Recently, you may have noticed many of your favorite fabric designers are starting to offer their new collections in different substrates (or fabric types). It used to be you would see a specific line in 100% woven cotton only. Now, you are just as likely to also see beautiful combinations of colors and prints in cotton laminate, linen, canvas, voile, rayon, velveteen, corduroy, flannel, fleece, knit and sateen. Westminster Fibers, through both their FreeSpirit and Rowan lines, is an industry leader when it comes to offering these new substrates; and leading designer, Amy Butler has certainly embraced the trend. Among other options, her current collection, Alchemy features both an amazing rayon and a rayon/linen blend. We’ve summarized what we know about each, along with the proper techniques for cutting, sewing, pressing and more.
There never seems to be enough hours in the day, and that ever-growing "to-do list" is usually calling your name. So when you do find time to be creative, you want every minute to count. As a way to give you a huge amount inspiration at a glance, we've recently unveiled a new category here at Sew4Home: the Project Index.
Zip-A-Dee-Ay! On Tuesday of this week, we showed you the steps to master installation of a regular zipper. Today, we introduce (or maybe reintroduce) you to one of our other lovely zipper friends, the invisible zipper. Remember, this zipper is shy, and likes to stay hidden in the seamline of your projects. In fact, with the exception of its slender zipper pull, you’d never know it was there. It likes it that way... and you will too! In the realm of all zippers (a land just north by northwest of Oz), the invisible or concealed zipper is actually the easiest to install.
Zzzzzzzzip it! We love the sound, the look and the functionality of zippers. But most of us are not so in love with installing them in our sewing projects. In fact, there's probably no sewing technique more dreaded than learning how to properly install a zipper. If you're a regular S4H visitor, you know that's a challenge we can't walk away from. Today, you are going to learn how to master this technique. Once you’ve done so, one warning: anyone who finds out about your new skill will be dropping off all kinds of items with broken zippers on your front porch. Ha! Pull them inside, and teach them how to do it themselves!
Last August, we introduced you to six pillows chockfull of our own crazy personalities - from a sneaky crocodile to romantic roses and lace to a Nancy Drew® secret pocket pillow. At the same time, we encouraged all of you to use a Fairfield insert or filler to make a pillow with pizzazz, then enter it to win! The pillow entries went directly to Fairfield and were posted on their Facebook wall as well as onto a special board on their Pinterest page. The twenty photos that generated the most activity at these social media outlets were collected as the semi-finalists. From theses top twenty semi-finalists, an industry panel of judges selected the five major winners. Today we officially congratulate all the winners and show you their winning pillows.
We love to gather with friends and family to share good food and conversation. We enjoy gathering with like-minded folks to attend concerts and other events. In these contexts, gathering is fun and easy. By comparison, in sewing... gathering is often known as daunting and time-consuming! Many sewists will do just about anything to avoid adding gathers (or ruffles) into their projects, whether by hand or machine. We believe all gathering should be fun and easy, and today, we aim to change the perception of gathering with a sewing machine. After reading this tutorial, we bet you’ll be inviting your sewing friends over to convince them just how easy it is to gather fabric. If you do this, we think you should call it "gatherers gathering on gathers!"
THIS GIVEAWAY ENDED 11/16/2012. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED.
We hope you've enjoyed the Oh Baby! series, sponsored by our good friends at Fabric.com. From classic snap-on bibs to sleek bottle carriers to our most stylish diaper bag ever, it's been two weeks of big fun for little folks. We realized once we got done, many of the projects were a two-in-one bonus, featuring a main item with a coordinating carrying case. We had a great time shopping for this series at Fabric.com. With all the amazing fabric choices these days, you're no longer restricted to traditional bunnies and duckies (although, we do still love bunnies and duckies). It's a wide open world of fabric mixing and matching, and Fabric.com is a wonderful resource for everything you need. To emphasize that point: one lucky Sew4Home fan will be going on a dream shopping spree. Fabric.com has provided us with a $250 gift certificate. It's the perfect prize... just in time for holiday shopping!
Today's popular laminated cottons start out as basic woven 100% cottons, which are then coated with a Phthalate-free laminate. They're ideal for any project where you want some waterproofing or the ability to wipe the finished item clean with a damp cloth. Think baby bibs, changing pads, raincoats, outdoor tablecloths, reusable shopping bags, and more. Many of your favorite fabric designers are adding laminate choices to their collections, giving you dozens and dozens of very pretty options to choose from. But sometimes, there's a specific print you can't find as a laminate; such as when you're using a very specific set of fabrics and want everything to match exactly. There's an easy way to make your own laminated fabric with iron-on vinyl. The most widely used product of this type, and the one we're using for today's tutorial, is Heat 'n' Bond by Therm O Web from Fabric.com.
Although hugely popular in ready-to-wear and more, knit fabrics tend to have a bad reputation among home sewing enthusiasts. Poor little knits! All too often, that bad rap comes from false information, or a complete lack of knowledge about the category. We promised our knit friends we’d tell their story and help clear their names. To know knits is to love them! Plus, our current Oh Baby! series with Fabric.com uses a number of pretty knits, because soft knits and soft babies are a natural pair.