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Noel Home: Grand Pinwheel & Pom-Pom Tree Skirt

Friday, 19 November 2010 9:00

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Our large, lush tree skirt is over four feet square; grand enough for Christmas morning's bounty of pretty packages. The pinwheel design is a patchwork classic, simple and sweet. And, even if you've never done patchwork or quilting before, I know you'll have success with this. It's just four squares of fabric cut on a diagonal, alternated, then sewn back together into four new squares. A 'stitch-in-the-ditch' at each seam quilts it all together. Easy as that. You really don't need to read all the directions now do you? Well... maybe just a few.

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Noel Home: Velvet Cuff Stockings

Thursday, 18 November 2010 9:00

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Welcome to this year's warm and cozy holiday series: Noel Home . Over the next few weeks, we have a dozen projects to add classic charm and quiet comfort to your décor. The fabric at the center of it all is the beautiful Lumiere de Noel from French General for Moda, a collection of simple yet striking toiles, stripes, plaids and florals, as well as elegant combinations of all these designs. The rich tones of red, ivory, cream, spruce and chocolate are reminiscent of a brimming basket Christmas potpourri. You can almost smell the cinnamon sticks simmering on the stove. Our series kicks off with a trio of soft stockings with handsome velvet cuffs and whimsical, dangling pom-poms.

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Products We Love: Clover Pom-Pom Maker

Wednesday, 17 November 2010 9:00

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Our Noel Home series of holiday projects features a plethora of pom-poms. The fluffy, casual poms are a great juxtaposition to the elegance the Lumiere de Noel fabric by French General for Moda fabric. Kind of like wearing Converse® high-tops with a tuxedo... a little bit of levity adds just the right touch. But yikes, we needed TWENTY-SIX pom-poms in order to complete all our projects. Time for the Clover® Pom-Pom Maker. It made quick work of our baker's-two-dozen poms, and each one was as perfectly puffy as the next.

Accessories We Love: The Roller Foot For Velvet & More

Tuesday, 16 November 2010 9:00

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Roller Foot. It sounds like it could be a malady common to professional skaters. (It may be for all we know.) But the Roller Foot is a presser foot for your sewing machine that allows you to sew sticky or shifty fabrics with ease. We're talking about materials like vinyl and leather, or chiffon, organza, and especially for the holiday season and our upcoming series of projects: velvet.

Perfect Pillows From Tammy Hensley's Spoonflower Fabric

Friday, 12 November 2010 9:00

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Spoonflower allows you… yes YOU… to design your own custom-printed fabric. How enticing is that! As a designer myself, I'm almost afraid to try my hand at textile design for fear I'll never do anything else. Not only can you design your own fabric, you can buy interesting fabric designed by other people. It's easy to get caught up looking at the thousands of options. Some of it is truly fabulous, a lot is very good and of course, there are some duds. On the whole, however, I found plenty of fabric that I had to fight the urge to add to my towering stash. We gave Spoonflower a try with a set of simple pillows made from our friend, Tammy Hensley's Family Forever collection. We'll take you through the order process, the options, and what we learned.

Quick Tip: Bias Tape Cheat Sheet

Thursday, 11 November 2010 9:00

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There you stand in the fabric store, that giant display of bias tapes and bindings in front of you, its shiny cellophane packages glinting in their neat, color coordinated rows. Single fold, double fold, blanket, quilt. Geeze! What's what? Do you just throw a dart and hope for the best? No! You bring your Sew4Home Cheat Sheet with you and get exactly what you really need.

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Thanksgiving Elegance: How To Create Cornucopia Napkins

Wednesday, 10 November 2010 9:00

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While the cornucopia dates back to Greek Mythology, its graceful shape and overflowing harvest is now most commonly associated with Thanksgiving. A cornucopia looks especially festive on the Thanksgiving table, but takes up more room than most Thanksgiving dinners allow – especially with Aunt Grace's enormous Tropicana Orange Jello mold. You can get a similar horn-of-plenty essence with a simple yet elegant napkin fold. Fill your napkin cornucopia with fresh flowers or greens, a small gift, candy, nuts and fruits or pretty much anything that strikes your fancy and suits your guests.

Creative People We Love: Tammy Hensley

Tuesday, 09 November 2010 9:00

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We're back with another fantastic installment of Sew4Home's "Creative People We Love" series. A new feature here, and already a favorite of fans, it's our way of supporting some of the wonderfully clever and inspiring folks we've met in our travels. Today's profile is Tammy Hensley, who we met at The Creative Connection in Minneapolis this past September. While chatting during one of the classes, Tammy demurely mentioned how she had dabbled a little bit in fabric design. She then proceeded to pull out a swatch book with dozens and dozens... and dozens of the most amazing fabric designs she'd produced at Spoonflower. Whoa! We were floored by her creativity and imagination and knew we had to find out more.

Thanksgiving Elegance: "Conversational" Bound Napkins

Monday, 08 November 2010 9:00

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We love cloth napkins, and this bound-edge variety is another of our easy yet elegant designs. It got us wondering about the ubiquitous napkin. Turns out the modern day table linen has quite a history, dating back as far as the Romans, who used a larger cloth called a mappae, which was spread over the edge of a couch to protect it while dining in typical Roman reclining position. Jump forward to France in the 1700s; the napkin had evolved to an important part of the formal table, and the French court's elaborate codes of etiquette included such important social rules as: "It is ungentlemanly to use a napkin for wiping the face or scraping the teeth, and it is a most vulgar error to wipe one's nose with it." I think this still holds true today!

Thanksgiving Elegance: Sparkling Crown Placemats

Friday, 05 November 2010 9:00

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Maybe we chose this Michael Miller fabric for its name: Send in the Crowns. Maybe we were captivated by the metallic sparkle of those rows and rows of crowns in their beautiful and unique shade of platinum. Maybe we wanted a clean, cosmopolitan design to blend with our Thanksgiving Elegance table. Actually... it was all those things, and the result is our lovely tri-panel placemats. A super simple project to make, an ultra sophisticated look on your table.

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