My first thought was to mention how much this tool looks like a telephone handset. Then I wondered, "Does anyone still have a telephone hand set?" The preponderance of cell phones aside, the full-size Ruler Grip does resemble a phone, but its function isn't communication, it's stabilization. If you do any rotary cutting, you will love these tools from the ruler experts at Omnigrid. When our friends at Fabric Depot walked me over to their measuring section, I had to catch my breath. Be still my heart – so many cool tools! But this gripper is one of our personal favorites in the Sew4Home studios, so we'll start here. The Omnigrid Ruler Grips suction, I mean really suction, onto your ruler or template so you can hold it in place securely and safely while you cut. It's handy for both long slices as well as tricky little angles.
Take your pet walking in a winter wonderland in style this year! Beautiful ribbon, hardware, webbing, a couple of hours, and you can make your very own boutique-style dog collar and leash. This is such a fun and easy project, you'll be offering to make them for all your canine friends. Our thanks for Renaissance Ribbons for providing the ultra-stylish ribbon for both sets. It's a perfect holiday gift idea, especially with the cute embellishments we added to each. There's a slip-on bow tie for the dapper dog, and a set of poms and jingle bells for the more festive (and bouncy) pooch.
Our trio of soft stockings features handsome velvet cuffs and whimsical, dangling pom-poms. The rich tones of red, ivory, cream, spruce and chocolate are reminiscent of a brimming basket of Christmas potpourri. You can almost smell the cinnamon sticks simmering on the stove. We offer downloadable patterns for the body of the stocking and the cuff, and link you to our step-by-step tutorial for making custom the poms with a Clover Pom-Pom Maker.
All your Christmas Cats and Holiday Hounds can have their own sweet dreams of sugar plums (or jerky treats) in our ultra comfy pet bed. We selected two cozy coordinates: a bright Christmas green and a rich leopard print. The design incorporates four bolster pillows sewn onto a flat base with a separate tufted pillow insert. We noodled on this one for quite awhile to come up with instructions that yielded a cool finished design that was also easy to assemble. So although any three-dimensional project is a bit more complex than a flat item, this cozy pet bed is something we know you can do!
Looking for a huggable holiday gift idea? Try one of our plush toy projects. Each one is more adorable than the next and downloadable patterns are available for all of them. We chose Fairfield's luxuriously silky Poly-Fil® Supreme Fiberfill as our stuffing. The texture of this fiber filling is wonderful for soft toys, plus it's washable and non-allergenic. Please note that several of the items shown have button eyes. They should be very securely stitched in place, but if you want to make one for a very young child, you may want to consider using appliquéd fabric circles instead of buttons.
It's time for a "can-you-believe-it" moment. Can you believe this fabulous tote is made from faux leather and designer vinyl? It is! Our friends at Fabric Depot wanted a project to show off the Clover Wonder Clips. One of the most common uses of the clips is as a substitute for pins when sewing with speciality fabrics. Pins can leave permanent holes in vinyl and faux leather, so clips are a better alternative. We found our beautiful fabrics from within the amazing selection available from Fabric Depot. Today's designer vinyls and faux leathers come in an incredible array of realistic textures, and in colors from the natural neutrals of real leathers to vibrant fashion tones, like bubblegum pink crocodile and tooled southwestern turqouise. If you haven't shopped for or worked with these substrates lately, you're in for a treat. The variety is amazing, it's soft, flexible and easy to sew, and that strong smell of the old-school vinyls is gone.
These days, when you can see six amazing things on YouTube before breakfast, it’s bold to use the word "wonder" in a product name. So when we got our hands on a set of Clover Wonder Clips from our friends at Fabric Depot, we wondered what could be so special about a little plastic clip to merit the W word in its name. Then we used them. Within minutes, we had to come up with a revised title for our review: To Have And To Hold: How Clover Wonder Clips Beat Pins And Make Sewing Easier.
"The weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful." Problem is, you can only sing if you have enough wood to keep the fire burning bright. That's where our holiday firewood tote comes in... literally. Use it to haul in a generous load of wood. We used a double layer of tough indoor/outdoor fabric, which is not only sturdy, but also stain and water resistant. And those dowel-pocket handles look fancy, but are super easy to sew. This would be a great gift for all the lumberjacks on your list.
One of the common areas of sewing frustration, especially if you're new, is the corner. Those pesky four corners create any square or rectangular item, like the home décor standard: the pillow! In reality, any time you sew two pieces together then turn them right side out, that turned-out seam becomes the clean, finished edge you (and everyone else) will see. The number one goal when sewing a corner is to be precise. You must stop and pivot at the exact point where the seam allowances on the two sides intersect. This precision stitching, when combined with proper trimming of the excess fabric from the seam allowance, will create a beautiful sharp point and smooth edge every time.
This is a You Asked 4 It project that has been on our list for quite awhile. We finally found the perfect fabric to make it happen: Mod Pods in Mineral from the Home Décor Jacquard collection by Waverly Fabrics. It's soft yet stable in a great neutral with a subtle texture. The French Mattress Edge is actually a hand-stitching technique. It's not at all difficult, but you do need a longer, stronger needle and extra-strong upholstery thread for the best results.