Love That Fabric is our periodic review of some of the freshest, most fabulous fabrics we've spotted. The series was always a fan favorite, but had been on a bit of a hiatus. Now, thanks to visitor and sponsor requests, it's back and we're ready to fall in love all over again! The Series returns with two new collections from Moda fabrics. One is a mix of modern essentials, the other a nostalgic beauty in creamy, sweet-dreamy colors.
"Give us the tools and we will finish the job." Winston Churchill. One of the signs of a truly well-made project is that it looks nearly as good on the inside as it does on the outside. Finishing a project's inside raw edges will not only elevate the final appearance, it will also elevate your sewing skills to a new level. In general, the purpose of any seam finish is to prevent fray-prone fabrics from raveling beyond the seam, which would then leave a hole in your sewn project. It also helps to reduce bulk on certain fabrics, like fleece. And, finishing stitches always provide added strength to a seam and the fabric edge. However, it's often just about the look, and most professionals recommend you even finish fabrics that don’t appear to require it.
When you're a kid, Valentine's Day is the perfect combination of giving and receiving. It's fun to plan and put together cards and treats for your friends and family; then it's a thrill to see what you get in return. The occasion is certainly auspicious enough to demand its own special carrying case. Ours is super cute thanks to novelty PUL (polyurethane laminate), fold over elastic, and plastic snaps - all from Babyville Boutique. PUL looks great and wipes clean... a bit like kids themselves! The Babyville Boutique elements all coordinate beautifully, so mixing and matching is effortless. The case is stabilized with an inner layer of cardboard - although plastic web, firm foam or flexible template plastic would also work. We designed three generous pockets so little fingers have lots of places to put important stuff.
Our charming apron blends three different fabrics to create a wonderful swirl of colors and motifs. You'll love the unique details that tie it all together: bound slash pockets, two gathered tiers for the skirt, and a framed bodice with a cross-tie at the top. Even with all these custom accents, this is still a very easy project.
Scanning through your comments on our recent New Year's Resolutions article, the number one category of goals seems to be "organization." Here's a great project to start with that can help tidy up the area right next to your trusty sewing machine. We've designed a handy organizer to sit on an easel stand where it can hold a few important items as well as act as a clipboard for instructions or patterns you may need to refer to while sewing.
It's time to regroup, revitalize, and reclaim your sewing ambitions. We've put together our Top Five goals for 2016, and we'd like to know yours. We're even willing to reward your sewing dreams with a Great Giveaway. We have a Beautiful (yep, that's beautiful with a capital B) thread box from Aurifil Thread to award to one lucky Sew4Home resolution-maker. One note: Finishing all unfinished projects does not count as a real resolution .
THIS GREAT GIVEAWAY CLOSED 01/10/16. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED.
These jumbo fabric baskets are so big and beautiful, they'll make sorting laundry fun! Well... if not actually fun, at least functional. And, they look great doing their job. Sparkling iron-on letters down one side let you know which items should go into the wash and which are headed to the dry cleaner. We used a combination of three striking Waverly fabrics for our two bins.
There are so many times you need two hands free (Look Ma... No hands!), and this clever little organizer is a great solution. It can slip on a belt or clip on a belt loop; making it perfect for urban walkers, Saturday antiquing adventures or just when you're trying to wrangle two toddlers down the block. Drop your smart phone in a pocket at the back and use the zippered front pocket to hold cash, change, credit cards or other necessities.
It's time (already!) for our year-end roundup of the 15 top projects from 2015 that caught your eye and got you running for your sewing machine. Does our list contain your faves or did a gem get overlooked by the masses? Leave us a comment below to let us know which projects you loved most this year. And, make sure to tell us if there's a project you're hoping to see in 2016. We're planning now with our wonderful friends and sponsors, and the editorial calendar is shaping up to be chockablock with great projects, products, and more!