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Stretchy Yoga Headbands: Pleated & Turban Styles

Friday, 11 April 2014 1:00

They're a go-to solution for yoga class, running, or just when it's a bad hair day – you've seen these awesome headbands everywhere. Now you can make your own. It's super easy, so easy in fact, we did two styles: one is accordion-pleated so you can wear it wide or narrow, the other is a turban style with a classic front knot. We tried both styles with a thin woven cotton as well as a lightweight knit. Both worked well during construction and looked great when done.

Clear-View Grocery List Holder with Zippered Coupon Pouch

Thursday, 10 April 2014 1:00

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Things to do today: 1) Make cool grocery list/coupon holder from Sew4Home; 2) With increased level of organization from said cool grocery list/coupon holder, complete chores in record time; 3) Eat chocolates; 4) Send any leftover chocolates to Sew4Home. I think that pretty much covers it. Our cute little case has a perfectly-sized vinyl window that displays your shopping list (yes... you can sew vinyl with your home sewing machine), a handy credit card pocket on the opposite side, and a zippered interior pouch to hold coupons, cash and more. The optional lanyard makes it easy to grab from your purse, clip to a shopping bag, or simply sling over your shoulder. 

Weighted Door Stop Cube

Tuesday, 08 April 2014 1:00

Spring is fighting for a foothold today year. Not only did March come in like a lion... it also left like a lion in many places across the US (there was a blizzard in Fargo, North Dakota this year on April 1st!). But we know those clear, sunny days must be just around the corner. Soon you'll be able to open up your windows, raise up the storm glass in the screen doors, and let the fresh air blow through. In our house, this sets up an amazing wind tunnel effect that slams doors shut upstairs and down. We needed a stylish way to keep the doors open and the air circulating. ScrapBusters to the rescue! Today's door stop is a simple cube made with standard cottons stiffened with ultra firm fusible interfacing.

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Funny Bunny is a Sweet Softie

Thursday, 03 April 2014 1:00


Stuffed animals make me happy. They live on my desk at home and in the studio, so I can glance over at them when I'm having a bad day or when someone has shot down another one of my 'spectacular' ideas. There they sit. Always calm, always smiling. Funny Bunny is a super sweet softie who combines nubby cotton chenille with smooth, retro-inspired cotton for a soft vintage look.

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Cuddle Soft Easter Eggs

Wednesday, 02 April 2014 1:00

The practice of decorating eggshells goes back much farther than the Christian traditions surrounding Easter. 60,000-year-old ostrich eggs with engraved decoration have been found in Africa. The ancient Egyptians, Persians, Phoenicians, and Hindus all believed the world began with an enormous egg, so using the egg as a symbol of new life is literally ancient history. We've put aside the marbled elegance and gold leaf of long ago, as well as the today's candy-colored dyes and crayons, opting instead for a basket of super-soft Easter eggs in bright, patterned fleece with ribbons, rick rack, mini-poms, and felt flower accents. They probably won't last 60,000 years, but they sure are cute right now!

Playful Stuffed Crocodile

Monday, 17 March 2014 1:00

"Tick Tock, Cap'n... Tick, Tock... someone is coming!" I spent a good chunk of my childhood hoping, wishing, dreaming I could fly like Peter Pan. I never actually jumped off the roof of the garden shed, but... I climbed up there and thought about it! We've created a wonderfully sneaky stuffed crocodile, our homage to the creepy croc in Peter Pan who was forever stalking Captain Hook. Minky Dot and low nap fleece are the perfect pair for the top and bottom of Mr. Croc. Two widths of rick rack form his teeth and spine. And, we chose Fairfield's luxuriously silky Poly-Fil® Supreme Fiberfill as our stuffing. The texture of this fiber filling is wonderful for toys, plus it's washable and non-allergenic. Although it might look complex, our crocodile takes just a little while. He's playful rather than predatory, so there's no need to be afraid to give him a try. You'll find him extremely huggable with a great sense of humor... except when it comes to jokes involving pirates and lost boys. 

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Hand Embroidered Bracelet: Guest Tutorial with Amy Barickman

Wednesday, 05 March 2014 1:00

"I have always been inspired by what people can make using their own two hands, simple materials, and of course, a creative spirit." This quote from Amy Barickman of Indygo Junction embodies not only her own passion but also her personal goal to share the kind of information and inspiration that allows others to discover their inner creativity. This is evident in her latest book: Stitched Style, which includes inspirational 20 projects and 65 hand embroidery designs to trace or iron-on transfer. As further encouragement to try your hand at hand-embroidery, today we have a Guest Tutorial from Indygo Junction for a darling wrist cuff done in a thinner, bracelet style.

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Baby Snakes Catnip Toys

Friday, 07 February 2014 1:00

Make A Snake – I think that should be a bumper sticker. Our baby snakes are too silly to be scary, and they're filled with catnip to make them wonderful little toys for your playful puddy tats. We've done a number of kitty toys here at Sew4Home mostly because we have a number of kitties wandering the various S4H studios, and it's a good way to keep them occupied rather than watching all our thread spools disappear under the sewing cabinets. 

Girl's Sparkly Hair Clips

Friday, 31 January 2014 1:00

"If your hair is done properly and you have on good shoes, you can get away with anything." So says Iris Apfel of Harper's Bazaar. And, I would have to agree. We all know that a "good hair day" is simply "a good day!" Our sparkly flower hair clips were designed with little girls in mind, but they can inject a bit of glamour into your lovely locks as well. The "petals" are made from tiny scraps of various synthetic fabrics; we used glitter tulle, organza, and polyester lining fabric. A tiny, faceted bead holds everything together at the center.

Three Tier Stacked Pin Cushion Trio

Tuesday, 21 January 2014 1:00

Whip up these sweet treats for the sewers and crafters on your Valentines list. Our stacked trio of pin cushions is designed to look like a delicious three tier cake – complete with edge icing (aka: mini pom trim) and a cherry on top (aka: single cherry pink pom). Use the little cushions separately or as a terrific tower. It's nice to have several on hand so you can have a cushion by your machine, in your cutting area, and on your ironing board. Pins at the ready wherever you are. We show you how to insert washers into the base to weight them so they're more stable individually and as a stack o' three.

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