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Bows & Ruffles Vanity Chair Cushion

Friday, 06 March 2015 1:00

Sitting pretty. That's what you'll be when you complete this lovely vanity chair pad. We took a simple center-tufted cushion design, then added deep double ruffles and long beautiful bows to attach the pad to the back of the chair. You'll also want to check out our "keep-it-from-slipping-and-ripping-out-the-ties" trick at the end of the article.  

Sew Pretty for Little Girls: Book Review & Giveaway

Thursday, 05 March 2015 1:00

THIS GREAT GIVEAWAY CLOSED 03/20/15. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED.

What do you get when you combine Liberty of London's classic florals and charming colors with a collection of cute, sugar-and-spice project ideas? A brand new book from Alice Garrett of Alice Caroline! We're happy to be part of a month-long promotional tour for Sew Pretty for Little Girls (or Little Lady Liberty as it is known in the UK). Read on to see our favorites from the over 20 tutorials. We'll also share a few fun facts we learned, and give you the chance to enter to win a digital copy of the book.

Belted Cross-Body Bag with Decorative Stitching

Wednesday, 04 March 2015 1:00

Decorative stitching against a neutral canvas gives this slouchy bucket bag a great hipster style. We used the beautiful stitches available on the Janome Memory Craft 9900, which go up to 9mm in width. For a subtle boho flair, we then incorporated long, soft tassels at the sides and front. Read on to learn our unique steps for making these custom tassels: much less than buying, and in an exact color match!

Setting Stitch Length: A Quick Look at How and Why

Tuesday, 03 March 2015 1:00

Adjusting stitch length isn't necessary for every project, but as you experiment with different types of fabrics and and start using stitches for embellishment as well as construction, a few quick tips will come in handy. When working with today's machines, which can zip along at up to 1000 stitches per minute, you can see how a little length goes a long way.

Skeleton Toile Pillows with Jumbo Poms

Monday, 02 March 2015 1:00

This happens. You're minding your own business, browsing with a particular project in mind, when a completely surprising fabric grabs your hand and yanks you over to the side, whispering, "You must have me; I'm so cool." That's exactly what happened with this wonderful pillow pair. The skeleton toile in a bright chartreuse with rich royal blue accents simply reached out and pulled us in. 

Welcome Spring Great Giveaway

Friday, 27 February 2015 1:00

THIS GREAT GIVEAWAY CLOSED 03/13/15. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED.

I know a great deal of the country is still battling record-breaking snow and ice, but spring is coming... promise. Is there anything better to take your mind off the white-on-white landscape outside your window than a collection of colorful floral print fabrics? We think not! So, in an effort to banish the winter blahs, Sew4Home brings you the Welcome Spring Great Giveaway. We've filled three flower pots with bouquets of beautiful floral prints for three lucky winners from our email list. 

ScrapBusters: Drop-In Zippered Pouch with Lanyard

Thursday, 26 February 2015 1:00

The Dig. You know what we mean – that frantic riffling through your bag, trying to find your keys, cash, lipstick, whatever. Like a dog after a bone, we churn up the contents that collect at the bottom, and still often come up empty-handed. This cute ScrapBusters zippered pouch will let you corral your important stuff. The pouch's lanyard acts like a leash. Reach in, grab onto the lanyard, and reel up your mini bag o' belongings.

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Linen Placemats with Heirloom Stitching

Wednesday, 25 February 2015 1:00


Table linens are a great way to get started into the world of heirloom stitching, and a placemat (or two or four or more) is a nice, smallish format with which to practice. We'll show you two options today: hemstitching (if you are brand new to heirloom techniques) and fagoting (if you are more advanced). Both placemat designs feature beautiful borders with mitered corners and an optional monogram.

Basic Heirloom Stitching by Machine

Tuesday, 24 February 2015 1:00


Heirloom is one of the oldest styles of specialty sewing. This precise and delicate type of stitching is said to have begun in the late 1800s by French nuns, who hand-stitched exquisite laces onto delicate fabrics for royal families. Their craftsmanship was so incredible, the resulting gowns and linens were painstakingly preserved and handed down from one generation to the next; hence an heirloom. You'll see the influence of heirloom stitching in a variety of high-end garments; most notably, special occasion finery, such as wedding dresses, christening gowns, and lingerie, as well as in the finest table linens. Today, with French nuns in short supply, we show you the basics of creating heirloom stitching with your sewing machine.

Lightweight, Designer Backpack: Hawthorne Threads

Monday, 23 February 2015 1:00

We have been looking forward to working with the digitally printed fabric from Hawthorne Threads for months! If you missed our interview with them, take a look to learn more about their very cool, in-house digital process. Now with six collections to choose from (Norwegian Wood just debuted), the hardest part was deciding which would be the one for our project. We finally settled on Marsala – not only a beautiful collection of prints, but in the Pantone color of the year! Our backpack has classic carryall styling: from the padded, adjustable straps to the fold-over flap with a magnetic clasp to the fully-finished front zippered pocket. A great backpack in beautiful fabric: fashion meets function.

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