We have a whole new batch of ideas to add to our official You Asked 4 It list thanks to our recent Great Giveaway request for the projects and techniques you'd like to see on Sew4Home. We also realized there are A LOT of existing articles many of our visitors, maybe even you, are looking for that we actually already have. It's time for a little re-cap tour of our Project Index – a reminder of where to find some of our most asked-for tutorials. It might be exactly what you're looking for, very similar, or perhaps a new idea you love even more!
Most sewing projects require at least a small amount of hand stitching. If you've left an opening in a seam to turn an item right side out, you may need to hand stitch the opening closed. Hems are often hand stitched. Or, you might need to hand stitch a facing in place. Whatever the task, a bit of hand stitching comes in... well, "handy." We've outlined the tools needed along with seven of the most common stitches. Simple drawings and steps show how to do each one.
Here in the Pacific Northwest, it's been a hot-hot-hot summer already. Definitely "bring-your-own-shade" kind of weather. Our fun portable shade tent fits the bill. It's perfect as a children's outdoor playhouse as well as a comfy lounge cabana for "big kids" to relax, read, and doze. We show you how to create the easy-to-assemble PVC frame as well as the slip-on fabric covering. This project was created last season and in just that sort amount of time has risen to the tip-top of our Most Popular lists in several social media outlets. In Pinterest alone, it has well over 3,000 re-pins! We can see why: it's easy to make, fast to set-up, and rolls-up for travel or to store after the sun sets.
One project can turn out an unlimited number of ways, depending on the choices you make with fabrics, trims, and notions. That's the fun behind our ongoing Re-imagine & Renovate series. Today's great-for-guys apron features clean and simple lines with just a few subtle details, like bold topstitching and a jumbo pocket panel. We combined a striking geometric print in a crisp linen, from the World Tour collection by David Butler's Parson Gray brand for FreeSpirit Fabrics, with a classic heavyweight canvas. It's an urban, industrial kind of vibe that works indoors or out.
Since early this year, we've been having fun playing with several of the exclusive new fabric collections from Hawthorne Threads. Owners, Charlie and Lindsay Prezzano took the leap into the fabric design waters with both feet... that would be four feet with a running start. The motifs themselves have been lovely, and to top it off, they print their fabrics on-site using the latest digital technology. The process is very precise and the resulting cotton prints have sharp lines and vivid colors. And speaking of colors... today we're using the Hawthorne Threads online experience to show you a bit of what happens behind the scenes when we build a Sew4Home project. The Hawthorne Threads site navigation, and the way they've structured their integrated color palettes, is well-thought-out, user friendly, and built with creativity in mind.
Your trusty ironing board – you spend almost as much time there as you do in front of your sewing machine! If you find yourself traipsing back and forth to grab a pin or pressing cloth or seam gauge or, or, or... you'll love our handy caddy. It's designed to loop over the wide end of the board to hold tools, catch threads, and act as a pincushion. We gave this classic sewing room must-have a new look as part of our popular Re-imagine & Renovate series.
The indoor variety of this project if often called a "mug rug." It's simply a small placemat to hold just a few items, such as a mug of tea and a biscuit. Since this is the season to dine al fresco, we felt there needed to be an outdoor version of the mug rug. So we pulled out a few favorite outdoor fabrics from the S4H scrap stash and designed a cute Mini Mat that sports a handy, full-width pocket and a grommet for hanging.
In the past, there have been entire accessory systems to achieve this unique embellishment technique, sometimes referred to "yarn embroidery." Now, with the Janome Free Motion Couching Foot Set, you can do it with a simple change of your presser foot. It results in a cool textured effect and is very easy to do... like drawing with yarn. We're already scheming on possible uses for future projects.
When the temperatures rise or the wind flies, can chapped lips be far behind? This time of year, it can be difficult to keep your lips moist and protected from the elements. Your best defense is a good offense: constant swipes from your trusty tube of lip balm. I don't know about you, but I have tons of tubes of lip balm – there's just never one nearby when I need it. So I end up buying another! Today's fast and easy idea is perfect as both a Sew It Up 4 Summer project and a ScrapBusters choice. Make several of these adorable key ring lip balm holders so you always have your favorite tubes on hand... and can stop buying more than you need.
Ahhhh; it's a lovely summer day on the patio. Blue skies, bright sun... actually, really bright. Blinding might be a better word! If you have an outdoor space you likely also have those one or two areas that always get blasted by the sun, making them virtually unusable at certain times of day. Enter our innovative Shade Panel. It's an outdoor curtain with a center screen that filters in light while blocking out the worst of the blinding rays – all without destroying your view. We worked with our friends at Fabric Depot to come up with the perfect combo for this project: bold Outdoor Fabric and unique Pet Screen (100% woven vinyl-coated polyester).