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Ideas We Love: PatternJam - An Innovative Way to Try Out Fabrics in Quilt Projects & More

Wednesday, 24 June 2015 1:00

We are thrilled to bring you news of a very clever way to "audition" fabric for a quilt or other pattern before making a final decision to buy and cut. It's online, it's very easy and intuitive, and the process of designing is free. Emily Taylor is with us today for a guest editorial to give you an overview of the how PatterJam.com works. "How great would it be to see fabric in a quilt pattern before investing time and money into the project?" Emily asked herself. "I knew there had to be a better way to visualize what a sewing project is going to look like before it's made."  We were so impressed with Emily's idea and the tools she developed to make creating more flexible and more fun. 

Great Gifts: Baby & Toddler Week

Friday, 06 February 2015 1:00

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!

Play With Me: Baby & Toddler Week

Thursday, 05 February 2015 1:00

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!

Mealtime Fun: Baby & Toddler Week

Wednesday, 04 February 2015 1:00

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. 

On the Go: Baby & Toddler Week

Tuesday, 03 February 2015 1:00

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. 

Sweet Dreams: Baby & Toddler Week

Monday, 02 February 2015 1:00

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. 

Hawthorne Threads Introduces Their Own Fabric Collections Printed at Their Own Location

Thursday, 29 January 2015 1:00

Located in upstate New York, Hawthorne Threads has become a favorite online destination for quilters, sewers, and anybody else who's crazy about high quality fabrics. We're excited to have Hawthorne Threads as a new Sew4Home sponsor. Of course they offer a wide variety, but what keeps customers coming back is Hawthorne Threads' knack for carrying the fabric that makes you want to say, "I have to sew with that."  Recent big news is the release of their very own fabric collections: Bengal, Calliope and Fair Isle. A fourth collection, Etched will be arriving soon. For those of us who enjoy their taste in fabric design, these new collections embody everything we've come to love about Hawthorne Threads. Even more amazing, they print these fabrics on-site using the latest digital technology.

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Snapshots Quilt-Along at Fat Quarter Shop Benefits St. Jude

Friday, 16 January 2015 1:00

Yesterday was 1-15-15 – double fifteens is double-lucky and a perfect day for Fat Quarter Shop to kick off their newest Quilt-Along for a Cause: Snapshots. This year, not only will you end up with a beautiful quilt at the end of the QAL, you can also help support the amazing work of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. FQS is encouraging all participating quilters to donate $5.00 for each month's pattern download. At the end of the series, Fat Quarter Shop and Moda Fabrics will team up to match all the donations collected, up to $10,000! That means St. Jude could get as much as $20,000 to continue their crucial work to advance cures and work towards the prevention of catastrophic pediatric diseases.

Fabric Depot: Where a Trip to the Sewing Store Becomes a Destination Experience

Friday, 19 December 2014 1:00

When you think of reasons for visiting Portland, Oregon, your list might include majestic Mount Hood, the breathtaking Columbia River Gorge, or the enormous Powell's City Of Books. But if you sew, you most definitely want to add the awe-inspiring Fabric Depot retail store. Located on the southeast side of the Rose City, this is the fabric store sewers and quilters travel around the world to visit. Let us be your travel guide for a quick trip through their 40,000 square feet of floor space – literally an acre of fabric and notions. 

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Get Creative with Clothing Patches: Did it with Dritz

Wednesday, 05 November 2014 1:00

We certainly hope Sew4Home is one of your top stops for all things sewing-related. But today, we're giving your machine a rest. As part of our "Did it with Dritz" Week, we're taking a look at their huge selection of Clothing Patches. Of course these fusible wonders are awesome for their definitive use: fixing a hole in junior's jeans. But, that's just the start of the inspiration and fun. Dritz offers a huge selection of colors as well as sizes and textures: from twill to nylon, denim to corduroy and more. We spent some time patching our way through pillows, scarves, tees, and... of course, jeans. The Great Giveaway associated with this articled closed on 11/21/14. Thanks to everyone who participated. 

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