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Fast Fridays: Therapy Neck Wrap with Scented Rice/Flax Filler

Friday, 03 February 2017 1:00

We’re only about a month into 2017, but perhaps it’s already time for a little something to relieve the stress of the new year. Sew4Home has created a number of rice-filled pillows, from our famous microwaveable rice pads to our soothing eye pillows. Today’s treat is a longer, double-compartment pad inside a comfy terry cloth sleeve; it's just perfect to wrap around your neck and shoulders for a bit of welcome relief and relaxation. 

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Round Floor Cushion with Fussy Cut Wedges

Thursday, 02 February 2017 1:00

Floor it! This generous 24" diameter floor cushion is a comfy 4" thick - perfect for sitting or as a little foot rest. Make several to use around a low table for casual dining. Place one on the patio for meditation at sunrise. Toss a few in the TV room for extra seating. The wedges that create the cushion's circles are fussy cut to take advantage of the strong vertical motif of our chosen fabric. By carefully cutting the twelve wedges that make up the top and bottom of the pillow, we turned that vertical motif into a unique horizontal pattern with radiating hexagons. A free wedge pattern download is offered below.

Extra Easy Pony Tail Bolster Pillow

Thursday, 26 January 2017 1:00

This finished pillow may look complex, but the steps are... as the name promises: Extra Easy.  If you are learning to sew yourself or teaching someone else, this is a great first project. We spend extra time going over tools and techniques, and you'll find links to other articles that can move you further along the learning curve. In this one tutorial we explain topstitching, machine gathering, and how to make a skinny tie. 

Fast Fridays: Faux Fur and Cotton Half & Half Pillows

Friday, 13 January 2017 1:00

One half is cool cotton, the other half soft faux fur. When placed side-by-side and back-to-back, you get a pillow with plenty of personality. Mixing textures like this is a fun way to create a unique look. We dare you not to smile at these happy polka dots. Our Fast Fridays series is all about whipping out something wonderful in no time at all, and these pillows can stitch together in under an hour. 

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Decorative Stitch Sampler Pillow

Tuesday, 20 December 2016 1:00

Like your favorite pair of lounging pants or comfy sweatshirt, sometimes you just gotta have a loose fit. Today's pillow follows suit with a relaxed and roomy cover over a soft, down alternative pillow insert. To complete the pillow, we chose two contrasting colors of super soft denim as the backdrop for fifteen lines of intersecting decorative stitches. Coordinating tassels finish off each of the corners (yep... we have a tutorial for them). Most machines today feature amazing packages of decorative stitches. This is a great way to sample and show-off some of your favorites. 

Hexagon Pillow with Wraparound Cording Plus Round & Square Companions

Tuesday, 22 November 2016 1:00

Sometimes a project has a distinct front and back. Other times, you want it to be pretty from all sides. This set of elegant pillows features wraparound cording for a unique, all-around-gorgeous result. We selected two coordinated home décor prints within an indigo colorway to create a trio of pillows in three distinct shapes: hexagon, round, and square. Read on to find the patterns and instructions to make one or all three. 

Toby the Turtle with a Hidden PJ Pocket

Tuesday, 01 November 2016 1:00

Turtles get a bad rap. They are the go-to metaphor for all things sluggish and slow. Cartoons depict them as dull-witted and sleepy. But as one of the animal kingdom's oldest species, they deserve a lot of respect. We're proud to introduce our favorite turtle, Toby. He's not only as cute as they come with his shy smile (made with darts!), he also has a job: holding his owner's PJs in a hidden pocket on his bottom shell. Thanks, Toby!

Cuddly Seatbelt Pillow

Friday, 21 October 2016 1:00

In today’s world of never-ending product disclaimers (I once bought a beach ball on which one quarter of the sphere was covered with warnings of everything I should not attempt with the ball), we feel compelled to tell you that this seatbelt pillow is not for the driver. However, your passengers are allowed to doze off, and this adjustable pillow lets them do that in comfort. No more banging their heads against the window or risking a neck cramp just to get a little shut-eye on the road.

Pillowcase with Closed Overlap Ends: You Asked 4 It

Thursday, 13 October 2016 1:00

You may have seen these type of pillowcases in luxury hotels or fancy spas. Rather than an open end, the pillow itself is enclosed in an overlap. Many of you have asked how to do create this type of finish in order to keep the stark white pillow from showing along the end of a pretty pillowcase. An envelope style closure also helps keep the pillow from slipping out the end. “Make it stay and hide it away.” Sew4Home’s got you… and your pillow covered. 

Land Noodles in Cozy Cuddle: Fabric Depot & Shannon Fabrics

Monday, 10 October 2016 1:00

We’ve all seen those long foam pool noodles. They’re the fun and colorful floats in the world of water. We’ve invited them inside with our exclusive Land Noodles™. Thin, soft, and flexible, they're made with rolled batting wrapped in cozy Cuddle luxury plush fleece. Fabric Depot has one of the best selections anywhere of Shannon Fabrics’ signature Cuddle and we picked five combinations in a variety of prints and textures. With Land Noodles™, you’ll still be floating, but it will be on a cloud of softness. 

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