Last month, we encouraged you to make it your goal to teach at least one new person to sew this year. If the encouragement wasn't quite enough, we also bribed you a little. Tell us about your teaching ideas, and you could win some beautiful fabric to share with your new sewing enthusiast! Over 300 of you commented about your plans to spread the good word, and every story was music to our ears. Our winner plans to help a friend finish a stylish bag, giving her the confidence to start sewing on her own.
What fun we've had during the past three weeks of our Everything Old is New Again series, sponsored by Fabric.com! We brought back some of the old standards of the fabric world: candy colored seersucker, delicate eyelet, rich linen, traditional toile, flirty little floral prints, and crisp white cottons. By unleashing our imaginations on these "forgotten fabrics," we applied their old-fashioned goodness in new ways in eight great projects, and provided you with some tired-and-true sewing techniques as well, such as shirring, fagoting and hemstitching. To help celebrate all these terrific and trendy ways to use classic fabrics, Fabric.com has provided us with a $200 gift certificate. That's right: TWO Hundred Dollars!
Over one thousand wonderful Sew4Home fans told us what they like best about their current Janome machines and/or about a hoped-for new Janome. It's certainly fun to browse through all the incredible features and innovations, and we hope some of you took the opportunity to "test stitch" a few of the new Janome models. We drew one name at random from the 1085 posted comments, and we brightened not just one person's day, but a whole family's outlook.
THIS CONTEST ENDED 03/30/12. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED! BUT REMEMBER, YOU CAN STILL TEACH SOMEONE TO SEW!!!
Sewing is rarely taught in school any more. And for years, the media have scolded "working-parents-who-want-it-all" to forget about learning traditional skills, like sewing or baking or putting up peaches for the winter. Experts say if things continue at this rate, the knowledge of how to sew will be completely lost and our grandchildren will be making pillow covers out of pounded bark! We made up that last part for dramatic effect. But... the times they are a-changing. The "domestic arts" are cool again. Making something with your own two hands is a skill to be valued. Which means... it's very important that those of us who know teach other people to sew. It's fun, it saves money, and it's an amazingly creative outlet. We encourage YOU to make it your goal to teach at least one new person to sew this year. Tell us about your plans and you could win some beautiful fabric to share with your new sewing enthusiast!
SEVEN winners! We've been very fortunate already this year, hosting lots of Great Giveways! Today, we announce SEVEN lucky winners: the Cloud9 fabric bundle, the three winners of pattern five-packs from It's Sew Emma, the Bunny Hill layer cake, the Tanya Whelan Sew What You Love book, and the five charm packs courtesy of Angela Walters and Robert Kaufman. Our thanks to everyone who entered, plus even bigger thanks to all our friends and sponsors for making it all possible.
THIS CONTEST ENDED 03/10/12. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED!
We're very proud of the amount of information and ideas we produce here at Sew4Home. Every weekday you'll find a new and inspiring post. But... we certainly don't claim to have a corner on the market. There are a lot of great books out there with all kinds of fun things to learn and do. Our Sew4Home Creative Bookshelf was overflowing and we thought it would be great to share a few good reads with you. We put together six books we think you'll love. There are four great project books from our friends at C&T Publishing, and two color and design books from our personal collections. All the books are brand new and looking for a place on the shelf of one lucky Sew4Home winner.
THIS CONTEST ENDED 03/16/12. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED!
Yep... you are reading that correctly! We are giving away a Hello Kitty® sewing machine courtesy of our friends at Janome America. It's as functional as it is adorable with 22 stitches, a one-step buttonhole, a built-in needle threader and more. This pretty kitty is pretty powerful!
Sew4Home is one of the sponsors of an exciting online sewing competition from Moda Bake Shop: Sliced! Auditions are being accepted now through the end of February (remember, it's a leap year, so you have one extra day!). Following the auditions, four crafty people will be chosen to compete before a panel of judges. Contestants will have five days to use their creative talents to develop a project, using a sewing basket of mystery items given to them on the first day of each week. Once they have completed their project, the panel of judges will critique the projects from each challenge and will decide who will be Sliced and who will continue on to the next week and a new challenge.