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Soft & Stuff-able Fabric Shopping Bags

Wednesday, 03 June 2015 1:00

As more and more stores up their recycling commitment (some entire cities have banned plastic bags), it's becoming pretty common to have to bring your own shopping bags. Fabric bags are the go-to alternative and widely available, particularly the heavier, structured bags. Lightweight, flexible bags that would best replace plastic can be harder to come by. Luckily, you're a clever sewing person and can make your own... with a little help from your friends at Sew4Home.

Shower Curtain with Pom Pom Valance

Tuesday, 02 June 2015 1:00

This beautiful shower curtain is guaranteed to improve your singing in the shower by 110%. We're not sure how we will ever back up that claim, but since everyone figures they sound like Beyonce when the water's running, how can we go wrong? We chose two coordinating Waverly Sun N Shade fabrics: one with a bold motif for the main curtain, the other in a smaller design for the valance. Pom poms provide a pop of color. Toss that plain plastic shower curtain and go for gorgeous instead.

Decorative Stitch Piping Frames Appliqué Pillow: Janome America

Monday, 01 June 2015 1:00

We're always thinking about new ways to use all the great decorative stitches available on our Janome machines. This pillow features them in a unique way that makes ordinary piping pop. You start with jumbo half inch piping, which requires a wide fabric strip as a wrap. This fabric strip becomes the base for two rows of bold decorative stitching. We used the full 9mm stitch width available on our Janome Skyline S5. When wrapped around the piping cord, these stitches create a striking embellishment that beautifully frames the entire pillow. 

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Ring Bearer's Pillow with Woven Ribbons

Friday, 29 May 2015 1:00

In Ancient Egypt, pillows were a sign of wealth and prestige and were often used to carry ornamental items, such as precious jewels. The amount of money a family had determined the number of jewel-covered pillows on display. Similarly, the Romans used pillows to present precious items to a bride and groom during the wedding ceremony. A page would be selected to bring in pillows laden with gifts during the ceremony. Royal families would present the couple with crowns brought in on a pillow. Today, the pillow continues as the traditional way to transport wedding rings down the aisle, usually in the shaky hands of the bride's or groom's youngest male relative. This pretty version is made from intricately woven ribbons.

Door Draft Guard

Thursday, 28 May 2015 1:00

These handy energy savers aren't just for winter! In the summer, they can help keep the cool in and the heat out. They also reduce outside dust, noise and odors! We used a summery combination of colorful home décor fabrics. You could choose a pairing to best match your own interior design. This Door Draft Guard would make a great housewarming (or would that be "house-cooling") gift. But, remember, the filler can be quite heavy (we used dried beans). It would likely be easier to just wrap up the outer covering. You could then include instructions on how and with what to fill the tube. 

Bias Tape Cheat Sheet

Wednesday, 27 May 2015 1:00

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There you stand in the fabric store, staring at that giant display of bias tapes and bindings in front of you, the shiny cellophane packages glinting in their neat, color coordinated rows. Single fold, double fold, blanket, quilt. Geeze! What's what? Do you just throw a dart and hope for the best? No! You study your Sew4Home Cheat Sheet and get exactly what you really need.

Mini Waist Pack

Tuesday, 26 May 2015 1:00

It's true... the "fanny pack" is back. It's showing up alongside other flashback fashions from the seventies and eighties at Forever 21, Old Navy, and H&M. Of course, we felt a slightly new spin was in order for this favorite on-the-go storage solution. Our Mini Waist Pack version has been jazzed up with cool colors and a contrasting zipper, and it's slimmed down for a sleek look and feel. We offer a pattern download so you can get the perfect bottom curve.

ScrapBusters: French Press Cozy

Friday, 22 May 2015 1:00

Sew4Home lives in Coffee Land. The beautiful Pacific Northwest is home to Starbucks® , Seattle's Best® and Peet's Coffee & Tea®. We're never more than five steps from a barista. However, we also like to have lots of ways to make coffee within the comfort of our homes. The French press style coffee maker has seen a resurgence of popularity in recent years. These contraptions make an awesome cup of coffee, but if you let the press stand for any length of time, the coffee goes cold. Enter the French Press Cozy, brainchild of Sew4Home seamstress team member, Julia Chapman. Her original design used an off-the-shelf placemat. We changed it up to be a ScrapBusters project. Stitch one up faster than you can say, "grande skinny double-shot latte hot vanilla no whip."

Accessories We Love: Janome Clear View Quilting Foot and Guide Set

Thursday, 21 May 2015 1:00

If a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, I'm guessing this three-in-one presser foot is easily worth a bird, a hand and a bush. We love a cool accessory that does several things. The Janome Clear View Quilting Foot and Guide Set comes with two guides: the Quarter Inch Guide and the Ditch Stitch Guide. The foot itself is clearly marked with red guide lines for ⅛" and ¼" seam allowances, as well as cornering marks for both ⅛" and ¼" seams in front and behind the needle drop. The foot is super easy to use and very lightweight. But be careful, the little guides are the Barbie® shoes of sewing; they could very easily get lost. Keep everything together in a little plastic bag. And don't let the name fool you; even though it says "quilting" on the package, this foot comes in handy for any project that requires precise seaming or topstitching. The foot is available in both standard width (7mm) as well as wide width (9mm).

Grandma Anna's Pretty Little Pillows

Wednesday, 20 May 2015 1:00

Grandma Anna was a waste-not-want-not kind of gal. In her tidy bungalow was a narrow closet she used to store her sewing supplies. It didn't contain much in the way of pristine yardage and packaged notions, but she still had plenty to work with - each item carefully organized into a small paper sack or recycled tin can. She would cut the "still good" parts from well-worn clothing, squirrel away every fabric scrap, snip off buttons, and hoard embroidery floss in lengths as short as 6". The amazing thing was how she could take these cast-off bits and pieces and turn them into something so very sweet and pretty. We're taking a page from Grandma's book with our set of five little mix-and-match pillows in natural tones and textures.

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