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Accessories We Love: Janome Beading Foot Set

Thursday, 10 March 2011 9:00

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Beads have always been a favorite embellishment of mine. I think it's because they can add dimension and texture and color in one fell swoop. But my-oh-my, putting them on is a struggle and a half. Hand sewing in an option, if you have a few spare days. And machine sewing can be like trying to ride your bike over a field of BBs (no... I haven't actually done that, but I know it would be tricky and very slippery). Luckily for me (and my bicycle), our friends at Janome have a cool set of presser feet made exactly for what I want to do: quickly attach strands of beads of various widths. Can a glittering gown for next year's Oscars be far behind?!

Creative People We Love: The Crafty Chica, Kathy Cano-Murillo

Tuesday, 08 March 2011 9:00

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We recently met a force of nature. This woman creates on so many fronts, I secretly suspect she has an extra set of arms, one of which has a glue gun surgically implanted. Color, life and laughter sparkle from her pores. I'm talking about Kathy Cano-Murillo, better known as The Crafty Chica.

Grocery List/Coupon Holder on Lanyard

Wednesday, 02 March 2011 9:00

Click to EnlargeThings to do today: 1) Make cool grocery list/coupon holder from Sew4Home; 2) With increased level of organization from said cool grocery list/coupon holder, complete chores in record time; 3) Eat chocolates; 4) Send any leftover chocolates to Sew4Home. I think that pretty much covers it. Our cute little case has a perfectly-sized vinyl window pocket that displays your shopping list, a handy credit card pocket on the opposite side and a zippered inside pouch to hold coupons and more. Yes... you can sew vinyl with your home sewing machine!

Scrap It: Pendleton Wool Eyeglass/Sunglass Case

Monday, 28 February 2011 10:00

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I've worn glasses since I was about eight years old, which means I have absolutely no memory of what it is like to wake up and be able to see across the room. It also means, I'm a big fan of the eyeglass case because it's the best way I've found to keep track of my eyeglasses or sunglasses. Plus, it protects them when I need to toss a pair of into my bag. This fast and easy project would also make a perfect gift or a craft fair/boutique item to sell. I say this since everyone I showed my sample to wanted to keep it! We added a cute dangling fob made of of leather and beads

How To Create A Blind Hem

Thursday, 24 February 2011 1:00

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A blind hem is exactly what it sounds like: a hem with stitches you barely notice. It's perfect for window coverings or anywhere you want a clean finished edge. When I first started sewing, attaining a perfect blind hem was like finding the Holy Grail. And then a funny thing happened, I practiced it a few times, and realized it was really easy. It's sort of like learning to use chopsticks – at first it seems so awkward and difficult and then, suddenly, it's second nature. Try a blind hem and you'll never drop a wad of sticky rice in your lap again.


Reversible Ribbon Belt

Friday, 18 February 2011 9:00

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Belts are fun to make. They're fast and easy, and use just a tiny bit of fabric or, in this case, just a few yards of ribbon! This particular project is double the fun because the belt is reversible. We show you two different ways to stitch and turn so the belt ends are finished and the side seams super flat. Try one for your own wardrobe, as a gift for any occasion, or as an item to make and sell.

Teen Pretty Pack: Decorative Softee Bolster Pillow

Thursday, 17 February 2011 9:00

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Sitting up takes sooooooo much work. Especially when the alternative is stretching out with the latest news and a super soft bolster pillow to gently prop your head. The third project in our Teen Pretty Pack trio is this extra long, extra soft bolster/neckroll pillow. We used Minky Marshmallow for our center panel trimmed with the beautiful swooping birds of Michael Miller Fabric's Bonnes Amies. I'm sure our model has finished her homework and is just relaxing. At least... I'm pretty sure.


Love That Fabric: February

Wednesday, 16 February 2011 9:00

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Last month we showed all girlie fabrics in shades of Honeysuckle Pink, the Pantone Color of the Year. This month we found something for everyone: a retro cool collection from Birch Organic Fabrics, extreme prints for boys from Michael Miller Fabrics, a striking new collection from Ty Pennington, and cotton linen gorgeousness from Valori Wells.

An Interview with Fabric Designers Pillow & Maxfield

Tuesday, 15 February 2011 9:00

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As I write this, I'm surrounded by the latest fabric collection from designers, Pillow & Maxfield: the gorgeous Gypsy Bandana for Michael Miller Fabrics. Pause with me as I siiiiiiiiiigh deeply, because, once again... we love it all. We decided we simply HAD to get to know the brains behind this beautiful fabric, Val Pillow and Anne Maxfield. Luckily for us, there was an immediate bond. Turns out we love them and they love Sew4Home! After exchanging our love, we got down to business and asked Val and Anne some insightful questions about where they came from, where their designs come from, and what gift wrap has to do with it all.

Valentine's Day: Hoopla Pre-Cuts: Be-ribboned Guest Bath Towels

Friday, 11 February 2011 9:00

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Here's another super fast project that turns out super cute with very little effort on your part. Our gussied-up guest towels with their bright bows would look very cool on your own towel bar, but better still, they are the perfect quick and easy gift. We've put them into our Valentine's Day project mix, but with the right fabric trim, they would be excellent as a hostess gift, or for a wedding shower or house warming.



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