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ScrapBusters: Rustic Sachets with Wonky Patchwork

Friday, 18 July 2014 1:00

Awwww, the sweet smell of success. Or, at least the sweet smell of lavender! Slip these pretty little sachets onto one or more hangers to freshen your closet. Tie one on a doorknob to lightly scent a small room, such as a guest bath. Bundle up several with some elegant lingerie for a decadent bridal shower gift. Or, heck... just make a few for yourself! This project is all about random elements with its wonky piecework and rustic feel. Don't stress about keeping everything perfect; embrace the unusual.  

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Guest Tutorial with Elaine Schmidt: Ribbon Petal Cockade

Wednesday, 09 July 2014 1:00

I am in awe of Elaine Schmidt. I secretly refer to her as "the ribbon whisperer" because I'm so amazed by what she can get ribbon to do. The best part is, she's always ready, willing and able to pass along her skills so the rest of us can tame our ribbon into beautiful trims, rosettes, sculptures, baubles and beads. We recently reviewed (and gave away a copy of) Elaine's latest book, How to Make 100 Ribbon Embellishments. Today, Elaine is back with us to share a tutorial from the book. We've used some beautiful Amy Butler ribbons from Renaissance Ribbons to make a ribbon petal cockade... the amazing design featured on the cover of her book!

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Simple Shirred Sundress

Wednesday, 02 July 2014 1:00

The shirred sundress is a wardrobe standard for summer. But Sew4Home is never one to settle for 'standard'! We spin the traditional one-seam-up-the-side design, taking it from ordinary to trendy by adding a flirty eyelet underskirt and a precious sash with its own flower pin. Both of our classic fabrics have a sweet, old-fashioned goodness. And, the shirring accent across the bodice is a wonderful way to add both structure and texture. And, yes... of course, we have a step-by-step tutorial on shirring. 

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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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.

Re-imagine & Renovate: Renaissance Ribbons' Snap Frame Glasses Case

Monday, 02 June 2014 1:00

"My future's so bright... I gotta wear shades!" Timbuk3's only real hit, but a classic lyric for sure, and perfect for today's R&R project (Re-imagine & Renovate). We originally created these ribbon-embellished, snap-frame eyeglass cases as a last minute holiday gift idea. With the summer sun beginning to shine, it's a great time to take a second look at the project as re-done by our friends at Renaissance Ribbons. They've re-imagined and renovated them as sunglass cases in the bright colors and fun designs of some of their newest Designer ribbons, adding pretty solid French Grosgrain accents.

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Playhouse Tent - Lounge Cabana: Outdoor Living with Fabric.com

Monday, 26 May 2014 1:00

In the US, today is the official kick-off to the summer season. Better known as, the Outdoor Living season. Our friends at Fabric.com have sponsored a weeklong series of great projects to get you into the fun-in-the sun spirit. And, rather than focus on just a single Outdoor Living space, we've come up with a range of projects that are useful for all kinds of activities. Let's start it off with our fun portable shade tent. 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. 

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Extra Large Tissue Box Cover with Monogram

Wednesday, 07 May 2014 1:00

Ahhhhh... the beautiful flowers, blooming trees, and lush green grass of Spring. Oh, and the pollen, did I mention the pollen? Sunny days are not all sandals and ice tea. The warm weather can also bring the watery eyes and red noses of allergy season. Don't let it sneak up on you without a fashion solution; be prepared with a pretty tissue box cover to help distract you from the sneezing. We did a nursery project awhile back that included a cover for a small square box of tissues, which was the first time we came up with the idea of using a Dritz® Home grommet for the tissue pop-up point. We're back with a project for a more standard rectangular box of tissues. We give you the steps and formulas to figure the dimensions for your specific box.

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Re-imagine & Renovate: Renaissance Ribbons' Fold-Over Ribbon Wallet

Monday, 28 April 2014 1:00

All ribbons, all the time! This beautiful wallet project shows you how to layer ribbons side-by-side to create your own "fabric." Our R&R series (Re-imagine & Renovate) is a S4H classic, which shows you how different fabric and trim... different ribbons in this case, can give your favorite project a whole new look. Our friends at Renaissance Ribbons Re-imagined and Renovated our original wallet design with brand new Amy Butler Jacquard ribbons from her Hapi collection in two different colorways, the inside quilting weight cotton is also from the Amy Butler Hapi collection for Rowan Fabrics. The result is almost too pretty to hide away inside a larger tote or purse. These wallets easily stand on their own as a dramatic clutch for a night on the town.

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