Moda Match Maker March 2016

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Canvas Laundry Hamper with Drawcord Cotton Liner: Fabric Depot

Monday, 09 May 2016 1:00

We’re comin’ clean! Or at least giving you the tools to make it easier to get those piles of dirty clothes off the floor, into a hamper, and eventually on their way to the laundry room. If you took out the garbage this week, you’ll immediately recognize the theory behind this cool two-part hamper: the exterior “box” provides the shell (and does it very handsomely if we do say so ourselves), and the interior bag is like a waste can liner, dropping in and folding over the top. Fill ‘er up, then cinch ‘er up and carry the dirties to the wash. We worked with the experts at Fabric Depot to come up with an excellent combination of sturdy canvas for the exterior and delightful cotton for the lining. We love this Mendocino collection by Heather Ross for Windham Fabrics. 

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How to Perfectly Match a Pocket to a Background Panel

Friday, 06 May 2016 1:00

A perfect match might be difficult to find in the world of relationships, but in sewing: we gotcha covered! When you want a pocket to precisely align with the panel on which it sits, all you need is a little extra fabric, some tissue paper, and those tracing skills you learned back in kindergarten. 

Accessories We Love: The Janome Sliding Guide Foot - Now Available in 9mm Width!

Thursday, 05 May 2016 1:00

A skosh, a wee bit, just a hair... sometimes, the distances we want to work with in sewing aren't quite as precise as the engraved inch and millimeter markings on our machines. Wouldn't it be great if there was a foot you could manually adjust to perfectly align with the exact distance you wanted? There is! The Janome Sliding Guide Foot has a perfectly balanced outboard guide you can smoothly slide to the right then lock into place, from ⅜" to 1⅛" from the center needle drop (10mm - 30mm). I love it when someone answers my "wouldn't-it-be-great" requests!

Last Minute Mother’s Day Gifts: Make Them in an Afternoon

Wednesday, 04 May 2016 1:00

I believe one of the top jobs of any mom is helping her kids avoid “the last minute.” Remember those gentle reminders to start things early, which gradually turned less gentle, the closer the deadline loomed? She tried to warn us, but did we listen? Usually not; probably because the panicked screaming coming out of our mouths the night before the Science Fair was drowning out her suggestions. This Sunday is Mother’s Day, but there’s still time to make something special. We’ve collected five Sew4Home classic projects you can easily finish in an afternoon, using fabric you likely have on hand. You can tell her you’ve been planning for weeks… and she’ll pretend to believe you.

Tiny Tucks with a Quarter Inch Seam Foot

Tuesday, 03 May 2016 1:00

Narrow tucks, called pintucks when they are super-duper narrow, are most well-known in the world of heirloom sewing, but they can add a lovely bit of detail to many kinds of projects. You can create this look quickly and easily with your Quarter Inch Seam foot. Tucks can be sewn in thread to match the fabric for a classic tone-on-tone look. Switch to a contrasting thread for extra detail along the stitch line. Or, accent with decorative stitching between tucks on directly on top of each tuck.

Outdoor Mini Mats with Pockets

Monday, 02 May 2016 1:00

The indoor variety of this project if often called a "mug rug." It's simply a small placemat to hold just a few items, such as a mug of tea and a biscuit. Since we are coming up on the season to dine al fresco, we felt there needed to be an outdoor version of the mug rug. Using just a few small cuts from outdoor fabrics, we designed a cute Mini Mat that sports a handy, full-width pocket and a grommet for hanging. 

More Moda Fabric to Love, Printable Gift Tags, and a Special Great Giveaway

Friday, 29 April 2016 1:00

THE GREAT GIVEAWAY PORTION OF THIS ARTICLE CLOSED AT MIDNIGHT 05/20/16. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED.

We’ve had so much fun this week with fresh projects in new Moda fabric. Today, to wrap everything up, we have three additional collections that we didn’t use this time around but can’t wait to dig into for future inspiration. There's also have a set of cute custom gift tags you can download and print for Mother’s Day (and more). Plus, FIVE lucky Sew4Home visitors (one for each day of Moda Moms Week) are going to be winners in our Moda Take The Cake Great Giveaway.

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Diamond Girl Apron featuring Little Miss Sunshine: It's Moda Moms Week

Thursday, 28 April 2016 1:00

Our final project for Moda Moms Week is a signature Sew4Home apron in the cheerful Little Miss Sunshine collection by Lella Boutique, which delivered this month to your favorite fabric retailer. We offer a full pattern download below that allows you to create the perfect angles of our Diamond Girl design. These patterns are a big job to produce in a way that works well for construction yet still allows you to output the pieces on your home printer. Please join us in sending equally big thanks to Moda Fabrics for their sponsorship support; it’s what makes offering this free pattern possible.

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Elegant Patchwork Pillow Trio featuring Ville Fleurie: It’s Moda Moms Week

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 1:00

It’s Day Three of Moda Moms Week, so of course we must have three pretty pillows. Thia is absolutely no problem when we’re designing with the latest cornucopia of color and pattern from French General: Ville Fleurie, which landed in-store and on virtual shelves this month. Here at Sew4Home, we’ve been French General fans for years. Their rich tones and intricate motifs are like opening a vintage treasure chest. In fact, much of the fabric inspiration is based on the unique French document collection, which French General founder, Kaari Meng and her husband JZ have been accumulating for over 20 years. 

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Quilted Jelly Roll Jumbo Carryall featuring Valley: It’s Moda Moms Week

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 1:00

Day Two of Moda Moms Week! We all know most moms are going in a dozen different directions at once, which means they need a generously-sized tote to hold all their on-the-go supplies. Our Jelly Roll Jumbo Carryall fits the bill. We designed the modern skyscraper appliqué on the front and back to feature Valley by Sherri & Chelsi, which arrived in-store and online this month. Our “skyline” of Jelly Roll strips is set against a background of the new 45” Moda Barkcloth in Slate Gray

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