Things that are six sided: snow crystals, the cells of a honeycomb, the Tam Tam (a six-sided matzo cracker) and this delightful star-shaped pillow. Completely proving 1) not all pillows need to be square, and 2) you'll need to get a magnifying glass or microscope to make sure I'm telling the truth about the snow crystals and honeycombs. Our thanks to Hawthorne Threads for helping us find a great pair of new fabrics to produce a fresh, spring-into-summer look.
I love buttons. Always have. In fact, althoughI don't recall much about the two-year-old phase of my life, I do remember my white sweater with the little duckie buttons. I can close my eyes and see his chubby yellow body and orange feet. I can even remember the feel of the raised, painted surface under my sticky little fingers. I still love looking at the all the available options, from vintage shell buttons to vibrant molded plastic (much more elaborate than my duckies). That said, sometimes the best look for a project is a fabric-covered button. Covered buttons are cool; there's just no two ways about it. They add the special touch that says, "Stand back... I'm a home décor professional". Making them with a kit is easy and inexpensive.
Wasn't Mom always the one reminding you to get things done early? Work before play and all that? So, it's probably our own dang fault if we've waited until the last minute to find a Mother's Day gift for this Sunday. Sew4Home to the rescue! Our classic roll-up make-up brush case is a perennial favorite, and a perfect ScrapBusters project. We suggest blending three coordinating cottons plus a laminate for the inside. With a laminate behind the brushes, if any traces of make up rub off, they can be quickly wiped away. This handy little case is not only great for travel, Mom can also use it for everyday storage.
A zippered clutch is the go-everywhere kind of accessory that's a snap to make and a joy to give. This version has an chic vintage look thanks to delicate cross stitch embellishment. The embroidery design is one of the hundreds of built-in options on our Janome Horizon Memory Craft 15000. We reduced its size slightly for the best fit (very easy to do right on screen with the MC15000) and stitched it out in matte cotton thread against a rich black background. Coordinating quilting cottons in simple patterns complete the classic styling, adding soft color to the base of the clutch and the lining.
If you're happy and you know it... make a pillow. Pillows are one of the best things for a beginner to tackle; they're fast, fun projects for anyone and immediately brighten up your décor. This pillow is what we envision Little Miss Muffet's tuffet must have looked like. We show you an ultra easy way to create its gathered top and bottom. The body of the pillow starts out as a tube, then you gather the top and the bottom, cinching the fabric to create the cushion shape. The gathering points are concealed with jumbo covered buttons.
A cheater quilt is one in which the quilt top is pre-printed with a patchwork design, allowing you to skip the piecing. Instead, simply layer front, batting and back; then quilt and bind. It's super fast and easy, and your quilting stitches can follow along in the lines of the motif. As a fun twist on the traditional baby quilt, we did a soft piped edge rather than traditional quilt binding. Once completed, you have to look pretty closely to be able to tell you "cheated." It makes a great baby shower gift or go up in size and send a new college student off to the dorms with a personalized quilt.
Snaps are one of our favorite closures. They're small yet sturdy, like a cute little Corgi dog. But there's not been a lot of variety from which to choose. You can always find nickel or brass, and the Western favorite: pretty pearl head snaps. But that's where the decorative options usually ended. So when Babyville snaps hit the market a few years ago, their bright colors and cute cover designs were an instant hit. They were immediately snapped up for their decorative flair. We've used them on several Sew4Home projects, and thought it was high time for a tutorial dedicated to showing you just how easy they are to insert.
A lightweight, string style backpack is the perfect storage solution for all those outdoor activities ahead. It's compact and easy to carry but can really hold a lot. We used water-resistant nylon inside and out, which means this pack would be great for a day trip to the river or beach. And, with days getting longer and warmer, making staying out late more tempting, we opted for a reflective fabric on the exterior to add a bit of safety on-the-go.
We're moving into shower season. Not April showers, but bridal and wedding showers. Today's ScrapBusters project is a great shower gift idea. Use some of the prettiest, springiest fabrics from your scrap stash, blending them together into a happy mix of pattern and color. Each oven mitt uses up to four different fabrics.
There are lots of ways to find what you're looking for at Sew4Home. Scroll through the home page teasers. Browse and click the main navigation tabs. Look in our Project Index. Or simply search by key word. But sometimes, it's nice to simply have one handy list of links to refer to in a specific category. Today, we've pulled together our top ten articles that show a variety of ways you can keep things closed.