"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.
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.
"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.
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.
When the temperatures dip and the wind whips, can chapped lips be far behind? This time of year, it's so difficult to keep your lips moist and protected from the elements. Your best defense is a good offense: constant swipes from your trusty tube of lip balm. I don't know about you, but I've got tons of tubes of lip balm – there's just never one nearby when I need it. So I end up buying another! Today's fast and easy ScrapBusters project is an adorable key ring lip balm holder. Make several so you always have your favorite tubes on hand... and can stop buying more than you need.
Infinity scarves are one trend that just keeps going and growing. You can find them in everything from chunky knits to smooth cashmere to sheer voiles. We wanted to revisit our earlier infinity scarf tutorial with an eye for how to utilize some of the lovely pre-embellished fabrics so readily available now both in-store (even the chains) and online. For this scarf to work well, you need a fabric that comes in a very wide width (at least 58" - 60") and has a lovely soft drape. We opted for knit, which comes in an amazing array of colors, patterns and textures. We found a soft jersey knit in a dusty charcoal gray pre-embellished with pretty sparkles, giving our scarf day-into-evening appeal. We also changed-up our original cutting plan to make the best use of the fabric. By cutting and sewing together a number of strips on the diagonal, similar to how bias binding is sewn, you can hide the seams and get a nice bit of stretch so your finished circle is easy to twist and loop into just the look you want.
Old man winter came stomping in with a vengeance this year. We're sending warm thoughts to all our Sew4Home friends in the mid-west and along the east coast. Seems like it's the perfect time for a totally toasty project that's also a great Valentine's Day gift idea. Today's fleece scarf is super fast and easy thanks to edge-binding with Dritz® Fold-Over Elastic. We also added a lightweight zippered pocket on one end. Use it to hold essentials so you can keep those jacket or pants pockets free to stuff your hands. Brrrrrrrrrrrr!
Our pretty little purse with its big, bold bow makes a dynamic fashion statement. And, we think the unique slip-through pleated band is a very clever way to clutch this clutch. It's one of those perfect holiday party accessories that can amp up your style without emptying your wallet. We created our sample in Amy Butler's amazing Sateen Bliss, from her Alchemy Studio Collection. This lucisous substrate has an absolutely wonderful feel and just the right amount of sheen. It makes a dynamite combo with our Little Black Dress.
We're back with another clever project featuring beautiful Renaissance Ribbons. These eyeglass cases are embellished with a variety of their newest ribbons from Amy Butler, Anna Maria Horner, Dena Designs and French General... just a few of the amazing designers who trust Renaissance Ribbons to execute their work in woven ribbon. Our cases have a soft fleece lining to protect your lenses. And, an internal flex frame makes them easy to open and shut with just one hand. Make one or make a bundle, they would make a great stocking stuffer as well as a lovely teacher gift. Ribbon is an excellent way to add instant beauty to projects. Jacquard ribbon, for which Renaissance Ribbons is famous, adds both woven texture and vivid color.
This year, I'm sure some stores starting putting out holiday decorations at exactly the same time as the fun size Halloween Snickers® bars. Every year it creeps a bit closer. Soon, we'll be listening to "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" as we pack the back-to-school lunches! With a respectable week to go before Thanksgiving, Sew4Home is ready to decorate for the holidays, thanks to our latest series with Fabric.com. Deck The Halls with Fabric.com covers everything from unique décor solutions to elegant carryalls to splendid gift ideas, starting with today's luxurious Christmas stockings. Green and red velvet are not the only options. In fact, we have it on high authority that Santa Claus prefers bright colors (must be those summers he spends in Florida).