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Tasseled Chiffon Scarf

Wednesday, 08 October 2014 1:00

Which accessory gives you the most fashion muscle per square inch? A big, gorgeous scarf! About a month ago, we spotted an amazing chiffon among the selection at Fabric.com. Today we're making it into something wonderful. In our ongoing job as "trendspotters," we're always on the lookout for the coolest items on the store shelves that we can show you how to make on your own. Adding tassels, along the sides and/or across the bottom, to this season's scarves seems to not only be a fashion winner, it also ups the price of the accessory by about 200%! Here's what you need to know: scarves are super easy to make as are custom tassels. Read on to learn how, and get that holiday gift list ready.

Halloween Bat Mobile

Friday, 19 September 2014 1:00

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We were inspired to bring back this classic Halloween project not just because it's a fast and fun decorating idea for the upcoming spooky season, but also because we had a recent bat encounter. A pair of Little Brown Bats (that is actually what they're called - cute, but also scientific, I guess) flew in through an open balcony door, invading the bedroom of one of our S4H staffers! Read on to find out how to make our adorable bat mobile, as well as for a few helpful hints on how to get bats out of your house. No need for any "bats in your belfry" jokes!

Mini Pouf Pincushion

Tuesday, 16 September 2014 1:00

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 pouf project coming up soon, but in the meantime - and just in time for National Sewing Month, 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 this would also be an awesome ScrapBusters project!

Re-imagine & Renovate: Microwavable Rice Pads

Wednesday, 10 September 2014 1:00

If you've explored our Project Index lately, you know there are hundreds of Sew4Home articles and projects. It can be easy for some of the older entries to slip from memory. That's why we love the Re-imagine & Renovate series; it brings forward some of our favorite classic projects for another look. These microwavable neck and lap/back heating pads with organic fillers fit the bill, being one of our most popular projects ever in both the Gift and Special Use Pillows categories. After under a minute in the microwave, you'll get up to an hour of safe, warm heat.

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Dead Roses Witch Hat

Thursday, 04 September 2014 1:00

One of my favorite characters in the Warner Bros.® series of cartoons is Witch Hazel, who debuted in the 1954 short, "Bewitched Bunny." Disney® had previously created a Witch Hazel, and she was kind of cool too, but not nearly as sarcastic or quite as much the fashion victim as the Hazel created by Warner Bros. animator, Chuck Jones. A major part of his Hazel's signature style included a wonderfully crumpled black hat. We think she would approve of our Dead Roses Halloween Hat with its scrunched top, wilting flowers and stowaway spider. Hauntingly hideous haute couture!

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Fabric Wallet with Zippered Coin Pouch

Thursday, 14 August 2014 1:00

Someone told me the other day he believed money would soon become completely digital and we'd be trading electronic credits online. It's happening already to a limited extent with Bitcoins, but it still seems so sci-fi to me. I think I'll hold on to a wallet for now, like today's pretty version with multiple compartments for cash, coins and cards. I like having physical money with me; a couple paper dollars and some coins just makes me feel happy. I think it goes back to being a kid, when every hoarded dime and nickel put you that much closer to a giant gum ball from the shiny red dispenser. I still get a little thrill when I find a quarter in my coat pocket, although I worry what a gum ball would do now to my dental work.

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ScrapBusters: Vintage Style Headband Ties

Monday, 11 August 2014 1:00

Our fast and fun little ties remind me of the classic 40s and early 50s shots of movie stars relaxing. Still ultra glamorous in the supposedly "candid" 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. 

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Janome Monday: Embellished T-Shirts

Monday, 04 August 2014 1:00

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. Okay, so now you have a pile of T-shirts. Step #2 is to personalize them. It's Janome Monday, and 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. Fast fashion update!

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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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