Now's the time to stock up on cute summer tees. They're on sale nearly everywhere. We hit the local Target and Old Navy in our area and didn't spend over $6.99 for any of our shirt samples. Once you have a pile of T-shirts, now what? It's time for a fast fashion update! Our goal today is to show you how fun and easy it is to use your sewing machine to turn standard off-the-rack items into something special. We pulled together a handful of fave fabric scraps to add pockets to some of the shirts and a few lengths of gorgeous lace to alter the others with inset panels and cropping. Let's Sew It Up 4 Summer!
Call them headband ties, hair wraps, or even scarf thingies. Whatever the name, these cute little ties are fast, fun... and reversible. They remind me of the classic 40s and early 50s shots of movie stars relaxing. Still ultra glamorous in the supposedly "candid" publicity photos, casual hairstyles often featured pretty hair ties just like these to hold back their silky curls. Not only is this a delightful way to put some favorite fabric scraps to work, it's also a great trick to extinguish a potential bad hair day. Sew It Up 4 Summer!
When the temperature rises, 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're 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 pretty rounded ends.
A great scarf can elevate an outfit from drab to dynamic in an instant. However, really nice scarves don't come cheap at the department store or boutique. Here's a little fashion secret: scarves are SUPER easy to make, and you can find amazing selections of the ultimate scarf fabric: chiffon for as low as $4.00 a yard! We have two designs for you to try. If you have a serger, cut on the bias and create a ripply "lettuce edge" all around. For your sewing machine, go long and lovely with a rolled hem and hand sewn sequins all around.
These handy energy savers aren't just for winter! In the summer, they can help keep the cool in and the heat out. They also reduce outside dust, noise and odors! We used a summery combination of colorful home décor fabrics. You could choose a pairing to best match your own interior design. This Door Draft Guard would make a great housewarming (or would that be "house-cooling") gift. But, remember, the filler can be quite heavy (we used dried beans). It would likely be easier to just wrap up the outer covering. You could then include instructions on how and with what to fill the tube.
Fast, meet fabulous. Together, you're going to turn an ordinary gift card into a personalized present. With a little bit of felt and a few rows of pretty decorative stitching, you can whip out a cute-as-a-button sleeve in which to slip a gift card in about five minutes flat. We show you several options for marking and stitching. Need to finish in under five minutes? Just add the stitching along the front and leave the back plain. Either way, it's one pretty little pocket.
One wedding accessory that was become very trendy over the last couple of years is the bridal gown sash. We found them as a recommendation in articles as well as for sale on a variety of sites, from high-end bridal specialty boutiques to Etsy. The going price was $200-$600 and up! With a few small cuts of luxury fabrics, such as lace, tulle, satin and organza, along with some beautiful pearl or crystal beads, you can create your own custom wedding sash for much, much less. Plus, it will be perfect for your colors and your wedding. The key to creating a beautiful look, such as you see on our sample, is to really experiment with color, texture and the placement of the flowers, beads and other embellishments until you get a look that's just right for the bride to be.
We're still playing with poms here at Sew4Home. After reviewing the Clover Pom Pom Makers from Fabric Depot, and creating our pretty seasonal pom pom wreath, we couldn't quite shake the balls of fluff from our brains. For this project, we downsized, stringing mini 1" poms on cord to form a colorful garland, then looping the garland through a split ring to create a whimsical lanyard. Keeping track of your special keys just got a whole lot more fun.
Wreaths are always a popular decorating accent, whether for a special holiday or to brighten up every day. We just reviewed the fun you can have making poms with the Clover Pom Pom Makers. But now... what to do with all our pretty little poms? A colorful wreath was just the ticket. This is a great weekend project to do with the kids. The poms are fun to make for all ages. Put those nimble little fingers to work wrapping, fluffing and stringing a mini pom garland. Remember to review our how-to tutorial before you start for hints and tips to make the perfect pom.
Just like a fresh coat of paint can transform a room, brand new fabric can completely change the look of a project. These adorable heart sachets were originally done in sweet quilting cottons, using the traditional soft pinks, reds and greens of dainty Valentine prints. 5" x 5" charm pack squares made it very easy to mix and match each beautiful blend. For our R&R version, we decided on a rustic theme, using a collection of heavier scraps in linen, ticking, muslin and twill. Maybe the S4H super-fans out there can ID the past projects from which the scraps came! Faux mother-of-pearl buttons centered on wool felt flowers add just the right texture as the sachet's center embellishment.