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Great Giveaway - True Colors with FreeSpirit Fabrics

Friday, 14 February 2014 1:00

THIS GREAT GIVEAWAY CLOSED 02/28/14. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED.

Last month, we introduced you to the innovative, designer-driver mixer collection from FreeSpirit Fabrics: True Colors. While the general concept of "mixer" or "blender" prints is not a new one, FreeSpirit Fabrics and their designers approached it from a very unique direction. By working in close collaboration with some of their most popular designers, FreeSpirit has created collections with amazing vision and a polished sense of color and style. We were honored to be chosen to kick off the Blog Tour for True Colors on January 20th, and we hope you were able to enjoy the wonderful inspiration from the creative websites along the way. Today, we're giving you a look back through the Tour, and we have our own Giveaway. Four lucky winners will be able to show off their "true colors."

Tea Towels with Jumbo Ruffles

Thursday, 13 February 2014 1:00

We love Moda Toweling! How could you not love something that comes to you pre-hemmed into a handy 16" width - perfect for towels, curtains, pillows and more?! With the hems in place, this project is about as fast and easy as they come. We chose a beautiful solid natural for our tea towels, accenting it with bright wide ruffles and ribbon. But, you can also choose from toweling in a wide array of nostalgic prints in classic pastel stripes and plaids as well as pretty fruit and floral border prints. I think my grandmother had towels in all these patterns. They are 100% cotton and machine washable... so get ready to dry some dishes! 

Woven Border Print Pillow with Poms

Tuesday, 11 February 2014 1:00

Border prints are exactly what they sound like they'd be: a wide motif band running the entire length of the top and/or the bottom of a fabric's design. A border print provides built-in drama along the edge of your chosen project, and is often used in garment sewing for skirts or in home décor for curtain panels. We've turned that traditional idea on end, literally. We show you how to cut squares from within just the border itself, then rotate those squares to form a woven effect at the center of a pretty pillow. The pillow back uses the remaining non-border fabric. We added pom pom trim around the edge for an extra bit o' bounce.

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Reversible Pillowcases in SoHo Bandana

Monday, 10 February 2014 1:00

When you're searching for the fastest and easiest home décor project, most people would steer you toward a simple pillow. We don't disagree, but when it comes to instant gratification, close on the pillow's heels is the pillowcase! They take a bit more fabric than a standard pillow cover, but a crisp, new pillowcase immediately brightens up your bed linens. It's quick and fun to make special pillowcases for all kinds of special occasions. We've altered the traditional fold-and-stitch construction method with today's version: a reversible case. By stitching just one extra seam, you get twice the pretty possibilities.  

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Baby Snakes Catnip Toys

Friday, 07 February 2014 1:00

Make A Snake – I think that should be a bumper sticker. Our baby snakes are too silly to be scary, and they're filled with catnip to make them wonderful little toys for your playful puddy tats. We've done a number of kitty toys here at Sew4Home mostly because we have a number of kitties wandering the various S4H studios, and it's a good way to keep them occupied rather than watching all our thread spools disappear under the sewing cabinets. 

Make Your Own Cute and Easy Pompoms: New Book Review & Giveaway

Thursday, 06 February 2014 1:00

THIS GREAT GIVEAWAY CLOSED 02/17/14. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED.

I dare you to look at this new book from Creative Publishing International without breaking into a smile. Make Your Own Cute and Easy Pompoms features over 100 designs that turn everyday pompoms into fluffy little works of art. I love the fact that this book's author is "Pompoms," which I believe means these soft and bouncy fellas got together and wrote their own book of inspiration. Read on to see multi-color patterns built right into a pom, as well as specialty shapes, like a half-eaten apple or a baby chick. We give you a sneak peek and have a copy to give away.

Vintage Shoulder Dust Covers

Wednesday, 05 February 2014 1:00

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During a recent clean-up, my sister came across a hand-embroidered shoulder dust cover our grandmother had made for our mother. I think that officially qualifies as 'vintage'! We both thought it was not only beautiful, but a great idea. We all have special clothing in our closet we may not wear often, but certainly don't want to give away. A whole garment bag seems like overkill if you need easy access to the outfit, yet still would like to protect it between wearings. Our Vintage Shoulder Dust Cover is just right to keep dust and debris from settling along the shoulders of your special garments. Thanks, Grandma! I always knew you were super cool and ahead of your time.

Re-imagine & Renovate: Structured Fabric Task Baskets

Tuesday, 04 February 2014 1:00

The fabric basket. I think we could post a tutorial for one of these every day and people would still clamor for more. They can be used in any room in the house for any number of storage solutions. Depending on the fabric you choose, each one you make is a custom statement. That's the idea behind our Re-imagine & Renovate series (R&R): to take another run at a favorite project with new fabrics, new embellishments and new uses in mind. Today we're R&R'ing our original Hello Kitty® sewing basket in a nostalgic combination of ticking stripes and vintage print cottons. 

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Lingerie Bag & Shoe Bag Travel Set

Monday, 03 February 2014 1:00

With the wacky weather we've been having this winter, I think everyone's experiencing a bit of cabin fever. If you can find a flight that hasn't been delayed, maybe it's time to get away. But packing to travel can be a challenge since bringing more than one smallish bag can cost a pretty penny. Being a smart organizer has become more important than ever. Everything needs to go into one suitcase as neat and tidy as possible. This makes our shoe and lingerie bags a travel necessity. Both are lined, and both feature cute appliqués to ID the contents. 

Girl's Sparkly Hair Clips

Friday, 31 January 2014 1:00

"If your hair is done properly and you have on good shoes, you can get away with anything." So says Iris Apfel of Harper's Bazaar. And, I would have to agree. We all know that a "good hair day" is simply "a good day!" Our sparkly flower hair clips were designed with little girls in mind, but they can inject a bit of glamour into your lovely locks as well. The "petals" are made from tiny scraps of various synthetic fabrics; we used glitter tulle, organza, and polyester lining fabric. A tiny, faceted bead holds everything together at the center.

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