Do you live with a picky eater or a non-stop muncher? Meal times are a big part of every day. In fact, sometimes it can seem like kids are in need of a meal, a snack or a drink pretty much 24/7! We have five, fun projects to help you Serve Up the goodies in style. This week's compilation series of kid-friendly projects is our way to help you filter through the hundreds of great articles here on the Sew4Home site. We hope you find some old favorites you'd forgotten about or discover a new idea with make-it-now potential.
I believe it was WC Fields who once said, "Children are inherently sticky." It's true, babies and kids are messy. It's their job. It's our job to try to clean away the layers of dirt and smashed bananas so we can see just how adorable they are. We have four items in our Clean Up Collection. All with our signature easy, step-by-step instructions. Even if you're brand new to sewing, you can tackle these projects and have them turn out great.
Cuddle time is awesome time. There's just nothing better than snuggling up for a bedtime story, a special movie, or to sooth the latest boo-boo. We've picked eight cuddle-worthy projects, from super soft blankets and quilts to squeezable stuffed animals. There are hundreds of great articles on Sew4Home, and we know it can be hard to keep track of them all... especially if you're a brand new visitor. So, today we're shining the spotlight on some great kid-friendly classics. Take a new look at an old friend or discover something new. Make it today; snuggle tomorrow.
Sometimes the littlest things get the biggest attention. When we're posting a picture to Pinterest or Facebook or loading a new project on the main site, if it has anything to do with babies or kids, likes, re-pins and comments go through the roof! So we decided it was time to collect some of our favorite kid-friendly items and bring them to you in handy bite-size chunks. Today, we're going to "Pack Up." We have five wonderful ways to get up and go. Because whether you're headed on an extended vacation or just making a trip to the store, going somewhere with a baby or toddler can seem like assembling for an Arctic expedition. It helps if you have something functional, and more importantly, fabulous, to put it altogether.
As we enter the final phase of making a quilt, you should be proud of all you've learned thus far. If you think back to Part 1 of this Series, you may have been skeptical about adding "how to quilt" to your sewing toolbox of skills. Now you can see it was simply a case of ignoring your fears and going forward with curiosity and confidence. We encourage you to remember this as we venture into the final phase!
A pillow is the king (or queen) of home décor. Every sewer we've talked to agrees a pillow is absolutely the best first project. With some simple squares of fabric and a few easy, straight seams, you can create an amazing pillow. Then, proudly step back and say, "I made that!" (You can kinda scream it if you want.) We have a huge group of pillows on S4H from which to choose: Decorator Pillows to Shaped Pillows to Special Use Pillows... the list goes on and on. Check out out Project Index to browse through them all. Again, it was tough to narrow down the selection to our two top faves, but we did it. Just know there were a lot of runner-ups.
The next category is a pretty broad one: blankets, quilts and throws of all kinds. We've done a lot of them, and it was really hard to pick our favorites from such a large and varied collection. There are so many different styles, shapes and techniques. What's great about this type of project is how easy it can be to adjust the outcome to match your skill level. Seasoned sewing guru: go intricate and detailed, like our recent Alchemy Vintage Throw for the Amy Butler Trunk Show . Brand new devotee: keep it clean and simple, like our Teen Pretty Pack Bound Minky Blanket. The end result will be wonderful either way.
THIS GREAT GIVEAWAY CLOSED APRIL 12, 2013. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED.
Since we're focusing on favorites, we thought we'd pause mid-week to give away some of our favorite fabrics! Much like you, we watch, helpless in a fabric-trance, as our stash builds and builds.... and builds. It can be hard to let go, but we also love to share. So we each picked a collection we'd been hoarding in the fabric room. Alicia pulled out Joel Dewberry's Heirloom collection, and I dipped in to my stash of Anna Maria Horner's Loulouthi. Two lucky Sew4Home visitors will each get a grab bag of fave fabric, some from both of these awesome Free Spirit designers.
From a jumbo bag to hold loads of knitting yarn to a tiny coin clutch for your pennies, whenever we do a bag, of any size or shape, it's always super popular. Carrying things in style is something we all love to do, and we have dozens and dozens of trendy totes and haute handbags. This simply had to be one of our fave categories. We recently added a Project Index to Sew4Home; check it out for all the options. We have listings for Handbags, Clutches & Coin Purses, Totes & Bags, Gift Bags, and you could even count Storage Baskets and Boxes. But first... our faves.
Two peas in a pod or apples and oranges? Visitors to Sew4Home often wonder what the people are like behind all the designs. Creative Director, Alicia Thommas and I (Senior Editor, Liz Johnson) are surprisingly similar in our likes and dislikes, but we don't march in lock step when choosing fabrics or colorways or even the design ideas themselves. We thought it would be fun to look at four of our biggest project categories and let you in on which ones are our favorites and why. The first category is aprons, something we're famous for here at Sew4Home.