Sometimes you want structure and sometimes you want soft. With slicing winds, hammering rain, and sheets of ice, winter serves up enough hard edges. Treat yourself or a friend to this easy-going sling bag. Canvas and cotton with fusible fleece in between creates a durable yet flexible tote. A solid strap lets you wear it cross-body so your hands are free, and the bag is snug to your side when that wind kicks up. We used the decorative stitches on our Janome Skyline S7 to make a super stylish strap from simple twill tape.
Two colors, two fabrics, one awesome machine to put it all together: the new Janome Skyline S7. This clutch knocks-off a popular style we spotted on the shelves of several la-di-da, high-end boutiques. We love being able to give you the inspiration and instructions to make your own beautiful bags and totes for a fraction of the hundreds of dollars listed on designer price tags.
"Where did I put my ....?" Sewing projects are full of little bits and pieces, including numerous notions whose jobs are to make construction easier, but only if you can find them when you need them! Corral important items with our clever clear-view caddy. Janome America sent us the new Skyline S7 sewing machine to try out, and we felt the perfect project to showcase its precision stitching was something with multiple, tricky layers.
Sometimes all it takes to spark an idea is one great element. For this modern bag, we started with a Dritz® Fashion Buckle as our feature and built outward from there. We used two different heavy faux leathers – one textured and one smooth. Of course, we've included lots of good tips and tricks for working with a vinyl substate to help you create the trendy look of our high-end boutique bag.
Growing up, we reused our wrapping paper. We were trained from a young age to never tear into our presents. Instead, we were to carefully remove the tape and gently pull away the wrap. The pretty paper was then smoothed, folded, and stored for its next use. I guess this means we were recycling long before it was cool. We had one particular piece of Christmas wrap that made an appearance every year for as long as I can remember. It got a little smaller with each use, but we were always anxious to see who's present would be wrapped in the pretty blue Silent Night paper.
Quintessential: representing the most perfect or typical example of a quality or class. We may be blowin' our own horn a bit here, but we absolutely love this plaid tote, and we really believe it has all the traits needed to rocket to the top of the charts for cool and classic totes. We found our perfect plaid at Fabric.com. It's reminiscent of a vintage Pendleton® "49'er" jacket. We also show you its companion plaid in shades of pink. Precision cutting – both straight and on the bias, piping accents, and corded handles are just a few of the styling particulars that give our tote its iconic appeal.
Finding great gift ideas for guys is tough, starting with the search for the perfect fabric, which can be challenging in a world that seems populated solely by pretty posies and polka dots, but it is possible! The right fabric makes all the difference in how a project turns out; it can even spin something that might have originally been designed with a feminine appeal into a completely different, more masculine look. What's your guy's favorite color, hobby, or sports team? The fabric choices are wide and varied, so you can search for and find the perfect combination of colors and textures. This sleek device carrier can hold an iPad® and cell phone for Techie Guy or file folders and homework to correct for Teacher Guy or art paper and drawing tools for Artist Guy.
Here at Sew4Home, every month is a sewing month, but the rest of the country commemorates their love of sewing and craft each September. In honor of the celebration, we've designed a brand new cover for your trusty sewing machine. A cover keeps your machine protected from dust and sun exposure when not in use, and a sewn cover is a pretty alternative to what may have come with your machine. Decorative stitching accents in multiple colors plus button embellishment adds a bit of flair to our design. And the fun fabric choices from the Utopia collection by Art Gallery Fabrics create a Town-and-County motif: a city skyscape on one end and forest friends on the opposite side.
When working on our projects, we're always keeping an eye out in stores, magazines, and online for design elements that are the trendiest, cutest, and most functional. We want to make sure we're bringing you the kind of high-end features that take handmade to the next level – so your finished item looks as cool as what you'd find to buy. More cool in fact, because you've chosen the fabric, colors, and notions to best fit your personal style. This backpack borrows elements we've seen on boutique bags as well as the street style spotted on our own local school and college campuses.
High end boutique style you can make yourself! Our French Market Tote will make a bold fashion statement as you stroll the open air markets of Provence, France or the aisles of your local farmer's market and specialty grocer. Load it up with fresh baguettes and bouquets of bright flowers. The pièce de résistance is the great Coco Chanel style chain and leather (faux leather in our case) handles. It's the perfect synergy of unique trim and dramatic fabric blended to achieve a designer look. We love to show you how to look at combinations from a new angle, to mix textures, and experiment with unexpected pairings.