Social Media choices are changing on what often seems like a daily basis. New sites are added, existing platforms updated, interactivity options pop up like dandelions in the front lawn. In response to this, we decided to go directly to you, our visitors, to learn when and where you'd like to hear from us and find out how your own social media habits are evolving. We've put together a few short multiple-choice questions, which should take you about five minutes to complete (there are no math problems you must solve for "x"). If you include your email at the completion of the survey, you'll be entered to win a fun prize bundle: a mystery grab bag of cool fabric cuts direct from the S4H Stash. And, you'll have our gratitude for helping us become the best social butterflies on the block.
It's April 15th – a day when so many give so much. We'd like to soften the blow with a giveaway of our own. We bundled up some pretty fabric cuts and sparkling Madeira thread from our stash and put them into a pretty spring tote. After tax day, there often isn't a lot of extra cash to carry in your purse, so you can at least look inside at some beautiful fabric and thread to brighten your day. To enter, let us know which projects have been your favorites here at Sew4Home and what you're hoping to see.
Sewing requires some specialized tools, the biggest one being the sewing machine itself. If you're new to sewing, you might be tempted to get a machine as cheaply as possible. However, this is one of those cases where saving a few bucks now can end up causing you hours of frustration later. Purchasing a machine within your budget is necessary, but getting the cheapest (or free-est) machine out there is rarely the best option. We combined our own years of experience with expert tips from sewing machine sponsor, Janome America to bring you the top five things to keep in mind when shopping for a new sewing machine. We're talking here about entry-level or mid-range models for day-in-day-out sewing of clothing, quilting and home décor. We'll look at the top-of-the-line models that combine embroidery and other special features in future articles. Right now, you want to concentrate on ease-of-use, stitching precision, and reliability.
Our R&R series (Re-imagine & Renovate) is a favorite here at Sew4Home. You get to see how new fabric and trim transforms a classic project. Go from floral and frilly to sleek and modern, from traditional to whimsical. Or, simply experiment with a new color palette. Today, we start a mini-series under the R&R banner. Our friends at Renaissance Ribbons are getting into the act as "guest renovators," making their own versions of the projects we've done for them over the past few years. The original Pinafore Style Sewing Machine Cover was designed as the free-spirited cousin of our previous fitted covers. This cover drapes over your machine and sports handy pockets to keep a few tools, patterns and notions at the ready.
Want to make a real fashion statement? It's hard to pack more drama into a small space than with a fascinator. If you haven't been keeping up with Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, you might be unfamiliar with fascinators. They are basically very small, formal hats that are very big on embellishment. Captivating Kate has recently brought them back into vogue, but they are one of millinery's (hat making's) oldest and boldest creations. Today, in honor of upcoming Easter Hat Parades, we're talking with Janome Educator, Maddie Bushman about how you can make your own fascinating fascinators.
THIS GREAT GIVEAWAY CLOSED 04/16/14. HOWEVER, YOU CAN STILL SIGN UP AT CREATIVEBUG FOR CAL'S CLASS. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED.
Starting today (no foolin', we promise), the amazing, Cal Patch releases a new class series on Creativebug. It's a month-long dive into the world of pattern drafting, so you can learn to design and sew your own clothes that look and fit great. If you aren't familiar with Cal, you'll love getting to know her online. Her background is in formal fashion design, and she has worked as a clothing designer for Urban Outfitters, Free People, Gap and Old Navy. Read on to find out more about Cal, her new four-week course, and... how you can enter to win a three-month subscription to Creativebug.
We're not quite all the way through the first quarter of 2014, and we already have seven new Great Giveaway winners to celebrate! It's our privilege to be able to share the generosity of our great Sew4Home sponsors and friends, and we're always thrilled to bring a blast of joy into someone's email box with a "you're a winner" message. Congratulations one and all, and thanks to everyone for taking the time to add your comments, become part of our social media and newsletter communities, and pass along our site to your friends and family. We appreciate you all so much!
THIS GREAT GIVEAWAY CLOSED 04/04/15. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED.
We like to think Sew4Home can be all things sewing to all people, but we know that's a Herculean task. So, we are more than willing to bow to other experts when need be. This is especially the case when it comes to the bigger projects around the house, such as slipcovers, upholstery techniques, and super-specialized shapes and sizes. The latest photo guide book from Creative Publishing International is a perfect example of a book that's packed with the kind of specific information and step-by-step photography that can give you the confidence to tackle the big stuff. We give you a peek inside The Complete Photo Guide to Slipcovers, Pillows, and Bedding and a chance to win your own copy.
THIS GREAT GIVEAWAY CLOSED 03/31/15. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED.
Charm Pack Cherry is the third project in the Shortcut Quilts Series from 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! The original Jelly Roll Jam was followed by Layer Cake Lemonade and now: Charm Pack Cherry. Each one is just as delicious as it sounds... deliciously easy! Our thanks to all our friends at Fat Quarter Shop for allowing us to feature this new quilt and to give away a set of FOUR Charm Packs to one lucky S4H visitor to make her/his very own version of the quilt top.
Scanning the list of materials for your next project tutorial, you suddenly come across a term or two that causes you to stop and scratch your head: Fat Quarters, Charm Packs, Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes, Honey Buns, Dessert Rolls. Have you accidentally clicked from a sewing site to a recipe site? All these items sound so delicious, but what the heck do they have to do with sewing? They are the names of various types of fabric pre-cuts. And though not edible, they are great time and money savers, and the perfect way to play with all the pretty pieces from your favorite quilting cotton collections.