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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!


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! 


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. 


Kitchen Confections in Moda's Vintage Modern: Matching Recipe Cards & Gift Tags

Tuesday, 22 May 2012 3:00

In today's world of instant Internet gratification, does anyone actually hand-write anything any more? Here at S4H, we'd like to think so. And, we'd like to think the handwritten recipe and the personalized gift tag will be two things with enough old-fashioned goodness to never completely go away. I know some of the most cherished items in my own 'save box' are a couple recipes written in my mother's beautiful cursive on dog-eared slips of paper and a simple gift tag made from wrapping paper scraps and stickers. In honor of these vintage traditions, we have two special downloads for you today as part of our Kitchen Confections series for Moda Fabrics: matching recipe cards and gift tags. Use them to create your own 'save box' memories.


Kitchen Confections in Moda's Vintage Modern: Pleated Apron

Monday, 21 May 2012 5:18

It's Week Two of our Kitchen Confections Series for Moda Fabrics! If you're a regular Sew4Home visitor, you know we love aprons. So of course there was no question we'd whip up a fab apron in Bonnie & Camille's Vintage Modern collection. We combined coordinating Bella Solids by Moda, matching rick rack, form-flattering waist pleats, and a quilted accent along the top of the bodice. Even the pockets have box pleat details, and by tilting them at an angle, they give the skirt a pretty pop of color.


Kitchen Confections in Moda's Vintage Modern: Patchwork Table Runner

Friday, 18 May 2012 9:00

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There is something universally likable about the aqua and red color combination... or as Bonnie & Camille call it in their new Vintage Modern collection: Sky and Candy Apple. Mix in Cream, Pebble, Melon and Pear and you have a delicious blend of nostalgic warmth and romance with a whipped topping of clean, crisp and trendy sophistication. Today's tutorial in our Kitchen Confections series for Moda Fabrics is a quilted table runner with a pretty patchwork center that mixes and matches some of our favorite designs from within the 40 quilting weight prints in this delightful new collection. It coordinates perfectly with our five other tasty tutorials: placemats and napkins from this week and an apron, oven mitts and toaster cozy to come.


How To Make Knife Pleats

Thursday, 17 May 2012 3:00

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A knife pleat sounds dangerous, but is actually one of the easiest and, we think, prettiest members of the pleat family. In a knife pleat, the folds are pressed to one side in the same direction, which is why they are also sometimes called side pleats. More than likely, you've seen knife pleats on a garment; like those great tartan kilts bag pipers are known to wear... with or without something underneath.

Kitchen Confections in Moda's Vintage Modern: Patchwork Napkins

Wednesday, 16 May 2012 9:00

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Paper napkins are... well... paper ! Cloth napkins are more beautiful, more absorbent, and more green. Today is the second project in our Kitchen Confections series for Moda Fabrics, featuring the new Vintage Modern collection by Bonnie & Camille. On Monday, during our debut placemats tutorial, we showed you a technique for building patchwork strips called a 'strata.' Today you get to practice the technique again to make a set of coordinating napkins. Then, hold on to your honey buns.... we have four more projects on tap as well as two super cute downloads of matching recipe cards and gift tags, and a marvelous Great Giveaway to round it all out. Our thanks for Moda for sponsoring the entire series.


How To Make A Box Pleat Or Inverted Box Pleat

Tuesday, 15 May 2012 9:00

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Pleats are the origami of the sewing world. And although you don't usually need to fold one into the shape of a swan, there are a wide variety of pretty pleats that add distinct visual and textural embellishments for both home décor as well as garment sewing. Each type provides a different look based on how it's formed. You can make: knife pleats, knife pleats in two directions, box pleats, inverted box pleats, inverted box pleats with a separate underlay, accordion pleats, sunray pleats, and wave pleats. In this tutorial, we're focusing on a box pleat and its identical yet opposite cousin, the inverted box pleat. We'll address knife pleats later this week and some of the more specialized pleats in the near future.

Kitchen Confections in Moda's Vintage Modern: Patchwork Placemats

Monday, 14 May 2012 9:00

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Today we start a brand new series of beautiful kitchen tutorials in Bonnie & Camille's Vintage Modern collection for Moda Fabrics, which is hitting the fabric shelves right now, both in store and online! We call the series Kitchen Confections because each one is a delicious bite size project with plenty of sweet style. "But, aren't 'Vintage' and 'Modern' mutually exclusive?" You ask. (I always listen when you ask questions.) Not at all! It's a delightful blend of old and new. You get the prettiest patterns, reminiscent of old-fashioned goodness, but with a new twist that makes it all fresh and fun. This collection has six colorsways (Sky, Pebble, Cream, Candy Apple, Melon and Pear) with 40 quilting weight prints and 10 flannels, plus Fat Quarters, Fat Eighths, Layer Cakes, Charm Packs and Jelly Rolls. Wow! Thanks to Bonnie & Camille's great sense of style and design, it is mix-and-match heaven. In fact, there are so many fabrics to love, we ended up incorporating several patchwork techniques into our projects in order to allow us to inject as much variety as possible. Today, we kick off the series with a set of reversible placemats. Each one features unique fabric combinations for the front, back and binding; yet the patchwork feature band is the same on all, which ties the whole set together. We show you how to make a 'strata' so this common patchwork band is fast and easy.



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