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ScrapBusters: French Press Cozy

Friday, 22 May 2015 1:00

Sew4Home lives in Coffee Land. The beautiful Pacific Northwest is home to Starbucks® , Seattle's Best® and Peet's Coffee & Tea®. We're never more than five steps from a barista. However, we also like to have lots of ways to make coffee within the comfort of our homes. The French press style coffee maker has seen a resurgence of popularity in recent years. These contraptions make an awesome cup of coffee, but if you let the press stand for any length of time, the coffee goes cold. Enter the French Press Cozy, brainchild of Sew4Home seamstress team member, Julia Chapman. Her original design used an off-the-shelf placemat. We changed it up to be a ScrapBusters project. Stitch one up faster than you can say, "grande skinny double-shot latte hot vanilla no whip."

Grandma Anna's Pretty Little Pillows

Wednesday, 20 May 2015 1:00

Grandma Anna was a waste-not-want-not kind of gal. In her tidy bungalow was a narrow closet she used to store her sewing supplies. It didn't contain much in the way of pristine yardage and packaged notions, but she still had plenty to work with - each item carefully organized into a small paper sack or recycled tin can. She would cut the "still good" parts from well-worn clothing, squirrel away every fabric scrap, snip off buttons, and hoard embroidery floss in lengths as short as 6". The amazing thing was how she could take these cast-off bits and pieces and turn them into something so very sweet and pretty. We're taking a page from Grandma's book with our set of five little mix-and-match pillows in natural tones and textures.

Farm Girl Vintage Style Reversible Apron

Tuesday, 19 May 2015 1:00

Sometimes our aprons are frilly, fun, and pretty enough to work as an "outfit-topper-offer." Today we have a hard-working, full-coverage apron built to get the job done. Best yet - it's still frilly, fun and pretty! We've done it up in vintage farm girl style with an over-the-head bib; a wide sash that ties low at the waist for a long, comfy look; and a deep bottom ruffle. It's completely reversible, even the ties are double-sided, so you can use lots of your favorite fabrics.

Retro Diner Bucket Bag

Monday, 18 May 2015 1:00

It's a fabulous fifties flashback with a modern twist. Our Diner Bucket Bag is retro cool but with current features that make it easier to construct and stylish to carry - even without the perfect sweater set and pearls. This bag has a great structured shape thanks to a brand new product by Pellon: Flex-Foam™. We're excited to be able to showcase this cool, new product, which is a "just right" sew-in stabilizer consisting of a layer of foam sandwiched between two layers of soft fabric. 

Closet Hanger Safe for Travel & More

Friday, 15 May 2015 1:00

We originally designed this clever little storage solution for the frequent travelers out there. It's perfect to slip onto a hotel hanger, fill with your valuables, then cover up with a hanging garment. But it works equally well in your own closet. It's also a great way - when you're traveling or even just when planning your daily work wardrobe - to collect all the accessories that go with a particular outfit. Put lingerie, jewelry, scarves and belts into the zippered and slip-in pockets, then hang up the outfit itself over the Safe. Everything you need for that day's outfit in one handy place! Even with double zippers, clever pockets, ribbon ties and more, our Hanger Safe is surprisingly easy to make.

Prairie Points Pillow

Thursday, 14 May 2015 1:00

We did quite a bit of searching to find out where/how prairie points got their name. In doing this, we discovered quite a bit about prairie dogs, the ecosystems of Kansas prairies, and even Prairie vodka. However, the history of these cute little triangles in the world of sewing and quilting seems a bit vague. There was one posting about their possible start as a trim on undergarments in the mid-1800s. If you are a prairie point historian, leave us a comment and let us know the real scoop. While we're waiting, let's make a few prairie points to create a very unique edge for a pretty pillow. We use charm pack squares to make things quick and easy. There are 32 points around the edge; including clever mitered corners, which we show you how to make. And, we added three along the back as buttonhole accents. In case you were wondering, prairie dogs are considered to have one of the most sophisticated communication systems in the animal kingdom.

Beginner Friendly Appliquéd Apple & Pear Kitchen Towels

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 1:00

It's time to pack up those pencils and pens and find the flip flops. School's almost out for summer. If you're looking for a great end-of-the-year teacher gift, these beginner friendly appliquéd kitchen towels are just the thing. A classic ticking stripe combined with muslin and rick rack makes the perfect homespun kitchen combo. Appliqué an apple for the teacher or a pear, or make them both as a set.

Day at the Beach Bag with Rope Handles

Monday, 11 May 2015 1:00

This year's most popular color for summer fun seems be to Aqua! We're on board with that. We found a beautiful cotton/linen blend canvas in aqua with striking metallic copper accents and paired it with natural canvas duck. It's a super stylish combo for our on-the-go beach tote. Rope handles add a nautical touch and make it easy to open wide so you can load up plenty of towels and other important beach gear. Don't forget the sunscreen.

ScrapBusters: Companion Pouch Set

Friday, 08 May 2015 1:00

So nice, we made them twice. Not just as two sample options, but as two coordinated pouches designed to clip together. Take one or take both. Turn them into a mini shoulder bag or ditch the strap and toss one or both into a larger tote. Stash money and cards in one, make-up and extra necessities in the other. So many options – it's the ultimate in mini-pouch flexibility. They're precisely matched in size and shape so they clip together perfectly. All this, and as a ScrapBusters project, you can make a set from the great fabrics lurking in your scrap bin.

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Curved Hexagonal Pillow with Elegant Tassels: Hawthorne Threads

Thursday, 07 May 2015 1:00

Things that are six sided: snow crystals, the cells of a honeycomb, the Tam Tam (a six-sided matzo cracker) and this delightful star-shaped pillow. Completely proving 1) not all pillows need to be square, and 2) you'll need to get a magnifying glass or microscope to make sure I'm telling the truth about the snow crystals and honeycombs. Our thanks to Hawthorne Threads for helping us find a great pair of new fabrics to produce a fresh, spring-into-summer look. 

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