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Fast Fridays: Faux Leather & Fleece Sunglass Case

Friday, 27 May 2016 1:00

Feel like whippin’ up something wonderful in no time at all? That’s the goal of our Sew4Home Fast Fridays. We’ve developed extra easy projects that are still guaranteed to be popular and pretty, like these extra-wide, extra-soft sunglass cases. Tossing your sunglasses directly into a bag or tote is asking for scratches to the lenses. This cute and lightweight case is a great way to protect them and make them easier to spot in the jumble of a bag’s contents. 

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Slim Mustang Messenger Bag with Tuck Locks

Thursday, 26 May 2016 1:00

Mustangs are the beautiful wild horses of western North America. They are such a dramatic icon that in 1971, the United States Congress recognized the herds of mustangs as "living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West." We selected Melody Miller's striking Mustang collection for Cotton + Steel as the feature fabric for this handsome slim-style messenger bag. Paired with a deep navy twill, it's a classic combo that's ready to hit the trail to school, to work, or anywhere those wild horses pull your heart. 

Products We Love: The Clover Hot Hemmer

Wednesday, 25 May 2016 1:00

Often, the most exciting notions look rather nondescript inside their cardboard boxes and cellophane wrappers. Our goal with the Products We Love series is to break open the packaging, show you how to use these cool tools, and inspire you to add one or more to your own sewing basket. The Clover Hot Hemmer is one of the best little pressing tools we've come across in a long time. Although pressing is an incredibly important part of the construction process, we're not always happy to be hemming. But the Hot Hemmer helps keep all those narrow folds accurate without having to get your fingers too close to the iron. Nearly everytime we feature this tool in our instructional photos, someone asks about it, so we knew it was time to make sure you had all the details.  

Button Top Apron in Spring Florals

Tuesday, 24 May 2016 1:00

When we moved to the country a few years ago, one of the first differences we noticed was the birds. In the city, there wasn't much in the way of bird diversity. You have pigeons, starlings and crows - not much else. But out here, we're surrounded by a variety of feathered friends singing, swooping and scattering as we drive down the narrow country lanes. This inspired us to create our sweet Spring apron to celebrate the beauty of soaring birds against the clarity of a sparkling blue sky.

Aurifil Thread Box & Sewing Kit Carry Case

Monday, 23 May 2016 3:30

Hold it together! On particularly busy days, I mutter this under my breath repeatedly. And on those days, sometimes it seems like the only thing keeping everything together is spit and baling wire. Thank goodness I can rely on my thread to keep my sewing projects together. We are very pleased to have Aurifil Thread as a new Sew4Home sponsor both on the site as well as for our Sewing Escape sewing retreats! Our first project for them is an adorable carry case, perfectly sized for their 12-spool Designer Thread Box and including a custom fold-up flap with pockets to hold your most important on-the-go sewing tools. Read on to find out more about Aurifil and get all the instructions to make your own sewing supplies carry case. 

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Re-imagine & Renovate: Ruched Bolster Pillow

Friday, 20 May 2016 1:00

The popular R&R series (Re-imagine & Renovate) is our way to show you how combining different fabrics in a project can produce an almost unlimited number of beautiful end results. These pretty round pillows were originally done it a bright floral that completely lived up to the collection’s name: Happy Land by Jennifer Paganelli for FreeSpirit Fabric. We switched the palette to a deep navy, wedgwood blue, and cream with gold metallic accents to give this new R&R version a more sleek and elegant styling.

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Airstream Toiletry Bag

Thursday, 19 May 2016 1:00

The curved design of this toiletries travel bag reminds us of the classic Airstream trailers. It's an efficient a size and shape to hold all your bath necessities. We were inspired by the adorable postage theme ribbons by Jessica Jones for Renaissance Ribbons. The classic blue, crisp white, and vivid red of the ribbons are echoed in the turquoise canvas we chose for the bag's base and the scarlet piping that outlines the front and back. And those fun metallic dots on the top cotton are like shiny round postmarks. This bag is bold, bright, and brimming with personality. We can just hear it saying, "Take me traveling!" 

Choose the Right Sewing Machine Needle for Your Project

Wednesday, 18 May 2016 1:00

You probably already know the rule of thumb for sewing machine needles: install a new one at the beginning of each project. When a needle is piercing your fabric at 600 to 1,000 stitches per minute, small things like a dulled point or an eye that's beginning to wear, can make a big difference in the quality of your stitches. But it's just as important to choose the right kind of needle. This is information we like to run at least once a year because it's such a good reminder to us all. Our thanks to Janome America and Janome Canada for helping us with the fine points of machine needles.

Big & Beautiful Diaper Bag

Tuesday, 17 May 2016 1:00

Plenty of room, lots of pockets, PUL lining, adjustable strap... this diaper bag has it all. Plus, most importantly for a bag that's your constant companion for months: it's GREAT looking! In fact, it might be hard to give up this pretty bag once your baby has become a more compact traveller. We used a coordinated pair of twill-weight cottons. To this medium weight fabric, we added a fusible interfacing on all the main pieces, and the sides and bottom have the extra stability of a fusible craft fleece. Our bag is meant to stand up to heavy daily use! 

How to Keep Your Projects Looking Good: Dritz® Clothing Care

Monday, 16 May 2016 1:00

Creating beautiful handmade projects is what we all love to do. However, we probably don’t put in quite as much effort thinking about how to keep them looking beautiful. So we spent some time with our clever friends at Dritz® to explore their Clothing Care category, coming away with nine products that help smooth, dry, repair, protect, and more. The majority of them are “multi-taskers" with additional uses outside the sewing room, including as travel solutions. Do you have your own unique uses for these types of products (your own "hacks" for the social-media-savvy)? We'd love to hear them. Leave us a comment below.

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