Our pretty piped pillow tutorial offers downloadable patterns for a friendly elephant and a graceful giraffe. If you are clever with paper and pen, you can draw additional shapes and expand your zoo to include a whole host of critters. For easiest appliquéing, keep curves large and smooth and avoid tiny points. With a nod to Laura Elizabeth Richards, we have to share the poem that inspired our cute appliqué shapes. It's one my sister and I have had firmly stuck in our heads for years: "Once there was an elephant, who tried to use the telephant. No! No! I mean an elephone, who tried to use the telephone." Click to read the full Eletelephony poem. HA! Now it will be stuck in your head for years.
Today's fabric collections seem to get larger and more gorgeous with each season's new arrivals. There are multiple colorways and a wonderful variety of motifs. And, of course, they all blend together beautifully. It can be hard to narrow down your choices, which is why we designed today's multi-fabric placemats. Each one uses seven different 2½" strips. It's perfect for pre-cut Jelly Rolls, but you could also cut your own strips from all your favorites. Decorative stitching ties the rows together, adds a bit of elegance, and holds all the layers in place.
February is National Grapefruit Month as well as National Wild Bird Feeding Month. Both worthy celebrations, but we're most interested in it also being National Embroidery Month! To celebrate we have a set of five free machine embroidery designs from Sew4Home sewist team member (and digitizing designer extraordinaire), Michele Mishler. With the crazy winter weather we've had this year, these lovely custom tulip designs will bring the freshness of spring to your next machine embroidery project. We also show you the steps for creating the Michele's Tulip Garden Pillow shown above.
THIS GREAT GIVEAWAY CLOSED 03/07/14. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED!
Back in early November, we crossed the 40,000 threshold on Facebook. On January 22nd, we hit our newest milestone goal: 50,000 Likes! It's all thanks to you and your friends. You spread the news, shouted from the rooftops, and possibly released carrier pigeons. However it happened, the word got out, and we have lots of new friends who are getting sewing inspiration each day through Facebook, as well as via Twitter and through our Pinterest boards... and, of course, on our site. Today, as promised, we are holding a very special Giveaway to celebrate.
We really do keep track of all the project requests we receive via email and through social media, adding them to our official "You Asked 4 It" list. Today, we check off another visitor's wish with our pretty teapot cozy. To properly brew a pot o' tea, you should first warm the teapot by swooshing a bit of boiling water inside it. Then, pour the water into your teacups to warm them. Add teabags for your preferred strength (from two to four for a standard four-cup pot). Fill the pot with boiling water, stir, and let the tea steep for about 4-5 minutes. It's during this steeping time when you can run into trouble with the tea cooling too fast. So, pop on a cozy to keep things toasty while the tea is brewing. It will also help keep your tea warm between cups. We have pattern downloads for the cozy itself as well as the cute teapot appliqué. And, because you only need small ¼ and ½ yard fabric cuts, it's also a great ScrapBusters project.
THIS GREAT GIVEAWAY CLOSED 02/28/14. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED.
Last month, we introduced you to the innovative, designer-driver mixer collection from FreeSpirit Fabrics: True Colors. While the general concept of "mixer" or "blender" prints is not a new one, FreeSpirit Fabrics and their designers approached it from a very unique direction. By working in close collaboration with some of their most popular designers, FreeSpirit has created collections with amazing vision and a polished sense of color and style. We were honored to be chosen to kick off the Blog Tour for True Colors on January 20th, and we hope you were able to enjoy the wonderful inspiration from the creative websites along the way. Today, we're giving you a look back through the Tour, and we have our own Giveaway. Four lucky winners will be able to show off their "true colors."
We love Moda Toweling! How could you not love something that comes to you pre-hemmed into a handy 16" width - perfect for towels, curtains, pillows and more?! With the hems in place, this project is about as fast and easy as they come. We chose a beautiful solid natural for our tea towels, accenting it with bright wide ruffles and ribbon. But, you can also choose from toweling in a wide array of nostalgic prints in classic pastel stripes and plaids as well as pretty fruit and floral border prints. I think my grandmother had towels in all these patterns. They are 100% cotton and machine washable... so get ready to dry some dishes!
We have twenty happy winners from ten Great Giveaways! Thanks to the generosity of our amazing Sew4Home sponsors and friends, we get to do lots of fun giveaways of fabric, notions, books and more. This past year was no exception... with the last few months being particularly action-packed. We know you're always interested to hear who won, so today we bring you news of lucky folks from Alabama to Australia. Maybe next time, it will be you!
Border prints are exactly what they sound like they'd be: a wide motif band running the entire length of the top and/or the bottom of a fabric's design. A border print provides built-in drama along the edge of your chosen project, and is often used in garment sewing for skirts or in home décor for curtain panels. We've turned that traditional idea on end, literally. We show you how to cut squares from within just the border itself, then rotate those squares to form a woven effect at the center of a pretty pillow. The pillow back uses the remaining non-border fabric. We added pom pom trim around the edge for an extra bit o' bounce.
When you're searching for the fastest and easiest home décor project, most people would steer you toward a simple pillow. We don't disagree, but when it comes to instant gratification, close on the pillow's heels is the pillowcase! They take a bit more fabric than a standard pillow cover, but a crisp, new pillowcase immediately brightens up your bed linens. It's quick and fun to make special pillowcases for all kinds of special occasions. We've altered the traditional fold-and-stitch construction method with today's version: a reversible case. By stitching just one extra seam, you get twice the pretty possibilities.