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Stylin’ Damask & Canvas Duffle: Fabric Depot

Monday, 21 March 2016 1:00

When packing for a short trip or weekend getaway, it can be hard enough to choose what to bring. Why add the stress of trying to figure out what to put all those choices into? Rolling luggage is overkill. Your standard tote is not big enough, and its open top is a recipe for disaster. A roomy duffle is the perfect solution. Does that have to mean an athletic style bag with a giant logo on the side? Nope! Because you can make your own stylin’ duffle. And thanks to the amazing selection at Fabric Depot, you can make it in the season’s most fashionable colors and prints. Don’t be put off by the size, structure or professional finishes. This duffle is much easier to make than you might think.

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Outdoor Chair Cushions with Pom Ties

Friday, 18 March 2016 1:00

Alfresco. Literally, it means "in the open air." And doesn't that sound wonderful this time of year?! Bring some beauty into your backyard with our cheery chair cushions complete with brightly colored poms on the ties that bounce in the warm breeze. Much of the beauty lies in our Waverly Sun N Shade fabric combo. The options in today's outdoor fabrics are wide and varied: from traditional florals to bold geometrics. And they are available in such great color palettes, like the fiery orange of a spicy summer barbecue or greens as cool as an iced mint julep. 

Coolest, Newest, Make-Things-Easiest Sewing Supplies from Dritz® (we’re giving some away!)

Thursday, 17 March 2016 1:00

Sometimes it’s the little things that make a big difference in your sewing project. That’s how we feel about the tools and notions we use. Our favorite place to turn for the latest in sewing supplies is Dritz®. They have the classic tools we need day in and day out, and the innovative new notions that make us slap our foreheads and shout, “That is exactly what I’ve needed!” There was a lot of head-slapping and shouting recently when Dritz® sent us a box with some of the coolest, newest, make-things-easiest products. We picked our four favorites to share with you. And, Dritz® sent us extras so we could give away a set of our four faves toTWO lucky Sew4Home visitors!

THE GREAT GIVEAWAY PORTION OF THIS ARTICLE CLOSED 03/31/16. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED.

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How to Sew On a Button by Hand

Wednesday, 16 March 2016 1:00

Picking out buttons for your sewing projects is fun! But, let's be frank... sewing on those buttons is not quite as fun. It's kind of the "cleaning toilets" of the sewing world – a dirty job, but one that is very worth it in the end. The up-side of button sewing is that it's relatively quick and easy, and there's no sponge involved. Our button sewing tutorial explains the basics.

Stretchy Headbands: Pleated & Turban Styles

Tuesday, 15 March 2016 1:00

You've seen these awesome headbands everywhere. They're a go-to solution for yoga class, running, or just when it's a bad hair day. Now you can make your own. It's very easy, so easy in fact, we did two styles: one is accordion-pleated so you can adjust the pleats to wear it wide or narrow; the other is a turban style with a classic front knot. We tried both styles with a thin woven cotton as well as a lightweight knit. Both worked well during construction and looked great when done.

Embrace Double Gauze Ruffled Scarves: Fabric Depot & Shannon Fabrics

Monday, 14 March 2016 1:00

Soft and light as a cloud, our double gauze scarves are the perfect accessory for the warmer weather headed our way. Their deep ruffled ends add just the right bit of flounce without too much bulk. In fact, the design is so lightweight, you can twist two scarves together for a beautiful blend of color and pattern. And because they’re super fast and easy, you’ll definitely want to make two or four or even more! Some for you and some for gifts… or all for you; we’ll never tell. We used the Embrace Double Gauze by Shannon Fabrics from Fabric Depot. There are brand new designs and colors in stock and ready to be part of your wardrobe. 

Decorative Stitched Striped Table Runner

Thursday, 10 March 2016 1:00

Start with a simple yet bold fabric, add some distinctive decorative stitching, and the result is a stunning table runner that's a perfect backdrop for an upcoming Easter gathering or any occasion that calls for a pretty table setting. Remember, "Life is short; use the good china!" We chose a canopy style striped fabric, which is easy to find in a myriad of colors. The Wave Runner collection from Fabric Depot is an excellent option. Thanks to our amazing Janome studio machines, we found the perfect stitch pattern, picked a strong contrasting thread color, and sewed our long lines of embellishment with perfect form and precision... even when running for over 100 inches! Industry-leading stitch quality is one of the main reasons we are so happy to be an exclusive Janome studio.

Quick Tip: Topstitching versus Edgestitching

Wednesday, 09 March 2016 1:00

As a writer and editor, I’m a bit of a “word geek.” I love all the crazy intricacies, like the subtle but important difference between further and farther, fewer and less or lie and lay. Yes, I am one of those annoying people… and a devastating opponent in Scrabble. There are a couple terms in sewing that get tossed about interchangeably: topstitching and edgestitching. They are similar but different animals, each with its own distinct purposes. The images above of our Five-Pocket Canvas Bag feature a variety of beautiful and precise topstitching and edgestitching.

Soft Fleece Easter Eggs: Unbreakable & Irresistible

Tuesday, 08 March 2016 1:00

The practice of decorating eggshells goes back much farther than the Christian traditions surrounding Easter. 60,000-year-old ostrich eggs with engraved decoration have been found in Africa. The ancient Egyptians, Persians, Phoenicians, and Hindus all believed the world began with an enormous egg, so using the egg as a symbol of new life is literally ancient history. We've put aside the marbled elegance and gold leaf of long ago, as well as the today's candy-colored dyes and crayons, opting instead for a basket of super-soft Easter eggs in bright, patterned fleece with ribbons, rick rack, mini-poms, and felt flower accents. They probably won't last 60,000 years, but they sure are cute right now!

The Top Five Reasons to Add a Serger to Your Sewing Room

Monday, 07 March 2016 1:00

One of things we are asked about on a regular basis is sergers. For many people, even seasoned sewers, they are equal parts tantalizing and terrifying. They can do so many cool things at once: seam, trim, and finish – all at lightning speed. But to make it happen, there are a lot of threads working together and… knives! Luckily, the benefits should outweigh your apprehensions. Adding a serger to your sewing room arsenal is a great way to save time and give your seams a professional quality finish. We put together our top five reasons for making a serger your sewing machine’s newest companion.

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