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Pillowcases with Deep Pleated Ends

Thursday, 07 April 2016 1:00

In our rush-around worlds, what is one the thing we want most? A nap! With work and home committments, sleep often falls by the wayside. Make those precious few hours of shut-eye as beautiful as possible with our lovely pleated pillowcase pair. Originally, we planned to make two identical cases, but then thought, "Why not mix it up a little?" Why not indeed - it certainly makes things more fun and lets you put your fave out in front. Arrange the cases for how you feel: an elegant damask day or a frivolous polka dot day... or both. Most days are both!

How to Read a Fabric Bolt

Wednesday, 06 April 2016 1:00

When you walk into a fabric store, you'll notice most fabric is wrapped around cardboard bolts that stand upright on shelves or racks. What you may not notice is that at the end each bolt is a label that provides important information about the fabric. If you want 100% cotton, read the label so you don't accidentally come home with a poly-cotton blend. But, there's a lot more good information on that little label.

Woven Braid Patchwork Pillow

Tuesday, 05 April 2016 1:00

Words are wonderful, aren't they? I especially love it when one word has lots of different uses. Take "weave" for example. In general, it simply means to go in and out. But it can be a verb or a noun or even an adjective. You weave a tale of mystery and intrigue; you can weave dangerously through speeding traffic; you can weave fibers into fabric. Today, we've put the word to work to describe the intricate woven braid pattern on our patchwork pillow.

Pyramid Bean Bag Chair: Fabric Depot

Monday, 04 April 2016 1:00

The classic bean bag chair has always been round, kind of like sinking into a giant squishy beachball. But if you wanted to make your own, it really demanded a pattern (a very large pattern) in order to get a true spherical shape. Never ones to be daunted by geometry, we turned instead to the latest trend in slouchy sitting: the pyramid bean bag chair. This little lounger is made from simple rectangles – no pattern needed. We shopped with our friends at Fabric Depot to find a print and solid in tough outdoor fabric so the chair could be used outside on the patio as well as inside in a bedroom or family room. Our sample is sized for kids, but we also give you dimensions to up-size for adults.

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Seven Up! Congratulations to the Latest S4H Great Giveaway Winners

Friday, 01 April 2016 1:00

It's celebration time for seven lucky Sew4Home fans. Our most recent Great Giveaways had a range of terrific prizes! We often use comments as the way to collect entries, and we always have a lot of fun reviewing all the responses. Our Sew4Home visitors are so clever and have such a wide variety of amazing sewing experiences: from folks who’ve just started out to those of you with decades of stitching stories to share. It’s a wonderful community and we love being part of bringing you all together. Even if your name is not one listed below, please know how much we appreciate you being a loyal fan and follower.

Introducing a New Monthly Quilting Box Program from Fat Quarter Shop

Thursday, 31 March 2016 1:00

Our friends at Fat Quarter Shop are at it again. They’ve come up with a brand new program that includes a unique combination of fabric, notions, patterns, thread, and more. All these wonderful items are bundled together with another one of our favorite things: surprises! The Fat Quarter Shop Sew Sampler is a monthly subscription quilting box that automatically delivers amazing quilting goodies to your door every month. I think we might just have fallen in love with our mailbox again!

How to Sew An X Box to Secure Straps & More

Wednesday, 30 March 2016 1:00

You can't play Sonic Generations with this type of "X Box," but you can use it in your sewing projects to secure all types of straps and narrow panels. It's simply a stitched box with an "X" through the middle. This stitching pattern provides a high level of strength and stability, and when done with precision, it also adds a pretty detail. Try it with a contrasting thread color for extra emphasis. In the industrial world of strapping, the X Box is often at the heart of rigging, where it's meant to hold extreme loads, such as in a parachute harness. You'd want to research online to learn how to create this unique specialty stitch. Here at Sew4Home, we're using it in a decorative fashion to help hold an apron strap in place or a handle on a bag. So while a tight bond is certainly achieved, the most demanding function of the home sewing X Box is to look smooth and even. 

Pretty Spring Flower Pins

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 1:00

As a little girl, I liked to watch my mother get dressed up to go someplace special. On the top shelf of her closet, she kept a round, paper-covered hatbox. Inside were a half dozen lovely millinery-quality flower pins, each carefully wrapped in tissue. The finishing touch was pinning a flower to her dress or the lapel of her jacket. My favorite was a big rose-colored peony flower made of woven fabric with several pale green, ribbon-wrapped stems.

Sweet Quilted Front Flap Purse with Decorative Lock: Dritz® Sewing Supplies

Monday, 28 March 2016 1:00

The closer. In sales, it’s the high-powered whiz kid they bring in to seal the deal. In police work, it’s the special interrogator who solves the case. In sewing bags and totes, it’s the hardware that keeps a flap in place. They’re probably not planning a TV series any time soon about bag hardware, but that’s where they’re missing out. The right hardware turns a simple pouch into a trendy handbag. And we all know how important it is to be carrying the best bag on the red carpet. We used two brand new closures from Dritz® to set the style and tone for a pair of pretty purses. One light, one dark. One Flip Lock, one Turn Lock. One design, two looks.

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S4H Sewing Escape Retreats: New Locations Open for Registration. Lets Go Sew!

Friday, 25 March 2016 1:00

Early last year we had this crazy idea for a sewing event. We'd invite some Sew4Home friends to meet up in person at a series of mini sewing retreats around the country. We'd learn to sew some cool projects, get to know each other, and have a lot of fun. The more we thought about it, the more it seemed like a great idea.

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