I know a great deal of the country is still battling record-breaking snow and ice, but spring is coming... promise. Is there anything better to take your mind off the white-on-white landscape outside your window than a collection of colorful floral print fabrics? We think not! So, in an effort to banish the winter blahs, Sew4Home brings you the Welcome Spring Great Giveaway. We've filled three flower pots with bouquets of beautiful floral prints for three lucky winners from our email list.
Heirloom is one of the oldest styles of specialty sewing. This precise and delicate type of stitching is said to have begun in the late 1800s by French nuns, who hand-stitched exquisite laces onto delicate fabrics for royal families. Their craftsmanship was so incredible, the resulting gowns and linens were painstakingly preserved and handed down from one generation to the next; hence an heirloom. You'll see the influence of heirloom stitching in a variety of high-end garments; most notably, special occasion finery, such as wedding dresses, christening gowns, and lingerie, as well as in the finest table linens. Today, with French nuns in short supply, we show you the basics of creating heirloom stitching with your sewing machine.
If you are new to sewing, some of the terminology can be confusing. Doesn't "bolt" mean to run away? Cutting something on the "bias" just sounds offensive. And, "feed dogs" seems more like a command than a sewing machine part. Trying to understand exactly what the various terms mean, how they work, and especially when to use them may seem daunting. But, as you learn each one, they'll become commonplace, and soon "nap" will mean more than dropping off for a little snooze. Today, we meet: understitching, which is not a seam done in a sneaky or under-handed manner and/or by Underdog. Read on to find out what it really is.
In home décor sewing, there are lots of squares and rectangles. Pillows, placemats, curtain panels... nice flat shapes with plenty of good ol' right angles. But, if life didn't throw us a few curves now and then, it wouldn't be a very interesting journey would it?! You may feel a little apprehensive about learning to sew curves, thinking you’re happy with all things square. But learning to bend those right angles is a necessary part of sewing, and opens up new, fun possibilities. With our help, it's easy to do too!
From me to you! The best gifts are the ones with an extra helping of handmade love. This top-five list was the hardest to put together because there are so many great ways to show how much you care for the little ones in your life. Use our choices from today, as well as the rest of the week, to create the ultimate "shower power" gift packages. They're as much fun to make as they are to give!
For babies and toddlers, is there anything better than fun and games? From peek-a-boo to picture books to paints, the world's their playground and your job is to help the good times roll. We picked five of our favorite playtime projects; each one is a great reason to break out the super-cute and colorful fabrics that bring on the smiles: orange monkeys, sure; rainbow gumdrops, of course!
No one's life is truly complete until he/she has been nailed with mashed carrots traveling at approximately 90mph, or found him/herself with an undeniable craving for cup of dry Cheerios®. Mealtime with babies and toddlers is as much about what comes out as what goes in. We have five functional projects to help keep your child, as well as all the surrounding territory, clean and cute.
Even though they may not be able to get around without a bit of parental assistance, babies and toddlers are always on the go. These little perpetual-motion-machines love to be out and about, but they do tend to require an awful lot of "accessories" to make their journeys frustration-free. When you're packing up for your next adventure with the wee ones, try these top five travelers.
As we gear up for new tutorials, it seemed like a great time to bundle up some of our most-loved projects for the cutie pie babies and toddlers in your lives. Today, we look at ways to create Sweet Dreams for the little ones. Putting together a beautiful nursery is always fun, and we have five favorites to make it both creative and cozy. Try our fabric suggestions or pick new combos to fit your color scheme.