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Amazing Deals & Great Giveaway from SewVacDirect

Tuesday, 17 December 2013 1:00

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

Welcome to our New Year Celebration! We're starting early by partnering with a number of our wonderful S4H sponsors to bring you some Amazing Deals & Great Giveaways to kick-off your 2014 sewing in a BIG way. These are the wonderful folks who help support our work so we can bring you day after day of inspiration and education. We should (and do) thank them for all they do, but I'll be darned if they didn't spin right around with thank you gifts and offers for YOU! Today we feature SewVacDirect, one of the internet's largest sewing machine dealers, and Janome America's Number One Dealer in the USA for five years running. They have an amazing deal for you on the Janome DC2013 computerized sewing machine. And... they also have one to give away to a lucky S4H visitor!

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Pro Chef Half Apron with Renaissance Ribbons

Monday, 16 December 2013 1:00

The inspiration for this project came from our official Sew4Home You Asked 4 It list. When you send us a request or comment online about something you'd like to see, we add it to this list. Then, we refer to our list when we're creating new ideas. You wanted more aprons for guys, and your wish has been fulfilled by today's Pro Chef Half Apron accented with stunning Renaissance Ribbons. Our thanks to Renaissance Ribbons for sponsoring today's project! You've made all those You Asked 4 It guys very happy.

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Bundle of Box Style Floor Cushions: Deck The Halls with Fabric.com

Thursday, 05 December 2013 1:00

Today's our last project day in the Deck The Halls with Fabric.com series, and we're moving from The Halls down to The Floors with our decorating inspiration. These boxed floor cushions, with their piping and tufted buttons, are a home décor classic. But many otherwise hearty sewists shy away from attempting the style because it's three-dimensional. Remember when people thought the earth was flat? Then, when they kept on sailing and didn't fall off the edge, they discovered all sorts of amazing things?! It's the same with sewing. If you're only willing to attempt flat projects, you're missing all kinds of fun. And... you're highly unlikely to fall off your sewing chair. Floor cushions make great extra seating for holiday gatherings and game nights, so we knew we had to make more than one. We selected big, bold and beautiful fabrics from Premier Prints to make a festive stack of four. Then, we added a clever harness out of nylon webbing to bundle them together, making it easy to carry the whole stack from room to room. The harness also works to keep the stack stable when used as a handy footstool. 

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Cupcake Napkin Set: Deck The Halls with Fabric.com

Wednesday, 04 December 2013 1:00

Let's admit it... a big part of the holidays revolve around food. There are wonderful family dinners, neighborhood cookie exchanges, and potluck parties at the office. You name it, if there's a celebration, there's sure to be extra yummy treats to be found. Today's Deck The Halls with Fabric.com project is all about yummy treats. In fact, this particular project made all of us hungry for cupcakes during the entire construction process. Like our earlier Deck The Halls Santa Letter Pocket Pillows, this is another design that makes use of the wide variety of panel fabrics available at Fabric.com. Normally used for quick and easy quilts, we've broken the mold to use them instead as feature appliqués on pretty banded, double-sided napkins. We made a set of eight, alternating two crisp coordinating cottons for the main napkin fabric. 

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Minky & Velveteen Throw: Deck The Halls with Fabric.com

Tuesday, 03 December 2013 1:00

Fast and easy. Soft and cuddly. I think that's what we all want in a toasty holiday throw to ward off winter's chills. Our bound Minky blanket has you covered. In fact, this project went so quickly, we actually forgot to stop to take pictures! Instead, we've included some helpful illustrations of the simple steps, as well as links to our two detailed tutorials on bias binding. Minky fleece comes in an absolutely amazing array of colors and sculpted textures. We chose a rich steel gray Minky bound with a deep wine velveteen. But that's just the tip of the iceberg (nope... that sounds too harsh). But that's just the cusp of the cloud (ahhhh... much better). Check out our additional blanket and binding pairings that take you from bright and fun to subtle and elegant. We used single-sided Minky, but there are also many double-sided options for softness through and through. Fabric.com definitely has something for everyone.

