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Art Journal Super-Stylin' Appliquéd Burp Cloth - Guest Tutorial by Bari J.

Friday, 28 May 2010 10:00

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We're back with the second of Bari J. Ackerman's two delightful Art Journal projects. We adore the painterly look of this Windham Fabrics line, and were thrilled when Bari offered to put together two projects just for us. This is simply the world's most stylin' burp cloth. If I'd had something like this when my kids were babies, I would have ruined a lot fewer shirts and jackets. Okay... raise your hand if you've walked around for an entire day at work with a spit-up stain on your back shoulder! Check out the appliqué collage; this is a Bari 'signature style' - a wonderful combination of color, texture and pattern.

French Press Cozy

Wednesday, 26 May 2010 10:00

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Sew4Home lives in Coffee Land - the beautiful Pacific Northwest, home of Starbucks® , Seattle's Best® and Peet's Coffee & Tea® . We're never more than five steps from a barista, however, we also like to have lots of ways to make coffee within the comfort of our homes. The French press style coffee maker has seen a resurgence of popularity in recent years. These contraptions make an awesome cup of coffee, but if you let the press stand for any length of time, the coffee goes cold. Enter the French Press Cozy, brainchild of Sew4Home team member, Julia Chapman. This one is made from an off-the-shelf placemat and can be stitched up faster than you can say, 'grande skinny double-shot latte hot vanilla no whip.'

Whimsy: Neckroll Pillow with Ric Rac

Monday, 24 May 2010 9:00

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This comfy neckroll is the first of a trio of wonderful Whimsy projects. Joanna Figueroa's Whimsy collection, for Moda Fabrics, debuted in February of this year, so we've been admiring it now for several months. We fell in love with its soft, warm colors and the nostalgic prints, florals and stripes. I even love the names of the colors: buttercup, beach, chocolate and grass are just a few that make me want to lie on my back and look for the bunnies and dragons in the fluffy spring clouds. Joanna's simple line drawings of vintage wagons, milk jugs and chickens are perfect throw-backs to the old Dick and Jane early-reader books. 'See Liz sew. Sew, Liz, Sew!' Our roly-poly neckroll pillow features the Whimsy Wavy Ric Rac design. Neckrolls are great for youself and make a much-loved gift for anyone on your list who's had a hard day and needs a little nap.

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Love That Fabric: May

Friday, 21 May 2010 9:00

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Lotsa blues in our Love That Fabric! picks this merry, merry month of May. Spring never really seems sprung until May to me, when we actually start to see blue sky in the Pacific Northwest. Baby birds enter flight school and flowers begin to bloom like they mean it. Everything is fresh and clean... and blue. Our picks for May...

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Art Journal Pinwheel Play Mat: Guest Tutorial by Bari J. Ackerman

Thursday, 20 May 2010 9:00

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The first time we saw Bari J. Ackerman's Art Journal fabric line, we thought perhaps we'd stumbled onto a collection of paintings masquerading as fabric. Beautiful. Plain and simple. Bari's designs have an exuberant use of color. Her florals make us feel like we've collapsed inside an impressionist's garden where everything is bold and lush and shot through with lilac, periwinkle, citron, rose... all the cool crayon colors!

Re-make & Re-use: Napkins to Go from Dad's Old Shirts

Tuesday, 18 May 2010 9:00

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This very unique Re-make & Re-use project comes to us from Julia Chapman, a new member of our Sew4Home seamstress team. She developed the idea for a benefit in which all the items for sale had to be an ‘upcycle' product of one kind or another. We love cloth napkins here at S4H, but had never seen any made from old shirts, let alone with their own handy carrying case. There are racks and racks of men's short sleeve shirts at thrift and second hand stores... and probably in your own closets. Colors and patterns that might be too wild to wear would be perfect as napkins.

Moda's Ruffled Jelly Roll Table Runner

Monday, 17 May 2010 9:00

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This terrific table runner combines two of 2010's top trends: the color turquoise and ruffles. Hats off to our new friend, Angela Yosten; a web developer for Moda Fabrics, United Notions and Moda Bake Shop... as well as a very creative blogger under the name, Moda Home Mom. We met Angela recently while setting up our designer relationship with Moda Fabrics. She was very enthusiastic about our Turquoise 2010 series and had a great idea for a table runner, using a Moda pre-cut Jelly Roll. Angela's designs have been featured on many popular blogs and sites, and we are thrilled she wanted to share one with us. We'll be returning the favor very soon – be looking for a Sew4Home pre-cut project to be featured on Moda Bake Shop.

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Black & White Pillow Pile: Six-Cornered Tassel Treat

Friday, 14 May 2010 9:00

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You know what's cool about pillows? You can take one design, and by simply changing up the fabric, get a completely different look. That's what we've done with this stunning hexagonal pillow. We've used this style of pillow a couple times before, but you'd never know it. Our black and white version features a coordinating linen back and Extreme Fussy Cutting (similar to what those daring skateboarders do, but you're less likely to fall) to create a beautiful flower in the center of the pillow... complete with a contrasting linen covered button as the flower's center point. Pretty tassels finish the high-end designer look.

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Black & White Pillow Pile: Eiffel Tower Pom-Pom

Thursday, 13 May 2010 9:00

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Did you know the Eiffel Tower was built as the entrance arch for the 1889 World's Fair? Its graceful lattice ironwork has attracted visitors for 121 years. I wonder if our beautiful Eiffel Tower Pom Pom Pillow with its tufted center and covered buttons will last that long? This is a super-simple pillow, but the finished look is one that would go for BIG bucks at stores and in catalogs. You can make one for a fraction of retail, and it will be unique to you. Vive l'Pillow!

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