The inspiration for this project came from our official Sew4Home You Asked 4 It list. When you send us a request or comment online about something you'd like to see, we add it to this list. Then, we refer to our list when we're creating new ideas. You wanted more aprons for guys, and your wish has been fulfilled by today's Pro Chef Half Apron accented with stunning Renaissance Ribbons. Our thanks to Renaissance Ribbons for sponsoring today's project! You've made all those You Asked 4 It guys very happy.
I think we all dream of living inside the pages of the Pottery Barn® or Crate & Barrel® catalogs, where everything is neat and tidy... not a stray sock or half empty can of soda anywhere to be seen. Even if we can't have quite that level of organizational nirvana, we can at least come up with smaller ways to contain our stuff. For the last day our Top 13 of 2013, we have three the Top Three Organizers. Use them to corral the bits and pieces of your life. Although, I really can't help you with those stray socks. They multiply at night while we sleep.
What do you like best about making something? How about, giving it away?! The look in the recipient's eyes when you say, "I made it myself!" is all it takes to make that extra work so worthwhile. Handmade gifts are more creative, more unique, and more personal. We didn't have to go very far back to grab our Top Two Gifts of 2013. Both were projects from just last month, and both blew the doors off with comments, Likes and Pins. A couple folks even sent us photos of their finished creations just days later! If you are searching for last minute holiday gifts, spend a few minutes browsing through our Project Index. You're sure to come away with bundles of fabulous ideas.
Clothing isn't really our bailiwick, but that doesn't mean we completely shy away from it. In fact, we're especially keen on fashionable little wearables, like aprons, accessories and such. We also don't shy away from using crazy cool words, like bailiwick. For your next round of Balderdash™, this means your "particular area of interest" or "your jurisdiction" should you happen to be a bailiff. Now, that you have your word of your day, we'll bring you our Top Three Wearables of 2013.
Home sweet Sew4Home. When we began our site, our primary focus was to give you inspiring projects to make your home a more beautiful and comfortable place to be. Today, although we often branch out into gifts, wearables and more; we always come back to the soft furnishings you love to make for your own home as well as to share with others. Today's Top 13 of 2013 category is Top Décor. We narrowed this group down to just two, which was almost as hard as picking our favorite holiday pie. In the end, your votes online and in Social Media made the difference.
Somehow, obviously when we weren't looking, 2013 disappeared! It's a good thing we have all our weekday article posts to prove we really passed through those many months. Otherwise, I'd be tempted to argue Valentine's Day was about three weeks ago. Every year at this time, we like to take a look back to see which projects made it to the top of the heap. It was very hard to narrow things down to the Top 13 from 2013. For the first time, this year's favorites come from a combination of general website statistics plus feedback from Social Media, such as Facebook "Likes" and Pinterest "Pins." We broke up the winners into five categories to spread the love.
THIS GREAT GIVEAWAY CLOSED 12/20/13. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED.
With glittering paper and a giant bow, we wrap up our Deck The Halls with Fabric.com series today. In the tradition of The Twelve Days of Christmas, we thought about awarding Four Calling Birds to our lucky winners, but found out 1) we didn't know exactly where to find "Calling Birds" and 2) we probably couldn't ship them across state lines. So instead, Fabric.com suggested Four $50 Gift Certificates. Although harder to sing, this is a much better prize! FOUR lucky Sew4Home visitors will each get a $50 Shopping Spree gift certificate to spend at Fabric.com. To enter to win one these four certificates, take a look back through the Deck The Hall projects, as well as any of the other projects from throughout the year. Then browse through the fabric categories on Fabric.com. Come back to SewHome and leave us a short comment below, describing what new fabric or technique is on your Sewing Resolution List for 2014.
Today's our last project day in the Deck The Halls with Fabric.com series, and we're moving from The Halls down to The Floors with our decorating inspiration. These boxed floor cushions, with their piping and tufted buttons, are a home décor classic. But many otherwise hearty sewists shy away from attempting the style because it's three-dimensional. Remember when people thought the earth was flat? Then, when they kept on sailing and didn't fall off the edge, they discovered all sorts of amazing things?! It's the same with sewing. If you're only willing to attempt flat projects, you're missing all kinds of fun. And... you're highly unlikely to fall off your sewing chair. Floor cushions make great extra seating for holiday gatherings and game nights, so we knew we had to make more than one. We selected big, bold and beautiful fabrics from Premier Prints to make a festive stack of four. Then, we added a clever harness out of nylon webbing to bundle them together, making it easy to carry the whole stack from room to room. The harness also works to keep the stack stable when used as a handy footstool.
Let's admit it... a big part of the holidays revolve around food. There are wonderful family dinners, neighborhood cookie exchanges, and potluck parties at the office. You name it, if there's a celebration, there's sure to be extra yummy treats to be found. Today's Deck The Halls with Fabric.com project is all about yummy treats. In fact, this particular project made all of us hungry for cupcakes during the entire construction process. Like our earlier Deck The Halls Santa Letter Pocket Pillows, this is another design that makes use of the wide variety of panel fabrics available at Fabric.com. Normally used for quick and easy quilts, we've broken the mold to use them instead as feature appliqués on pretty banded, double-sided napkins. We made a set of eight, alternating two crisp coordinating cottons for the main napkin fabric.
Fast and easy. Soft and cuddly. I think that's what we all want in a toasty holiday throw to ward off winter's chills. Our bound Minky blanket has you covered. In fact, this project went so quickly, we actually forgot to stop to take pictures! Instead, we've included some helpful illustrations of the simple steps, as well as links to our two detailed tutorials on bias binding. Minky fleece comes in an absolutely amazing array of colors and sculpted textures. We chose a rich steel gray Minky bound with a deep wine velveteen. But that's just the tip of the iceberg (nope... that sounds too harsh). But that's just the cusp of the cloud (ahhhh... much better). Check out our additional blanket and binding pairings that take you from bright and fun to subtle and elegant. We used single-sided Minky, but there are also many double-sided options for softness through and through. Fabric.com definitely has something for everyone.