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Decorative Stitches: Love Them! Use Them!

Tuesday, 25 October 2011 9:00

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A plain cotton sheet set at a department store might cost $25-$30. But add a line of decorative stitching along the turn-down edge, and it looks like the $99+ set that came out of a fancy catalog. Maybe you don't care for fancy sheets in catalogs – but the point is: a little decorative stitching adds a lot, and can take a sewing project from ordinary to "Did you really make that?!"

Butterscotch & Rose Pretty Piped Pillow #2 - Diamonds 'n' Tufting

Monday, 24 October 2011 9:00

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I call this our "jewel box pillow" because it features three rows of diamonds. But in the world of patchwork, a diamond is really just a square turned on point. So the complex-looking front of this pretty pillow is actually six simple rows stitched together on the diagonal. Fooled ya, didn't we?! We add piping and covered buttons to soften the angles of the diamonds and triangles. Joanna Figueroa's lovely Butterscotch & Rose collection is the perfect fabric choice. The colors are rich and creamy and the patterns elegant. But in true Joanna fashion, nothing ever feels stuffy or dated.


Half Hour Wonder: Fab Fall Belts

Friday, 21 October 2011 9:00

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Belts are all over the torso this year. From hip huggers that add shape to a shift, waist-cinchers for a pretty feminine look, and empire waist belts for a figure-enhancing trendy look. Pick your position, cut, sew and go. These 30-minute wonders are easy and satisfying to make; a classic plaid adds a lovely touch of fall to your wardrobe, especially when mixed with something unexpected.       

Love That Fabric: The Spa Collection from Michael Miller Fabrics

Thursday, 20 October 2011 9:00

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The new Spa Collection from Michael Miller Fabrics is so tranquil and soothing, it will take your stress away. Why is that? Blue, especially when infused with a little green to create water hues, is the most popular color in the world for both men and women. When toned down, as in this collection, to create a "softer" color, it becomes increasingly pleasing to the eye; complex, subtle yet sophisticated. Add cool, calming earth colors for the quintessential relaxation combo. Studies have shown that sleeping in a room in these colors can actually lower your blood pressure. Since nearly everyone reacts positively to these colors, they are ideal choices when sewing gifts. See our ideas for using the Spa Collection to make gifts anyone would love to receive.

ScrapBusters: Key Fobs

Wednesday, 19 October 2011 9:00

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This ScrapBusters project is not only really fun to make, it is an awesome low-cost gift idea. We found the key fob hardware at Ribbon Retreat, one of our Shopping Directory vendors, for just 50 cents each... 40 cents if you buy a bunch. If you have fabric and trim scraps on hand (and who doesn't???), you can make a super cool little gift for under $1.00! We made a version for Mom and one for Dad as well as a trendy Teen version and one as the perfect Teacher gift. Fast, fun and inexpensive... it's a triple treat.

Butterscotch & Rose Pretty Piped Pillow #1 - Round 'n' Round

Tuesday, 18 October 2011 9:00

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We got a sneak peek at Joanna Figueroa's lovely Butterscotch & Rose collection awhile back and had been noodlin' on how we wanted to use it. The colors are rich and creamy and the patterns elegant. But in true Joanna fashion, nothing ever feels stuffy or dated. Instead, she injects a modern energy into the charm of a nostalgic color palette. Like a cashmere sweater worn over your favorite jeans; it's comfortable and stylish in one fell swoop. We decided a trio of patchworked pillows answered our creative question. Today, download our free wedge pattern to make a pretty round pinwheel pillow.


The Hostess Apron Comeback Series: #4 - Be a Grinch!

Monday, 17 October 2011 9:00

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You're a stylish one, Mr. Grinch. If I were a Who down in Whoville, this would be just what I'd wear to whip up my holiday feast. The fourth in our series of retro hostess apron tutorials is the all-out-fun of Be A Grinch! Created with three of Robert Kaufman's whimsical Suess® prints, the bib and skirt of this apron are actually two separate pieces that button together along the waistband.


Moda Fabrics' Lil' Rascals Storybook Bedroom: Download The S4H Companion Book

Friday, 14 October 2011 9:00

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It's here! The final chapter in our Moda Storybook Bedroom is our one-of-a-kind Sew4Home picturebook. We wrote a little story and designed a pretty book to go along with the adorable illustrations from Lil' Rascals by Chole's Closet – the collection we used for all our Storybook Bedroom projects. The picturebook is posted here as a free download, courtesy of Moda. Reading with the children in your life is one of the very best experiences you can give them. We hope you enjoy sharing the adventures of Lil' Benny, who loses his blanket but finds some very special friends.

Versatile Mini Clip Hair Flowers

Thursday, 13 October 2011 9:00

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These tiny clips are so handy for holding hair in place. They're lightweight, inexpensive and available everywhere. On the other hand, embellished hair accessories are pricey, so why not make your own! After trying to wrap a ponytail holder without crushing the attached flower, it came to me that it would be easier to just clip the flower to the band after the band was on. Turns out, these little clips have holes next to the hinge springs and you can attach a flower to them by simply sewing it in place. Then you can attach it to your hair, an elastic ponytail band or a headband. Mix and match, wear one, two, three or more. Turn a bad hair day around by rockin' some pretty flowers.


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