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Kitties-To-Go Handbag

Wednesday, 21 February 2018 1:00

Tabby Road is a classic collection from Tula Pink that debuted well over a year ago, but has continued to be so popular that re-runs were done and it is still available from many online and in-store retailers. Snap some up soon to make our clever Kitties-To-Go Handbag. It’s the purrrrfect design to flaunt your feline love. There's a free pattern download offered below to give your bag the unique curved shape with a flat bottom. We call it the “sittin’ kitten” shape.

Quick & Easy Bound Oilcloth Aprons in Two Sizes

Tuesday, 20 February 2018 1:00

If you want a truly hardworking apron, it’s hard to beat oilcloth. It’s durable, easy to clean (great when kids are involved), and the bold designs and bright colors are fun for any occasion  – many with a retro feel. As we roll into Spring, you should be able to spot great selections of oilcloth at your favorite online or in-store retailer. The binding, ties, and pocket lining are made from standard quilting cotton in coordinating petitie prints.

Asymmetrical Crossbody Bag: Dritz Hardware

Monday, 19 February 2018 1:00

Asymmetrical means having two sides or halves that are not the same. I like to think that – really – most of the world is asymmetrical. Even Mother Nature knows matchy-matchy and even-steven can be too boring. Throwing in an interesting angle or a unique texture can take your project to the next level. The design of this bag started with an idea for the cool asymmetrical fold-over closure. From there, we worked with the wide selection of Dritz® Hardware to pull it altogether, adding Swivel Hooks and D-Rings along with a fully adjustable shoulder strap. You’ll also love the clever full-width zippered pocket across the back of the bag. 

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Pretty Pleated Squares Table Runner

Friday, 16 February 2018 1:00

The beauty of this runner is in the texture of the pleated squares side by side with the plain squares. It looks best in a solid, which really shows off the definition. We chose a linen blend in crisp pear green – perfect for Spring. This tutorial also shows you a fun way to create mitered corners without using a separate binding strip. Our "binding" is actually the folded-over edges of the back panel; it's binding and back all in one! There's plenty o' pressing in this project, so having a great iron makes it fast and easy. Here in the Sew4Home studios, we use Oliso irons. Love them - especially their iTouch® technology: touch the handle and the iron lowers. Remove your hand and it lifts back up. No more scorching, and a much more stable base.

Lace-up Apron in Denim

Thursday, 15 February 2018 1:00

This hardworking denim cook’s apron is full of clever surprises. The most striking is its cool lace-up front, featuring bold Dritz® eyelets woven through with a tough boot lace. But there’s also a hanging pocket that moves the way you move, and a bright pop of color on the lining. We used Dritz Eyelet and Eyelet Pliers, which made the installation fast and easy. You’ll love the clever way we came up with for creating a bib opening that’s beautifully finished from all sides. 

The S4H Maker’s Club - Exclusively at your Janome Dealer - Quilted Machine Mat & Caddy

Wednesday, 14 February 2018 1:00

Our unique Sew4Home Maker’s Club celebrates Valentine’s month with the second of seven project packages: a super sweet Quilted Machine Mat & Caddy. This exciting new Club kicked off last November at participating Janome Dealers across the US and Canada. From bags to baskets to linens and more, Sew4Home Maker’s Club members create clever projects and learn pro techniques. Club Project #2 helps cushion the work surface for your machine and keeps your favorite notions and tools handy… and it does all of that while looking cute as the proverbial button! These projects are exclusive to Janome America dealers, but we introduce each one right here on the website to keep you up-to-date on all the inspiration. Reach out to your local Janome dealer for more information on how you can sign up. 

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Water Bottle Sling Carrier

Tuesday, 13 February 2018 1:00

The Northwest is a walking, running, and biking mecca. We love to get out and about, even in the drizzle for which we are famous. But I must admit, when I see these people clutching their water bottles, it seems rather uncomfortable. There are so many other things to do with your hands: carry a pair of binoculars, hold a loved one's hand, push a stroller, grab a cup of coffee. Our easy-to-make, shoulder sling water bottle carrier is a great option for hands-free hydration. The inside is lined with fleece for a bit of hot/cold protection and to help absorb condensation. The shoulder strap is super long so you can wear it cross-body: keep the carrier at hand when you need it; sweep it out of the way when you don't. We also added a tiny pocket on the front, fussy cut to be nearly invisible, and just big enough for some cards, cash, and keys, giving you a great all-on-one carrier. 

Fancy Felt Flower Appliqué Pillow: Janome America

Monday, 12 February 2018 1:00

We have a new machine in our Sew4Home studios: the Janome Memory Craft 6700 Professional. We put it through its power and precision paces with this custom felt appliqué pillow that features more twists and turns than a James Patterson mystery. We created a beautiful abstract flower design with a bit of a whimsical feel – perfect to render in the soft texture of a quality wool blend felt. If you are a beginner when it comes to appliqué, felt is the most forgiving of substrates. It’s easier to cut out, easier to place and fuse, and easier to stitch in place…. especially with the MC6900P.

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Fast Fridays: Hot Handle Sleeve

Friday, 09 February 2018 1:00

Hot pads and oven mitts are great, but sometimes can be overkill when all you need is to protect your hand when holding a hot pan or pot handle while cooking. Time to downsize with a slip-on hot handle sleeve. Ours finishes, when bound, at approximately 3¼” x 6¼”, with the opening itself 2⅜” x 5¾”, which is designed to fit most standard cookware handles and is the same size as the options we found available from retail outlets. As always, we recommend testing the pattern against your handle of choice and increasing and decreasing as needed for your best fit.

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Zip Zap Mini Zipper Pouch

Thursday, 08 February 2018 1:00

Sometimes extra-cute is exactly what you need to get your sewing creativity flowing. This adorable zippered pouch is just the ticket. Don't you love that striking center zipper? But... are you a little afraid of zippers, especially cool metal zippers? Like the scary monster under your bed, most zipper phobias are totally unfounded. In fact, a zipper down the middle like this one is a very easy option. Give it a try; conquer your fear! Then... peek under your bed. Nothing to worry about there either, except those adorable dust bunnies.

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