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Cat’s Meow Appliqued Pillow: Janome America

Monday, 15 August 2016 1:00

Set this pretty kitty on your sofa to keep watch over the rest of your pillows. The bold silhouette with its sweet dimensional bow is truly the Cat’s Meow. Our original design was created to show off the amazing appliqué capabilities of the Janome machines. We used the Janome Skyline S7, but the same precision stitch quality is available on all their models, from the top-of-the-line sewing and embroidery powerhouses to the entry level compacts. We’re an exclusive Janome studio at Sew4Home, and it’s one of the top reasons our finished samples turn out so beautifully. Your sewing machine is the tool at the center of the process; it better have your back! That means a machine you can rely on to do what it needs to do easily and without any unnecessary frustration on your part. When you’re confident in your machine’s performance, it frees you to concentrate on your creativity. 

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Fast Fridays: Yoga Mat Strap Wrap

Friday, 12 August 2016 1:00

We’ve done several yoga mat totes here on Sew4Home (links are included below), but sometimes you don’t need or want a full bag. You’re dressed and ready, and your minimalist tendencies say all you need is to sling your mat over your shoulder and go. This style of mat-wrap is easy to find on retail shelves, but we’re willing to bet none of them are as lovely (or as clever) as ours. We’ve used gorgeous jacquard ribbon from Renaissance Ribbons on one side with standard polyester webbing on the other. All the brain-twisting wrapping, turning, and securing challenges have been figured out, so you can put it all together in a snap. It’s a perfect part of our Fast Fridays series, which is all about whipping out something wonderful in no time at all. 

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You Deserve Some Fun: Plan Now for Fall & Winter Sewing Escape Retreats

Thursday, 11 August 2016 1:25


Because you deserve to learn some great new techniques. Because you deserve to make a fabulous new project… or two or three. Because you (and all your sewing friends) deserve a great getaway. We could go on and on, but you get the idea. Retreat events are gearing up across the country. Register now to join us at one near you. Because you deserve it! 

Starfish Pillow

Wednesday, 10 August 2016 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 Summer and beyond. 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.

Sew Sampler Quilting Box Program from Fat Quarter Shop

Tuesday, 09 August 2016 1:00

In this world of digital everything – including those crazy Pokemon critters everyone is hunting like zombies at a full moon – isn’t it delightful when an actual package arrives in your real mailbox?! As lovers of sewing and craft, we’re all about creating authentic items with our own two hands. Virtual will never trump tactile in this world. Which is why we love Fat Quarter Shop’s Sew Sampler Quilting Box program. We gave you a sneak peek of these mystery boxes when they debuted this past April. Since then, four amazing boxes have landed in members’ mailboxes, each one as terrific as the the last. 

The Classic Canteen Bag: Fabric Depot for Fall

Monday, 08 August 2016 1:00

Channel your inner Boy Scout. Our round, canteen-style bag has a great retro look in a classic fall fabric combination: plaid flannel, denim, and corduroy. We even added appliquéd patches on the front. Bold metal hardware for the zipper and the strap adds the professional finish. Our thanks to Fabric Depot for having such a great variety of fabric choices; it allowed us to put together the perfect look. Use our free pattern download to create the exterior panels as well as the matching curved pocket. 

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Messenger Style Brief Bag: Go Back-to-School in Style

Friday, 05 August 2016 1:00

Back-to-school means back to the books, which also means carrying those books from class to class. It's supposed to be a digital world, yet we still have an awful lot of stuff to haul around! Use this classic messenger style brief to carry it all with both good looks and smart functionality. We used mid-weight cotton duck fabric from Premier Prints with bold, modern graphics, and adding an unexpected splash of bright color on the flap. The bag would work equally well in solids or you could even turn your brief bucolic with a unique floral combo. It's a crisp, cool style that's right on trend for either guys or gals.

Five-Pocket Sofa Arm (& More) Caddy: Go Back-to-School in Style

Thursday, 04 August 2016 12:01

Handy. Who doesn't want or need things to be handy? Have you ever heard anyone say, "No thanks, I'd prefer everything be just out of reach" ?!  Whether your back-to-school crew is struggling to keep their own bedrooms organized or they're heading off the tight confines of a dorm living, this caddy can help corral important items in just a few feet of space. The top section of the caddy is extra long (32") and should easily fit over most upholstered chair or sofa arms. It can also be slipped under a seat cushion, between a mattress and box spring, or even looped over a hanger in your closet to hold accessories and jewelry. 

Rustic Rag Quilt: Go Back-to-School in Style

Wednesday, 03 August 2016 1:00

On the "Quilting Easy-ness Scale," the rag quilt ranks right at the top. It's sewn with the seams exposed, and the whole idea is to create a softly rumpled, very cuddly, wrap-me-up-now result. If you have someone heading off to school, this is a wonderful blanket to send along to remind them of the warm hugs waiting back at home. Since the ragging gives this quilt an inherent rustic look, we wanted a fabric that echoed that handmade feel. We found it in the Handcrafted collection by Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics. Very different from most traditional quilting cottons, it's created entirely by hand. The process is a new interpretation of the ancient wax resist, fabric dying art form of batik. We felt the result had the look of hand silk-screened fabrics: looser, more free-form and with deeply saturated pigments. It was absolutely spot-on for a colorful rag quilt.

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Six-Pocket Round Bath Caddy: Go Back-to-School in Style

Tuesday, 02 August 2016 1:00

The new tiny house movement has nothing on dorm life, where living space shrinks to the bare minimum and you're welcomed to the world of the communal bathroom. For kids heading off to college, it's often the first experience in condensing all their belongings to fit into a very small shared space. Let them use this great looking, super functional round caddy to keep bath necessities together in one handy organizer that's easy to tote back and forth. We worked with our friends at Fabric Depot to select a heavier-weight Oxford Cloth in a fun dot pattern; it reminded us of happy little soap bubbles. The pretty exterior is paired with a water repellent rip stop nylon for the lining.

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