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Zombie Pincushions: Happy Halloween with Odilia & Cornelius

Friday, 23 September 2016 1:00

We believe zombies actually enjoy being pincushions! It’s a nice way for them to relax; being the walking dead is kind of hard work. Our zombie pair is friendly and not dangerous at all as they hold pins for you at your sewing or cutting table. You can tell by their tattered pink hearts that they aren’t out to do any harm! We worked with some plain cotton scraps from our stash, choosing the excellent Halloween colors of Mummy Wrap White for Odilia and Ghoulish Gravestone Gray for Cornelius. With just a few floss, felt, and button accents, you can give your zombie its own unique personality. 

Playful Appliquéd Owls Placemat Set

Thursday, 22 September 2016 1:00

"Whoooooooo wants lunch?!" Our adorable appliquéd owl placemats make mealtime fun for kids... or those of us who are kids at heart! As they tumble through the trees, they seem like the perfect project for the first day of Fall. We provide templates for all four owl designs along with detailed step-by-step instructions for how to layer and stitch. Each owl pal has its own personality, thanks to their expressive eyes and whether they're hopping, perching, flying or falling. The fabric selection for all the pieces also adds style and sass. We dug through our scrap stash for a blend of fall colors. Each owl features one tiny print and one coordinating solid.

Home Décor Book Debut for Erin Schlosser: Win A Copy!

Wednesday, 21 September 2016 1:00


Our friend, Erin Schlosser is a true “renaissance woman” when it comes to working in the world of sewing and craft. From the computerized domain of embroidery design digitizing to the hands-on artistry of needle arts – not to mention the most adorable pom poms ever – Erin is a true creative, top to bottom. She also happens to be one of the amazing members of our Sewing Escape Retreats educational team. In fact, it was during one of our first planning sessions for the Retreats that we learned Erin had a book coming out this Fall. Of course, we were at the front of the line to scoop up a copy and let all of you know about it. If you glance quickly at the title: Sew Home, you might wonder, “Hey… where’s the 4?!” Yep, the title of Erin’s book is rather close to our own name, and we both laugh about it. She lays that decision at the feet of her publisher. “I had been talking about it all along as being a sewing for the home book,” says Erin. “I guess they took me at my word!” Join us for a peek inside and enter to win your very own copy. 

Products We Love: Janome Ribbon Sewing Guide

Tuesday, 20 September 2016 1:00

Here is your word for the day: plethora. As in, "a whole bunch." As in, "With such a plethora of ribbon options on the market today, why would I want even more?" Because you can. The Janome Ribbon Sewing Guide allows you to stitch directly on ribbon up to 1" wide, so you can personalize the color and design of your ribbon accents and create exactly the look you want and need.


The Christopher Bag in Corduroy with Rain Slicker Latches: Dritz Sewing Supplies

Monday, 19 September 2016 1:00

One of my childhood heroes was Christopher Robin, Winnie the Pooh’s best friend. The reasons are many, not the least of which is the fact that he had the most awesome rain slicker with metal latches and a matching pair of rain boots for stomping in puddles while walking through the Hundred Acre Wood. When we saw this new type of Fashion Latch by Dritz®, it immediately reminded me of Christopher Robin, and so we have: The Christopher Bag. Feel free to carry it as you stomp across a mud puddle or kick though a pile of leaves… or just while you're out and about for work or school. The bag’s exterior is done in corduroy, one of the very best fabrics for Fall. The flap closes with two of what we like to call the “rain slicker latches” and the entire bag has a lovely soft slouch Christopher Robin would love. 


Fast Fridays: Flip-Flap Luggage ID Tag

Friday, 16 September 2016 1:00

With just a bit of vinyl and cotton, you can make a clever tag that IDs your bag. We created it in a larger size and bolder color to help you quickly spot your bags on the airport’s jam-packed luggage carousel. The exterior is Marine Vinyl, which is the perfect weight and comes in fun, bright colors. You want enough body to allow the tag to hold-up to the aggressive handling it must usually endure, but it can’t be too thick or the final edgestitching that secures all the layers will be hard to keep even and precise. We show you how to cut a little flap to cover up your personal information, and even provide a free download to print your own ID insert card. 


How to Install a Conventional Zipper

Thursday, 15 September 2016 1:00

Zzzzzzzzip it! We love the sound, the look, and the functionality of zippers. But most of us are not so in love with installing them in our sewing projects. In fact, there's probably no sewing technique more dreaded than learning how to properly install a zipper. If you're a regular S4H visitor, you know that's a challenge we can't walk away from. Today, you are going to learn how to master the most conventional zipper technique. Once you’ve done so, one warning: anyone who finds out about your new skill will be dropping off all kinds of items with broken zippers on your front porch. Ha! Pull them inside, and teach them how to do it themselves! The steps shown below are for a "conventional" zipper as you might use on a garment – where the fabric meets along the center of the zipper teeth, concealing them.

The Jolly Bar Book from Fat Quarter Shop: Win a Book and a Bundle!

Wednesday, 14 September 2016 1:00


First came the fabric; now comes the book! The newest It’s Sew Emma publication from Fat Quarter Shop is: The Jolly Bar Book Vol. 1. It contains twenty patterns created especially for Fat Quarter Shop’s exclusive Jolly Bar pre-cut, a 5” x 10” rectangle that’s a perfect building block for all kinds of designs. Read on for a sneak peek, then enter to win your own copy along with your choice of one Jolly Bar bundle from the full FQS selection. 

ScrapBusters: Moroccan Style Deco Stitch Tea Towels

Tuesday, 13 September 2016 1:00

These are not your grandmother's tea towels. Pull out the spiciest colors and most striking patterns from your scrap stash for this set of trendy towels. We also dove into the decorative stitch options on our Janome machine to add some dramatic stitch style. These towels can jazz up your own kitchen or would be a wonderful host/hostess gift. It is a common practice for Moroccans to extend invitations to their home. However, remember that the invitation is a genuine one only if it is extended three times. (Make this project. Make this project. Make this project.)


Mr. Bones Glow in the Dark Body Pillow: Halloween at Fabric Depot

Monday, 12 September 2016 1:00

Bet you never thought a skeleton could be soft and cuddly. He can be if he’s a body pillow cover! We were having a great time browsing the Halloween selection at Fabric Depot when we came across the best skeleton fabric panel ever. He’s nearly full size and glows in the dark! After a bit of measuring, we discovered he was also the absolutely perfect size to become the best skeleton body pillow cover ever. 



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