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Guest Tutorial: Kaffe Fassett Ribbon Bag from Elaine Schmidt & Renaissance Ribbons

Tuesday, 14 June 2011 9:00

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"Don't be afraid of colour." Words to live by from master textile artist, Kaffe Fassett. And when our friends at Renaissance Ribbons sent us a photo of this stunning Kaffe Fassett tote, designed for them by Elaine Schmidt, we were bowled over by its vibrant palette and patterns. The bag features both Fassett's beautiful fabric and his rich, jacquard ribbons. Elaine was kind enough to allow us to run her instructions as a Guest Tutorial. You'll love it... like tossing a rainbow over your shoulder.

Scrap It: Gift Card Case or Biz Card Holder

Friday, 10 June 2011 9:00

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Ahhhhh, the gift card. It seems to be such a common choice, and not just as a last minute grab for someone hard to shop for. Gift cards appear to be the go-to gift for anyone and any occasion. Let's face it - they're easy to find, quick to buy, come in any denomination, and are... stunningly impersonal. Maybe it's just me, but a gift card seems to say, "I couldn't really be bothered to find you a present; how about you go get yourself a little something?" But who am I to rain on the gift-giving parade?! Instead, how about we at least put the gift card into a super cool little handmade holder. Something that can be used even after the gift card's been spent. Our handy holder is also perfect for business cards or to stash your license and credit card when traveling light for a night on the town. Slip it in your pocket or use the key ring to hook it on to a purse or belt. Now it says, "I made this just for you!"

Before & After: Ladder Back Chair - Silent Cinema Seat Cushion

Tuesday, 07 June 2011 9:00

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Day two. We now have a lovely new chair thanks to yesterday's Faux Antique Refinishing project. As a part of that process, we took off the old seat. Today, it's out with the old and in with the new as we build a new cushion and cover for the salvaged wooden seat platform. If you've never tried this before, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised how easy it is. Suddenly, many chairs in your house will need recovering!

Before & After: Ladder Back Chair - Faux Antique Finish

Monday, 06 June 2011 9:00

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One of the fastest, easiest and most rewarding 'furniture renewal' projects is the simple side chair. You get a stunning makeover with very little effort. We've split the steps into two days: today for refinishing and tomorrow for the new cushion. My husband, Bob and I did this project together, and he gets all the credit for these great step-by-step instructions. "Thanks, Bob!" Depending on drying time in between your coats of paint, this is a great weekend project. When we started, we were a bit uncertain how it would all turn out since we didn't have much experience with glaze and sponge painting. However, we discovered sponging paint is very forgiving and quite fun. The different color blends, layers, and textures you can create are limitless; it's a true blank canvas for whatever you envision.

You Asked 4 It: Structured Fabric Baskets

Wednesday, 01 June 2011 9:00

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Another You Asked 4 It survey request crossed off the list. Several people asked about structured fabric baskets. We're guessing there must be a lot of Sew4Home fans out there with a lot of stuff they need to organize in some terrific totes. We've come through with not just one but a pretty pair: a large basket measuring 10" wide x 8" tall x 6" deep and a small companion at 8" wide x 7" tall x 5" deep. The two nest perfectly together. Wouldn't these make an awesome wedding shower gift filled with kitchen or bath goodies?!

Love That Fabric: June

Tuesday, 31 May 2011 9:00

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Spring Quilt Market wrapped up a couple weeks ago and now a deluge of beautiful fabric collections, having made their debut at Market, begin showing up in stores like a fresh crop of peaches – lush, beautiful and snapped up quickly by the appreciative. This is the perfect time to shop for your next project and add too-pretty-to-pass-up prints to your stash.

Father's Day: Cargo Pocket PJ Pants

Friday, 27 May 2011 9:00

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This is our favorite fast and easy way to make any size of comfy pajama pants. Originally designed by our sponsor, Janome America (thanks, creative Alison!), we adapted it for this past winter's Noel Home project series, incorporating jazzy bottom cuffs so we could mix and match fabrics to make a cute pair of pants for everyone in the family. Now for Father's Day, we're kickin' it up a notch again by narrowing the cuff and adding a waistband in matching accent fabric. We top it off with a large pocket along the side of one pant leg for a cargo pant look.

Father's Day: Bound Fleece Blanket with Remote Pocket

Wednesday, 25 May 2011 9:00

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Dads like to nap. It's a fact well documented in homes across the country and around the world, especially homes with comfy recliners positioned in front of big screen TVs. I know, I know... that's a gross generalization and not politically correct. But, we all know it's happening somewhere at this very moment. Make Dad's nap time cushy and comfortable with our soft fleece blanket, which includes a handsome cotton sateen binding and a handy remote control pocket. So, when Dad wakes up... he doesn't have to wonder where he dropped the remote.

Father's Day: iPad Sleeve with Removable Cross-Body Shoulder Strap

Monday, 23 May 2011 9:00

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Dear ol' Dad, his special day is coming up, and there are so many things you love him for. But, he can be so dang hard to shop for, let alone sew for. Most projects tend to lean more to the feminine than the masculine... unless you landed here at Sew4Home where we have whipped up four fantastic Father's Day gifts to delight Dad. We start our gift-giving ideas with today's sleek iPad case; it features a bike-bag style crossover strap in cotton webbing, tough pockets front and back, and a soft fleece lining.

Cattail Catnip Toy

Thursday, 19 May 2011 9:00

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Just ONE seam is all the sewing required to make a Cattail Catnip Toy. Fill with catnip and tie into segments. Your kitty will lick it and pummel it with rapid-fire kicks in appreciation. Not every cat is into catnip, and kittens ignore it; but in a lifetime of living with cats, I've never had one who didn't enjoy catnip playtime. The trick is to limit use to about once a week to avoid desensitization. Our Cattails also make a great fundraiser for animal shelters. A volunteer can make a dozen in a couple hours, and it takes very little sewing skill.

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