Ahhhhh, the gift card. It seems to be such a common choice, and not just as a last minute grab for someone hard to shop for. Gift cards appear to be the go-to gift for anyone and any occasion. Let's face it - they're easy to find, quick to buy, come in any denomination, and are... stunningly impersonal. Maybe it's just me, but a gift card seems to say, "I couldn't really be bothered to find you a present; how about you go get yourself a little something?" But who am I to rain on the gift-giving parade?! Instead, how about we at least put the gift card into a super cool little handmade holder. Something that can be used even after the gift card's been spent. Our handy holder is also perfect for business cards or to stash your license and credit card when traveling light for a night on the town. Slip it in your pocket or use the key ring to hook it on to a purse or belt. Now it says, "I made this just for you!"
You've saved all year to fill up your gas tank, and finally, summer vacation has arrived. You, your friends and family are getting ready to hit the open road. But first you have some stuff (aka crap) you need to organize for the trip: tunes, cell phone, scribbled notes, tickets, Google Maps printouts, pens, snacks, your wallet, etc., etc., etc. If you skip this important organizational step, here's what will happen: You are driving, keeping your eyes on the road (of course), and you reach out to grab something from the pile of stuff (crap), but can't quite reach it/find it without rear-ending the truck in front of you. Instead... the needed item falls off the seat, lodging somewhere between the seat and the door. Feel free to jump in here and repeat the words you shout in your car. Our spiffy car caddy is designed to organize your stuff (crap), improve your driving safety, and look cute as can be all at the same time. It straps around the seat's headrest, so you can hang it to the front or the back. Get organized, and get going.
Another You Asked 4 It survey request crossed off the list. Several people asked about structured fabric baskets. We're guessing there must be a lot of Sew4Home fans out there with a lot of stuff they need to organize in some terrific totes. We've come through with not just one but a pretty pair: a large basket measuring 10" wide x 8" tall x 6" deep and a small companion at 8" wide x 7" tall x 5" deep. The two nest perfectly together. Wouldn't these make an awesome wedding shower gift filled with kitchen or bath goodies?!
Whether your hobby (or Dad's) involves needle and thread, paints and brushes or hammer and nails; you have tools of the trade. But how often are those tools in one place and you're in another? Our tool tub helps you take your stuff with you wherever you need to go. This is a great gift for the Mister-Fix-It Dad in your life, who has been known to shout, "Who stole my screwdriver again?!" loudly enough for the neighbors to hear. This finished tote is approximately 12" tall and 10" in diameter with a 6¾" deep pocket panel. A perfect size for those small jobs around the house.
Dear ol' Dad, his special day is coming up, and there are so many things you love him for. But, he can be so dang hard to shop for, let alone sew for. Most projects tend to lean more to the feminine than the masculine... unless you landed here at Sew4Home where we have whipped up four fantastic Father's Day gifts to delight Dad. We start our gift-giving ideas with today's sleek iPad case; it features a bike-bag style crossover strap in cotton webbing, tough pockets front and back, and a soft fleece lining.
It's April 25th... do you know where your Mother's Day present is?? No worries if you don't. Sew4Home has you covered with four fast, easy and very pretty projects for your mommy. Today, we start it off with our Market Tote. It's a simple lined, box-bottom bag, featuring fun double-ruffle ribbon accents. But there's nothing simple about the result – it's a truly beautiful bag that Mom (or sis or auntie or grandma or....) will love.
"Where did I put that...?!?" You fill in the blank with any of the myriad of items that seem to go missing on any given day. Sew4Home friends and fans seem to never get enough of our clever storage solutions, so we have a new one for you: pinboards with pockets! We've created a companion set. One is large (a full 24" x 48") and simply wrapped; the other is smaller (16" x 20"), beautifully framed and finished with a decorative hanging bow. Both designs feature the wonderful new Silent Cinema fabric collection by Jenean Morrison for Free Spirit Fabrics. And, here's the best part... well, maybe not the best part - the best part is probably the beautiful Silent Cinema fabric, but equally cool: these are super-duper lightweight and easy to handle and hang, because the inside is construction-grade rigid insulation foam board.
Rounding out our Clean & Tidy week are these easy-to-make basket liners. It's a great project to turn an otherwise ordinary wicker basket into a colorful organizer for just about anything. Sometimes, when my latest catalog arrives from Pottery Barn, Storables or Crate & Barrel, I imagine myself living in those pages with my life neatly tucked away into sleek stainless steel bins and buckets. Then I realize there's never anyone at home in those catalogs, so it would probably be pretty lonely. Instead, I'll make some of these cozy basket liners and invite some friends over for coffee.
What is the number-one evil monster in the Clean & Tidy world? I'd have to say laundry. It's dropped on the floor, kicked under the bed, it overflows its designated bins, and just when you think you have it all picked up, you find it following you down the hall... just like The Blob! Have no fear... our heavy-duty, jumbo laundry duffle is here. It's nearly three feet tall with a drawstring top that allows for easy stuffing and an over-the-shoulder strap for dragging the monster into the laundry room where it belongs. Originally designed as the perfect gift for dorm-bound college students, we think it would work wonders for anyone whose pile of dirty clothes is getting a little beastly.
Baskets and bins and places to put stuff. Can you ever really have enough? These adorable baskets were originally designed as handy storage for a baby gir's nursery, but they are so cute and clever, they would be perfect for any room in the house: bread baskets, mail baskets, gift baskets. But wait... there's more! The sides and bottoms of each basket are stiffened with recycled cardboard and the unique seams allow them to collapse and fold flat to store.