Ladybug, ladybug, fly away home. Our huggable ladybug pillow is so cute, you won't want her to fly away. Rather than traditional round spots on her wings, Louise the Ladybug sports ten pretty appliquéd white hearts. We also amped up the color by switching out the standard ladybug red for a pretty hot pink. And, there's a hidden heart on her chest, proving she's filled with love through and through. Actually, she's filled with a 12 oz bag of Poly-Fil® Ultra Plush Polyester Fiber Fill, making her squeezably soft. You'll love our trick for making cord-filled tubes to create her sweet pom-tipped antennae.
The round bolster is a great way to add a new and interesting shape to your pile o' decorator pillows. We chose a 6" x 16" cylinder, which is a classic size to pair up with a 16" or 20" square. Or, make a pair of bolsters as we did and display them on their own. Cording accents and gathered ends are elegant touches that add true designer style yet are so very easy to accomplish.
Using your sewing machine to join paper and fabric is surprisingly easy. If you've never tried it yourself, this is a great first project that isn't too complicated, but is still a very pretty way to send a personal greeting. At the end of the article is a link to a coordinating fabric and paper envelope.
When you think of patchwork, you traditionally think of quilting cottons. But there's no rule saying you have to use cotton. In fact, if you're a regular Sew4Home visitor, you know we love to experiment with different fabric substrates. Today, we're adding luxury into the mix with silk dupioni. This type of silk is made from twin cocoons naturally bonded together. The bumps in the fabric, they're really called 'slubs', are the result of this bonding. Dupioni is often woven from two different colors of thread, giving it a shimmering, color-shifting appearance. We chose a jewel-box color blend of Tiffany blue, glittering silver, burnished gold, and rich ebony. Our pillows work together as a pair, and our supply list is structured to allow you to buy the correct amount of fabric to make both.
Your sewing machine is probably the largest item in your sewing space. But it likes to surround itself with lots of little things. When you're sewing, you need easy access to these smaller tools and notions so you're not wasting time jumping up and down every few minutes to find what's needed. Our sewing machine organizer apron is a perfect option with six pockets for plenty of handy storage and a waste catcher to keep things tidy. We worked with our friends at Fabric Depot to pick a base fabric that could blend well with any décor. The solution: ticking. It's a classic fabric with a crisp, clean simplicity. We then accented the perimeter and the pockets with a colorful calico binding.
The ultimate softness of luxury plush fabric originally hit the scene as the ideal choice for bundling up babies. Which means no Cuddle blanket series would be complete without a baby blanket! We doubled the cozy quotient of ours by mixing the Cuddle with an extra soft flannel. You'll love this blanket's easy binding. It's formed by wrapping the larger flannel backing square around to the front and over the Cuddle square to create a wide, continuous border. We also show you a clever way to stitch the rick rack in place for a perfect reveal along each edge and into the corners. Our thanks to Fabric Depot and Shannon Fabrics for helping us bring this week's Cuddle series to you with three blankets, a full tutorial that contains all the best tips for working with plush fabric, and a Great Giveaway.
The bigger they are, the colder they get. That may not be exactly how the saying goes, but it explains how we feel about skimpy blankets. When you're feeling a chill, you want soft, snuggly warmth from your shoulders right down to your toes. Our Soft Elegance blanket is two thick layers of Cuddle: a rich Embossed Ribbon Cuddle on top with a thick Sherpa Cuddle on the back. We took full advantage of the wide width of the Cuddle plush fabric, making our blanket a tall and toasty 59" x 68". A huge thanks to our friends at Fabric Depot and Shannon Fabrics for providing the fabric for this project and our entire week of super softness: three blankets, a full tutorial with all the best tips for working with plush fabric, and a Great Giveaway.
Design inspiration credit for this lovely blanket goes to Fabric Depot company president, Trudy Parry Shurts who made a similar blanket for one her grandchildren. It was such a hit (in Paris no less where this daughter lives) that she shared the technique with us and we developed it into an easy, step-by-step tutorial you can size up or down. The slightly puffy border is created with a cleverly seamed faux flange, which sandwiches an extra-wide seam allowance. The secret ingredient is the super soft Crushed Cuddle plush fabric that gives the edge of the blanket added loft.
Structured on the bottom, soft on the top. Sounds like the making of a comfy mattress, but it's also the clever construction that creates our adorable Bonnet Baskets. The walls and base of the basket use a combination of fusible foam and rigid interfacing to form a perfect round shape that stands up on its own - even when filled to the brim. The drawstring top is soft and flexible, creating a billowy cap to cover and secure the basket's contents.
We started working with the Janome MC500E when it debuted just last fall, and it's been a delight. This project is designed to show you an example of a popular trend: embroidery in-the-hoop. The technique is just as the name implies, the vast majority of the project, both sewing and embroidery, is done within the hoop. In this case it means that although the MC500E is an embroidery-only model, it can complete the entire project. We've given detailed steps below for completing these beautiful coasters on the MC500E, but even if you don't have this model (yet...), you'll find the in-the-hoop process intriguing. We used one of the MC500E built-in designs, using its flexible on-screen editing features to create the border.