Around these parts, Summer and early Fall are prime time for outdoor concerts. Seating for these events is usually just the grassy slopes of a natural amphitheater. You gotta have something to sit on. A blanket is often too big and rather bulky to pack in. Instead, try this lightly padded, roll-up cushion in two great outdoor fabrics. It's filled with foam, which your bottom will like, and the outdoor fabric is weather and water resistant, which your pretty white summer pants will like.
When I was young, one of my favorite cartoon characters was Hanna-Barbera's Yogi Bear and his sidekick Boo-Boo Bear. In fact, my sister and I used to greet each other (okay... sometimes we still do) with the Yogi catchphrase, "Hey there, Boo Boo." I liked Yogi because he was always in search of pic-a-nic baskets, and I figured there must be yummy things in those baskets I would like to eat. So I was very happy when we decided to create a pic-a-nic blanket for some summer fun. As usual, we weren't satisfied with your av-er-age blanket (because we are not your av-er-age bears), so we made one side cotton sateen, the other side cotton laminate, and quilted them together with polyester batting sandwiched in between. Then, we created a clever carry wrap with shoulder straps. Fold and roll the blanket, wrap it up, Velcro® it closed, and you're good to go."Hello, Mr. Ranger, sir!"
Welcome to our latest series from Fabric.com: A Rustic Wedding. This is one of the hottest trends right now in the DIY wedding category for both wedding gowns as well as the ceremony and reception decorations. It's all about creating a wonderful mash-up of subtle tones and textures - just like you'd find in nature itself. A hallmark of the trend is mixing traditional wedding fabrics; like taffeta, silk, tulle and organza with unique fabrics not normally thought of as wedding choices; such as burlap, ticking, crushed velvet and muslin. We kick off the series today with a pair of chair covers. Decorating the chairs for a wedding reception is nothing new, but we spotted the idea to have a special pair of chair covers at the head table just for the bride and groom. Our design combines rustic striped ticking and an elegant crush of taffeta. We finish it off with a sleek monogram juxtaposed with a funky-chic button.
We're thrilled to have been selected to be part of this spring's Amy Butler Alchemy Fashion Look Book and Trunk Show. Rowan Fabrics put together this fantastic idea to promote Amy's Alchemy Studio Collection. They tapped ten prominent designers and asked each to come up with a special project using one of the new Alchemy substrates. Some of our amazing Look Book partners-in-design include Betz White, Amy Barickman, Cal Patch and Linda Lee. Sew4Home was awarded a home décor project, and we chose to work with voile and Amy's brand new cotton linen. Our resulting Sofa Throw features a wonderful zig zag patchwork technique and lusciously long bullion fringe. It's reminiscent of the popular furniture covers of the 1930s and '40s, which tended to be longer and thinner than what you find today. One or more of these heavy throws adorned the back of a couch or chair in nearly every home of the era as a prominent decorating accent. The combination of colors and textures in the Alchemy fabrics we selected have a beautifully vintage feel, but with a modern infusion of pattern and design.
Louisa drew the brush through her honey-colored hair, counting silently. Fifty stokes, every evening, until it shone in the candlelight. She smiled at her reflection in the mirror and dabbed perfume at her temples. Is there anything more classically romantic for a bedroom retreat than a beautiful vanity? This week, as we return for the final chapter of our Romantic Bedroom Retreat series with Rowan and FreeSpirit Fabrics, we have three new projects to help you create a lovely vanity table, a matching chair cushion and three accessory boxes. One of our original goals with this series was to show you how to bring some of the new substrates into your design planning. Westminster is an industry leader in this area, producing collections in a terrific variety of substrates, from voile to corduroy to knits and more. Today's vanity skirt and cover feature voile and laminate. The voile for the skirt provides the billowing drape; the laminate for the top gives you a surface you can simply wipe clean.
You could make this type of classic bound blanket with any combination of fabrics, but what makes ours so gorgeous is the classic Pendleton wool and the surprise texture of its coordinated corduroy binding. The beautiful jacquard weave of Pendleton wool makes their fabric striking from both the front and the back. This project was chosen to be part of our Beautiful Binding week because it is a truly beautiful example of heavy binding with mitered corners. By taking the time to do a precision job of cutting, wrapping and stitching, you end up with a finished blanket that looks amazing from either side.
My grandmother, an immigrant from Lithuania, was an unbelievably talented seamstress. She did everything by hand, including free-hand embroidery, tatting and crocheting. She never needed a pattern; you could just sketch something and she would create it. It was the sewing equivalent of the musician's 'hum a few bars.' Her vividly artistic creations seemed to flow from her fingers like water from a pitcher. In fact, as a young child, I thought everyone had handmade and hand-embroidered sheets and pillowcases and dresser cloths and curtains, and, and, and... I was shocked the first time I slept over at a friend's house and saw her sheets were (gasp!) plain white. My grandmother's influence is likely a big part of why I love the idea of antique linens, and why I steadfastly refuse to give up my dresser cloths.
Thanks to the pre-cut squares of a pretty Moda Fabrics Layer Cake, we whipped-up this cozy lap blanket in an afternoon. The patchwork is about as basic as you can get, and the quilting is done with hand-sewn buttons. Rather than crank up the thermostat, keep a pretty throw like this by your desk or chair to keep you toasty while reading, sewing, knitting or watching TV. It's also the perfect size for a frosty morning 'car cozy' – tumble the blanket in the dryer for a few minutes right before you walk out the door, then wrap it around your lap... or around your little kiddo, as a warmer-upper while you wait for that cold car to defrost. My mom did this for me when I was small, because we didn't have a garage, only a carport; it made chilly morning drives to school a toasty treat.
Put your feet up and ponder this age-old question: what's the difference between a footstool and an ottoman? Besides the fact that an ottoman sounds way fancier than a footstool, the only real differences are: 1) an ottoman is always upholstered (footstools needn't be), and 2) sometimes an ottoman has another job: large ones fill in as coffee tables and hollow ones can open up and act as storage boxes. Our ottoman was a favorite kitty perch and had definitely seen better days. Why buy new when you can make a simple cover? Sew4Home sewing to the rescue!
Dads like to nap. It's a fact well documented in homes across the country and around the world, especially homes with comfy recliners positioned in front of big screen TVs. I know, I know... that's a gross generalization and not politically correct. But, we all know it's happening somewhere at this very moment. Make Dad's nap time cushy and comfortable with our soft fleece blanket, which includes a handsome cotton sateen binding and a handy remote control pocket. So, when Dad wakes up... he doesn't have to wonder where he dropped the remote.