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The Christopher Bag in Corduroy with Rain Slicker Latches: Dritz Sewing Supplies

Monday, 19 September 2016 1:00

One of my childhood heroes was Christopher Robin, Winnie the Pooh’s best friend. The reasons are many, not the least of which is the fact that he had the most awesome rain slicker with metal latches and a matching pair of rain boots for stomping in puddles while walking through the Hundred Acre Wood. When we saw this new type of Fashion Latch by Dritz®, it immediately reminded me of Christopher Robin, and so we have: The Christopher Bag. Feel free to carry it as you stomp across a mud puddle or kick though a pile of leaves… or just while you're out and about for work or school. The bag’s exterior is done in corduroy, one of the very best fabrics for Fall. The flap closes with two of what we like to call the “rain slicker latches” and the entire bag has a lovely soft slouch Christopher Robin would love. 

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Fast Fridays: Flip-Flap Luggage ID Tag

Friday, 16 September 2016 1:00

With just a bit of vinyl and cotton, you can make a clever tag that IDs your bag. We created it in a larger size and bolder color to help you quickly spot your bags on the airport’s jam-packed luggage carousel. The exterior is Marine Vinyl, which is the perfect weight and comes in fun, bright colors. You want enough body to allow the tag to hold-up to the aggressive handling it must usually endure, but it can’t be too thick or the final edgestitching that secures all the layers will be hard to keep even and precise. We show you how to cut a little flap to cover up your personal information, and even provide a free download to print your own ID insert card. 

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How to Install a Conventional Zipper

Thursday, 15 September 2016 1:00

Zzzzzzzzip it! We love the sound, the look, and the functionality of zippers. But most of us are not so in love with installing them in our sewing projects. In fact, there's probably no sewing technique more dreaded than learning how to properly install a zipper. If you're a regular S4H visitor, you know that's a challenge we can't walk away from. Today, you are going to learn how to master the most conventional zipper technique. Once you’ve done so, one warning: anyone who finds out about your new skill will be dropping off all kinds of items with broken zippers on your front porch. Ha! Pull them inside, and teach them how to do it themselves! The steps shown below are for a "conventional" zipper as you might use on a garment – where the fabric meets along the center of the zipper teeth, concealing them.

ScrapBusters: Moroccan Style Deco Stitch Tea Towels

Tuesday, 13 September 2016 1:00

These are not your grandmother's tea towels. Pull out the spiciest colors and most striking patterns from your scrap stash for this set of trendy towels. We also dove into the decorative stitch options on our Janome machine to add some dramatic stitch style. These towels can jazz up your own kitchen or would be a wonderful host/hostess gift. It is a common practice for Moroccans to extend invitations to their home. However, remember that the invitation is a genuine one only if it is extended three times. (Make this project. Make this project. Make this project.)

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Mr. Bones Glow in the Dark Body Pillow: Halloween at Fabric Depot

Monday, 12 September 2016 1:00

Bet you never thought a skeleton could be soft and cuddly. He can be if he’s a body pillow cover! We were having a great time browsing the Halloween selection at Fabric Depot when we came across the best skeleton fabric panel ever. He’s nearly full size and glows in the dark! After a bit of measuring, we discovered he was also the absolutely perfect size to become the best skeleton body pillow cover ever. 

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Patchwork Lumbar Pillow with Free-Motion Quilting

Friday, 09 September 2016 1:00

Jennifer Paganelli’s fabric collections are known for their gorgeous colors – the kind of rich, vivid tones that reach right out and grab you. One of her newer collections is the vibrant, Color Brigade which recently caught our eye. We selected seven fabrics from the collection to weave together into a beautiful strip-patchwork pillow. Wavy line free-motion quilting adds extra linear love across the front panel. 

My Top 5 Garment Sewing Secrets: Nancy Fiedler of Janome America

Thursday, 08 September 2016 1:00

In our quest to continue bringing you the information you’re searching for, we’ve been partnering with some of our pals in the sewing community to provide guest features on garment sewing. This is an area we don’t currently focus on at Sew4Home but for which we get a lot of inquiries. It’s not that we don’t love garment sewing; we just haven’t made the leap yet into full sets of sized patterns. Until we jump, our skilled friends are excellent resources and very kind to share their knowledge. In this article, we turn to master educator, Nancy Fiedler of Janome America. Nancy’s helped us with several techniques on S4H, such as grading seams, sewing a zipper in a circle, cornering with decorative stitches, and more. Our thanks to her for collecting her top five garment tips to share. 

Kid-Size Lil' Chef Apron

Wednesday, 07 September 2016 1:00


If you hang out with us here at Sew4Home on a regular basis, you know we love aprons! We've done retro aprons, hostess aprons, mom and daughter matching aprons, BBQ aprons, and more, but when we received an email from a S4H fan, we realized we'd left someone out! You Asked 4 It, and we responded with this great kid-sized apron for the little chefs in your kitchen – boys and girls. It's modeled on the classic long French Chef's apron, and we used a trio of sock monkey fabric to make it fun to wear.

Kid’s Nine Pocket Door Caddy

Tuesday, 06 September 2016 1:00

Little socks, little shirts, little shoes. Kid accoutrements have a way of turning into a meandering trail across the floor, making a mess and making it hard to find what you need when it’s time to get dressed. Our closet door caddy has nine 6” pockets to hold lots of little stuff. We can’t guarantee that some items won’t still escape, but we can promise super-cute organization that makes it more fun to tidy up.

ScrapBusters: Passport Cover in Faux Leather

Friday, 02 September 2016 1:00

One of the top searches recently on Pinterest is for passport covers. We’ve also seen several versions for sale on Flash Sites and at other popular retailers. Everyone must be on the go! For something this popular, there needs to be a quick and easy Sew4Home version. We have you (and your passport) covered. Using faux leather for the outside and quilting cotton for the inside, our little folders protect your passport from dirt and keep it flat. Two interior pockets hold it open to the appropriate page, and a stretchy elastic band keeps it shut. 

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