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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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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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