Out-Of-The-Box Basics: ID the Main Parts of a Sewing Machine

Tuesday, 27 September 2016 1:00

Sewing is an art. But it does rely on science and technology as well. And then there's math with all those fractions and geometry. But most importantly... there's your machine! A good machine makes the difference – not only in the sewing experience but in the professional look of the finished project. Janome America is the exclusive sewing machine sponsor of Sew4Home and we love our studio Janomes. When you have a great machine, you can literally forget about it, and put your full concentration on the art of sewing. To borrow a line from Janome that explains this phenomenon: the easier the tools, the more creative you become. Janome machines are precise and reliable from the top of the line to the most basic entry level model. One of the very first articles we did on Sew4Home explained the parts of a basic sewing machine. We've updated that article to benefit of all the new sewing enthusiasts out there. Plus, it never hurts for any of us to dust off our skills and knowledge. 

Tall, Bold Storage Bins: Home Decor at Fabric Depot

Monday, 26 September 2016 1:00

Spring is the traditional time for cleaning out the old and organizing the new, but in many ways, Fall seems like a better time to tidy up. As the days get shorter and the weather cooler, our “inner hibernating bear” comes out. It’s time to gather up our favorite things and settle in for winter days ahead. These cool round bins are the perfect way to store and stash your stuff. We shopped the Home Décor selection at Fabric Depot and found a striking graphic print in two coordinating colors to make a pair of matching bins. From fabric and yarn to books and magazines, this is a stylish storage solution for whatever clutter you need to corral. 



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