Moda Match Maker March 2016

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Last Minute Mother’s Day Gifts: Make Them in an Afternoon

Wednesday, 04 May 2016 1:00

I believe one of the top jobs of any mom is helping her kids avoid “the last minute.” Remember those gentle reminders to start things early, which gradually turned less gentle, the closer the deadline loomed? She tried to warn us, but did we listen? Usually not; probably because the panicked screaming coming out of our mouths the night before the Science Fair was drowning out her suggestions. This Sunday is Mother’s Day, but there’s still time to make something special. We’ve collected five Sew4Home classic projects you can easily finish in an afternoon, using fabric you likely have on hand. You can tell her you’ve been planning for weeks… and she’ll pretend to believe you.

Tiny Tucks with a Quarter Inch Seam Foot

Tuesday, 03 May 2016 1:00

Narrow tucks, called pintucks when they are super-duper narrow, are most well-known in the world of heirloom sewing, but they can add a lovely bit of detail to many kinds of projects. You can create this look quickly and easily with your Quarter Inch Seam foot. Tucks can be sewn in thread to match the fabric for a classic tone-on-tone look. Switch to a contrasting thread for extra detail along the stitch line. Or, accent with decorative stitching between tucks on directly on top of each tuck.

More Moda Fabric to Love, Printable Gift Tags, and a Special Great Giveaway

Friday, 29 April 2016 1:00

We’ve had so much fun this week with fresh projects in new Moda fabric. Today, to wrap everything up, we have three additional collections that we didn’t use this time around but can’t wait to dig into for future inspiration. There's also have a set of cute custom gift tags you can download and print for Mother’s Day (and more). Plus, FIVE lucky Sew4Home visitors (one for each day of Moda Moms Week) are going to be winners in our Moda Take The Cake Great Giveaway.

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Easy Street Great Giveaway for Tax Day 2016

Friday, 15 April 2016 1:00

THIS GREAT GIVEAWAY CLOSED 04/30/16. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED.

We’re softening the blow of Tax Day 2016 with a special Easy Street Great Giveaway. We’ve stuffed two “bank bags” with generous cuts of two-dozen beautiful fabrics. If you’re a sewing and craft enthusiast, you know that’s almost as good as a bag of cash! They probably won’t let you use it for groceries or a tank of gas, but then you wouldn’t let it out of your sewing space anyway, would you?

Bow Tie Bows: Guest Tutorial from The Ribbon Retreat

Wednesday, 13 April 2016 1:00

Ribbons and bows… is there anything happier?! Our friends from The Ribbon Retreat are here with a Guest Tutorial showing you how to make bright and colorful bow tie bows in several styles. Our thanks to The Ribbon Retreat and especially to Michelle, their blog coordinator for providing these step-by-step instructions.

How to Read a Fabric Bolt

Wednesday, 06 April 2016 1:00

When you walk into a fabric store, you'll notice most fabric is wrapped around cardboard bolts that stand upright on shelves or racks. What you may not notice is that at the end each bolt is a label that provides important information about the fabric. If you want 100% cotton, read the label so you don't accidentally come home with a poly-cotton blend. But, there's a lot more good information on that little label.

Seven Up! Congratulations to the Latest S4H Great Giveaway Winners

Friday, 01 April 2016 1:00

It's celebration time for seven lucky Sew4Home fans. Our most recent Great Giveaways had a range of terrific prizes! We often use comments as the way to collect entries, and we always have a lot of fun reviewing all the responses. Our Sew4Home visitors are so clever and have such a wide variety of amazing sewing experiences: from folks who’ve just started out to those of you with decades of stitching stories to share. It’s a wonderful community and we love being part of bringing you all together. Even if your name is not one listed below, please know how much we appreciate you being a loyal fan and follower.

Introducing a New Monthly Quilting Box Program from Fat Quarter Shop

Thursday, 31 March 2016 1:00

Our friends at Fat Quarter Shop are at it again. They’ve come up with a brand new program that includes a unique combination of fabric, notions, patterns, thread, and more. All these wonderful items are bundled together with another one of our favorite things: surprises! The Fat Quarter Shop Sew Sampler is a monthly subscription quilting box that automatically delivers amazing quilting goodies to your door every month. I think we might just have fallen in love with our mailbox again!

How to Sew An X Box to Secure Straps & More

Wednesday, 30 March 2016 1:00

You can't play Sonic Generations with this type of "X Box," but you can use it in your sewing projects to secure all types of straps and narrow panels. It's simply a stitched box with an "X" through the middle. This stitching pattern provides a high level of strength and stability, and when done with precision, it also adds a pretty detail. Try it with a contrasting thread color for extra emphasis. In the industrial world of strapping, the X Box is often at the heart of rigging, where it's meant to hold extreme loads, such as in a parachute harness. You'd want to research online to learn how to create this unique specialty stitch. Here at Sew4Home, we're using it in a decorative fashion to help hold an apron strap in place or a handle on a bag. So while a tight bond is certainly achieved, the most demanding function of the home sewing X Box is to look smooth and even. 

S4H Sewing Escape Retreats: New Locations Open for Registration. Lets Go Sew!

Friday, 25 March 2016 1:00

Early last year we had this crazy idea for a sewing event. We'd invite some Sew4Home friends to meet up in person at a series of mini sewing retreats around the country. We'd learn to sew some cool projects, get to know each other, and have a lot of fun. The more we thought about it, the more it seemed like a great idea.

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