Sometimes you just need the essentials for a quick trip out with baby: a few diapers, wipes and a changing pad will get you through most situations. Better still if those essentials can be packed in a clever case that looks great... like a trendy handbag instead of a bulky carrier with giant cartoon animals that screams, "Baby stuff in here!" Our Oh Baby! series, sponsored by our friends at Fabric.com includes lots of great baby wearables and bring-ables, but this is one of our favorites. The case is designed to resemble a fashionable clutch with a gently curved flap, darts in the bottom for fullness, and a handy wrist strap that can also be snapped over a stroller handle. Finishing at approximately 10½" x 8", the case is small enough to toss into a larger tote or full-size diaper bag. The easy fold-up changing pad uses iron-on vinyl, so the fabric used is a perfect match.
Jacquard ribbons are exquisitely woven, richly colored and simply beautiful. Today’s sponsor, Renaissance Ribbons is known throughout the industry for supplying some of the loveliest and most unique Jacquard ribbons available. A number of them are imported designs from France; many others are created by some of your favorite designers, such as Kaffe Fassett, Anna Maria Horner and Sue Spargo. Designer ribbons are a wonderful way to instantly add intricate style to a project. Today’s unique barrel tote, with its detachable strap, uses them to their best advantage, adding just the right dash of drama. Don’t go overboard - too many ribbons is like too much whipped cream... sounds like a good idea at the time, then it smothers the taste of everything. Use them to accent not overwhelm. This bag would be considered an advanced project, but as always, we’ve included detailed step-by-step instructions and lots of helpful photos. Read through the tutorial a couple of times before you start, and we know you can do it!
Do you have a team player in your house? Fall means football, soccer, cheer and more. Kids are hauling gear to practice... and maybe you're heading to the gym or yoga. Wherever the destination, our jumbo-size duffle holds everything you need and looks cool doin' it. This project debuted as a beach bag in our Weekend Wonders series with Fabric.com where it was a huge hit. The inside is lined with water resistant PUL - originally great for wet beach towels and suits, but it's just as nice to protect against grass-clumped soccer shoes and damp workout clothes.
At Sew4Home, R&R doesn't mean Rest & Relaxation, it means Get Up & Go: Re-imagine & Renovate! Just like a fresh coat of paint can transform a room, brand new fabric can completely change the look of a project. We're celebrating the final week of National Sewing Month by putting a new twist on some S4H sewing classics. Today, we picked adorable sewing motif fabric from the good folks at Fat Quarter Shop to recreate our sewing machine and serger covers. Your hard-working machines make so much stuff for you, the least you can do is make some little outfits for them! These are perfect projects to spruce up your own sewing room, but would also make wonderful gifts for all the sewers and crafters on your holiday lists.
I am a major fan of B-Movies: the over-acting, the cheesy special effects, the see-through plot lines... I love it all. And, I am especially fond of B-Horror-Movies! I think this is because I could picture myself getting paid to scream like a maniac at a rubbery monster with googly eyes. All that to say, as soon as we saw it, we knew we had to use Eerie Alley Blocks in Black and Purple by Karen Foster for Robert Kaufman Fabrics from Fabric.com for some sort of Halloween project. The movie poster knock-offs are hysterical and the panels are so colorful. We designed a soft, unstructured trick-or-treat bag with a long, adjustable cross-body strap. The fabric is so great, we used it for both the exterior and the lining, then added two safety lights, one around each strap, to help make sure your lil' spooks can be seen when they're strolling in the... Twilight Zone.
Reusable shopping bags are everywhere these days. In fact, in many towns and cities, plastic and even paper bags are simply no longer available in the check-out line. I love the sturdy fabric grocery totes you normally come across, and we've made a number of them here at Sew4Home (I've included links below). The only problem with the larger, heavier bags is remembering to bring them with you to the store! Today's final project in our Simply Color series with Vanessa Christenson and Moda Fabrics is a set of foldaway bags in their own carrying case. It's compact enough (just 5" x 7" x 2") to throw in your purse or keep in the car's glove box. But it still holds two generously-sized shopping duffles that will carry an amazing amount of stuff! The carrying case even has a handy front pocket to hold a shopping list, cards, keys and more.
If we must say so ourselves (and sometimes we must), these little coin purses are about as adorable as they come! Not only do they get five stars on the cuteness chart, they are super easy to make. Make one for yourself (because you deserve it!), then make a bundle for your friends. They are the perfect fast and fun gift. Fill them with coins and gift cards, tasty treats or other little goodies. The happy colors and patterns of Simply Color by Vanessa Christenson for Moda Fabrics are mix-and-match heaven. We selected motifs in Sweet Tangerine, Eggplant and Lime green for our coin purse trio. We have eye-poppin' colors and patterns for the exteriors and an awesome matching chevron stripe on the inside of all three to tie them together as a set. Spare change just got a whole lot more fun!
Sometimes you need a lot of space... sometimes just a little. This versatile bag gives you the best of both worlds. Open it up to its full 18" height and use the riveted carry handles when you need a full-size tote. Fold over the top and use the shoulder strap to create a compact, purse-size carryall. The combination of Simply Color fabrics makes it beautiful in any configuration. This project makes great use of one of the signature components of the Simply Color collection by Vanessa Christenson for Moda: ombre solids. Ombre is a subtle shift from dark to light, and this collection has both solids and print motifs that create the ombre effect. As Vanessa describes it, "I believe there is real beauty in simple designs, and when you incorporate different shades of the same color in one project there is a subtle radiance that can make a very simple project look breathtaking."
Just like that crafty Mary Poppins, sometimes you need to sweeten the pot to get chores done. We scaled down our laundry duffle to kid size, making it easy to fill and carry into the laundry room. Plus, the super-cute appliqué on the front leaves no doubt about what needs to be done with the bag's contents! Inside is an easy-care mesh lining, so odors and dampness stay at a minimum. And the bright green baby pom pom trim is the perfect finishing touch. But wait... there's more: we've included both a free downloadable appliqué template as well as a special bonus design download for our S4H friends with embroidery machines. Whip one up in the favorite colors of each little mess-maker in your life. The Simply Color collection by Vanessa Christenson for Moda is filled with bright and beautiful choices, from Spicy Hot Pink to Eggplant - Sweet Tangerine to Lime Green.
Welcome to our latest series with Moda Fabrics, celebrating the new Simply Color collection by Vanessa Christenson. I was excited to get to meet Vanessa at Spring Quilt Market in Kansas City, and talk with her about our plans for this series. Even though she was getting over a bad head cold, she was just delightful. I would caption her photo, "Bundle o' Creative Energy." As the doting mama to four little darlings, Vanessa somehow also finds time to be a designer, author, quilter, sewer... oh for goodness sakes, let's just say: doer of many things. One of Vanessa's passions is organizing. She admits she doesn't always win the clutter war, but she loves to do battle. So, we decided our Simply Color series would have an organizational theme. We kick off two weeks of colorful inspiration today with our easy Garment Covers. These are a great way to keep clothes clean and dust-free in your closet. Many folks leave dry cleaning bags on garments, but watch out... these plastic bags can cause fabrics to yellow and many emit unhealthy chemical fumes. Plus, they've long been known to be a hazard to children and pets. Our covers are reusable and washable. They finish at approximately 32", but you could certainly extend or shorten the length of the skirt to best match the items in your wardrobe.