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Gypsy Romance Soft Shoulder Bag

Thursday, 12 June 2014 1:00

What are gypsies often known for? Traveling. And what do you need for traveling? A beautiful bag. Our soft and slouchy boho bag blends five different fabric designs from within one collection plus one accent solid into the ultimate dramatic statement. Color, pattern and texture combine from all sides. Lightweight batting between the layers helps keep the shape without losing the cush. And a row of perky pom poms along the top edge marks this as one super creative carry-all.

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How to Insert a Magnetic Snap Closure

Wednesday, 11 June 2014 1:00

The magnetic snap is indispensable to the construction of purses, totes and bags. We've used them on dozens of Sew4Home projects and decided it was high time the technique had its very own tutorial. As with many notions and tools that add a unique professional finish, the steps for their use are themselves not necessarily difficult. The secret is having the time and patience to go through the instructions in the correct order, and with extra precision in your marking and measuring. 

How to Insert a Turn or Twist Lock Closure

Tuesday, 10 June 2014 1:00

The turn or twist lock closure is one of those finishing touches that looks so professional, it fools you into thinking it must be crazy hard to install. We're here to bust that myth wide open. We used this closure on our Ribbon Flap Shoulder Bag with Renaissance Ribbons. Centered within one of the ribbons, this little lock completed the bag with high-end style. Read on to see the easy steps to follow. The trick is to measure one, twice, three times to insure both halves of the closure are perfectly placed.

ScrapBusters: Patchwork Bound Washcloths

Monday, 09 June 2014 1:00

It's ScrapBusters time, and today we're targeting some of the smaller pieces in your bag of favorite fabric bits. Our project takes the ordinary washcloth to the next level by adding a very pretty patchwork bound edge. We created a standard single fold bias binding and attached it in the traditional two-step method to a soft terry cloth center. There are links within the article below to full tutorials on both making and attaching bias binding. The extra-special part is how the binding is created from a patchworked panel. Pull out some of your favorite skinny scraps, piece them together side by side, then cut the bias strips from this assembled fabric panel. 

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Safari Duffle in Canvas & Faux Leather

Friday, 06 June 2014 1:00

Can't you picture Harrison Ford slinging this amazing duffle over his shoulder as Indiana Jones?! We blended heavy canvas and faux leather with webbing and brass zipper accents for the dashing exterior. Inside is a tough rip-stop nylon lining. Even if you're not a world-renowned archeologist and adventurer, this bag is is great way to pack your stuff, whether you're heading across town to the gym or getting away for the weekend. Father's Day is coming up, and this would make a very nice gift for your personal action hero. The combination of fabrics, colors and textures has the perfect feel – a little bit retro and a whole lot cool (just like Dad).  

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Top 10 Advanced Sewing Machine Features: What to Look for When You're Shopping for Your Dream Machine

Thursday, 05 June 2014 1:00

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? 

How to Make 100 Ribbon Embellishments: New Book Review & Giveaway

Wednesday, 04 June 2014 1:00

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!

Great Gift Ideas for Father's Day

Tuesday, 03 June 2014 1:00

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.

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Re-imagine & Renovate: Renaissance Ribbons' Snap Frame Glasses Case

Monday, 02 June 2014 1:00

"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.

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Pocketful Zippered Picnic Tote: Outdoor Living with Fabric.com

Friday, 30 May 2014 1:00

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.

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