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Last Minute Mother's Day Idea: Roll-Up Make-up Brush Caddy

Tuesday, 05 May 2015 1:00

Wasn't Mom always the one reminding you to get things done early? Work before play and all that? So, it's probably our own dang fault if we've waited until the last minute to find a Mother's Day gift for this Sunday. Sew4Home to the rescue! Our classic roll-up make-up brush case is a perennial favorite, and a perfect ScrapBusters project. We suggest blending three coordinating cottons plus a laminate for the inside. With a laminate behind the brushes, if any traces of make up rub off, they can be quickly wiped away. This handy little case is not only great for travel, Mom can also use it for everyday storage.

Zippered Clutch with Cross Stitch Embroidery: Janome America

Monday, 04 May 2015 1:00

A zippered clutch is the go-everywhere kind of accessory that's a snap to make and a joy to give. This version has an chic vintage look thanks to delicate cross stitch embellishment. The embroidery design is one of the hundreds of built-in options on our Janome Horizon Memory Craft 15000. We reduced its size slightly for the best fit (very easy to do right on screen with the MC15000) and stitched it out in matte cotton thread against a rich black background. Coordinating quilting cottons in simple patterns complete the classic styling, adding soft color to the base of the clutch and the lining. 

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Round Piped Pillow with Gathered Top

Thursday, 30 April 2015 1:00

If you're happy and you know it... make a pillow. Pillows are one of the best things for a beginner to tackle; they're fast, fun projects for anyone and immediately brighten up your décor. This pillow is what we envision Little Miss Muffet's tuffet must have looked like. We show you an ultra easy way to create its gathered top and bottom. The body of the pillow starts out as a tube, then you gather the top and the bottom, cinching the fabric to create the cushion shape. The gathering points are concealed with jumbo covered buttons.

Baby Cheater Quilt

Wednesday, 29 April 2015 1:00

A cheater quilt is one in which the quilt top is pre-printed with a patchwork design, allowing you to skip the piecing. Instead, simply layer front, batting and back; then quilt and bind. It's super fast and easy, and your quilting stitches can follow along in the lines of the motif. As a fun twist on the traditional baby quilt, we did a soft piped edge rather than traditional quilt binding. Once completed, you have to look pretty closely to be able to tell you "cheated." It makes a great baby shower gift or go up in size and send a new college student off to the dorms with a personalized quilt. 

How to Attach Babyville Plastic Snaps

Tuesday, 28 April 2015 1:00

Snaps are one of our favorite closures. They're small yet sturdy, like a cute little Corgi dog. But there's not been a lot of variety from which to choose. You can always find nickel or brass, and the Western favorite: pretty pearl head snaps. But that's where the decorative options usually ended. So when Babyville snaps hit the market a few years ago, their bright colors and cute cover designs were an instant hit. They were immediately snapped up for their decorative flair. We've used them on several Sew4Home projects, and thought it was high time for a tutorial dedicated to showing you just how easy they are to insert. 

Sporty String Backpack with Vertical Zip Pockets

Monday, 27 April 2015 1:00

A lightweight, string style backpack is the perfect storage solution for all those outdoor activities ahead. It's compact and easy to carry but can really hold a lot. We used water-resistant nylon inside and out, which means this pack would be great for a day trip to the river or beach. And, with days getting longer and warmer, making staying out late more tempting, we opted for a reflective fabric on the exterior to add a bit of safety on-the-go. 

ScrapBusters: Scrappy Ruffled Oven Mitts

Thursday, 23 April 2015 1:00

We're moving into shower season. Not April showers, but bridal and wedding showers. Today's ScrapBusters project is a great shower gift idea. Use some of the prettiest, springiest fabrics from your scrap stash, blending them together into a happy mix of pattern and color. Each oven mitt uses up to four different fabrics. 

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We Need Closure: A Handy List of Locks, Snaps, Zips & More

Wednesday, 22 April 2015 1:00

There are lots of ways to find what you're looking for at Sew4Home. Scroll through the home page teasers. Browse and click the main navigation tabs. Look in our Project Index. Or simply search by key word. But sometimes, it's nice to simply have one handy list of links to refer to in a specific category. Today, we've pulled together our top ten articles that show a variety of ways you can keep things closed. 

Slightly Slouchy Storage Baskets in Burlap & Cotton

Monday, 20 April 2015 1:00

"Stand up straight!" That admonition rang in my ears throughout my childhood. And, while I am grateful for my excellent posture, there are times when I like a little bit of a slouch. These cute round storage baskets are designed with three types of interfacing to help them hold their slightly slouchy shape. 

Re-imagine & Renovate: Mom's Favorite Apron with Fat Quarter Shop

Friday, 17 April 2015 1:00

This drop-waist apron with its jaunty suspender clips is a S4H classic that's generated hundreds of downloads since it first debuted. We're featuring a second look at it today in a beautiful new blend of prints from the Ambleside collection by Brenda Riddle Designs for Moda Fabrics from Fat Quarter Shop. The soft color palette and sweet florals of Ambleside have a country garden feel, but with the added crispness of coordinating ginghams, plaids, and wallpaper stripes. Our friends at Fat Quarter Shop provided the yardage as sponsors of this new spin on a popular pattern. 

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