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Zombie Pincushions: Happy Halloween with Odilia & Cornelius

Friday, 23 September 2016 1:00

We believe zombies actually enjoy being pincushions! It’s a nice way for them to relax; being the walking dead is kind of hard work. Our zombie pair is friendly and not dangerous at all as they hold pins for you at your sewing or cutting table. You can tell by their tattered pink hearts that they aren’t out to do any harm! We worked with some plain cotton scraps from our stash, choosing the excellent Halloween colors of Mummy Wrap White for Odilia and Ghoulish Gravestone Gray for Cornelius. With just a few floss, felt, and button accents, you can give your zombie its own unique personality. 

Fast Fridays: Flip-Flap Luggage ID Tag

Friday, 16 September 2016 1:00

With just a bit of vinyl and cotton, you can make a clever tag that IDs your bag. We created it in a larger size and bolder color to help you quickly spot your bags on the airport’s jam-packed luggage carousel. The exterior is Marine Vinyl, which is the perfect weight and comes in fun, bright colors. You want enough body to allow the tag to hold-up to the aggressive handling it must usually endure, but it can’t be too thick or the final edgestitching that secures all the layers will be hard to keep even and precise. We show you how to cut a little flap to cover up your personal information, and even provide a free download to print your own ID insert card. 

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ScrapBusters: Passport Cover in Faux Leather

Friday, 02 September 2016 1:00

One of the top searches recently on Pinterest is for passport covers. We’ve also seen several versions for sale on Flash Sites and at other popular retailers. Everyone must be on the go! For something this popular, there needs to be a quick and easy Sew4Home version. We have you (and your passport) covered. Using faux leather for the outside and quilting cotton for the inside, our little folders protect your passport from dirt and keep it flat. Two interior pockets hold it open to the appropriate page, and a stretchy elastic band keeps it shut. 

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Tall Square Tissue Box Cover

Thursday, 01 September 2016 1:00

Tissue boxes have gotten much prettier in recent years, but they still may not be just right for your room. Personalize the look with your own tissue box cover. We offer a free pattern download to fit a square-style box. All our testing showed these boxes are 4⅜” wide x 5” high x 4⅜” deep – no matter the brand. The tissues themselves cleverly pop out through a Dritz® plastic grommet on the top of the cover. 

ScrapBusters: Cord Wraps in Two Sizes

Wednesday, 24 August 2016 1:00

Although it may seem as if our varied electronic devices operate by magic, we know sooner or later they require a cord to sync, transfer or re-charge. All those little cords can become a tangled mess, making it hard to find what you need when you need it. Keep your cords tidy with these quick and easy wraps. We offer two sizes: one small version for things like tiny ear buds, another for larger items, like power cords. They take just teensy scraps of fabric. We worked with pre-cuts, using a charm square for the small size and a layer cake square for the large size. 

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Fast Fridays: Yoga Mat Strap Wrap

Friday, 12 August 2016 1:00

We’ve done several yoga mat totes here on Sew4Home (links are included below), but sometimes you don’t need or want a full bag. You’re dressed and ready, and your minimalist tendencies say all you need is to sling your mat over your shoulder and go. This style of mat-wrap is easy to find on retail shelves, but we’re willing to bet none of them are as lovely (or as clever) as ours. We’ve used gorgeous jacquard ribbon from Renaissance Ribbons on one side with standard polyester webbing on the other. All the brain-twisting wrapping, turning, and securing challenges have been figured out, so you can put it all together in a snap. It’s a perfect part of our Fast Fridays series, which is all about whipping out something wonderful in no time at all. 

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DIY Wedge Espadrilles: New from Dritz

Monday, 18 July 2016 1:00

We knew these were coming, and now they’re here! The Dritz® Espadrille Wedges! The summer footwear is now available in a DIY version. Don’t you dare roll your eyes! Making your own shoes is easier and more fun than you might imagine. We were skeptical at first too. I mean… shoes?! Cobblers do that, right?! We have no business in the shoe business. But, Dritz® has thought through all the hard stuff, like providing the soles and the best construction tools and figuring out the patterns; leaving you the clever, creative part. We took on the challenge by designing toes made of stacked ribbon with a matching ribbon ankle strap. Very chic, very simple. Make a pair for all your favorite outfits. 

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Fast Fridays: Boho Parisian Bandanas - 8 Ways to Wear It

Friday, 08 July 2016 1:00

According to style watchers, one of the summer’s must-have accessories is the bandana. It’s featured regularly as a head scarf but is just as popular tied around the neck, the wrist, and even onto bags and totes. And here’s the latest fashion flash: you don’t have to use traditional bandana fabric. In fact, many sites and magazines are showing all kinds of patterns and colors. Excellent! We worked with our friends at Fat Quarter Shop, where the quilting cotton variety is amazing, to select a fun new collection to turn into our Boho Parisian Bandana Set: Joie de Vivre by Bari J for Art Gallery Fabrics. 

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Wallet Style Gift Card Case with Double Vinyl Pockets

Wednesday, 20 April 2016 1:00

Gift cards are an excellent option when shopping time is tight or you're struggling to figure out someone's correct size, individual style or unique taste. That said, a gift card stuffed into an envelope can seem a little... well... impersonal. Our pretty fold-over gift card case adds the personal touch that says, "I may not know if you prefer bohemian or Burberry, but I know you're special, and I've made this just for you." There are two 4¾" pockets to hold gift cards, cash and/or a handwritten note. Don't forget that Mother's Day is right around the corner.

ScrapBusters: Soothing Eye Pillows

Monday, 11 April 2016 1:00

Here's a fast and inexpensive way to create a wonderfully calming gift - your own soothing spa-style eye pillows. Each one uses just small amounts of pretty fabrics plus a bit of trim. We opted for fun, colorful combinations, pulling our prints from a Jolly Bar bundle from Fat Quarter Shop - a perfectly sized precut for this project at 5" x 10". You could certainly also go with luxury fabrics such as satin and silk. A lightly scented filling of rice and flax seeds gives them the perfect weight and aroma.

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