Here at Sew4Home, we've always said a good quality sewing machine is your most important creative tool. No matter what level you're at, you should always buy the best machine you can afford. We recently outlined a list of suggestions about entry-level or mid-range models: Top Top Five Things to Remember About How to Shop For & Buy a Sewing Machine. But what about when you're shopping for one of the top-of-the-line models?
THIS GREAT GIVEAWAY CLOSED JUNE 16, 2014. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED.
The mark of a truly good book is when we get totally distracted while doing the photography of it, reading page after page and pointing out cool stuff before realizing no "real work" is getting done! This new book, the latest by Elaine Schmidt, is definitely one of those books. From strands of simple ribbon, she shows you how to make trims, rosettes, sculptures, baubles and beads. It's like ribbon magic. We give you a look at just a few of the one hundred wonderful techniques. And, we have a copy to give away!
Father, Daddy, Pop, Pa, the old man... he goes by many names and may have come to you by birth, adoption, marriage or simply friendship. Whatever the circumstances, the underlying sentiment is the same: this is the guy who has always been there for you with unconditional love, a ride across town on a stormy night, and a quick five bucks for a cheeseburger. His special day is coming up on June 15th, and we've collected ten classic projects we know will be right up his alley. Some are super-fast ScrapBuster projects, others a bit more involved – a full range of options to bring a smile to every dear ol' Dad.
"My future's so bright... I gotta wear shades!" Timbuk3's only real hit, but a classic lyric for sure, and perfect for today's R&R project (Re-imagine & Renovate). We originally created these ribbon-embellished, snap-frame eyeglass cases as a last minute holiday gift idea. With the summer sun beginning to shine, it's a great time to take a second look at the project as re-done by our friends at Renaissance Ribbons. They've re-imagined and renovated them as sunglass cases in the bright colors and fun designs of some of their newest Designer ribbons, adding pretty solid French Grosgrain accents.
Today, we're rounding out our week of Outdoor Living with a super tote for the ultimate summer excursion: the picnic! You simply cannot let the season slip away without at least one day of dining al fresco! We've had several requests for picnic carryalls, and think this is one everyone will love. It's lightly insulated with thermal batting to help keep your food warm or cold. There are plenty of interior pockets, in a variety of sizes, all in easy-care PUL. And the inset zipper across the top provides a secure closure so even if the tote tips, your picnic doesn't spill.
If you need to instantly perk-up your Outdoor Living space, nothing is faster or easier than a set of pretty pillows. The focal pillow in our patio trio uses faux fur. Faux fur for summer?! Yep! We chose a great shaggy fur that looks like a pillow made of fresh green grass. It's paired with a classic piped square and a tufted bolster. Both of these are in a tough indoor/outdoor fabric. Today's modern outdoor fabrics come in a huge array of wonderful colors and prints, and Fabric.com has one of the very best selections online!
Outdoor Living isn't all fun and games; there's work to be done while the sun shines. Whether you're planting flowers, weeding the vegetable garden, or just washing the car, our Garden Apron has a unique, split-skirt design that allows you to more easily move through all your summer chores. You can squat, bend, sit or stand without stretching, pulling or binding. We chose two tough denims from Fabric.com to make the apron a true workhouse, then added bold lines of topstitching, rivets, and adjustable ties for fashion and function.
Outdoor living means outdoor events, which mean outdoor sittin' – often on "non-chair surfaces." From summer concerts to Shakespeare in the park, when the weather turns wonderful, activities move to more natural venues. These beautiful, wide open spaces offer an auditorium made from a soft green meadow. Actually, they're more likely to offer a lumpy field of damp grass. For portable comfort, bring along your own stylin' set of round seat cushions. We use water-resistant rip stop nylon on the back and pretty polyester prints on the front, and they come with their own handy nylon drawstring duffle. Toss them on the lawn to keep your pants dry and your bum comfy.
In the US, today is the official kick-off to the summer season. Better known as, the Outdoor Living season. Our friends at Fabric.com have sponsored a weeklong series of great projects to get you into the fun-in-the sun spirit. And, rather than focus on just a single Outdoor Living space, we've come up with a range of projects that are useful for all kinds of activities. Let's start it off with our fun portable shade tent. 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.
We're getting ready to roll into the first long weekend of the Outdoor Living season: Memorial Day! Make sure you carve out some time on Monday for the start of our week of fun-in-the-sun projects with Fabric.com. Today we have a sneak peek at the five great projects you can make to use around the house as well as when you're out and about under blue skies and sunshine. As always, we had a blast selecting from Fabric.com's amazing inventory. We're using everything from rip stop nylon to bright green Mongolian faux fur to tough denim and more. Let's go play outside!