A pillow is the king (or queen) of home décor. Every sewer we've talked to agrees a pillow is absolutely the best first project. With some simple squares of fabric and a few easy, straight seams, you can create an amazing pillow. Then, proudly step back and say, "I made that!" (You can kinda scream it if you want.) We have a huge group of pillows on S4H from which to choose: Decorator Pillows to Shaped Pillows to Special Use Pillows... the list goes on and on. Check out out Project Index to browse through them all. Again, it was tough to narrow down the selection to our two top faves, but we did it. Just know there were a lot of runner-ups.
The next category is a pretty broad one: blankets, quilts and throws of all kinds. We've done a lot of them, and it was really hard to pick our favorites from such a large and varied collection. There are so many different styles, shapes and techniques. What's great about this type of project is how easy it can be to adjust the outcome to match your skill level. Seasoned sewing guru: go intricate and detailed, like our recent Alchemy Vintage Throw for the Amy Butler Trunk Show . Brand new devotee: keep it clean and simple, like our Teen Pretty Pack Bound Minky Blanket. The end result will be wonderful either way.
THIS GREAT GIVEAWAY CLOSED APRIL 12, 2013. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED.
Since we're focusing on favorites, we thought we'd pause mid-week to give away some of our favorite fabrics! Much like you, we watch, helpless in a fabric-trance, as our stash builds and builds.... and builds. It can be hard to let go, but we also love to share. So we each picked a collection we'd been hoarding in the fabric room. Alicia pulled out Joel Dewberry's Heirloom collection, and I dipped in to my stash of Anna Maria Horner's Loulouthi. Two lucky Sew4Home visitors will each get a grab bag of fave fabric, some from both of these awesome Free Spirit designers.
From a jumbo bag to hold loads of knitting yarn to a tiny coin clutch for your pennies, whenever we do a bag, of any size or shape, it's always super popular. Carrying things in style is something we all love to do, and we have dozens and dozens of trendy totes and haute handbags. This simply had to be one of our fave categories. We recently added a Project Index to Sew4Home; check it out for all the options. We have listings for Handbags, Clutches & Coin Purses, Totes & Bags, Gift Bags, and you could even count Storage Baskets and Boxes. But first... our faves.
Two peas in a pod or apples and oranges? Visitors to Sew4Home often wonder what the people are like behind all the designs. Creative Director, Alicia Thommas and I (Senior Editor, Liz Johnson) are surprisingly similar in our likes and dislikes, but we don't march in lock step when choosing fabrics or colorways or even the design ideas themselves. We thought it would be fun to look at four of our biggest project categories and let you in on which ones are our favorites and why. The first category is aprons, something we're famous for here at Sew4Home.
Yep... it's been like the Twelve Days of Christmas here at Sew4Home. We happily shipped out one dozen prize packages to lucky S4H winners from across the country. Today, we officially announce and congratulate the ten winners of our Free Spirit-Rowan 10&10 Series, the winner of the Valentine's Day Layer Cake Giveaway, and the winner of the Elaine Schmidt book, Precut Patchwork Party. Our thanks to each and every one of you who entered, and our eternal gratitude to our friends and sponsors who make it all possible!
We're back for the second half of our piecing tutorial – part Four of our Five-part Quilting Basics series. Quilters are very resourceful and innovative. You can see this trait revealed in some of the popular quick-piecing methods that have been developed over time. The mindset behind each is to save thread and/or time. They also often make the quilt-building process easier. As we move through today's article, we're going to assume you’ve reviewed the previous tutorials in the Series: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4A. If you've not done so, we recommend starting from the beginning so you can make sure you have the appropriate set up, precut fabric pieces, etc.
In quilting, there are special techniques used to sew patchwork pieces into blocks, then assemble those blocks into a quilt. The precise execution of these techniques is paramount to a beautifully finished quilt. It's similar to putting together a puzzle; each piece has to fit perfectly in order for the larger picture to come into view. As we go through the specific piecing techniques, don’t be surprised to find you can apply many of them to other areas of sewing! This is part Four of our Five-part Quilting Basics series. If you haven't already, we do recommend you read parts One through Three prior to launching into today's tutorial. You'll find the related links listed at the bottom of the page. To keep these instructions to an manageable size, we've broken this Part into two sub-parts. And just like a good television soap opera, we're sure you'll be on the edge of your seat, waiting for tomorrow's installment!
Yesterday, we introduced you to a new, favorite tool in our sewing studio: the Oliso® TG1050 Smart Iron with iTouch® Technology. Believe it or not, we actually had fun ironing (read our full review here)! Today, we're putting the iron to a real test with a pleated table runner in a solid-color washed linen. There's plenty o' pressing in this project, but having a great iron made it fast and easy. The beauty of the runner is in the texture of the pleated squares side by side with the plain squares. It looks best in a solid, which really shows off the definition. Plus - we show you a fun way to create pretty mitered corners without using a separate binding strip. Our "binding" is actually the folded over edges of the back panel - binding and back all in one!
I don't especially like ironing. I don't like waiting and waiting for my iron to heat up. I don't like how that scorching hot soleplate is right next to my elbow when the iron's sitting up on my wobbly ironing board. I don't like the fact that at any moment something could distract me for just a second, and I'll look back to find a burnt mark on my fabric. What I do like is the beautiful look of freshly ironed fabric. And what I love is our newest Sew4Home friend and sponsor: Oliso® Irons! Read on to find out what we thought of their Oliso® TG1050 Smart Iron with iTouch® Technology, find out how YOU could be the lucky winner of one of your very own... and get a close look at the iron that can "think on its feet!"
THIS GREAT GIVEAWAY CLOSED ON 4/5/13. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED.