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Travel Accessories: Satin Lined Sleep Mask

Wednesday, 13 July 2011 9:00

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Project made from your scrap stash: gentle on your wallet. Soft padded mask lined with satin: gentle on the eyes. No slip headband to keep it in place: gentle to the hair. Blocking out the world while you travel: gentle to your soul. The pretty piping that curves around the entire edge of our sleep mask adds a special zing of style, but does also make this a slightly more intermediate project. You could leave out this step to make it faster and easier.

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Travel Accessories: Roll-up Makeup Brush Case

Monday, 11 July 2011 9:00

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This handy case is not only great for travel, it's also dandy for everyday storage of your make up brushes. We used one of the four pretty laminates from Anna Maria's Loulouthi collection as our inside fabric choice so if any traces of make up rub off your brushes and onto the case, it can be quickly wiped clean.

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Travel Accessories: Lightweight Laundry Bag

Thursday, 07 July 2011 9:00

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Fifth in our Travel Accessories series, and weighing in at a mere 1½ ounces, this whisper light voile laundry bag is ideal for travel, taking up virtually no space in your suitcase. If you've never sewn with voile before, you're in for a treat. It's exquisitely silky soft to the touch and easy to sew. For added strength, the drawstring casing is made from a coordinated quilting cotton, also from Anna Maria Horner's Loulouthi collection. I love how the vintage elegance of these prints adds a hint of luxury to the act of packing a bag.

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Free Spirit Artist Trio #2: An Interview with Fabric Designer, Anna Maria Horner

Wednesday, 06 July 2011 9:00

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We gave you a hint last week, when we started our own set of Travel Tidy projects in her luscious LouLouthi fabric collection, that we had a new Free Spirit Artist Trio Series coming your way. This time we feature Anna Maria Horner, later this month she'll have a unique table linen Guest Tutorial with some of her beautiful hand embroidery, and then... another Great Giveaway prize package from the generous folks at Free Spirit. Today, we share some stories with Anna Maria; imagine the orange trees, chickens and gypsy weddings in the streets of Greece; and understand a little about how important it is for her to shape things by hand.

Travel Accessories: 8-Pocket Jewelry Pouch

Tuesday, 05 July 2011 9:00

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Your favorite shiny beads and baubles deserve to come along on vacation too. But figuring out how to pack them, without opening your suitcase upon arrival to find a tangle mess, is always a challenge. Our Travel Tidy jewelry pouch is up to the task. It has eight, wedge-shaped pockets to hold necklaces, earrings, rings and watches. The pouch gathers up with a drawstring, safely enclosing the pockets in an upright position. The gathered circle reminds me of those classic round baby bonnets. Tie the bundle closed and toss it into your bag.

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4th of July BBQ Apron

Monday, 04 July 2011 9:00

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Happy 4th of July, Sew4Home friends! We hope you're celebrating the day with friends and family, firing up the grill and pulling out the spatula for a classic 4th barbeque! Our tough canvas BBQ apron is a serious sizzle shield with its handsome rivet accents and extra-large pockets for grill tongs, tools and those giant hot pad mitts. Why... I bet it would even hold a few packages of sparklers. 

Travel Accessories: Plenty of Pockets Tote

Wednesday, 29 June 2011 9:00

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When you're on the road, doesn't it always seems to be the ordinary, everyday things you are suddenly in desperate need of: gum, nail clippers, your headphones? I get a little panicky, certain I've left behind the most obvious items... as if perhaps I'm on an arctic expedition and won't see civilization for days. But the opportunity for replenishment doesn't matter; I want my stuff close at hand. That's the theory behind our handsome travel tote: plenty o' pockets to stash all your stuff. There are four big outside pockets plus a deep inside compartment (exactly deep enough for a magazine, I might add!) with its own generous interior pocket. I'm still likely to forget something, which is why after my current travels, I now own six pairs of sunglasses and a dozen tubes of lip balm.

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Travel Accessories: Lingerie Caddy

Monday, 27 June 2011 9:00

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Mark Twain, one of my personal heros, had these wonderful thoughts on the topic of travel: "Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." It's the season to pack your bags and venture onto new paths. But... you can't face new adventures without a bag full of your familiar stuff! We've come up with a series of nine travel accessories created in Anna Maria Horner's beautiful new Loulouthi fabric collection for Free Sprit Fabrics. This unique series is part of our second Free Spirit Artist Trio Series, which features Anna Maria. Today, we start with something to organize and hold the one thing you simply cannot forget: your underwear. Our eight-pocket lingerie caddy rolls up to discreetly stash your unmentionables in a tidy package within your suitcase.

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Accessories We Love: The Twin or Double Needle

Thursday, 16 June 2011 9:00

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We've been asked numerous times by Sew4Home readers, "How do you get your double rows of stitching so perfectly even?" We've quietly given out our secret to several of you. But now we've decided it's time to reveal it to the world. The way to get perfectly even, super close, double rows of stitching is... to use a twin needle. If you're one of those people who think twin needles are way too complicated, you're in for a very pleasant surprise: twice the stitching is half as hard as you might imagine!

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