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Round Hot Pads with Circular Decorative Stitching: Aurifil Thread

Wednesday, 17 August 2016 1:00

Recently, we were looking at all our pretty spools of Aurifil Thread and thinking, “There are so many lovely possibilities, it’s making our heads spin.” Hmmmm. Spin means to go ‘round and ‘round. What if we spun these thread colors with circular decorative stitching? That would be round-tastic, which isn’t a word but is an excellent vision. We used our Janome Circular Sewing attachment and Aurifil 40wt cotton thread to create multiple rings of decorative stitching on a set of round hot pads. Interspersed between the decorative stitching are three circles of quilting stitches to hold all the layers together. The quilting was done in Aurifil thread that matched our fabric so as not to detract from the feature circles, 40wt in the top and 50wt in the bobbin. 

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Pattern Drafting & Grading: Guest Tutorial from Sis Boom

Tuesday, 16 August 2016 1:00

One of our goals for 2016 is a commitment to partner with some of our pals in the sewing community to bring you guest features on garment sewing, since that is not an area we currently focus on at Sew4Home (you never know what the future will bring). Garments generally require complex, multi-piece patterns in a variety of sizes, which sounds intimidating – right? Carla Crim, from Scientific Seamstress and Jennifer Paganelli’s Sis Boom eBooks and ePatterns, is here to help demystify the process of creating the patterns that come together to make something beautiful to wear. We found the techniques fascinating, and it certainly inspired us to give it a try. But, just in case you can’t see yourself making your own patterns, Sis Boom has offered Sew4Home visitors a 25% discount on all the beautiful ePatterns currently available in their online shop! Read on to learn more about drafting and grading and to find your coupon code. 

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Cat’s Meow Appliqued Pillow: Janome America

Monday, 15 August 2016 1:00

Set this pretty kitty on your sofa to keep watch over the rest of your pillows. The bold silhouette with its sweet dimensional bow is truly the Cat’s Meow. Our original design was created to show off the amazing appliqué capabilities of the Janome machines. We used the Janome Skyline S7, but the same precision stitch quality is available on all their models, from the top-of-the-line sewing and embroidery powerhouses to the entry level compacts. We’re an exclusive Janome studio at Sew4Home, and it’s one of the top reasons our finished samples turn out so beautifully. Your sewing machine is the tool at the center of the process; it better have your back! That means a machine you can rely on to do what it needs to do easily and without any unnecessary frustration on your part. When you’re confident in your machine’s performance, it frees you to concentrate on your creativity. 

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Fast Fridays: Yoga Mat Strap Wrap

Friday, 12 August 2016 1:00

We’ve done several yoga mat totes here on Sew4Home (links are included below), but sometimes you don’t need or want a full bag. You’re dressed and ready, and your minimalist tendencies say all you need is to sling your mat over your shoulder and go. This style of mat-wrap is easy to find on retail shelves, but we’re willing to bet none of them are as lovely (or as clever) as ours. We’ve used gorgeous jacquard ribbon from Renaissance Ribbons on one side with standard polyester webbing on the other. All the brain-twisting wrapping, turning, and securing challenges have been figured out, so you can put it all together in a snap. It’s a perfect part of our Fast Fridays series, which is all about whipping out something wonderful in no time at all. 

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You Deserve Some Fun: Plan Now for Fall & Winter Sewing Escape Retreats

Thursday, 11 August 2016 1:25


Because you deserve to learn some great new techniques. Because you deserve to make a fabulous new project… or two or three. Because you (and all your sewing friends) deserve a great getaway. We could go on and on, but you get the idea. Retreat events are gearing up across the country. Register now to join us at one near you. Because you deserve it! 

Starfish Pillow

Wednesday, 10 August 2016 1:00

Real starfish belong in tide pools. Our starfish pillow belongs on your sofa! This quick and easy project is the perfect way to add a splash of nautical fun to freshen-up your décor for Summer and beyond. There are dozens of great fabric collections out there with delightful seaside themes. We selected a print from Michael Miller's Sea Buddies collection in a coral-times-two design: a beautiful coral motif in a rich coral color.

Sew Sampler Quilting Box Program from Fat Quarter Shop

Tuesday, 09 August 2016 1:00

In this world of digital everything – including those crazy Pokemon critters everyone is hunting like zombies at a full moon – isn’t it delightful when an actual package arrives in your real mailbox?! As lovers of sewing and craft, we’re all about creating authentic items with our own two hands. Virtual will never trump tactile in this world. Which is why we love Fat Quarter Shop’s Sew Sampler Quilting Box program. We gave you a sneak peek of these mystery boxes when they debuted this past April. Since then, four amazing boxes have landed in members’ mailboxes, each one as terrific as the the last. 

The Classic Canteen Bag: Fabric Depot for Fall

Monday, 08 August 2016 1:00

Channel your inner Boy Scout. Our round, canteen-style bag has a great retro look in a classic fall fabric combination: plaid flannel, denim, and corduroy. We even added appliquéd patches on the front. Bold metal hardware for the zipper and the strap adds the professional finish. Our thanks to Fabric Depot for having such a great variety of fabric choices; it allowed us to put together the perfect look. Use our free pattern download to create the exterior panels as well as the matching curved pocket. 

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Messenger Style Brief Bag: Go Back-to-School in Style

Friday, 05 August 2016 1:00

Back-to-school means back to the books, which also means carrying those books from class to class. It's supposed to be a digital world, yet we still have an awful lot of stuff to haul around! Use this classic messenger style brief to carry it all with both good looks and smart functionality. We used mid-weight cotton duck fabric from Premier Prints with bold, modern graphics, and adding an unexpected splash of bright color on the flap. The bag would work equally well in solids or you could even turn your brief bucolic with a unique floral combo. It's a crisp, cool style that's right on trend for either guys or gals.

Five-Pocket Sofa Arm (& More) Caddy: Go Back-to-School in Style

Thursday, 04 August 2016 12:01

Handy. Who doesn't want or need things to be handy? Have you ever heard anyone say, "No thanks, I'd prefer everything be just out of reach" ?!  Whether your back-to-school crew is struggling to keep their own bedrooms organized or they're heading off the tight confines of a dorm living, this caddy can help corral important items in just a few feet of space. The top section of the caddy is extra long (32") and should easily fit over most upholstered chair or sofa arms. It can also be slipped under a seat cushion, between a mattress and box spring, or even looped over a hanger in your closet to hold accessories and jewelry. 

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