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DIY Wedding Sparkle with Artistic Crystals: Tabletop Gift or Birdseed Boxes

Wednesday, 06 June 2012 3:00

Who says elegant can't also be adorable?! These tiny paper gift boxes are a beautiful addition to wedding tabletop décor. Set one at each place, then fill it with groom's cake, candies or birdseed for the honeymoon send off. Today's project in our DIY Wedding Sparkle series is designed to show you how the Artistic integrated system of crystals, software, cutters and presses has uses beyond fabric. 

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DIY Wedding Sparkle with Artistic Crystals: Napkin Wraps

Tuesday, 05 June 2012 3:00

How to set a beautiful table without breaking the bank is always a wedding challenge. Our "tie the knot" napkin wraps give plain (aka - inexpensive) linens and flatware the perfect dash of glittering style. They are super fast and easy, in part because we show you some clever cutting and stitching tricks to set-up for "assembly line" sewing. You can make 48 wraps from just 1½ yards of fabric! The Artistic integrated system of crystals, software, cutters and presses is a perfect match for projects-in-multiples. Once you make one template, you can use it over and over to create an identical design on each wrap. An Etsy seller, for example, could create several generic designs, such as our little heart outline, then let the bride choose between one of these stock designs or a custom monogram. She could also specify the two fabric colors and the ribbon color to match her wedding theme.  

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DIY Wedding Sparkle with Artistic Crystals: Candle Wraps in Lace & Crystals

Monday, 04 June 2012 3:00

The sparkling continues this week as we roll out five more projects that feature the Artistic integrated system of crystals, software, cutters and presses. If you've been following the series so far, you know we designed it with creative entrepreneurs in mind. This is a system you could easily use to make and sell projects as a home-based wedding accessories business. The options available for customized wedding gifts, accessories and reception coordinates grows every day. Table decor is especially popular, which is why put these lovely centerpiece candle vases on our list. Thanks to their super tough adhesive, crystals can be adhered on almost any fabric or paper surface... even lace! We started with simple cylindrical vases from the Dollar Store and ended up with vintage style stunners that will set the entire table aglow.

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DIY Wedding Sparkle with Artistic Crystals: Bride & Entourage Dazzle Tees

Friday, 01 June 2012 3:00

As you may have noticed within the S4H pages this week, we have something a bit different from our regular beautiful and inspiring projects. We've put together an entire series with creative entrepreneurs in mind. We certainly hope you still find the projects beautiful and inspirational, but they are also designed to be jumping off points for items you could make for yourself or make and sell as a home-based wedding accessories business, using the Artistic integrated system of crystals, software, cutters and presses. Today: Dazzle Tees. These are perfect for the Bride and her entire Entourage to wear to showers, bachelorette parties, spa days or any other occasions where the wedding party is traveling together. We spied a number of similar garments during our research of best-sellers in the world of weddings. These are even prettier... and they're personalized!

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Quick Tip: How To Prevent Thread Tangles in Hand Sewing

Thursday, 31 May 2012 3:00

This week and next, we're focusing on wedding projects, which often call for hand sewing. But, no matter what kind of sewing you like to do, there are times you must use a hand needle and thread. It can be for something simple, such as sewing on a button, stitching an opening closed or tacking a strap in place. Or, you can move up the hand-sewing food chain to beautifully intricate techniques, like hand embroidery or hand quilting. Learn our favorite tips to help eliminate knots and tangles, and keep those stitches flowing smoothly.

DIY Wedding Sparkle with Artistic Crystals: Bejeweled Buttons

Wednesday, 30 May 2012 3:00

 

Beautiful buttons down the back are one of the most popular accents for wedding gowns. After all, it's the back of the dress the audience is looking at throughout the ceremony! By adding crystals to a simple covered button, you create instant dramatic flair. We show you ours as a feature strip on a sheer over-the-shoulder capelet, but they'd be also be beautiful as a featured top and/or bottom button on the gown itself. And they'd be striking as matching accents on the groom's and groomsmen's vests. Or, go beyond the world of weddings; these bejeweled buttons would fly off the virtual shelf as all-occasion fashion accessories.

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DIY Wedding Sparkle with Artistic Crystals: Flower Girl Overskirt with Rhinestone Border

Tuesday, 29 May 2012 3:00

Gone are the days when everyone in the wedding party had to look absolutely identical. Today, the trend is towards individuality. The ensembles are still color coordinated, but many brides are opting to personalize each outfit a bit. With Artistic Crystals, you get an integrated crystal application system that allows you to make and sell DIY Wedding projects as a home-based wedding accessories business. We call our series, the "Business of Bling," and today's B-of-B idea is to suggest to your bridal client that she put the littlest members of the wedding party in simple dresses, even off-the-rack frocks. Then, you can customize the outfits with crystal encrusted overskirts made like simple aprons. Each overskirt could be a different color of shimmering sheer fabric, but the beautiful, sparkling border would repeat the bride's theme and coordinate the entire look. 

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DIY Wedding Sparkle with Artistic Crystals: The Business of Bling

Monday, 28 May 2012 3:00

It's time to sparkle! We kick off a new series today that is different than anything we've done before here on Sew4Home. Over the past several months, we've worked with sponsor, Janome America to learn about their Artistic software brand, focusing on the Artistic Crystals system in particular. We've been very diligent students, and now have two weeks of wedding wonders planned that make use of this amazing integrated system of crystals, software, cutters and presses. But, it's more that just inspiring projects. We've designed the series with creative entrepreneurs in mind. These are projects you can make for yourself or make and sell as a home-based wedding accessories business. We call it: The Business of Bling!

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Kitchen Confections in Moda's Vintage Modern: Toaster Cozy

Thursday, 24 May 2012 3:00

One appliance that gets almost daily use in most kitchens is the trusty toaster. With all that hard work, it usually ends up looking a bit worse-for-wear. Maybe it's banged up around the edges, for sure there are crumbs aplenty, perhaps a small tattoo from a scorching accident. All in all, it isn't the prettiest member of the kitchen family. Keep it accessible yet under wraps with our trendy toaster cover. This is the final project in our Kitchen Confections series for Moda Fabrics, featuring the beautiful new Vintage Modern collection by Bonnie & Camille. Our clever cozy features a pretty patchwork accent strip, bright piping all around, and an easy-tie handle so it's fast to whip it off or drop it back on. Now you see it... now you don't! 

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Kitchen Confections in Moda's Vintage Modern: Patchwork Oven Mitts

Wednesday, 23 May 2012 3:00

If it's a kitchen series, there had better be some mitts or hot pads! Would we ever disappoint you?! For all our oven-lovin' S4H fans, these slip-on oven mitts are vintage in shape and style, modern in color and design. Of course they are, because they're project #5 in our Kitchen Confections series for Moda Fabrics, featuring the brand new Vintage Modern collection from Bonnie & Camille. We offer a free downloadable pattern and show the yardage requirements needed for two coordinating mitts, one for each hand... so neither hand gets jealous. 

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