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Gilded Chevron Tote: Deck The Halls with Fabric.com

Monday, 02 December 2013 1:00

Who says functional can't also be fabulous?! We're back with Week #2 of our Deck The Halls with Fabric.com series. Today's generously-sized tote is the perfect overnight carryall for the season's festivities, whether you're off to Grandma's garden cottage by the sea, your best friend's condo in the bustling urban jungle or points in between. We're keeping you on top of the trends, using bold chevrons as our featured print with metallic faux leather to inject a touch of glamour. This faux leather is buttery soft and very easy to work with, but is also durable enough to hold its own as the bag's base. Clever double handles out of wide cotton webbing allow you to grab and carry the bag with one hand or sling it over your shoulder. The top opening is secured with a pretty set-in zipper. Before you break out in a sweat hearing the words, "set in zipper" - take a deep breath; we give the detailed instructions you need to make it happen.

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Fabric Gift Baskets in Six Sizes and Styles

Wednesday, 27 November 2013 1:00

From presents under the tree to neighborhood get togethers to Secret Santas at work... holiday gift giving can creep up on you. When I'm at a loss, a charming fabric basket is my go-to solution. With such a pretty outside, you can put almost anything inside to create a fast and fabulous, personalized gift guaranteed to generate rave reviews. Some inexpensive kitchen tools plus your own favorite recipes and you have a cook's delight. Hot toddy ingredients in a basket made from cozy flannels would be a toasty, fireside treat. Or take a quick dash through the gourmet aisle of your local grocery store, and you could put together a mouth-watering epicurean masterpiece. Today's pair includes both a large basket, measuring 10" wide x 8" tall x 6" deep as well as a small companion that finishes at 8" wide x 7" tall x 5" deep. The two nest perfectly together. 

Elegant Pleated Evening Clutch with Slip-Through Bow

Tuesday, 26 November 2013 1:00

Our pretty little purse with its big, bold bow makes a dynamic fashion statement. And, we think the unique slip-through pleated band is a very clever way to clutch this clutch. It's one of those perfect holiday party accessories that can amp up your style without emptying your wallet. We created our sample in Amy Butler's amazing Sateen Bliss, from her Alchemy Studio Collection. This lucisous substrate has an absolutely wonderful feel and just the right amount of sheen. It makes a dynamite combo with our Little Black Dress. 

Snap Frame Eyeglass Cases with Renaissance Ribbons

Monday, 25 November 2013 1:00

We're back with another clever project featuring beautiful Renaissance Ribbons. These eyeglass cases are embellished with a variety of their newest ribbons from Amy Butler, Anna Maria Horner, Dena Designs and French General... just a few of the amazing designers who trust Renaissance Ribbons to execute their work in woven ribbon. Our cases have a soft fleece lining to protect your lenses. And, an internal flex frame makes them easy to open and shut with just one hand. Make one or make a bundle, they would make a great stocking stuffer as well as a lovely teacher gift. Ribbon is an excellent way to add instant beauty to projects. Jacquard ribbon, for which Renaissance Ribbons is famous, adds both woven texture and vivid color.

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Santa Letter Pocket Pillows: Deck The Halls with Fabric.com

Friday, 22 November 2013 1:00

Growing up, we had a very special Little Golden Book® that only appeared during the Christmas season. It was called Santa's Toy Shop. It had a thin plot line, but we loved it. Santa was sad because he never had time to play with the toys he made. So Mrs. Claus convinced him to stop at the last house on his route. There, he would take the time to sit down, have a cookie, and play with some toys before turning the reindeer back home. There was a question at the end of the book, one that kept us hanging on the edge of our pillows each Christmas Eve. Would our house be Santa's last stop this year? We never were able to stay awake long enough to find out! Today's Deck The Halls with Fabric.com project falls right in line with this holiday tradition. These adorable pillows are made from panel fabric. Normally used for quick and easy quilts, we knew there had to be some other fun ways to use these pretty panel blocks, like a Santa Letter Pocket Pillow, because surely he's stopping at our house this year!

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