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Monogram Week: Picking the Right Thread, Stabilizer & Other Special Notions

Wednesday, 21 October 2009 9:00

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Like any sewing project, using the correct materials is crucial to success. Monogramming and embroidery use their own special set of notions, which aren’t necessarily used in other types of sewing projects. We created a list of the materials you'll need, with an explanation of their use to help you become an educated shopper – before you start your first monogramming project.

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Monogram Week: How to Monogram a Plush Towel

Tuesday, 20 October 2009 9:00

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Monogrammed towels lend a lush and elegant accent to any bathroom. And they make fabulous gifts for newlyweds or an anniversary. The only problem is they're often far too pretty to actually use. I've gotten past this problem by pretending my bathroom is really part of a luxury suite at a five-star resort. This image is usually shattered when my teenage son wanders through the door in his boxers looking for toothpaste. If monogrammed towels keep me close to my dream ... I'm usin' 'em!

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Monogram Week: The ABCs of Machine Monogramming

Monday, 19 October 2009 9:00

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A monogram turns an ordinary household item into a treasured heirloom. There is simply nothing more personal and elegant than a monogrammed towel, napkin, handkerchief, or anything else for that matter. The monogram is the symbol of success and privilege in our collective imagination. Think of the Wall Street exec with his monogrammed cuffs, the jet-setting movie star with her matching monogrammed luggage, or the luxurious bath towel and robes in a five-star hotel. Bringing this kind of stylish luxury into our own homes – and making it affordable – is what DIY is all about. And so, we bring Monogram Week to Sew4Home to celebrate the art of this most tasteful of embroidery accent for the home.

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Halloween Charms: Spooky Banner

Friday, 16 October 2009 9:00
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Make it a more Green Halloween this year by forgoing the paper and plastic decorations in favor of this cool fabric banner that can be used year after year. Sanae's Spooktactular fabric collection puts a fun and different spin on the traditional black and orange, adding purple, lime green and white. The neighborhood ghosts and goblins are sure to be impressed.

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Halloween Charms: Spooky Treat Bags

Thursday, 15 October 2009 9:00
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Your choices for Halloween treat bags are many and varied: paper pouches, hard plastic pumpkins, even the old-standby: a pillowcase. But none of those is as cute as our reversible fabric tote. The easy patchwork pattern is bright and fun, but still filled with your favorite Halloween icons, like bats and spiders and moons. The heavy-duty webbing handles mean your little goblins can fill up with lots of tasty treats. And, it's a Green Halloween alternative to all the traditional throw-away decorations.

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Halloween Charms: Spooky Table Runner

Wednesday, 14 October 2009 9:00
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Do you have a host of Halloween goblins headed your way? Roll out this fast and easy table runner and spread out all your goodies in style. The simple patchwork design is made up of 40 squares, which makes a colorful grid of stripes, dots, bats and spiders. It's a little bit spooky and a little bit kooky. HA! Now you have the Addams Family theme stuck in your head for the rest of the day.

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Citrus Holiday: Hostess Apron with Dreamy Bow

Monday, 12 October 2009 9:00

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The hostess apron is a nod to the more elegant entertaining of days gone by, when a beautiful apron was a critical part of your party ensemble. We've brought back this vintage accessory, but with a bright new spin to match the playful palette of our Citrus Holiday projects. We combined five different Heather Bailey fabrics, then added a deep wine red for the waistband and all the ties. Flouncy skirt tiers and a bold bow we tied jauntily at the shoulder are the finishing touches that make this apron a stand out.

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Sofa Caddy

Friday, 09 October 2009 9:00

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Sometimes, I think my TV remote has a mind of its own. Nine times out of ten, it's not where I want it when I sit down. I figure it must get up and leave when I'm not looking. Same thing goes for all my other controls ... never around when I need them (much like gas stations). This cool sofa caddy keeps everything right at my fingertips, The pockets all have the perfect expandable gusset: big enough to easily slide stuff in and out, but not so big that things topple out.

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Citrus Holiday: In-a-Word Pillow

Wednesday, 07 October 2009 9:00

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There's one in every family. The helpful host/hostess who just won't rest – always rushing around to make sure everyone else is in tip-top shape. You know who I mean, don't you? This special holiday pillow is for that special holiday someone. Toss it his or her way and demand they 'SIT!' Bold red letter appliqués and matching red piping make a statement even Helpful Hannah (or Hank) will have to stop and pay attention to. The pillow is reversible, so when they pop up again to refill your glass, you can flip it over and try again later.

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Citrus Holiday: Elegant Hexagonal Pillow

Monday, 05 October 2009 9:00

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Things that are six sided: snow crystals, the cells of a honeycomb, the Tam Tam (a six-sided matzo cracker) and ... this delightful Citrus Holiday pillow. Completely proving 1) not all pillows need to be square, and 2) you need to get a magnifying glass or microscope to make sure I'm telling the truth about the snow crystals and honeycombs.

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