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Tall Square Tissue Box Cover

Thursday, 01 September 2016 1:00

Tissue boxes have gotten much prettier in recent years, but they still may not be just right for your room. Personalize the look with your own tissue box cover. We offer a free pattern download to fit a square-style box. All our testing showed these boxes are 4⅜” wide x 5” high x 4⅜” deep – no matter the brand. The tissues themselves cleverly pop out through a Dritz® plastic grommet on the top of the cover. 

Sew4Home’s Bags and Totes Book is Coming October 10th

Wednesday, 31 August 2016 1:00

Our debut date is right around the corner, and publisher Fons & Porter has given us the thumbs-up to provide some sneak peeks into our upcoming book over the next few weeks. We thought an excellent way to do this would be to give you hints about What You’ll Make as well as What You’ll Learn. There are ten cool carryalls, and of course, we have tips and techniques to help each one get a sleek, professional finish. 

How to Box Corners

Tuesday, 30 August 2016 1:00

Okay - true confession time. In school, I was a theater rat... always in plays and musicals, always taking artsy-fartsy classes, including "How To Mime" or, as I remember it, "How To Pretend You're Stuck In A Box And Look Foolish Doing It." Unless you're Marcel Marceau, you look really silly doing mime. So... no mime today. But, we are still making a box. In particular, a boxed corner. This is a sewing technique everyone should have in her/his arsenal. The boxed corner creates space in something that would otherwise be flat. For example, in a bag, you'll have a lot more room to stash your stuff if you create boxed corners. Basically, any sewn corner can be turned into a boxed corner with a few simple steps. We show you the two most common methods.

Drapery Tapes from Dritz: The Fastest Way to Finish Curtains

Monday, 29 August 2016 1:00

Window coverings are often one of the first DIY home décor projects people attempt. And rightly so; they’re usually simple panels with just a few hems – fast, easy and so much more affordable than off-the-shelf options. However, figuring out how best to hang those pretty panels can be more of a challenge. Dritz® Home products to the rescue! They offer three drapery tape options that solve the most common hanging alternatives: Rod Loop Tape, Clip Ring Tape, and Iron-On Shirring Tape. We made a mini sample to test each product and were very happy with how quickly everything went together. Read on to find out more. And you know that blank window you’ve been staring at for months? It could have its very own curtain in no time at all. 

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Fast Fridays: Furry Bow Pillows

Friday, 26 August 2016 1:00

The humble bow is actually a clever kind of knot. We learn about it early in order to keep our shoes on our feet. From there, it begins to shed its utilitarian beginnings, becoming fashionable as a hair ornament or impressive as a package topper. Today, we’ve kicked it up another notch, creating a luxurious bow pillow in faux fur to pretty up your bed or glamorize your sofa. As a Fast Fridays project, you can be confident this elegant accent is also easy. Fast Fridays are all whipping out something wonderful in no time at all. 

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Make and Measure a Circle Without a Pattern

Thursday, 25 August 2016 1:00

The circle is, in my humble opinion, the Queen of the geometric shapes. Don't get me wrong; I like all those squares, rectangles, triangles, octagons, and whatnot; but the circle is the coolest of the bunch: smooth and pretty and endlessly useful. However, trying to draw a perfect circle without a pattern is a challenge, and figuring out the proper size of an opening into which a circle can be inserted requires working with Pi (or π), which is not the delicious kind you can eat with a bit of ice cream. We're here today to help you with the steps you've forgotten since high school geometry class (or maybe never learned because you were too busy passing notes with Susan Ellery!). We'll show you the parts of a circle, how wide to cut fabric to fit a circle, and how to draw a circle without a pattern. We've also included a handy conversion from decimals to inches, which is necessary when working with Pi.

ScrapBusters: Cord Wraps in Two Sizes

Wednesday, 24 August 2016 1:00

Although it may seem as if our varied electronic devices operate by magic, we know sooner or later they require a cord to sync, transfer or re-charge. All those little cords can become a tangled mess, making it hard to find what you need when you need it. Keep your cords tidy with these quick and easy wraps. We offer two sizes: one small version for things like tiny ear buds, another for larger items, like power cords. They take just teensy scraps of fabric. We worked with pre-cuts, using a charm square for the small size and a layer cake square for the large size. 

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Mason Jar Wraps

Tuesday, 23 August 2016 1:00

Grandma would be so proud. The humble Ball mason jar has become a very chic way to sip a cool summer drink. But as with all glassware, condensation beads up quickly on the outside of the jars, causing your grip to slip. A jar wrap helos absorb condensation, makes the jar easier to handle, and looks super cute. Our design features cotton on the exterior and knit on the interior. As a ScrapBusters project, we show you how to create pretty striped accent bands from a few fave pieces of leftover fabric. 

Sleepover Sack in Flannel with Matching Pillowcase: Fabric Depot

Monday, 22 August 2016 1:00

Ahhhhh, the sleepover. If there was ever an misnomer, this would be it, since the amount of sleeping that usually happens at such an event is minimal at best. The whole idea is to pile everyone together into one room and laugh until the wee hours. Our sleepover sack is a perfect choice for however much dozing gets done. We worked with our friends at Fabric Depot to select cozy flannel in two bright prints along with a coordinating cotton. Make a matching pillowcase to complete the sleepover set. We also added a cute, wraparound harness so the bag can be rolled and secured with a built-in handle to carry it to its destination. 

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Vintage Style Sweetheart Apron

Thursday, 18 August 2016 1:00

This apron is another Sew4Home design original, complete with a downloadable pattern that allows you to cut the main front and back of the apron as a single piece. You'll love the sweetheart neckline and matching mini-sweet pockets. And its kicky bottom flounce will have you skipping around your kitchen, just like when you used to twirl in your big-girl-fancy-party-dress... oh, don't even try to tell me you didn't do that! Did you know most scholars show "apron" as coming from the French word "naperon," meaning a small tablecloth? That seems a little undignified, but it's your bit of interesting garment history for the week!

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