The magnetic snap is indispensable to the construction of purses, totes and bags. We've used them on dozens of Sew4Home projects and decided it was high time the technique had its very own tutorial. As with many notions and tools that add a unique professional finish, the steps for their use are themselves not necessarily difficult. The secret is having the time and patience to go through the instructions in the correct order, and with extra precision in your marking and measuring.
The turn or twist lock closure is one of those finishing touches that looks so professional, it fools you into thinking it must be crazy hard to install. We're here to bust that myth wide open. We used this closure on our Ribbon Flap Shoulder Bag with Renaissance Ribbons. Centered within one of the ribbons, this little lock completed the bag with high-end style. Read on to see the easy steps to follow. The trick is to measure one, twice, three times to insure both halves of the closure are perfectly placed.
It's ScrapBusters time, and today we're targeting some of the smaller pieces in your bag of favorite fabric bits. Our project takes the ordinary washcloth to the next level by adding a very pretty patchwork bound edge. We created a standard single fold bias binding and attached it in the traditional two-step method to a soft terry cloth center. There are links within the article below to full tutorials on both making and attaching bias binding. The extra-special part is how the binding is created from a patchworked panel. Pull out some of your favorite skinny scraps, piece them together side by side, then cut the bias strips from this assembled fabric panel.
Can't you picture Harrison Ford slinging this amazing duffle over his shoulder as Indiana Jones?! We blended heavy canvas and faux leather with webbing and brass zipper accents for the dashing exterior. Inside is a tough rip-stop nylon lining. Even if you're not a world-renowned archeologist and adventurer, this bag is is great way to pack your stuff, whether you're heading across town to the gym or getting away for the weekend. Father's Day is coming up, and this would make a very nice gift for your personal action hero. The combination of fabrics, colors and textures has the perfect feel – a little bit retro and a whole lot cool (just like Dad).
Here at Sew4Home, we've always said a good quality sewing machine is your most important creative tool. No matter what level you're at, you should always buy the best machine you can afford. We recently outlined a list of suggestions about entry-level or mid-range models: Top Top Five Things to Remember About How to Shop For & Buy a Sewing Machine. But what about when you're shopping for one of the top-of-the-line models?
Father, Daddy, Pop, Pa, the old man... he goes by many names and may have come to you by birth, adoption, marriage or simply friendship. Whatever the circumstances, the underlying sentiment is the same: this is the guy who has always been there for you with unconditional love, a ride across town on a stormy night, and a quick five bucks for a cheeseburger. His special day is coming up on June 15th, and we've collected ten classic projects we know will be right up his alley. Some are super-fast ScrapBuster projects, others a bit more involved – a full range of options to bring a smile to every dear ol' Dad.
"My future's so bright... I gotta wear shades!" Timbuk3's only real hit, but a classic lyric for sure, and perfect for today's R&R project (Re-imagine & Renovate). We originally created these ribbon-embellished, snap-frame eyeglass cases as a last minute holiday gift idea. With the summer sun beginning to shine, it's a great time to take a second look at the project as re-done by our friends at Renaissance Ribbons. They've re-imagined and renovated them as sunglass cases in the bright colors and fun designs of some of their newest Designer ribbons, adding pretty solid French Grosgrain accents.
Today, we're rounding out our week of Outdoor Living with a super tote for the ultimate summer excursion: the picnic! You simply cannot let the season slip away without at least one day of dining al fresco! We've had several requests for picnic carryalls, and think this is one everyone will love. It's lightly insulated with thermal batting to help keep your food warm or cold. There are plenty of interior pockets, in a variety of sizes, all in easy-care PUL. And the inset zipper across the top provides a secure closure so even if the tote tips, your picnic doesn't spill.
If you need to instantly perk-up your Outdoor Living space, nothing is faster or easier than a set of pretty pillows. The focal pillow in our patio trio uses faux fur. Faux fur for summer?! Yep! We chose a great shaggy fur that looks like a pillow made of fresh green grass. It's paired with a classic piped square and a tufted bolster. Both of these are in a tough indoor/outdoor fabric. Today's modern outdoor fabrics come in a huge array of wonderful colors and prints, and Fabric.com has one of the very best selections online!
Outdoor Living isn't all fun and games; there's work to be done while the sun shines. Whether you're planting flowers, weeding the vegetable garden, or just washing the car, our Garden Apron has a unique, split-skirt design that allows you to more easily move through all your summer chores. You can squat, bend, sit or stand without stretching, pulling or binding. We chose two tough denims from Fabric.com to make the apron a true workhouse, then added bold lines of topstitching, rivets, and adjustable ties for fashion and function.