Decorative stitches are tiny pieces of thread art. Sometimes when I look at them, I can't believe a single threaded needle made such an intricate design. But even though I love them, I often forget to use them. We get so caught up in the seams of a project's construction, decorative stitches can get overlooked. We wanted a way to keep some of our favorite stitches top-of-mind, so we did a little decorative stitch sampler then framed it as sewing room artwork. Super fast, super simple, and the prefect colorful reminder.
Fat Quarters were the first specialty pre-cut on the market, and are still the most common. At 18" high x 22" wide, their format makes them a quilter's best fabric friend. Our friends at It's Sew Emma Patterns are here to prove it once again with a brand new book: Fat Quarter Style – 12 Quilts That Never Go Out of Style. We were excited to get two early copies – one to read, enjoy and keep; and one to give away to a lucky Sew4Home visitor. Read on to find out what makes a Fat Quarter "fat," why it makes cutting so much more flexible, and glimpse some of the great quilt patterns this book has to offer.
THIS GREAT GIVEAWAY CLOSED 07/23/14. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED.
Perhaps you were too bored to notice, but July is National Anti-Boredom Month. Of course truly creative people never get bored... right? Either that or we are very creative in our excuses for why we might be momentarily distracted at school, at work, on the weekend, even in the middle of the night when we can’t sleep. In the fight against lethargy, Sew4Home offers you an Anti-Boredom Great Giveaway. We have a wonderful book by Tula Pink plus some very interesting fabric pre-cuts: the perfect pair to turn idleness into inspiration.
THIS GREAT GIVEAWAY CLOSED 07/11/14. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED.
Our trendy Metro Bag debuted last fall, just in time for back-to-school. Originally created with "guy-friendly" color and design, our friends at Renaissance Ribbons changed things up a bit to create a more feminine feel. What's cool is how they stayed within the same fabric and ribbon collection, proving you don't have to go far to create an original spin.
THIS GREAT GIVEAWAY CLOSED 07/06/14. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED.
Janome's line of colorful compact machines are so cute, you might think they're toys. But they're not. They're real sewing machines, with real machine features, just in a much smaller (and more adorable) size and in vibrant colors. This makes them the perfect gift for someone just learning to sew, a person who does very basic mending and sewing projects, folks with limited space, or someone who just wants a super lightweight machine to take on the road. We have two ways to win a colorful little sewing machine of your very own to kick off your Summer Sewing Fun.
Father, Daddy, Pop, Pa, the old man... he goes by many names and may have come to you by birth, adoption, marriage or simply friendship. Whatever the circumstances, the underlying sentiment is the same: this is the guy who has always been there for you with unconditional love, a ride across town on a stormy night, and a quick five bucks for a cheeseburger. His special day is coming up on June 15th, and we've collected ten classic projects we know will be right up his alley. Some are super-fast ScrapBuster projects, others a bit more involved – a full range of options to bring a smile to every dear ol' Dad.
We're getting ready to roll into the first long weekend of the Outdoor Living season: Memorial Day! Make sure you carve out some time on Monday for the start of our week of fun-in-the-sun projects with Fabric.com. Today we have a sneak peek at the five great projects you can make to use around the house as well as when you're out and about under blue skies and sunshine. As always, we had a blast selecting from Fabric.com's amazing inventory. We're using everything from rip stop nylon to bright green Mongolian faux fur to tough denim and more. Let's go play outside!
Anna Maria is a long-time Sew4Home friend and fan. We've done numerous projects with her beautiful fabrics, and worked with her in her capacity as the face (or more specifically, the hands) of Janome America. So of course we were thrilled to find out about a brand new event that is her creative brainchild. Craft South spans four months this summer and brings some of the industry's brightest creative stars to Anna's Nashville hometown. Anna herself, along with her good friends, Amy Butler, Liesl Gibson, Natalie Chanin and Heather Ross will be there to share skills, inspiration and fun. As Anna Maria describes it, "We will Sew. Eat. Drink. Laugh." Repeat as needed, right Anna?
One of the highlights of getting ready for Waverly Week here on Sew4Home was getting the chance to talk with some of the Waverly team about how they come up with their inspired fabric designs. As we pointed out in our introductory article, Waverly is 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. That's why they call it Waverly World. But they got their start more than 90 years ago in fabric. And when they're working on a new design that will eventually be rolled out across Waverly World, they start designing it as a fabric.