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Valentine Drawstring Bonnet Basket

Friday, 22 January 2016 1:00

Structured on the bottom, soft on the top. Sounds like the making of a comfy mattress, but it's also the clever construction that creates our adorable Bonnet Baskets. The walls and base of the basket use a combination of fusible foam and rigid interfacing to form a perfect round shape that stands up on its own - even when filled to the brim. The drawstring top is soft and flexible, creating a billowy cap to cover and secure the basket's contents.

How to Grade a Seam Allowance

Thursday, 21 January 2016 1:00

Seam grading is like stair-stepping. Don't worry, it's not the aerobic kind from the gym. It's the process of turning a standard seam allowance into layered tiers of fabric. The result is less bulk, which means a smoother finish from the right side. It's another one those very basic techniques that can make all the difference in the professional look of your project. It is done by hand, so it can be a bit time consuming based on the length of the seam being trimmed, but it makes a tremendous difference. Bulky, lumpy seams simply are not very pretty.

In-The-Hoop Embroidered Coasters: Janome Memory Craft 500E

Wednesday, 20 January 2016 1:00

We started  working with the Janome MC500E when it debuted just last fall, and it's been a delight. This project is designed to show you an example of a popular trend: embroidery in-the-hoop. The technique is just as the name implies, the vast majority of the project, both sewing and embroidery, is done within the hoop. In this case it means that although the MC500E is an embroidery-only model, it can complete the entire project. We've given detailed steps below for completing these beautiful coasters on the MC500E, but even if you don't have this model (yet...), you'll find the in-the-hoop process intriguing. We used one of the MC500E built-in designs, using its flexible on-screen editing features to create the border.

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Double Zipper Pillow

Tuesday, 19 January 2016 1:00

Zippers are one of the trusty workhorses of the sewing world. They normally go about their jobs, opening and closing without much fanfare. But recently, it's become quite trendy to let them out from between the seams to shine on their own. Today's fashionable pillow does just that, featuring zippers on both the front and back. The back zipper is the official opening to insert the pillow form. The front zipper is fully functioning, but is there as embellishment only; it opens onto an inset placket. You can show off the pillow from either side. Both zippers are highlighted with parallel strips of decorative stitching, and that eye-candy front zipper also has a long tassel for extra appeal. The pillow can even be displayed with the front zipper partially open to adjust the placement of the tassel. 

Notions How-To Help: The Dritz® Sewing Video Tutorial Library

Monday, 18 January 2016 1:00

Here at Sew4home, we're all about helping you learn techniques to make your sewing faster, easier, and more fun. But we certainly can't cover all the tools and tricks. So we're always on the lookout for additional resources to send your way. The recently updated Video Tutorial Library from our friends at Dritz® has over 30 short videos that teach you how to use a variety of their products. We've watched them all, and have a review of some of our favorites. You'll want to bookmark this handy YouTube channel to increase your notions know-how!

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Hearts on a String Valentine Sachets

Friday, 15 January 2016 1:00

With triple the heart-stopping cuteness, our heart sachets hang three in a row with a ring at the top and a button weight at the bottom. Use them to add a bit of scented sweetness anywhere you want. The string can be slipped onto a hanger or simply add a bit of extra ribbon to tie the upper ring onto a doorknob or drawer pull. We used Jolly Bars for our hearts, which were the perfect size from which to cut two hearts. The 5" x 10" Jolly Bars are a pre-cut exclusive from Fat Quarter Shop

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Quilting Basics: A Five-Part Series for Beginners

Thursday, 14 January 2016 1:00

Little pieces of fabric sewn together. That's truly quilting at its most basic, but its just as crazy as describing cooking as: tasty bits of food mixed together. The creativity (and the love) is in the who, what, when, where, and why of how it all happens. Our Quilting Basics series is designed to help beginning quilters get rollin'. We explain the fundamentals of quilting, including the various tools you’ll need (and may already have), cutting techniques, how to create quilt blocks from basic shapes, piecing tips and techniques, and actual quilt stitching. One disclaimer: enter at your own risk; quilting can be addictive

French Mattress Edge Floor Cushions

Wednesday, 13 January 2016 1:00

This is a You Asked 4 It project that was on our list for quite awhile. We finally found the perfect fabric to make it happen: a home décor Jacquard 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 very best results. 

ScrapBusters: Fancy Border Tea Towels

Tuesday, 12 January 2016 1:00


As with so many things tea-related, the tea towel comes to us by way of Great Britain where it originated as a special drying cloth for expensive tea services. Linen was the fabric of choice because its smooth, simple weave was unlikely to scratch fine china or glass. Our Fancy Border Tea Towels are more casual than their noble ancestors, but are still a wonderful addition to any kitchen and a perfect gift for a wedding shower or house warming. This is a great project for your longer fabric scraps. We worked with width of fabric (WOF) pieces to make it fast and easy. Each towel starts with just one 4" and one 3" strip, which are then trimmed to fit the base towel. 

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Compact Geo Pop Duffle with Rip Stop Lining

Monday, 11 January 2016 1:00

Bags in round or barrel shapes make a great style statement, but they can seem intimidating when you're new to sewing. If you've passed over these projects before, it's time to stop, look, and listen. We've cleverly adapted the construction of this duffle to allow you to do the majority of the steps with flat pieces. 3-D is great when watching the new Star Wars movie, but flat is friendlier for sewing. 

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