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Pillow Personality with Fairfield Processing: Romantic Lace Lumbar

Tuesday, 14 August 2012 3:00

Floriography is the language of flowers. No... your tulips are not outside talking to one another. Floriography, most common in the Victorian era, allowed individuals to send coded messages to one another via flowers and floral arrangements. These secret bouquets expressed feelings that could never be spoken in public. The nuances of the language are now mostly forgotten, but red roses still imply passionate, romantic love, which is the personality of today's pillow. By combining two tapestry style fabrics with vintage lace and buttons, we created a pretty red roses pillow that softly whispers its undying devotion.

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Pillow Personality with Fairfield Processing: The Story of The Soft Stuff

Monday, 13 August 2012 3:00

We love all the soft stuff that comes from our friends at Fairfield Processing (the makers of Poly-Fil® and more). Today, we give you a little history about the family company where it all started and is still happening. Over 70 years agoin 1940, Samuel Young started a company in Danbury, CT that specialized in processing natural fibers to be used in making hats and other items. He gave it the sensible name: Fairfield Processing CorporationTwenty years later, working with his son Robert, Sam introduced an innovative polyester fiber that was perfect for stuffing toys. It held its shape. You could wash it. It was really space-age stuff! They called it "Poly-Fil" and it soon became the favorite filler for crafters everywhere.

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A Romantic Bedroom Retreat with Rowan & FreeSpirit Fabrics: Table Top Storage: 2 Vanity Boxes & 1 Makeup Brush Cup

Thursday, 09 August 2012 3:00

A place for everything and everything in its place. Makeup and toiletries are some of the hardest things to keep tidy; there are so many little bottles and brushes and bits of this and that. We knew when we were putting together our Romantic Bedroom Retreat with Rowan and FreeSpirit that we would need some storage solutions. We also knew it would be a great opportunity to use the laminates... because all those bits of this and that tend to spill here and there! Both our pretty boxes are generous in size, finishing at 10" x 6" x 7" deep. We made them using two different methods; you can choose your favorite option below. The makeup brush cup uses a standard tin can, but we show you how to measure and cut the pieces for any cylindrical container you have on hand. 

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A Romantic Retreat with Rowan & Free Spirit Fabrics: How To Box Corners

Wednesday, 08 August 2012 3:00

Okay - true confession time. In school, I was a theater rat... always in plays and musicals, always taking artsy-fartsy classes, including "How To Mime" or, as I remember it, "How To Pretend You're Stuck In A Box And Look Foolish Doing It." It's true, unless you're Marcel Marceau, you look really silly doing mime. So... no mime today. But, we are still making a box. In particular, a boxed corner. This is a sewing technique everyone should have in her/his arsenal. The boxed corner creates space in something that would otherwise be flat. For example, in a tote bag, you have a lot more room to put all your stuff if you create boxed corners. Basically, any sewn corner can be turned into a boxed corner with a few simple steps. 

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A Romantic Bedroom Retreat with Rowan & FreeSpirit Fabrics: Bows & Ruffles Vanity Chair Cushion

Tuesday, 07 August 2012 3:00

Sitting pretty. That's what you'll be when you complete this lovely vanity chair pad. We took a simple center-tufted cushion design, then added deep double ruffles and long beautiful bows to attach the pad to the back of the chair. You'll also want to check out our "keep-it-from-slipping-and-ripping-out-the-ties" trick at the end of the article. Although our cushion was specifically designed to coordinate with yesterday's vanity table, it would also be an adorable option for a set of kitchen chairs or to update a desk chair. Voile is the perfect fabric to create the soft ruffles and lusicously long bows.  

