Bridesmaids' gowns get a bad rap (see the movie, 27 Dresses for hysterical proof)! Many of us have a frightening ensemble or two stuffed in the back of our own closets. But wedding styles are evolving in wonderfully new, non-closet-hiding directions, with cute accessory trends at the forefront. One of the latest, must-have articles in bridesmaid attire is a coordinated clutch for the ladies of the wedding party. Bridesmaid dresses rarely have any pockets; there's no where to tuck an emergency tube of lipstick or a tissue for those romantic moments. So, a small clutch a certainly functional idea, but it's also a beautiful gift for the bride to bestow on her girlfriends, possibly with a little something extra tucked inside. Not just for weddings, these pretty little clutches are perfect for all kinds of special occasions.
They're a go-to solution for yoga class, running, or just when it's a bad hair day – you've seen these awesome headbands everywhere. Now you can make your own. It's super easy, so easy in fact, we did two styles: one is accordion-pleated so you can wear it wide or narrow, the other is a turban style with a classic front knot. We tried both styles with a thin woven cotton as well as a lightweight knit. Both worked well during construction and looked great when done.
Things to do today: 1) Make cool grocery list/coupon holder from Sew4Home; 2) With increased level of organization from said cool grocery list/coupon holder, complete chores in record time; 3) Eat chocolates; 4) Send any leftover chocolates to Sew4Home. I think that pretty much covers it. Our cute little case has a perfectly-sized vinyl window that displays your shopping list (yes... you can sew vinyl with your home sewing machine), a handy credit card pocket on the opposite side, and a zippered interior pouch to hold coupons, cash and more. The optional lanyard makes it easy to grab from your purse, clip to a shopping bag, or simply sling over your shoulder.
Sewing requires some specialized tools, the biggest one being the sewing machine itself. If you're new to sewing, you might be tempted to get a machine as cheaply as possible. However, this is one of those cases where saving a few bucks now can end up causing you hours of frustration later. Purchasing a machine within your budget is necessary, but getting the cheapest (or free-est) machine out there is rarely the best option. We combined our own years of experience with expert tips from sewing machine sponsor, Janome America to bring you the top five things to keep in mind when shopping for a new sewing machine. We're talking here about entry-level or mid-range models for day-in-day-out sewing of clothing, quilting and home décor. We'll look at the top-of-the-line models that combine embroidery and other special features in future articles. Right now, you want to concentrate on ease-of-use, stitching precision, and reliability.
Spring is fighting for a foothold today year. Not only did March come in like a lion... it also left like a lion in many places across the US (there was a blizzard in Fargo, North Dakota this year on April 1st!). But we know those clear, sunny days must be just around the corner. Soon you'll be able to open up your windows, raise up the storm glass in the screen doors, and let the fresh air blow through. In our house, this sets up an amazing wind tunnel effect that slams doors shut upstairs and down. We needed a stylish way to keep the doors open and the air circulating. ScrapBusters to the rescue! Today's door stop is a simple cube made with standard cottons stiffened with ultra firm fusible interfacing.
Our R&R series (Re-imagine & Renovate) is a favorite here at Sew4Home. You get to see how new fabric and trim transforms a classic project. Go from floral and frilly to sleek and modern, from traditional to whimsical. Or, simply experiment with a new color palette. Today, we start a mini-series under the R&R banner. Our friends at Renaissance Ribbons are getting into the act as "guest renovators," making their own versions of the projects we've done for them over the past few years. The original Pinafore Style Sewing Machine Cover was designed as the free-spirited cousin of our previous fitted covers. This cover drapes over your machine and sports handy pockets to keep a few tools, patterns and notions at the ready.
Want to make a real fashion statement? It's hard to pack more drama into a small space than with a fascinator. If you haven't been keeping up with Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, you might be unfamiliar with fascinators. They are basically very small, formal hats that are very big on embellishment. Captivating Kate has recently brought them back into vogue, but they are one of millinery's (hat making's) oldest and boldest creations. Today, in honor of upcoming Easter Hat Parades, we're talking with Janome Educator, Maddie Bushman about how you can make your own fascinating fascinators.
Stuffed animals make me happy. They live on my desk at home and in the studio, so I can glance over at them when I'm having a bad day or when someone has shot down another one of my 'spectacular' ideas. There they sit. Always calm, always smiling. Funny Bunny is a super sweet softie who combines nubby cotton chenille with smooth, retro-inspired cotton for a soft vintage look.
The practice of decorating eggshells goes back much farther than the Christian traditions surrounding Easter. 60,000-year-old ostrich eggs with engraved decoration have been found in Africa. The ancient Egyptians, Persians, Phoenicians, and Hindus all believed the world began with an enormous egg, so using the egg as a symbol of new life is literally ancient history. We've put aside the marbled elegance and gold leaf of long ago, as well as the today's candy-colored dyes and crayons, opting instead for a basket of super-soft Easter eggs in bright, patterned fleece with ribbons, rick rack, mini-poms, and felt flower accents. They probably won't last 60,000 years, but they sure are cute right now!
Monogrammed towels are one of life's little luxuries, but for a bit more playful option, try appliqué. The letter(s) can be larger and the colors and patterns brighter. It's a great use of some of those pretty scraps hiding in your stash bin. Make a set for your family to help distinguish which towel belongs to which dripping wet person. Bath linens also make an excellent gift for showers, weddings and housewarmings – especially when you can not only personalize the colors, but also the fabric to fit a recipient's decorating theme, hobby or even a favorite sport's team.