To say life would be hard without pillows would be putting it mildly. Where else would we hide a tooth for the Tooth Fairy? What else would we hit each other with in a harmless fight? Beyond their practical function as a headrest when we sleep and a way to soften hard furniture when we sit, pillows can be a dramatic decorating accent and are among the easiest projects to sew. We have dozens of pillow projects for you to choose from right here at Sew4Home. For this article, we thought we'd pull together everything you need to know before launching into pillow making: a little history, the basic types, and what we recommend stuffing inside.
We love travel size toiletries. I think this may date back to those long-ago days playing with Barbie® dolls and trolls. Everything was so little and cute. In fact, most things are more adorable in a mini size: people, puppies, muffins... and little bottles of shampoo, deodorant, and lotion. At approximately 7½” x 4” x 3½”, our cosmetics and toiletries bag is smaller than a standard dopp kit, but is still the perfect size to fit all those tiny bottles, jars and more, while tucking neatly inside your luggage. It’s a “mighty mini”!
These apple and pear appliqués are so fresh and fun, we're tempted to take a bite out of our cute kitchen towels! If you're brand new to appliqué, this is a beginner-friendly design, and both the template download as well as all the technique steps are detailed below. A classic ticking stripe combined with muslin and rick rack makes the perfect homespun kitchen combo. Appliqué a set with all apples or all pears, or mix and match as we did, alternating the appliqués but keeping the main fabric and rick rack accents consistent for continuity from one towel to the next. They'd be a lovely housewarming or bridal shower gift... of course, after you make a set or two for yourself!
Why not add a bit of glamour to your little one's mealtime? Cute ruffles near the shoulders make these bibs look like they have fancy cap sleeves. We offer a full pattern download for those ruffles, as well as for the body of the bib and the front pocket. Not only are they pretty, they’re also fast and easy. The layers come together with all-around binding that turns into tails to tie the bib in place.
Zip open wide and drop your stuff inside! This versatile case can hold toiletries and more. Quilted layers give it a flexible finish so the sides can softly expand to fit items of all shapes and sizes. If you’ve always been a little intimidated by three-dimensional sewing, we encourage you to give this little case a try. It’s surprisingly straightforward, and we’ve included lots of helpful tips along the way.
We hope this week’s projects have inspired you to jump into the Christmas in July sewing season. To further encourage your enthusiasm, we have TWO holiday themed fat quarter bundles from FreeSpirit Fabrics to give away. Each bundle contains 20 fat quarters (18” x 21” cuts) from a range of popular FreeSpirit classic Christmas collections as well as accompanying festive prints in coordinating colors and patterns.
Did you ever wonder where "Christmas In July" came from? It turns out this summer celebration of Yuletide has been around for years. In the early 1940s, relief groups planning to send presents to soldiers or missionaries overseas, would gather everything together in July in order to have it ready to ship it off in time to arrive before Christmas. Then, in 1942, director Preston Sturges released a comedy titled "Christmas In July” and the popular film did much to make the term fashionable. In the 1950s, retailers started having Christmas In July sales as a way to lure in shoppers during the long stretch between Father's Day and Back-To-School. Although not as common any longer for general retail, in the sewing world, Christmas In July promotions continue to be successful because they actually make sense. If you're sewing Christmas gifts, you really should be getting your patterns and fabric ready in the summer. Otherwise, at the big family gift-opening, you face the humbling experience of giving half finished projects and then quickly taking them back with promises to return them by Valentine's Day... or thereabouts. In honor of Christmas in July 2019, we have the quintessential holiday project: stockings to hang by the chimney with care.
When browsing for great fabric for a seasonal table runner, we kept returning to the home décor category because of the bold designs and striking colors you can find there. These traditionally heavier fabrics are where most people turn for larger projects, such as curtain panels or upholstered items, so the motifs tend to be bigger and the tones more dramatic. Not only is it beautiful fabric, it's also often thicker, tougher, and more durable. Batting is usually necessary with runners made of standard quilting weight cottons in order to protect the tabletop from hot or wet dishes. But with this fabric, two simple layers provided plenty of protection... unless, of course, you plan on serving sizzling fajitas at the table for your holiday dinner!
The Christmas in July planning continues with a a green alternative to paper gift wrap. We all know good things don't always come in small packages. They can be small, medium or large... and still be quite wonderful. That's why we made our super cute gift bags in three sizes. It also allows you to sort out your holiday list into those who've been Good, Very Good, and Great. Our elegant gift bags are a great way to use up your larger fabric scraps. The exterior and lining of each bag are both made up of two fabrics, which gives them a beautiful finish inside and out.
It might seem too hot outside to be dreaming of woolen mittens, snowmen, and twinkling lights, but if you're a planner – now is the time to start your holiday décor and gift sewing. You still have plenty of time to finish without working 'round the clock (the normal option when the woolen mittens, snowmen, and twinkling lights are actually here!) and it's also the time of year when fabric manufacturers debut their new holiday collections. So selection is at its best. Starting today, we have four of our favorite holiday projects plus a fabric giveaway at week's end. Crank up the AC and put Frosty the Snowman on repeat, it's time for Christmas in July. Let's start things off with a tree skirt! Our color wheel design features a vibrant patchwork of fabrics set off with bold binding and bows. Plus, the triangle wedges secretly remind us of pie, and we love pie. In fact, now that we've mentioned it, perhaps it's time for a slice of pie. But first... a project!