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Summer Sling Bag

Friday, 01 July 2016 1:00

Cinch, sling, and go. Our trendy sling bag is the perfect way to pack necessities for summer adventures large and small. There’s a drawcord top plus two exterior zippered pockets, so you’ll have plenty of room for all your adventuring supplies. A single broad strap at the center back makes it fast and easy to loop over your shoulder and super comfortable to carry. 

Fleur-de-lis Appliqué Pillow: Our French Pillow Trio

Thursday, 30 June 2016 1:00

This dramatic pillow with its bold fleur-de-lis design is what is traditionally called a "statement" pillow; it's the member of a pillow grouping with the strongest flair, the one that anchors the collection. Although instances of the fleur-de-lis floral emblem have been found as far back as the third millennium BC, it is most strongly connected to French royalty as of about the 12th century and is said to signify perfection, light, and life. We use it on our pillow as a grand appliqué in a warm charcoal and milk white color combination. 

Celebrating Vintage Sewing with Amy Barickman: Enter to Win a Book & Subscription

Wednesday, 29 June 2016 1:00

THIS GREAT GIVEAWAY CLOSED ON 07/15/16. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED.

Amy Barickman is the founder of Indygo Junction and a creative leader in the sewing and needle arts industry. Better still, she’s a friend of Sew4Home! We’ve always been impressed with Amy’s passion for all things vintage. In 2010, she released the book, Vintage Notions, inspired by Mary Brooks Picken and the work Picken did through The Woman’s Institute of Domestic Arts & Sciences. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Women’s Institute, and Amy felt it was the perfect time to revisit and build upon this wonderful material. Find out more about the history of your favorite pastime, and enter to win a copy of Amy’s book as well as a subscription to her new accompanying magazine! 

Travel Diaper Case & Changing Pad

Tuesday, 28 June 2016 1:00

Sometimes you just need the essentials for a quick trip out with baby: a few diapers, wipes, and a changing pad will get you through most situations. Better still if those essentials can be packed in a clever case that looks great... like a trendy little bag instead of a bulky carrier with giant cartoon animals that screams, "Baby stuff in here!" 

Terry Cloth Shower Wraps for Men & Women: Fabric Depot & Shannon Fabrics

Monday, 27 June 2016 1:00

We were thrilled to learn about the new terry cloth styles and colors from Shannon Fabrics and to know that Fabric Depot would be carrying a great selection. If you’ve ever hunted for terry cloth, you know how challenging it can be to find. If you do finally locate some, it’s likely to come in white, white and white! And, the quality can be iffy. Those worries are over! Premium terry cloth by Shannon Fabrics has landed at Fabric Depot. We scooped some up right away, designing a pair of classic shower wraps. There’s a full length wrap for women and a waist wrap for men. Great for yourself or as a snuggly gift. Drying off just got a lot more lovely. 

Confessions of a Beginning Garment Sewer: Guest Feature from Go-Go Kim

Friday, 24 June 2016 1:00

There are our famous Sew4Home aprons, various scarves, a few PJ pants, helpful tutorials on basic techniques, like pleats and darts… but really – we only dip our pinky toes into the waters of garment sewing. That doesn’t mean we don’t love it; we’ve just yet to set sail with full sets of sized patterns. Options are being researched, but in the meantime, we’ve made a new commitment to partner with some of our pals in the sewing community to bring you garment-focused guest features. First out of the chute: the amazing Ms. Kim Niedzwiecki aka Go-Go Kim of My Go-Go Life. We are all so lucky to have chosen sewing and craft as our hobby/passion/addiction. The sewing community is simply incredible, made up of women and men who are the most outgoing, caring, sharing folks we’ve ever met. Kim is right up there in our top tier. She’s full of life and brimming with energy and ideas. A quilter extraordinaire, she recently entered the world of garment sewing. She’s still alive to tell the tale, and has agreed to do just that, offering up her experiences, pearls of wisdom, and encouragement for you to do the same. 

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How to Sew with Rick Rack: The Most Terrific of Trims

Thursday, 23 June 2016 1:00

Rick rack or rickrack or ricrac, however you spell it, there’s no denying it’s been at the top of the trim list for near 200 years. Earliest mentions of this wavy wonder date back to the mid-1800s! At its most simplified, rick rack is defined as a flat, narrow woven braid in a zig zag form. It was originally known as “waved crochet braid.” That’s right! Rick rack’s history is not as homespun as you might think. Rick rack was a preferred trim for fancy handwork in the late-19th and early-20th century, a sought-after component of crocheted lace designs. Because the harsh laundry methods of the time involved boiling-hot water, grated lye soap, and large wooden paddles, the durability of rick rack made it a favorite with seamstresses who were tasked with applying or repairing the much more delicate laces. From elegant lace gowns to prairie pinafores, it’s a trim that’s weathered the test of time and we have the best tips for adding it to today’s projects. 

The Big Shopper in Tropical Barkcloth: Fabric Depot

Wednesday, 22 June 2016 1:00

When you first saw the beautiful fabric we used for these totes, how many of you shouted, “My grandma had curtains from fabric just like that!”? You’re right; this is the classic tropical print barkcloth that was all the rage in home furnishings from the late 1940s through the 1960s. It’s still hugely popular for both unique garment construction as well as home décor, but you don’t have to scour the thrift stores to find it. Fabric Depot carries a gorgeous selection of brand new Big Kahuna Barkcloth in classic exotic florals like palm fronds and hibiscus blooms. The texture, weight, and colors are just as rich and gorgeous as the vintage originals. 

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Mesh Zippered Sport Pouches with Elastic Trim

Tuesday, 21 June 2016 1:00

A zippered pouch is our favorite carryall when small items need to travel. On this clever little critter, we mixed Dritz® fashion elastic with cotton fabric and pet screen to create a sporty pouch you can take across the country on vacation or across town to the gym. The open mesh of the pet screen allows you to easily see what's inside; it's also great when you need to sift out sand after a day at the beach or shake out crumbs from on-the-go snacks. The elastic is used like a binding, adding heft and flexibility rather than stretch. And the fabric accent panels are perfect for pre-cuts or scraps. What do you need to carry today?

Square Patchwork & Tufted Couch Cushion: Dritz Home Decor

Monday, 20 June 2016 1:00

Round things that make me smile: baby thighs, ice scream scoops, rolling hills, tufted cushions. Creating undulating curves across a flat surface is a wonderful way to add dimensional interest to a plain cushion. For our tufting projects, we prefer the home décor tools from Dritz® to make the job easier and provide the most professional finish. We recently added a full tutorial to take you through the three most common options: stitch tufting, button tufting, and bolster tufting. Today we have a bit of tufting inspiration to make you smile.

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