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Re-imagine & Renovate: Clean and Simple Clutch

Thursday, 16 October 2014 1:00

The trees are changing into their Fall colors, so we decided to follow suit with today's pretty clutch design. Originally created as a ScrapBusters project, we held partially true to this plan. Rather than diving into our own scrap basket, we shopped the remnant bin in the home décor section at our local fabric store. Home décor fabrics make great remnants because they're so wonderfully wide. Even a small cut (our remnants were just ½ yard each) will yield a generous cut from which you could make several clutches. Why would you want several? Holiday gift giving is right around the corner!

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Time Flies Quilt in Eclectic Elements by Tim Holtz

Wednesday, 15 October 2014 1:00

Flying geese blocks, combined with the unique vintage motifs in the Eclectic Elements fabric collection, are what give this beautiful quilt its name. The variety involved is a quilter's dream. You can isolate and piece together these interesting little bits into a wonderful collage. All the great shapes are also an inspirational bonanza for the final quilting. Sew4Hone seamstress team member, 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.

Jewel Box Pillow Pair in Silk Patchwork

Tuesday, 14 October 2014 1:00

When you think of patchwork, you traditionally think of quilting cottons. But there's no rule saying you have to use cotton. In fact, if you're a regular S4H visitor, you know we love to experiment with different fabric substrates. Today, we're adding luxury to the mix with silk dupioni. This type of silk is made from twin cocoons naturally bonded together. The bumps in the fabric, they're really called 'slubs', are the result of this bonding. Dupioni is often woven from two different colors of thread, giving it a shimmering, color-shifting appearance. We chose a jewel-box color blend of Tiffany blue, glittering silver, burnished gold and rich black. Our pillows work together as a pair, and our supply list is structured to allow you to buy the correct amounts to make both.

Everything You Need To Know About Throw Pillows, Cushions, And Bed Pillows, Including What To Stuff Inside

Monday, 13 October 2014 1:00

To say life would be hard without pillows would be putting it mildly. Where else would we hide a tooth for the Tooth Fairy? What else would we hit each other with in a harmless fight? Beyond their practical function as a headrest when we sleep and a way to soften hard furniture when we sit, pillows can be a dramatic decorating accent and are among the easiest projects to sew. We have dozens of pillow projects for you to choose from right here at Sew4Home. For this article, we thought we'd pull together everything you need to know before launching into pillow making: a little history, the basic types, and what we recommend stuffing inside. We heartily endorse the huge variety of Fairfield pillow inserts and fillers, and jumped at the chance to have them sponsor this article. We didn't even have to sleep on it.

Fabric Width Conversion Chart

Friday, 10 October 2014 1:00

Your project instructions call for two yards of 60" wide fabric, but the fabric you want to use is 45" wide. Hmmm... attempting to dredge up that old math lesson in proportions is probably not going to happen on the fly. Instead, print out our handy conversion chart for those times you don't have a pattern envelope with a yardage conversion table.

Boho Shoulder Bag with Elastic Accents

Thursday, 09 October 2014 1:00

Today's casual bag features two generous pleated pockets bound with Fold Over Elastic by Dritz (FOE). One of the things we love about FOE is the ability to use it as a binding. You get three benefits in one: color, stretch and finish. There's a built-in crease line down the center that allows easy and accurate folding. The pockets not only look great, they're also super functional – with expandable tops that make dropping in items easy, even one-handed. In addition, the entire top of the bag is also finished with FOE, using it as a flat binding. Plus, the pretty patterns on the Drtiz FOE are woven in, not printed on, and they're fade resistant and colorfast. These good looks will last!

Tasseled Chiffon Scarf

Wednesday, 08 October 2014 1:00

Which accessory gives you the most fashion muscle per square inch? A big, gorgeous scarf! About a month ago, we spotted an amazing chiffon among the selection at Fabric.com. Today we're making it into something wonderful. In our ongoing job as "trendspotters," we're always on the lookout for the coolest items on the store shelves that we can show you how to make on your own. Adding tassels, along the sides and/or across the bottom, to this season's scarves seems to not only be a fashion winner, it also ups the price of the accessory by about 200%! Here's what you need to know: scarves are super easy to make as are custom tassels. Read on to learn how, and get that holiday gift list ready.

Holiday Ruffled End Table Runner

Tuesday, 07 October 2014 1:00

In browsing for a great fabric for our seasonal table runner, we kept returning to the home décor category because of the bold designs and striking colors. These traditionally heavier fabrics are where most people turn for larger projects, such as curtain panels or upholstered items, so the motifs tend to be bigger and the tones more dramatic. Not only is it beautiful fabric, it's also often thicker, tougher and more durable. Batting is usually necessary with runners made of standard cottons in order to protect the tabletop from hot or wet dishes. But with this fabric, two simple layers provided plenty of protection... unless, of course, you plan on serving sizzling fajitas at the table for your holiday dinner!

Designer Handle Tote: Luxe Style For Less

Monday, 06 October 2014 1:00

If you're a lover of all things sewing, you've probably heard all the clever quotes: Measure Twice, Cut Once; Keep Calm and Quilt On, Sewing Mends the Soul, and our favorite for today's project: It's All About The Fabric. The fashionable, upscale boutiques in our area seem to be filled with the latest purses and bags. One trend we noticed is what we dubbed, the signature fabric tote: a bag whose fabric is so unique and striking, it is the focal point of the entire design. These special handbags carried price tags for $75, $100, and up! With the amazing fabric options available to you, both in-store an online, you can create your own signature style for a fraction of boutique prices. We turned to our friends at Fabric Depot, selecting an eye-catching geometric in a high-end charcoal and citrine color combination with an amazing chenille texture.

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Great Giveaway + Exclusive Coupon Code: Fabulous Fall with Fabric.com

Friday, 03 October 2014 1:00

THIS GREAT GIVEAWAY CLOSED ON 10/17/14. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED.

It's time to take a look back over the past two weeks and celebrate all the dandy inspiration and information. We knew the final day of the Fabulous Fall series with Fabric.com needed to be as fab as the projects themselves, so we've put together a triple treat. One lucky Sew4Home visitor will receive 1) an actual Fabulous Fall project sample (one of the adorable Appliquéd Storage Bins) filled with 2) a mystery grab bag of amazing fabric. And, ALL Sew4Home visitors are invited to take advantage of 3) an exclusive 10% discount coupon code courtesy of Fabric.com. One - two - three great reasons to leave us a comment below with your ideas for "fabulousness."

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