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.
Today's pretty garment covers are a great way to keep clothes clean and dust-free in your closet. Many folks leave dry cleaning bags on their garments, but watch out... those plastic bags can cause fabrics to yellow and many emit unhealthy chemical fumes. Plus, they've long been known to be a hazard to children and pets. Our covers are reusable and washable. Each one finishes at approximately 32" long, but you could certainly extend or shorten the length of the bottom section to best match the items in your wardrobe.
If we must say so ourselves (and sometimes we must), these little coin purses are about as adorable as they come! Not only do they get five stars on the cuteness chart, they are super easy. Make one for yourself (because you deserve it!), then make a bundle for your friends. They are the perfect fast and fun gift. Fill them with coins and gift cards, tasty treats, or other little goodies. We used a variety of different eye-poppin' colors and patterns for our exteriors with an awesome matching chevron stripe on the inside of all three to tie them together as a set. Spare change just got a whole lot more fun!
THIS GREAT GIVEAWAY CLOSED 03/31/15. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED.
Charm Pack Cherry is the third project in the Shortcut Quilts Series from Fat Quarter Shop (FQS). This semi-regular quilt program is designed to make great use of pre-cut bundles; it features projects that are fast, simple and cute-as-can-be! The original Jelly Roll Jam was followed by Layer Cake Lemonade and now: Charm Pack Cherry. Each one is just as delicious as it sounds... deliciously easy! Our thanks to all our friends at Fat Quarter Shop for allowing us to feature this new quilt and to give away a set of FOUR Charm Packs to one lucky S4H visitor to make her/his very own version of the quilt top.
Scanning the list of materials for your next project tutorial, you suddenly come across a term or two that causes you to stop and scratch your head: Fat Quarters, Charm Packs, Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes, Honey Buns, Dessert Rolls. Have you accidentally clicked from a sewing site to a recipe site? All these items sound so delicious, but what the heck do they have to do with sewing? They are the names of various types of fabric pre-cuts. And though not edible, they are great time and money savers, and the perfect way to play with all the pretty pieces from your favorite quilting cotton collections.
"Tick Tock, Cap'n... Tick, Tock... someone is coming!" I spent a good chunk of my childhood hoping, wishing, dreaming I could fly like Peter Pan. I never actually jumped off the roof of the garden shed, but... I climbed up there and thought about it! We've created a wonderfully sneaky stuffed crocodile, our homage to the creepy croc in Peter Pan who was forever stalking Captain Hook. Minky Dot and low nap fleece are the perfect pair for the top and bottom of Mr. Croc. Two widths of rick rack form his teeth and spine. And, we chose Fairfield's luxuriously silky Poly-Fil® Supreme Fiberfill as our stuffing. The texture of this fiber filling is wonderful for toys, plus it's washable and non-allergenic. Although it might look complex, our crocodile takes just a little while. He's playful rather than predatory, so there's no need to be afraid to give him a try. You'll find him extremely huggable with a great sense of humor... except when it comes to jokes involving pirates and lost boys.