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.
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.
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.
Who says functional can't also be fabulous?! We're back with Week #2 of our Deck The Halls with Fabric.com series. Today's generously-sized tote is the perfect overnight carryall for the season's festivities, whether you're off to Grandma's garden cottage by the sea, your best friend's condo in the bustling urban jungle or points in between. We're keeping you on top of the trends, using bold chevrons as our featured print with metallic faux leather to inject a touch of glamour. This faux leather is buttery soft and very easy to work with, but is also durable enough to hold its own as the bag's base. Clever double handles out of wide cotton webbing allow you to grab and carry the bag with one hand or sling it over your shoulder. The top opening is secured with a pretty set-in zipper. Before you break out in a sweat hearing the words, "set in zipper" - take a deep breath; we give the detailed instructions you need to make it happen.
THIS GREAT GIVEAWAY CLOSED 12/15/31. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED.
Yep, we did it... thanks to YOU and your friends. We hit the 40,000 mark with our Facebook likes on November 11th. As promised, we're holding another Great Giveaway to celebrate. Today we have THREE Holiday Mystery Gift Boxes chockfull of fabric and notions. To enter to win, you can like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or follow our boards on Pinterest. If you've already done one, two or three of these things, you are good to go.
From presents under the tree to neighborhood get togethers to Secret Santas at work... holiday gift giving can creep up on you. When I'm at a loss, a charming fabric basket is my go-to solution. With such a pretty outside, you can put almost anything inside to create a fast and fabulous, personalized gift guaranteed to generate rave reviews. Some inexpensive kitchen tools plus your own favorite recipes and you have a cook's delight. Hot toddy ingredients in a basket made from cozy flannels would be a toasty, fireside treat. Or take a quick dash through the gourmet aisle of your local grocery store, and you could put together a mouth-watering epicurean masterpiece. Today's pair includes both a large basket, measuring 10" wide x 8" tall x 6" deep as well as a small companion that finishes at 8" wide x 7" tall x 5" deep. The two nest perfectly together.
Our pretty little purse with its big, bold bow makes a dynamic fashion statement. And, we think the unique slip-through pleated band is a very clever way to clutch this clutch. It's one of those perfect holiday party accessories that can amp up your style without emptying your wallet. We created our sample in Amy Butler's amazing Sateen Bliss, from her Alchemy Studio Collection. This lucisous substrate has an absolutely wonderful feel and just the right amount of sheen. It makes a dynamite combo with our Little Black Dress.