She looked up from her sewing machine and stared out through the darkened window. The streetlights reflected the first flakes of a gentle snowfall.
The hour was late. The house quiet. But there was a project to be finished, and the mesmerizing quality of creating had once again allowed time to fly by.
You can't sit and sew home decor projects all day long. Sometimes you need an exercise break ... but not a break from style. We paired a décor weight exterior with a standard weight cotton lining, both in vibrant colors and prints. Then we calmly meditated on the easiest instructions with the most stylish details. The result guarantees good karma for all who tote this tote to class.
The clink of ice swirling in glasses, card tables in the living room, cut crystal bowls of white mints with green centers, ashtrays... yes, there were lots of ashtrays. I have clear memories of peeking around the corner, watching the 'grown-ups' with cards in their hands and cigarettes between their lips, laughing, talking, playing bridge. Orbiting through it all was my mother, handing out appetizers, picking up crumpled napkins, and wearing a crisp hostess apron and high heels. Our own little episode of Mad Men right there in the living room. Our Cocktails At Eight apron tutorial echoes that bygone era of elegance with its rich taffeta, frothy organza, a gorgeous ribbon waistband, and a sprinkling of tiny, shiny bows.
Soft and warm – the two just go together. So that's just what we did! Our double-sided infinity loop scarf is super fast and fun. And, with so many great options in both fleece and faux fur, you can bundle up everyone. We used two printed, super cuddly minky fleece fabrics for one scarf. On the other, we combined a printed minky fleece with another amazing minky that features a faux fur finish that mimics curly llama. Both pairings are silky soft with a fluid drape that begs to be wrapped up tight.
We all know good things don't always come in small packages. They can be small, medium or large... and still be quite wonderful. That's why we made our super cute gift bags in three sizes. It also allows you to sort out your holiday list into those who've been Good, Very Good, and Great. Our elegant gift bags come in three useful sizes and are a great way to use up larger fabric scraps. We used up some of our favorite FreeSpirit Fabrics scraps, making samples in Heirloom by Joel Dewberry, Super Fly by Jennifer Paganelli, Kumari Garden Holiday by Dena Designs, and Star Flakes and Glitter by Tina Givens. The exterior and lining of each bag are both made up of two fabrics, which gives them a beautiful finish inside and out.
This delicious sounding project is the last Shortcut Quilt of the year from the creative folks at Fat Quarter Shop (FQS). Shortcut Quilts is a semi-regular quilt program at FQS designed to make great use of pre-cut bundles. It features projects that are fast, simple, and cute-as-can-be! Jolly Bars are a FQS exclusive, named after owner, Kimberly Jolly. Each Jolly Bar pack contains 42, 5" x 10" rectangles, which are a perfect size to stack, tile, and angle into diamond patterns. We have all the information about the new quilt here, including links to the free FQS pattern. Plus, one lucky Sew4Home visitor will get to choose two Jolly Bar packs to make her/his very own No Bake Jolly Bar Quilt!
I know they say creativity is about learning to "color outside of the lines," but sometimes, the line is our friend. This happy pair of hot pads is all about the beauty of a perfect connection from point A to point B. We selected a wide stripe for the front, which we then highlighted with parallel rows of bright decorative stitching. The back has just the decorative stitching against a neutral background. We used our Janome Skyline S7 for precise and beautiful stitching row after row after row.
Stocking stuffer alert! These adorable tissue covers are super fast and easy to make, and everyone needs a tissue now and then to dab away a tear, capture a sneeze or wipe up a mess. The ongoing Re-imagine & Renovate Series is our way to show you how easy it is to put a new spin on a fave design. Different fabric and notions can completely change the look of a project. For each of our three samples, we used two 10" x 10" Layer Cake squares, making this a great ScrapBusters project.
Transform a plain wooden, plastic or metal chair by covering it with some instant softness and warmth. Our faux fur and suede throw is cut to resemble the natural, hourglass shape of an animal pelt. The gentle curve gives it a lovely drape from back to seat. We show you how to use an ordinary bath towel to create a custom pattern for your chair. These beautiful fabrics are from the amazing selection at Fabric Depot. You'll find shopping details for our choices as well as several other equally gorgeous pairings.