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Double-sided Plaid Flannel Fringed Scarves: Fabric Depot

Wednesday, 11 November 2015 1:00

There's power in plaid! It's a fashion staple that never goes out of style. Dress it up or dress it down - it's fabulous in every way. We used a double layer of cozy plaid flannel for our fringed scarves. It's a great alternative to wool plaids, which can be itchy to wear around your face and neck. Here's a bit of fun flannel history: it was originally made of carded wool or worsted yarn. Today, the coziness comes from cotton. 100% cotton flannel is super soft; with two layers, it's super-duper soft. We picked out our flannels from the great selection at Fabric Depot. It was mix and match heaven. Below we give you direct links to our two featured combinations as well as nine additional options to consider. And that's just a drop in the bucket. Fabric Depot offers enough choices to put together dozens of powerful plaid pairs. 

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Color Wheel Patchwork Tree Skirt

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 1:00


This is one of our favorite holiday projects. Maybe because the tree skirt is a Christmas classic. Maybe because we love the vibrant patchwork of fabrics set-off with bold binding and bows. Maybe because the triangle wedges secretly remind us of pie, and we love pie. In fact, now that we've mentioned it, we wish we had a slice or two of pie. Mmmmmmmm.... pie.

Embroidered Floral Poppy Placemats & Napkins: Janome Memory Craft 500E

Monday, 09 November 2015 1:00

The word "only" gets kind of a bad rap. It can seem a little too close to "lonely," but the flip side is the heart of its true meaning: to focus on one thing. If you do one thing very, very well, then you are likely an expert. So it is with the Janome Memory Craft embroidery-only machines. Yes, they only do embroidery, but they do it expertly and with Janome's trademark ease-of-use. The newest member of this family is the Memory Craft 500E, which just debuted last month at authorized Janome America dealers. We got the opportunity to try the new model and used it to create this beautiful set of embroidered placemats and napkins. We selected two built-in florals, stitching them against a shear ribbon lattice on a 100% linen background.

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Badge Style Secret Pocket with Lanyard

Friday, 06 November 2015 1:00


For the next several Fridays, we've collected some S4H classic gift ideas for you. Each one is especially fast and fun, and can easily be made with fabric from your stash. So when you hear yourself screaming, "I gotta getta gift!!!" We're here to help. This handy little carrying case is modeled after the lanyards you often get at conferences or other events. In fact, you could certainly use it for that or to hold small travel documents and ID. It's also a perfect size for credit cards, cash, even your keys... all on a removable lanyard. Use it without the lanyard as a mini wallet inside a larger handbag or tote. The secret back pocket is held together with Velcro® so nothing will tumble out. This is a great ScrapBusters project; you can mix and match the three fabrics needed to create just the right look. Choose a fabric combo that highlights the recipient's hobby or just his/her favorite colors. 

How to Install Metal Grommets for Sewing Projects

Thursday, 05 November 2015 1:00

Sometimes, you cross something off your "give-it-a-go" list simply because it looks too hard. But once you do finally try, maybe with someone’s help the first time out, you often discover it wasn’t at all as hard as you thought! Such is the case with the phobia many sewers have when it comes to inserting metal grommets. Since these are usually installed with large machines or grommet presses in commercial production, people think they can’t replicate the professional look at home. It's one of those sewing applications many simply refuse to attempt. Whether it’s the actual installation process, getting the spacing just right, cutting the holes in the fabric to the exact size, or all of the above, we're here to prove you can do this at home and get a professional result. We’ve installed a grommet or two (or 100) here in the Sew4Home studios and will share with you all we've learned. Besides... getting to use a hammer in the sewing process can be very therapeutic!

Soft Cross Body Bag with Decorative Stitch Strap: Janome Skyline S7

Wednesday, 04 November 2015 1:00

Sometimes you want structure and sometimes you want soft. With slicing winds, hammering rain, and sheets of ice, winter serves up enough hard edges. Treat yourself or a friend to this easy-going sling bag. Canvas and cotton with fusible fleece in between creates a durable yet flexible tote. A solid strap lets you wear it cross-body so your hands are free, and the bag is snug to your side when that wind kicks up. We used the decorative stitches on our Janome Skyline S7 to make a super stylish strap from simple twill tape.

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Quilt Market 2015: Three Days of Overwhelming

Monday, 02 November 2015 1:00

O-ver-whelm-ing / adjective / to have a strong emotional effect. See also: dumbfounded, bowled over, left speechless. We've been to Quilt Markets in the past, but mostly the Spring Market that moves around the country to various venues. It had been quite a number of years since we'd been able to attend the big dog: the International Quilt Market, which takes place each October in Houston, Texas. We got to preview the latest fabric collections, try new products, reconnect with old friends, and meet new creative powerhouses. We've put together a quick tour-in-pictures of some highlights from our Three Days of O-ver-whelm-ing.

Sparkling Holiday Table Runner with Corner Tassels

Thursday, 29 October 2015 1:00


Although I have no proof, I feel certain that somewhere in my past there is an ancestor of regal bearing. Perhaps a Baltic princess or a brooding prince from the moors of Scotland. I have a deep affection for well-appointed luxury. For a formal occasion, I love the look of a table runner with place mats. The rich dark wood of the dining table sets off the fabric, and the individual linens act like beautiful little frames for the china and silver. This very elegant table runner in a sparkling platinum damask with rich mahogany accents is certainly fit for a king or a queen or... for your own royal family this holiday season.

Modern Two-Tone, Fold-Over Clutch in Faux Leather: Janome Skyline S7

Wednesday, 28 October 2015 1:00

Two colors, two fabrics, one awesome machine to put it all together: the new Janome Skyline S7. This clutch knocks-off a popular style we spotted on the shelves of several la-di-da, high-end boutiques. We love being able to give you the inspiration and instructions to make your own beautiful bags and totes for a fraction of the hundreds of dollars listed on designer price tags.

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Long Ruffled Scarf in Luxurious Rayon

Tuesday, 27 October 2015 1:00

What's the lifeblood of any wardrobe? Accessories! Why do we love accessories so much? Because they're a fast, economical way to jump start an old outfit. Throw on a belt, wrap up in a scarf, add a fabric flower pin... suddenly, it's a whole new look and feel. The small size of accessories also makes them a great way to try out new substrates, like the luxurious rayons we used for this long, beautiful scarf. There's an elastic channel through the middle, allowing you to ruche it up into a fun, ruffly shape secured at each end with a pretty little bow. We made two scarves, each one in two coordinating rayons. Wear them separately or together. For yourself or as a gift, these quick and easy accessories are a great way to brighten up anyone's wardrobe. 

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