Many folks learn to appreciate foam padding after trying to sleep on the bumpy floor of a tent. If this has happened to you, I bet you would have paid anything for just a 1" thick camping pad. In the indoor world of home décor, foam is also roundly appreciated. It makes it easy to create nearly any kind of cushion you want. The only limits to what you can do with foam: 1) finding it, and 2) affording it. To get the proper type of denser foam in larger sizes, you usually have to go to a special foam store. I love my "foam dude" and he will cut me just about any shape I need. But the price, yikes! Enough foam for a lounge chair pad could be over a hundred bucks. So we were very pleased to learn that our friends at Fairfield had come out with a line of foam with three important qualities: 1) the resilience you need for decor projects, 2) an affordable price, and 3) you can find it at over 1,400 Walmart stores – just grab and go. Plus, it's even more affordable right now thanks to a great rebate offer.
Normally our Great Giveaways concentrate on the fabric, notions and tools you need to make your own fabulous home décor. Today, there's no heavy lifting involved with our Waverly World Great Giveaway. We have an amazing collection of Waverly branded retail items, ready to beautify your home right from the shipping box. Our Sew4Home projects with Waverly focus on their amazing signature fabrics, but they are much more than a fabric company. You can find their distinctive look on kitchen and bath items, window and wall coverings, tech accessories, luggage, furniture, and lots more. They've provided us with a very generous gift pack of these very things for one lucky Sew4Home visitor.
To say life would be hard without pillows would be putting it mildly. Where else would we hide a tooth for the Tooth Fairy? What else would we hit each other with in a harmless fight? Beyond their practical function as a headrest when we sleep and a way to soften hard furniture when we sit, pillows can be a dramatic decorating accent and are among the easiest projects to sew. We have dozens of pillow projects for you to choose from right here at Sew4Home. For this article, we thought we'd pull together everything you need to know before launching into pillow making: a little history, the basic types, and what we recommend stuffing inside. We heartily endorse the huge variety of Fairfield pillow inserts and fillers, and jumped at the chance to have them sponsor this article. We didn't even have to sleep on it.
Your project instructions call for two yards of 60" wide fabric, but the fabric you want to use is 45" wide. Hmmm... attempting to dredge up that old math lesson in proportions is probably not going to happen on the fly. Instead, print out our handy conversion chart for those times you don't have a pattern envelope with a yardage conversion table.
THIS GREAT GIVEAWAY CLOSED ON 10/17/14. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED.
It's time to take a look back over the past two weeks and celebrate all the dandy inspiration and information. We knew the final day of the Fabulous Fall series with Fabric.com needed to be as fab as the projects themselves, so we've put together a triple treat. One lucky Sew4Home visitor will receive 1) an actual Fabulous Fall project sample (one of the adorable Appliquéd Storage Bins) filled with 2) a mystery grab bag of amazing fabric. And, ALL Sew4Home visitors are invited to take advantage of 3) an exclusive 10% discount coupon code courtesy of Fabric.com. One - two - three great reasons to leave us a comment below with your ideas for "fabulousness."
Window coverings seem to be one of our most basic needs. As soon as you get some sort of shelter, you're looking for a way to cover the windows for privacy. In college, I simply used push-pins to hold a sheet across my apartment's bedroom window. I let it hang down at night, and during the day I held it back with a binder clip from my Economics textbook. Not very stylish, but at least it blocked the view of the dumpsters. Now I know window coverings are a great DIY project; and simple enough for the beginning sewer. Straight edges. Simple, straight stitches. The individual steps couldn't be easier. But even the most basic curtain project can go awry without some good planning. And the most important part of that planning is knowing how to take proper measurements.
THIS GREAT GIVEAWAY CLOSED 10/01/14. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED.
September is a month of fresh starts. Students are back in school, taking on the challenges of the next grade. Everybody at the office is back to work from all those end-of-summer vacations. And it's National Sewing Month; the time of year when all of us who sew are encouraged to teach someone new. If you can sew even at an intermediate level, you possess a unique skill. It means when you see something cool in a store, online or in a catalog, you have the ability to find fabric and make it yourself. There are a lot of people who wish they could do that! In fact, you probably know half a dozen who would be thrilled if you offered to teach them the basics. We're even willing to bribe you with a basket of sewing goodies for one lucky winner.
Microwavable heating pads with organic fillers are a wonderful way to soothe sore muscles or just warm up on a cold day. Their combination of toasty warmth and good smell are a natural remedy you can enjoy every day without side effects. The warming pad project we did here at Sew4Home is one of the most popular gift items ever featured. Most likely, it's because they're not only functional, they're also really easy to make. Everybody who makes them seems to have a favorite filler. So we thought we'd do a little testing to see if we could find out which one is best.
Do you ever watch those TV hospital shows and think, "I could do that"? Maybe not be an actual, real-life doctor. But you could wear a white coat, carry a stethoscope, and yell, "Get me a C-Spine, Chem 7, and a V-Fib!" I have no idea what any of those terms mean. They're just fun to shout. To get you just a little bit closer to your doctor daydreams, we're here to show you how one of the medical devices you saw Dr. Greene use every week can also be a big help in your sewing room. It's called a hemostat, and it's basically a locking clamp shaped like a long pair of scissors. (Probably what Dr. Greene wanted when he yelled, "Clamp!") A hemostat is extremely useful when you need to turn long, narrow tubes right side out.
I love those little emergency sewing kits they have at hotels. They're a life saver if you lose a button right before an important meeting or have another kind of "wardrobe malfunction." But I wouldn't dream of using them for my regular sewing – anymore than I'd open a hair salon that used only cute little hotel shampoos. However, for some sewers, especially beginning sewers, their set of tools is about at the same level as the free repair kit. If that's the case with you sewing basket, you have some shopping to do. Having better quality accessories and notions actually helps you achieve better results on your projects. It can make the difference between a project that was fun to create and you're proud to display, and one you feel like hurling out the window.