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Sporty String Backpack with Vertical Zip Pockets

Monday, 27 April 2015 1:00

A lightweight, string style backpack is the perfect storage solution for all those outdoor activities ahead. It's compact and easy to carry but can really hold a lot. We used water-resistant nylon inside and out, which means this pack would be great for a day trip to the river or beach. And, with days getting longer and warmer, making staying out late more tempting, we opted for a reflective fabric on the exterior to add a bit of safety on-the-go. 

Farm Girl Vintage by Lori Holt: New It's Sew Emma Book Review & Giveaway

Friday, 24 April 2015 1:00

THE GREAT GIVEAWAY PORTION OF THIS ARTICLE CLOSED ON 05/08/15. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED. 

Some of you may recognize Lori Holt from her popular blog, Bee in my Bonnet. She can now add "author" to her list of accomplishments with the publication of her debut quilting book, Farm Girl Vintage. This is the newest title from It's Sew Emma, the sister site of Fat Quarter Shop, which brings you not only great books like this, but also wonderful quilting patterns. We're excited to have one of the first reviews of Farm Girl Vintage as well as a chance for one lucky Sew4Home visitor to win a brand, spankin' new copy of the book. You'll also want to be watching for the inspiring Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along, (#farmgirlfridays) starting this coming Friday, May 1st with a kick-off post by Lori herself among others. The Sew Along will be featured each Friday on the Jolly Jabber Blog, which can be accessed from both the Fat Quarter Shop site as well as It's Sew Emma

ScrapBusters: Scrappy Ruffled Oven Mitts

Thursday, 23 April 2015 1:00

We're moving into shower season. Not April showers, but bridal and wedding showers. Today's ScrapBusters project is a great shower gift idea. Use some of the prettiest, springiest fabrics from your scrap stash, blending them together into a happy mix of pattern and color. Each oven mitt uses up to four different fabrics. 

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We Need Closure: A Handy List of Locks, Snaps, Zips & More

Wednesday, 22 April 2015 1:00

There are lots of ways to find what you're looking for at Sew4Home. Scroll through the home page teasers. Browse and click the main navigation tabs. Look in our Project Index. Or simply search by key word. But sometimes, it's nice to simply have one handy list of links to refer to in a specific category. Today, we've pulled together our top ten articles that show a variety of ways you can keep things closed. 

Charm Box: A New Shortcut Quilt from Fat Quarter Shop; Plus a Charm Pack Giveaway

Tuesday, 21 April 2015 1:00

THE GREAT GIVEAWAY PORTION OF THIS ARTICLE CLOSED ON 05/13/15. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED. 

Charm Box is the newest member of the Shortcut Quilts family at Fat Quarter Shop (FQS). This semi-regular quilt program is designed to make great use of pre-cut bundles; it features projects that are fast, simple, and cute-as-can-be! Charm Packs are one of the most economical of the pre-cut options. Each one traditionally contains forty-two 5" x 5" squares and most retail for under $10.  Our thanks to all our friends at Fat Quarter Shop for allowing us to feature this "charming" new quilt and to offer a pair of Charm Packs to one lucky Sew4Home visitor.

Slightly Slouchy Storage Baskets in Burlap & Cotton

Monday, 20 April 2015 1:00

"Stand up straight!" That admonition rang in my ears throughout my childhood. And, while I am grateful for my excellent posture, there are times when I like a little bit of a slouch. These cute round storage baskets are designed with three types of interfacing to help them hold their slightly slouchy shape. 

Re-imagine & Renovate: Mom's Favorite Apron with Fat Quarter Shop

Friday, 17 April 2015 1:00

This drop-waist apron with its jaunty suspender clips is a S4H classic that's generated hundreds of downloads since it first debuted. We're featuring a second look at it today in a beautiful new blend of prints from the Ambleside collection by Brenda Riddle Designs for Moda Fabrics from Fat Quarter Shop. The soft color palette and sweet florals of Ambleside have a country garden feel, but with the added crispness of coordinating ginghams, plaids, and wallpaper stripes. Our friends at Fat Quarter Shop provided the yardage as sponsors of this new spin on a popular pattern. 

Starfish Pillow with Button Accents

Thursday, 16 April 2015 1:00

Real starfish belong in tide pools. Our starfish pillow belongs on your sofa! This quick and easy project is the perfect way to add a splash of nautical fun to freshen-up your décor for Spring. There are dozens of great fabric collections out there with delightful seaside themes. We selected a print from Michael Miller's Sea Buddies collection in a coral-times-two design: a beautiful coral motif in a rich coral color.

Roomy Zippered Pouch with Darts

Wednesday, 15 April 2015 1:00

Today's pretty pouch is created in a wonderful textured fabric trio of twill, faux suede, and brushed cotton gingham. Darts in the bottom give the pouch a roomy base, and the zippered top opens wide so you can easily load it up with all the extras you need for a weekend getaway, a trip to the gym, or simply drop into your favorite handbag. The faux suede stripe through the middle adds to both style and texture and is the perfect background for our snazzy monogram.

How to Make a Dart to Create Contours

Tuesday, 14 April 2015 1:00

You may be familiar with darts as those pointy things you throw at a dartboard on the wall of your favorite pub. Although they don't fly, darts in sewing are still vital components of the overall sewn project. For the most part, sewing darts look quite similar to their gaming counterpart. They are wide on one end and pointy on the other. Pub darts are all about a smooth trajectory and pinpoint accuracy. Sewing darts are also big on smooth lines and precise points, but their function is all about shape. No matter what kind of sewing you do, sooner or later, you will likely have to sew a dart. Throwing darts... you can do on your own time.

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