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Zippered, See-Through Pouches with Ribbon Accents: Renaissance Ribbons

Thursday, 26 June 2014 1:00

Not only are the ribbons from Renaissance Ribbons beautiful to look at, they are also lovely to work with. Their Jacquard ribbons are precisely woven with top quality polyester thread, so they will not shrink and they won't bleed onto your base fabric. The exquisite weaving also gives them a strength and stability that makes them easy to manipulate as accents and embellishments on all types of projects. For today's pouches, the ribbons actually hold the zippers in place. We used clear vinyl on the front so you can easily glance at the contents. A pattern download is offered below to create the handy 6" x 9" size with rounded corners. 

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How To Help A Teen Start Sewing

Wednesday, 25 June 2014 1:00

Hopefully, you're reading this article for one of two reasons. Either you know a teen who really wants to start sewing, or you know one you'd like to inspire to start sewing. In both cases, you can help them on their way with a little guidance. In this day and age, when young adults seem to be devoted nearly full-time to social media apps, it's easy to think none of them could possibly be interested in something so archaic as sewing. But, while you weren't looking, sewing became cool. Read on for our Top Seven Tips to pave the way to a great experience for a young sewist. 

Cafe Curtains with Accent Bands & Fabric Hanging Loops

Tuesday, 24 June 2014 1:00

Mom always said, "Never do things halfway." But I don't think she was talking about curtains, because you can do curtains halfway with very beautiful results. The cafe curtain is designed to be hung at a window's halfway point, covering up the bottom but letting in light from above. It's a great solution that gives you privacy while still letting the sun shine in. 

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Janome Monday: Enter The Janome "Summer Sewing Fun" Giveaway

Monday, 23 June 2014 1:00

THIS GREAT GIVEAWAY CLOSED 07/06/14. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED.

Janome's line of colorful compact machines are so cute, you might think they're toys. But they're not. They're real sewing machines, with real machine features, just in a much smaller (and more adorable) size and in vibrant colors. This makes them the perfect gift for someone just learning to sew, a person who does very basic mending and sewing projects, folks with limited space, or someone who just wants a super lightweight machine to take on the road. We have two ways to win a colorful little sewing machine of your very own to kick off your Summer Sewing Fun

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ScrapBusters: Mason Jar Wraps

Friday, 20 June 2014 1:00

Grandma would be so proud. The humble Ball mason jar has become the chicest way to sip a cool summer drink. But as with all glassware, condensation beads up quickly on the outside of the jars, causing your grip to slip. A jar wrap absorbs condensation, makes the jar easier to handle, and looks super cute. Our design features cotton on the exterior and knit on the interior. As a ScrapBusters project, we show you how to create pretty striped accent bands from a few fave pieces of leftover fabric. 

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Basket-weave Quilted Tote

Thursday, 19 June 2014 1:00

When Vera Bradley's quilted bags hit the fashion spotlight, suddenly the style was all the rage. But those of us in sewing and craft have been quilting bags for years. We already knew it was beautiful and practical. It's still beautiful, still practical, and now it's also very trendy. Our basket-weave tote (so named because of the pretty diagonal quilting) mixes a quilted top with a plain base. We added sleek piping accents, a striking antler toggle button as a closure, and pretty over-the-shoulder straps. Fashion forward and uniquely you!

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Foamology 102: Displaying a Custom Quilt Block with Soft Design Foam

Wednesday, 18 June 2014 1:00

Yesterday we introduced you to Foamology™ by Fairfield. This is is a new craft product that gives you a quick way to mount fabric so it displays as custom wall décor. Choose from sets of large foam blocks, pattern cut blocks or even kits of smaller blocks you can assemble on the wall to form unique three-dimensional patterns. Yesterday we explained how you could use the foam tiles to feature large embroidery stitchouts. Today, we're showing how we created one of our favorite quilt blocks as a wrapped display - perfect sewing room art!

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Foamology 101: How to Turn Favorite Embroidery Samples into Instant Wall Art

Tuesday, 17 June 2014 1:00

We'll start off by saying Foamology™ is not a subject you'll learn at University, but this innovative décor product would be perfect for decorating a dorm room. Foamology™ is a new product from Fairfield; a company that knows all about fillers and foam. It's a dense foam pre-cut into a variety of sizes and shapes. These resulting tiles are available in both rigid and soft styles and feature a stickybase™ self-adhesive back for easy covering and wall mounting. We were asked to take a look at the product and immediately saw it could be a fun option for displaying embroidery design stitchouts, turning thread art into wall art to decorate your home. 

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Hexagon Pillow with Wraparound Cording Plus Round & Square Companions: Waverly World

Monday, 16 June 2014 1:00

Sometimes a project has a distinct front and back. Other times, you want it to be pretty from all sides. We welcome you back to Waverly World with a set of elegant pillows that feature wraparound cording for a unique, all-around-gorgeous result. Our newest S4H sponsor, Waverly is a lifestyle brand you know from your favorite home store; encompassing window treatments, wall coverings, bedding, bath and table linens, storage accessories, and more. But what started it all is the Waverly fabric line, which dates back to 1923 and is still an industry trendsetter. We selected two coordinated prints from the Indigo colorway within their home décor fabric collection to create a trio of pillows in three distinct shapes: hexagon, round and square.

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Chill Out Cooling Neck Wraps for Adults, Kids & Dogs

Friday, 13 June 2014 1:00

One of the very best quick-cooling spots on your body is your neck. This is because there are blood vessels very close to the surface of your skin. These are called pulse points. Applying a moist compress to these pulse points helps you cool down quickly and easily. That's the job of our Chill Out Neck Wraps, which use water absorbing crystals for cooling power. You may have seen versions of these online or in stores. They have become quite popular because they are comfy to wear, hold their chill for hours, and are fast and inexpensive to make. We've added our own S4H style with more functional, tube-like cooling pockets and a template for rounded ends.

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