We cautioned you about "shirr madness" and then we fell for it ouselves! Earlier this month, when we introduced you to shirring, we warned that once you learned how to do it, there would be all kinds of projects crying out for this pretty, rumply, stretchy touch of texture. While browsing the bolts at our local Fabric Depot, we spotted a beautiful piece of Amy Butler voile, and the next thing we knew... this pretty little top was on the Editorial to-do list. Ours is designed to be flirty and floaty, hitting right at the waistband of your favorite summer shorts. Wear it by itself or layer it with a sheer cotton tank. You can whip it up in an afternoon.
Why do we love fabric? Let me count the ways. Our apologies to Elizabeth Barrett Browning, but it seemed like a good quote to emphasize what a difference fabric makes to the end result of a project. This Re-imagine & Renovate series is our way to show you how one project can turn out an unlimited number of ways, depending on the choices you make with fabrics, trims and notions. Today's set of matching placemats and napkins originally debuted as part of our Italiano Kitchen series, which had a playful, breakfast table casualness. In our new, rich tones of indigo, they're now ready for prime time as lovely dinner table linens or perhaps for a sophisticated Sunday brunch.
Sometimes it's fun to not worry about learning a whole new project; instead, why not take a fave design and simply twist it into a new look. In other words: Re-imagine & Renovate! The fabric you choose for a project can transform cute and quirky into sleek and stylish... girlie-girl flirty and floral can become masculine bold and modern. Today's simple scarf was originally a dramatic gypsy style with two different coordinating fabrics front and back. Our new version is still reversible, but the look is toned down and lightened up. It's the perfect spring accessory for our S4H model, Gerd, who, on just her third day in the USA from Denmark, was a very good sport about being photographed to become "a famous internet celebrity." Thanks, Gerd! Have fun on the rest of your travels!
Every fabric has its own beauty and personality; how you combine them in a project gives you an unlimited number of wonderful end results. That's the idea behind our R&R series: re-imagine and renovate a classic design in order to come up with a whole new look. This week, we picked four of our favorites and applied a coordinating color theme: indigo. For today's project, we adapted the original clean white lines of our hardworking half apron and deepened its soul with indigo.
In January of this year, we kicked off a new series called, "R&R." It wasn't about the traditional meaning: "Rest & Relaxation." At Sew4Home, "R&R" stands for: "Re-imagine & Renovate." It's about putting a new spin on a favorite design, picking new fabrics, trims and notions to create a unique look. We're back this month with four new twists and a special focus: Spring's hottest color trend – Indigo. Today, we use it to transform our original set of perky Valentine's Day pillows into a rich trio of indigo indulgence.
Our Retro hot pads not only feature a nostalgic fabric combo, they also have the perfect retro slip-on style. It's a Sew4Home original pattern, and we offer it as a free download. The Simply Sweet fabrics on the two mitts are so bright and cheery, it made me want to slip them on and wear them around the kitchen, just waiting for something hot to pull out of the oven. After awhile, when no one showed up with a tray of cookies, I reluctantly took them off.
When a really useful tool comes into our lives, we adopt it as a new convenience, then usually find it hard to envision more than just small improvements to its basic design. This is the case for most us when it comes to our trusty irons. Today's irons are the same basic shape and size they have been for decades. We accept them, use them and are pretty happy with how they perform. So, when we decided to review the Clover Mini Iron II as part of our latest Fabric.com series, we were, at first, stumped as to exactly how we might use this tiny little iron. Our current steam irons were doing a good job handling the pressing tasks we needed, and this product looked more like a cross between my brother's wood burning tool set (which I was not allowed to touch), and my own curling iron. However, once we played with the little devil, we came up with all kinds of ideas. As we often say, using the right, specialized tools makes things go more quickly, more easily and often... makes the task more fun!
Yesterday you learned the basics of Heirloom Stitching by Machine. Today, it's time to put that new knowledge into action with these lovely linen placemats. Table linens are a great way to get started into the world of heirloom stitching, and a placemat (or two or four or more) is a nice, smallish format with which to practice. We'll show you two options today: hemstitching (if you are brand new to heirloom techniques) and fagoting (if you are more advanced). Both placemat designs feature beautiful borders with mitered corners and an optional monogram.
As part of the Fabric.com Everything Old is New Again series, we are delving in to one of the oldest styles of specialty sewing: heirloom. This precise and delicate type of stitching is said to have begun in the late 1800s by French nuns, who hand-stitched exquisite laces to delicate fabrics for royal families. Their craftsmanship was so incredible, the resulting gowns and linens were painstakingly preserved and handed down from one generation to the next; hence an heirloom. You'll see the influence of heirloom stitching in a variety of high-end garments, especially special occasion finery, such as wedding dresses, christening gowns, and lingerie; as well as in the finest table linens. Today, with French nuns in short supply, we show you the basics of creating heirloom stitching with your sewing machine.
Color block is the fashion statement this spring. We've spotted the style on everything from pretty pillows to darling dresses to terrific totes... like this one. In order to give you two trends for the price of one, we executed the signature color block style in one of the popular new laminated fabrics, choosing bold black and white patent leather vinyls from Fabric.com. Stylish and sophisticated, our tote design is actually very easy to make, even with its posh cotton lining and double shoulder straps. The bag was sitting on the end of my work table for a couple days, and every single person who walked by had to pick it up, admire it and try it on for size... even the guys!