Want to make a real fashion statement? It's hard to pack more drama into a small space than with a fascinator. If you haven't been keeping up with Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, you might be unfamiliar with fascinators. They are basically very small, formal hats that are very big on embellishment. Captivating Kate has recently brought them back into vogue, but they are one of millinery's (hat making's) oldest and boldest creations. Today, in honor of upcoming Easter Hat Parades, we're talking with Janome Educator, Maddie Bushman about how you can make your own fascinating fascinators.
Stuffed animals make me happy. They live on my desk at home and in the studio, so I can glance over at them when I'm having a bad day or when someone has shot down another one of my 'spectacular' ideas. There they sit. Always calm, always smiling. Funny Bunny is a super sweet softie who combines nubby cotton chenille with smooth, retro-inspired cotton for a soft vintage look.
The practice of decorating eggshells goes back much farther than the Christian traditions surrounding Easter. 60,000-year-old ostrich eggs with engraved decoration have been found in Africa. The ancient Egyptians, Persians, Phoenicians, and Hindus all believed the world began with an enormous egg, so using the egg as a symbol of new life is literally ancient history. We've put aside the marbled elegance and gold leaf of long ago, as well as the today's candy-colored dyes and crayons, opting instead for a basket of super-soft Easter eggs in bright, patterned fleece with ribbons, rick rack, mini-poms, and felt flower accents. They probably won't last 60,000 years, but they sure are cute right now!
THIS GREAT GIVEAWAY CLOSED 04/16/14. HOWEVER, YOU CAN STILL SIGN UP AT CREATIVEBUG FOR CAL'S CLASS. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED.
Starting today (no foolin', we promise), the amazing, Cal Patch releases a new class series on Creativebug. It's a month-long dive into the world of pattern drafting, so you can learn to design and sew your own clothes that look and fit great. If you aren't familiar with Cal, you'll love getting to know her online. Her background is in formal fashion design, and she has worked as a clothing designer for Urban Outfitters, Free People, Gap and Old Navy. Read on to find out more about Cal, her new four-week course, and... how you can enter to win a three-month subscription to Creativebug.
Monogrammed towels are one of life's little luxuries, but for a bit more playful option, try appliqué. The letter(s) can be larger and the colors and patterns brighter. It's a great use of some of those pretty scraps hiding in your stash bin. Make a set for your family to help distinguish which towel belongs to which dripping wet person. Bath linens also make an excellent gift for showers, weddings and housewarmings – especially when you can not only personalize the colors, but also the fabric to fit a recipient's decorating theme, hobby or even a favorite sport's team.
We're not quite all the way through the first quarter of 2014, and we already have seven new Great Giveaway winners to celebrate! It's our privilege to be able to share the generosity of our great Sew4Home sponsors and friends, and we're always thrilled to bring a blast of joy into someone's email box with a "you're a winner" message. Congratulations one and all, and thanks to everyone for taking the time to add your comments, become part of our social media and newsletter communities, and pass along our site to your friends and family. We appreciate you all so much!
The inspiration for today's pillow came from a beautiful blouse in Alicia's closet. Taking ideas from garment construction is a fun way to incorporate unique techniques and embellishments into your home décor. We used the softness of double-layer ruffles to create romance-in-the-round on this beautiful neckroll pillow. An overcasting stitch finishes the raw edges, adding to the shabby chic design. When you see this raw-edge effect on garments, it's often been done with a serger and what's called a 'lettuce edge.' We show you how to create a similar effect with your sewing machine. We pre-washed our tissue linen fabric and scrunched it slightly to a give the pillow its slightly distressed texture and antique feel. The shape is a 6" x 20" pillow insert; you could alter the size, but you'd want to refigure the number and width of the ruffle strips.
It's the age-old square peg in a round hole conundrum... or vice versa: round peg in square(ish) hole. Plates are round, but placemats are usually rectangles. Sure, you have that extra real estate off to the sides for your napkin and utensils, but circles do come in several dimensions. Our round placemats finish at 16" in diameter, giving you plenty of room for a variety of place settings. And they're reversible: patchwork on the front, solid on the back for twice the table topping power.
THIS GREAT GIVEAWAY CLOSED 04/04/15. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED.
We like to think Sew4Home can be all things sewing to all people, but we know that's a Herculean task. So, we are more than willing to bow to other experts when need be. This is especially the case when it comes to the bigger projects around the house, such as slipcovers, upholstery techniques, and super-specialized shapes and sizes. The latest photo guide book from Creative Publishing International is a perfect example of a book that's packed with the kind of specific information and step-by-step photography that can give you the confidence to tackle the big stuff. We give you a peek inside The Complete Photo Guide to Slipcovers, Pillows, and Bedding and a chance to win your own copy.
Turtles get a bad rap. They are the go-to metaphor for all things sluggish and slow. Cartoons depict them as dull-witted and sleepy. But as one of the animal kingdom's oldest species, they deserve a lot of respect. We're proud to introduce our favorite turtle, Toby. He's not only as cute as they come with his shy smile (made with darts!), he also has a job: holding his owner's PJs in a hidden pocket on his bottom shell.