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Toddler's Laminated Cotton Project Apron

Thursday, 09 January 2014 1:00

Keep your tots tidy with this adorable apron for art projects and more. We used laminated cotton for a easy, wipe-clean finish. Everyone who's anyone is adding this wonderful substrate choice to their new fabric collections. We give you some tips for sewing with it (it's really easy), and a toddler-sized pattern to download. Whip one up, then whip out the poster paints.

ScrapBusters: Heart-Themed Gift Bags in Burlap & Cotton

Wednesday, 08 January 2014 12:35

Our Valentines Day ideas continue today with the first in a series of three great gift bag options. We know you love fast and easy projects, but we also know that doesn't mean you want to skimp on cute or stylish. We have you covered with these sweet little sacks. First off, they're a ScrapBusters project, which means you're likely to already have everything on hand you need. If not, the amount of fabric and notions required is small – or buy in bulk and set up a gift bag assembly line for all your Valentines. In addition, the finished bags are as cute as the proverbial button with a rustic style that works for young and old... and in between.

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Microwavable Rice Heating Pads

Tuesday, 07 January 2014 12:16

We love the simple clean lines of these microwavable neck and lap/back heating pads. After just a couple minutes in the microwave, you'll get up to an hour of safe, warm heat without the dangers inherent in electric heating pads: burns, fires and electrical shock. Electric heating pad cautions actually read: Never use in a situation where you could fall asleep. Hmmm... often falling asleep is my goal. These pads are not difficult to make, and are a useful gift for most any adult. They're good for muscle aches or when you feel a chill and don't want to turn up the thermostat. You can also freeze them for a pleasant cooling effect. Although, just typing that made me shiver. Add a drop of essential oil if you'd like a little aromatherapy.

Good Gifts for Guys: Fleece Scarf with Zippered Pocket

Monday, 06 January 2014 1:15

Old man winter came stomping in with a vengeance this year. We're sending warm thoughts to all our Sew4Home friends in the mid-west and along the east coast. Seems like it's the perfect time for a totally toasty project that's also a great Valentine's Day gift idea. Today's fleece scarf is super fast and easy thanks to edge-binding with Dritz® Fold-Over Elastic. We also added a lightweight zippered pocket on one end. Use it to hold essentials so you can keep those jacket or pants pockets free to stuff your hands. Brrrrrrrrrrrr!

Button Quilted Layer Cake Throw

Thursday, 02 January 2014 1:00

Thanks to the pre-cut squares of a pretty Layer Cake, we whipped-up this cozy lap blanket in an afternoon. The patchwork is about as basic as you can get, and the quilting is done with hand-sewn buttons. Rather than crank up the thermostat, keep a pretty throw like this by your desk or chair to keep you toasty while reading, working, sewing, knitting or watching TV. It's also the perfect size for a frosty morning 'car cozy' – tumble the blanket in the dryer for a few minutes right before you walk out the door, then wrap it around your lap... or around your little kiddos, as a warmer-upper while you wait for the cold car to defrost. My mom did this for me when I was small, because we didn't have a garage, only a carport; it made chilly morning drives to school a toasty treat.

Double Zipper Pillow with Fairfield

Monday, 30 December 2013 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 for the Fairfield Home Elegance™ 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... very daring.

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Amazing Deals & Great Giveaway from Coats

Friday, 27 December 2013 1:00

THIS GREAT GIVEAWAY CLOSED 01/15/14. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED!

Coats & Clark. It's one of the most recognized names in sewing and needlecraft, and deservedly so! They are part of the world's largest textile and thread manufacturing company, with home and industrial products sold in over 150 countries. Whether your passion is sewing or quilting, crochet, knitting, needlework or crafts, your creative endeavors are likely to include products from Coats. We're pleased to have worked with them on a number of projects this year, including the introduction of the Phoomph™ for Fabric bonding sheets, and most recently, the exciting debut of Eclectic Elements by Tim Holtz, the first fabric line under the Coats brand. We welcome Coats today as part of our New Year Celebration. They have three products for you to take a look at and TWO Mystery Grab Bags full of all kinds of Coats products to give away!

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Amazing Deals & Great Giveaway from The Ribbon Retreat

Thursday, 26 December 2013 1:00

THIS GREAT GIVEAWAY CLOSED 01/15/14. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED!

All the gifts are open and the tree is looking a little lonely. It's time for more presents! Today we're highlighting The Ribbon Retreat in our New Year Celebration series. Another long time sponsor of Sew4Home, The Ribbon Retreat is TWO amazing sites in one: Ribbon and Fabric. Their selection on both sides of the coin is stunning, and because you know we only work with the friendliest, most helpful folks, you can be guaranteed of quality products, prices and service. We're going to take a little tour through the miles of ribbon and yards of fabric from which to choose. We invite you to do the same, and at the conclusion, enter to win a $40 Gift Certificate! Our thanks to The Ribbon Retreat and all our wonderful sponsors for allowing us to help kick-off your 2014 sewing in a BIG way. 

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Yoga Mat Sling Bag in PUL with Renaissance Ribbons

Monday, 23 December 2013 1:00

If "getting fit and flexible" is on your list of New Year's Resolutions, today's project is for you: a bright and beautiful yoga mat sling bag accented with stunning Renaissance Ribbons. This bag is one of those projects everyone at S4H coveted during design, construction and photography – a sure sign it will be a visitor favorite as well. It really does have it all. We started with gorgeous ribbon embellishment on the body and strap (brand new Jane Sassaman designs from our sponsor, Renaissance Ribbons); combined that with fun, colorful fabric (a heavyweight PUL in hot pink); came up with a clever double-drawstring design so you can slide your mat in or out from either end, and added a handy zippered outside pouch for extra necessities.

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Amazing Deals & Great Giveaway from Renaissance Ribbons

Friday, 20 December 2013 1:00

THIS GREAT GIVEAWAY CLOSED 12/31/13. THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR PARTICIPATING.

Renaissance Ribbons and the Amazing Deal and Great Giveaway they're sponsoring as part of our New Year Celebration promotion. If you're a regular Sew4Home visitor, you've likely noticed the increase in beautiful projects featuring Renaissance Ribbons. They've sponsored two innovative ribbon projects each month for the past six months. Ribbon is an excellent way to add instant beauty to a project, and we have TWO amazing gift boxes to give away, each containing yards and yards of that on-the-spot loveliness!

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