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A Romantic Bedroom Retreat with Rowan & FreeSpirit Fabrics: Vanity Table Voile Skirt and Laminate Top

Monday, 06 August 2012 3:00

Louisa drew the brush through her honey-colored hair, counting silently. Fifty stokes, every evening, until it shone in the candlelight. She smiled at her reflection in the mirror and dabbed perfume at her temples. Is there anything more classically romantic for a bedroom retreat than a beautiful vanity? This week, as we return for the final chapter of our Romantic Bedroom Retreat series with Rowan and FreeSpirit Fabrics, we have three new projects to help you create a lovely vanity table, a matching chair cushion and three accessory boxes. One of our original goals with this series was to show you how to bring some of the new substrates into your design planning. Westminster is an industry leader in this area, producing collections in a terrific variety of substrates, from voile to corduroy to knits and more. Today's vanity skirt and cover feature voile and laminate. The voile for the skirt provides the billowing drape; the laminate for the top gives you a surface you can simply wipe clean. 

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Weekend Wonders with Fabric.com: Zippered Pouches in Three Sizes

Thursday, 02 August 2012 3:00

You can never have too many cute little bags for your important stuff. And, because important stuff comes in all sizes, we designed our Weekend Wonders Zippered Pouches in three sizes: Small, Medium and Large. Each has a wipe-it-clean PUL lining, so you can use them for storage, travel and more. Not only is this a quick and easy project you can whip out in a weekend, it's also a project that just takes a little bit-o-fabric. Put it all together and you have a great opportunity to buy smaller cuts of those designer prints you've been drooling over. Our Weekend Wonders sponsor, Fabric.com carries an inventory of over 500,000 yards of fabric! You're sure to find a few must-haves!

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Weekend Wonders with Fabric.com: Machine Basting 101

Tuesday, 31 July 2012 3:00

Whether you’re a novice or advanced sewer, you’ve likely heard the term "basting." And, we don't mean the yummy Thanksgiving turkey technique! In sewing, basting is a temporary straight stitch used to hold layers together until a final stitch is sewn. Since it’s a long, loose stitch, a basting stitch removes easily after sewing is complete. In this tutorial, we’ll explain 1) how to determine if your sewing machine has a basting stitch, 2) when to use a basting stitch in your sewing projects, and 3) why hand basting is sometimes needed as well. 

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A Romantic Bedroom Retreat with Rowan & FreeSpirit Fabrics: Three Toss Pillows

Friday, 27 July 2012 3:00

Like cherries on top of your favorite sundae, we have three tiny toss pillows that add just the right dash of color and shape to the bed in our Romantic Bedroom Retreat series with Rowan and FreeSpirit. Black velvet piping unites the two square and one round pillows. Using a consistent accent color is just one of our tricks for bringing together a variety of fabrics. Want to learn more about how we blended these four different collections into a cohesive design? Take a look at our tutorial: A Romantic Bedroom Retreat with Rowan & FreeSpirit Fabrics: How to Mix and Match Designer Fabric Collections. Our toss pillows feature fabrics from Tula Pink's The Birds & The Bees and Amy Butler's Cameo. Both have bold motifs that play off one another, and each contains hints of colors (blue, chartreuse and rose) that spotlight the same shades within the other bed décor.  

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A Romantic Bedroom Retreat with Rowan & FreeSpirit Fabrics: Terrific Trims Take #2

Thursday, 26 July 2012 3:00

It’s a wee bit of an understatement to say there are lots of sewing trims. In fact, if you were to lay all of the trims available end to end, they'd likely cover the earth! But choice is what we love, isn't it? It adds the spice to our sewing life. And, a room like our Romantic Bedroom Retreat, sponsored by Rowan and FreeSpirit Fabrics, cries out for some extra special embellishments. If you’ve been a Sew4Home reader for a while, you may have read our original tutorial on Terrific Trims. Since then, we’ve developed more project ideas using different kinds of sewing trims – some trendy, some traditional. A perfect example is the current Romantic Retreat projects for which we dove into the upholstery trim section to find an unbelievable assortment of tasseled and beaded trims and fringe. Another recent example was our experimental trim week with Simplicity; we designed two fashionable handbags (links are provided at the end of the article for these and other trim-focused projects) around “new” metal trims. This lead to our popular tutorial: Adding Metal Trims to Sewing Projects. Between these and others, we realized it was time for a Terrific Trims update.

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