The cloth napkin; you simply can't ask for an easier home décor project. If you are just getting started in sewing or teaching someone new, napkins are an instant-gratification winner. If you're already a pro, they're a fast and fun project. And this time of year, when the holidays are almost upon us, they're a perfect host/hostess gift to whip out in an afternoon before your evening festivities. We kick ours up a notch with beautiful decorative stitching all around the edge and a coordinating fabric napkin ring that "ties" together all the beautiful mix-and-match patterns, pairing traditional florals with contemporary graphic motifs.
Did you ever have one of those cute little wind-up toys? It's so fun to watch as it tick-tock walks across the floor. But what happens when it comes to a wall? Can it turn left or right or even stop? No! It just keeps going, ka-wonking its little toy head against the wall over and over and over. It's a little like the decorative stitch. As long as you're going straight, all is well. The pattern is pretty, the thread is colorful, it's adding an amazing accent to your project. Then the corner approaches. If making a turn with a decorative stitch has you ka-wonking your own head against the wall, we're here to help with three ways to take a turn for the better.
We've said it before, and we'll say it again, "We have the best sponsors ever!" They are forever generous with fabric and notions for projects, giveaways, and more. When you support them, you support us, and everybody wins! Today, we're delighted to introduce you to brand new sponsor, Dinkydoo Fabrics. Not only do they have an adorable name, they also have a great site - especially for pre-cuts. We visited with owner, Alicia to learn a little bit about how it all started, what makes their shop unique, and why science-fiction aids in creativity.
Thank you for your support! Words to live by when you're deciding how best to interface a project. Interfacing is one of those behind-the-scenes sewing materials that gives your projects a professional finish. You've probably heard of it, but maybe you don't know exactly what it is, what it does, or how best to choose the correct type for the job. This category is so large and varied, it's impractical to tackle everything at once, which is why we're focusing this article on the most common choices for bags and totes. You'll love the handy, printable chart we developed with our friends at Fabric Depot. Print out one copy to post in your sewing room and another to use when you shop. If you like the information here, leave us a comment below and let us know which additional interfacing categories you'd like us to review.
Shoes. Yep! We're gonna make some shoes! When we first starting talking with Dritz® about their new Espadrilles program, we admit to being a little skeptical. Sure, we're all about making over buying, but shoes?! Well, color us believers, because not only were the Dritz® Espadrilles totally fun to make, they were much easier than we thought. Dritz® provides all the elements you need, from the jute soles to the fabric and stabilizer to the needles and pins. We added our own unique touches with monograms, decorative stitching, ankle ties, and heel bows. Our clever Sew4Home fans are likely to come up with even more embellishment surprises, using trims, sequins, buttons, or embroidery designs. We can't wait to see what you create!
Here at Sew4Home, every month is a sewing month, but the rest of the country commemorates their love of sewing and craft each September. In honor of the celebration, we've designed a brand new cover for your trusty sewing machine. A cover keeps your machine protected from dust and sun exposure when not in use, and a sewn cover is a pretty alternative to what may have come with your machine. Decorative stitching accents in multiple colors plus button embellishment adds a bit of flair to our design. And the fun fabric choices from the Utopia collection by Art Gallery Fabrics create a Town-and-County motif: a city skyscape on one end and forest friends on the opposite side.
We've been asked numerous times by Sew4Home visitors, "How do you get your double rows of stitching so perfectly even?" We've quietly given out our secret to several of you. But now we've decided it's time to reveal it to the world. The way to get perfectly even, super close, double rows of stitching is... to use a twin needle. If you're one of those people who think twin needles are way too complicated, you're in for a very pleasant surprise: twice the stitching is half as hard as you might imagine.
Not only are the ribbons from Renaissance Ribbons beautiful to look at, they are also lovely to work with. Their Jacquard ribbons are precisely woven with top quality polyester thread, so they will not shrink and won't bleed onto your base fabric. The exquisite weaving also gives them a strength and stability that makes them easy to manipulate as accents and embellishments on all types of projects. For these pouches, the job of the ribbons is to hold the zippers in place. We used clear vinyl on the front so you can easily glance at the contents. A pattern download is offered below to create the handy 6" x 9" size with rounded corners.
When working on our projects, we're always keeping an eye out in stores, magazines, and online for design elements that are the trendiest, cutest, and most functional. We want to make sure we're bringing you the kind of high-end features that take handmade to the next level – so your finished item looks as cool as what you'd find to buy. More cool in fact, because you've chosen the fabric, colors, and notions to best fit your personal style. This backpack borrows elements we've seen on boutique bags as well as the street style spotted on our own local school and college campuses.
If you or someone you know is heading back to school, the biggest must-have item is something to carry all the stuff you need. Books, electronics, supplies, lunch, and more - it all has to get from point A to point B. We picked a few of our favorite bag and tote projects to give you ten great ways to look cool for back-to-school.