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Zip Zap Mini Pouch

Thursday, 29 December 2016 1:00

Sometimes extra-cute is exactly what you need to get your sewing creativity flowing. This adorable zippered pouch is just the ticket. It was the favorite fast bag of 2016 here at Sew4Home. Don't you love that striking center zipper? But... are you a little afraid of zippers, especially cool metal zippers? Like the scary monster under your bed, most zipper phobias are totally unfounded. In fact, a zipper down the middle like this one is a very easy option. Give it a try; conquer your fear! Then... peek under your bed. Nothing there to worry about either, except those adorable dust bunnies.

Extra Cushy Square Pouf

Wednesday, 28 December 2016 1:00

A pouf is the ottoman's casual cousin. Where an ottoman is all about traditional structure and tautness, a pouf is laid back and soft around the edges. Kind of like a sleek business suit versus your favorite pair of comfy sweats. We pushed the slouchy style even farther, taking a cue from poufs we spotted at West Elm and Pottery Barn that were almost more like a square bean bag (not to mention being insanely expensive!). That type of filler didn't seem very functional to us, and we think you'll like our foam and batting solution, which allows the pouf to take on both sitting and footrest duties as well as being able to hold a tray as a substitute table. 

Scrappy Patchwork Flour Sack Dish Towels

Monday, 26 December 2016 1:00

If one of your New Year’s Resolutions is to do a better job using up the fabric you have on hand, this project is right up your alley. We collected leftover jelly roll strips from two FreeSpirit True Colors collections: some from Anna Maria Horner’s set and some from Joel Dewberry’s set, proving you can move out of your comfort zone to mix and match across collections and designers! We show you how to make a patchwork panel from which you’ll sub-cut horizontal accent bands to jazz up a store-bought flour sack towel (or two or three). 

Fabulous 5-Minute Felt Gift Card Holders

Thursday, 22 December 2016 1:00

Fast, meet fabulous. Together, you're going to turn an ordinary gift card into a personalized present. With a little bit of felt and a few rows of pretty decorative stitching, you can whip out a cute-as-a-button sleeve in which to slip a gift card in about five minutes flat. We show you several options for marking and stitching. Need to finish in under five minutes? Just add the stitching along the front and leave the back plain. Either way, it's one pretty little pocket.

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. 

Belts, Bracelets & Headbands: Accessories in a Flash with Dritz

Monday, 19 December 2016 1:00

Quick and easy gifts are in demand year ‘round! We’re here to help, along with our clever friends at Dritz®, bringing you a trio of cute accessories you can finish in a flash: belts, bracelets, and headbands. Stretchy elastic and some rhinestone sliders add instant sparkle and color to wrists and hairstyles. Combine gorgeous ribbon and webbing with the Dritz® Slide Buckle Set to blast out a colorful belt. Speedy style – that’s what we love! 

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Fast Fridays: Free Motion Quilted Coasters

Friday, 16 December 2016 1:00

Pieced strips of colorful cotton and wavy, free motion stitching give these coasters the look of a tiny quilt. They’re a wonderful last minute gift idea for the holidays or any special occasion. Wrap up a stack to give by themselves or bundle them with a set of mugs or glasses. Need to make a bunch? No problem; Fast Fridays are all about whipping out something wonderful in no time at all. Pull together some of your best bits of bright fabric and you’ll have scads if these snazzy squares in just a few hours.

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Lip Balm Mini Case & Key Ring

Thursday, 15 December 2016 1:00

When the temperature dips or the wind flies, can chapped lips be far behind? This time of year, it can be difficult to keep your lips moist and protected from the elements. Your best defense is a good offense: constant swipes from your trusty tube of lip balm. I don't know about you, but I have tons of tubes of lip balm, however, there's never one nearby when I need it. So I end up buying another! Our mini key ring pouches are a perfect fast an easy gift for yourself as well as all your chap-lipped friends. They're also an awesome ScrapBusters preojct. Make several of these adorable key ring lip balm holders so you always have your favorite tubes on hand... and can stop buying more than you need.

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ScrapBusters: Door Knob Reminder Caddy

Wednesday, 14 December 2016 1:00

Some mornings it feels like I make about 20 trips out to my car. Get all the way out there... Oops! No keys. Get all the way out there... Dang! Forgot a letter to mail. Get all the way out there... Hey! Where's my phone? It's exhausting, and it usually makes me late. Organizational experts suggest collecting everything you need for the next day in one handy place. For me, that means one handy place that is virtually impossible to ignore. That's why we came up with today's Door Knob Reminder Caddy. If you have to touch it to open the door, chances are high you'll actually remember it. We created a two-sided, multi-pocket caddy with a loop that hangs right over the doorknob. In fact, you could just grab the whole caddy and toss it in your car - good to go. Now... where did I put my lunch?

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Cross-Body Belted Bag with Decorative Stitching

Tuesday, 13 December 2016 1:00

Decorative stitching against a neutral canvas gives this slouchy bucket bag a great hipster style. We used the beautiful stitches available on the Janome Memory Craft 9900, which go up to 9mm in width. Another great choice would be Janome's new Skyline S9 sewing and embroidery modelFor a subtle boho flair, we then incorporated long, soft tassels at the sides and front. Read on to learn our unique steps for making these custom tassels: much less expensive than buying, and in an exact color match!

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