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Accessories We Love: Janome Clear View Quilting Foot and Guide Set

Thursday, 21 May 2015 1:00

If a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, I'm guessing this three-in-one presser foot is easily worth a bird, a hand and a bush. We love a cool accessory that does several things. The Janome Clear View Quilting Foot and Guide Set comes with two guides: the Quarter Inch Guide and the Ditch Stitch Guide. The foot itself is clearly marked with red guide lines for ⅛" and ¼" seam allowances, as well as cornering marks for both ⅛" and ¼" seams in front and behind the needle drop. The foot is super easy to use and very lightweight. But be careful, the little guides are the Barbie® shoes of sewing; they could very easily get lost. Keep everything together in a little plastic bag. And don't let the name fool you; even though it says "quilting" on the package, this foot comes in handy for any project that requires precise seaming or topstitching. The foot is available in both standard width (7mm) as well as wide width (9mm).

How to Appliqué Like a Pro

Tuesday, 12 May 2015 1:00

Appliqué is the process of stitching a small layer of fabric, usually in a unique shape, onto a larger base fabric. It's a great way to personalize your project while also adding unique color, texture, pattern... or all of the above. Would you like a bumblebee flying across your pillow? Does your little boy want a spaceship on his duvet cover? How about adding initials to the front of a pretty tote? If you can imagine it, chances are you can appliqué it! With appliqué, you're free to incorporate any kind of graphic into your project. There are a variety of different ways to execute the technique; read on to find the one that's right for you.

How to Make a Covered Button with a Button Kit

Wednesday, 06 May 2015 1:00

I love buttons. Always have. In fact, althoughI don't recall much about the two-year-old phase of my life, I do remember my white sweater with the little duckie buttons. I can close my eyes and see his chubby yellow body and orange feet. I can even remember the feel of the raised, painted surface under my sticky little fingers. I still love looking at the all the available options, from vintage shell buttons to vibrant molded plastic (much more elaborate than my duckies). That said, sometimes the best look for a project is a fabric-covered button. Covered buttons are cool; there's just no two ways about it. They add the special touch that says, "Stand back... I'm a home décor professional". Making them with a kit is easy and inexpensive.

Yummy May Day Great Giveaway

Friday, 01 May 2015 1:00

THIS GREAT GIVEAWAY CLOSED ON 05/15/15. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED!

When I was young, we celebrated the first day of May by leaving little bundles of flowers on the doorsteps of our neighbors. As children, these slightly wilted bouquets were usually made up of dandelions and daisies ("Those are weeds?!"), maybe augmented with a few blooms snatched from the recipient's own flower beds. The best part? You got to ring the doorbell, then run away to hide behind the bushes and watch the reactions. A harmless prank, but I don't think you could get away with it nowadays. So instead, we have a sweet treat we're leaving on your virtual doorstep: one very pretty Jelly Roll. Why? Just because we love you!

How to Attach Babyville Plastic Snaps

Tuesday, 28 April 2015 1:00

Snaps are one of our favorite closures. They're small yet sturdy, like a cute little Corgi dog. But there's not been a lot of variety from which to choose. You can always find nickel or brass, and the Western favorite: pretty pearl head snaps. But that's where the decorative options usually ended. So when Babyville snaps hit the market a few years ago, their bright colors and cute cover designs were an instant hit. They were immediately snapped up for their decorative flair. We've used them on several Sew4Home projects, and thought it was high time for a tutorial dedicated to showing you just how easy they are to insert. 

Farm Girl Vintage by Lori Holt: New It's Sew Emma Book Review & Giveaway

Friday, 24 April 2015 1:00

THE GREAT GIVEAWAY PORTION OF THIS ARTICLE CLOSED ON 05/08/15. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED. 

Some of you may recognize Lori Holt from her popular blog, Bee in my Bonnet. She can now add "author" to her list of accomplishments with the publication of her debut quilting book, Farm Girl Vintage. This is the newest title from It's Sew Emma, the sister site of Fat Quarter Shop, which brings you not only great books like this, but also wonderful quilting patterns. We're excited to have one of the first reviews of Farm Girl Vintage as well as a chance for one lucky Sew4Home visitor to win a brand, spankin' new copy of the book. You'll also want to be watching for the inspiring Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along, (#farmgirlfridays) starting this coming Friday, May 1st with a kick-off post by Lori herself among others. The Sew Along will be featured each Friday on the Jolly Jabber Blog, which can be accessed from both the Fat Quarter Shop site as well as It's Sew Emma

We Need Closure: A Handy List of Locks, Snaps, Zips & More

Wednesday, 22 April 2015 1:00

There are lots of ways to find what you're looking for at Sew4Home. Scroll through the home page teasers. Browse and click the main navigation tabs. Look in our Project Index. Or simply search by key word. But sometimes, it's nice to simply have one handy list of links to refer to in a specific category. Today, we've pulled together our top ten articles that show a variety of ways you can keep things closed. 

Charm Box: A New Shortcut Quilt from Fat Quarter Shop; Plus a Charm Pack Giveaway

Tuesday, 21 April 2015 1:00

THE GREAT GIVEAWAY PORTION OF THIS ARTICLE CLOSED ON 05/13/15. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED. 

Charm Box is the newest member of the Shortcut Quilts family at Fat Quarter Shop (FQS). This semi-regular quilt program is designed to make great use of pre-cut bundles; it features projects that are fast, simple, and cute-as-can-be! Charm Packs are one of the most economical of the pre-cut options. Each one traditionally contains forty-two 5" x 5" squares and most retail for under $10.  Our thanks to all our friends at Fat Quarter Shop for allowing us to feature this "charming" new quilt and to offer a pair of Charm Packs to one lucky Sew4Home visitor.

How to Make a Dart to Create Contours

Tuesday, 14 April 2015 1:00

You may be familiar with darts as those pointy things you throw at a dartboard on the wall of your favorite pub. Although they don't fly, darts in sewing are still vital components of the overall sewn project. For the most part, sewing darts look quite similar to their gaming counterpart. They are wide on one end and pointy on the other. Pub darts are all about a smooth trajectory and pinpoint accuracy. Sewing darts are also big on smooth lines and precise points, but their function is all about shape. No matter what kind of sewing you do, sooner or later, you will likely have to sew a dart. Throwing darts... you can do on your own time.

Congratulations to FIVE Great Giveaway Winners

Friday, 10 April 2015 1:00

A high-five to our five latest winners of fabric, books and more. Bringing you the best in project inspiration and product information is our main focus, but we love to be able to do frequent giveaways to spread a bit of creative cheer among our loyal visitors. Congratulations to all the winners!! Find out who won what, and why they are happy to be Sew4Home followers.

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