Sew4Home is well-known for designing fashionable and functional bags and totes. From shoppers to satchels, carry-alls to coin purses; creating a wonderful bag for yourself or as a gift is a great sense of accomplishment. We put our heads together with our friends at Hawthorne Threads to come up with a cool tote that would be perfect for beginners. This is it! Yes it's easy, but the style is so cute and classic, everyone will have fun making it. More experienced? Add a bit of extra embellishment, such as a monogram on the pocket or fancier handles. The exterior fabric for our sample totes comes from Hawthorne Thread's large selection of canvas beauties.
A "pouf" is a marshmallow-like ottoman. They've been all the rage in decorating for a few years now, bringing unexpected color, shape, texture, and fun into a room. We have a full-size, extra cushy square pouf project you can try for your own trendy decorating statement, but in the meantime, we miniaturized one as a clever pincushion. Ours uses Layer Cake squares as an easy way to gather a wonderful mixture of perfectly coordinating color and pattern, but the pieces needed are really quite tiny. So bring out your scrap bag and dive in for all your favorites!
Outdoor living means outdoor events, which mean outdoor sitting – often on "non-chair surfaces." From summer concerts to Shakespeare in the Park, when the weather turns wonderful, activities move to more natural venues. These beautiful, wide open spaces can offer an auditorium made from a soft green meadow. Actually, they're more likely to offer a lumpy field of damp grass. For portable comfort, bring along your own stylin' set of round seat cushions. We used water-resistant rip stop nylon on the back and pretty outdoor polyester prints on the front, and they come with their own handy nylon drawstring duffle. Toss them on the lawn to keep your pants dry and your bum comfy.
One of the fabrics getting a ton of attention at this year's Spring Quilt Market (a major fabric industry trade show) was Double Gauze. Most of us recognize regular gauze for its sheer open weave. In fact, the process that creates gauze is even called "gauze weave" (or "leno weave"). This weaving process twists two warp yarns around the weft yarn in a figure eight pattern, resulting in a strong yet sheer fabric. Double gauze is just that, two layers of gauze. Teeny tiny stitch tacks, so teeny and tiny as to be invisible from the right side of the fabric, hold the layers together. These double layers help eliminate the super-sheerness of standard gauze and give the fabric a bit of extra weight, which imparts a wonderful, almost velvety drape. We designed a project that takes full advantage of this swathe of softness as well as the fabric's 52"/54" width: a striking shawl wrap with pom accents for a kick of casual whimsy.
Christmas in July continues with a crazy patch tree skirt featuring beautiful Christmas Batiks and Victorian Velvet from Fabric Depot. Holiday themed batiks are big this year; several manufacturers have come out with special collections. The motifs are a bit larger and the colors a bit bolder than what you might traditionally expect in a batik, but it's a fun and festive look, and was the perfect choice for a crazy patch.
Our lightweight half apron is perfect for summertime cooking and serving – when a full-coverage apron can feel too hot. This little beauty is a fast, fun, beginner-friendly project that takes just a couple yards of fabric. Make one for yourself; make one for a friend... make enough for everyone! The design uses a combination of three coordinating fabrics, which allows you to be creative with color and design. The waistband and ties are surprisingly easy to make, but give the apron a "professionally-finished" look. And three jumbo pockets can hold utensils, recipe cards, or just your hands as you spin around the kitchen, lovin' your brand new apron.
The Downton Abbey television series has been quite a phenomenon – an instant hit with a loyal following who early await each new adventure of the upstairs and downstairs residents of the grand hall. We're fans here at Sew4Home and were thrilled when Andover Fabrics debuted a line of fabric designed to emulate the characters, the time period, and the glamorous surroundings of Downton. Just like the series, the fabric has continued to evolve. The first Downton Abbey Christmas collection just came out, and Fabric Depot was one of the first outlets to get these gorgeous cotton prints on their retail and virtual shelves. We are so excited to partner with them to bring you a special patchwork project to celebrate Christmas in July.
Here in the Pacific Northwest, it's been a hot-hot-hot summer already. Definitely "bring-your-own-shade" kind of weather. Our fun portable shade tent fits the bill. It's perfect as a children's outdoor playhouse as well as a comfy lounge cabana for "big kids" to relax, read, and doze. We show you how to create the easy-to-assemble PVC frame as well as the slip-on fabric covering. This project was created last season and in just that sort amount of time has risen to the tip-top of our Most Popular lists in several social media outlets. In Pinterest alone, it has well over 3,000 re-pins! We can see why: it's easy to make, fast to set-up, and rolls-up for travel or to store after the sun sets.
One project can turn out an unlimited number of ways, depending on the choices you make with fabrics, trims, and notions. That's the fun behind our ongoing Re-imagine & Renovate series. Today's great-for-guys apron features clean and simple lines with just a few subtle details, like bold topstitching and a jumbo pocket panel. We combined a striking geometric print in a crisp linen, from the World Tour collection by David Butler's Parson Gray brand for FreeSpirit Fabrics, with a classic heavyweight canvas. It's an urban, industrial kind of vibe that works indoors or out.
Your trusty ironing board – you spend almost as much time there as you do in front of your sewing machine! If you find yourself traipsing back and forth to grab a pin or pressing cloth or seam gauge or, or, or... you'll love our handy caddy. It's designed to loop over the wide end of the board to hold tools, catch threads, and act as a pincushion. We gave this classic sewing room must-have a new look as part of our popular Re-imagine & Renovate series.