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Fast Fridays: Cozy Flannel and Sherpa Wraparound Scarf with Biggie Poms

Friday, 14 December 2018 1:00

Bundle up a few folks on your gift list with one of our warm and wonderful flannel and faux sherpa scarves. Sherpa is the “it” fabric this season, and today’s faux fur and fleece sherpa options make it both easy and economical to add this thick and bundle-y texture to your winter warm-up projects. We paired our sherpa fleece with another perennial winter favorite: plaid flannel. The bouncy finishing touch are the jumbo poms at each end of the scarf, because fluffy pom poms make everything a little bit happier. Best of all – this is a Sew4Home Fast Fridays project. Our Fast Fridays series is all about whipping out something wonderful in no time at all, and you can put together one of these scarves in just a couple hours from first cut to last stitch.

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Batik & Velvet Crazy Patch Tree Skirt

Thursday, 13 December 2018 1:00

Holiday themed batik quilting cottons have become a very popular seasonal fabric. A number of manufacturers are now coming out with special collections each year. The motifs are a bit larger and the colors a bit bolder than what you might traditionally expect in a batik. It's a fun and festive look, and was the perfect choice for the crazy patch treatment on our luxurious tree skirt. This is an easy project – there's still time to whip one up for this year!

Draw and Measure a Circle Without a Pattern

Wednesday, 12 December 2018 1:00

The circle is, in my humble opinion, the Queen of the geometric shapes. Don't get me wrong; I like all those squares, rectangles, triangles, octagons, and whatnot; but the circle is the coolest of the bunch: smooth and pretty and endlessly useful. However, trying to draw a perfect circle without a pattern is a challenge, and figuring out the proper size of an opening into which a circle can be inserted requires working with Pi (or π), which is not the delicious kind you can eat with a bit of ice cream. We're here today to help you with the steps you've forgotten since high school geometry class (or maybe never learned because you were too busy passing notes with Susan Ellery!). We'll show you the parts of a circle, how wide to cut fabric to fit a circle, and how to draw a circle without a pattern. We've also included a handy conversion from decimals to inches, which is necessary when working with Pi.

Laminated Toiletries Case with Wraparound Zipper

Tuesday, 11 December 2018 1:00

We’ve designed traveling cases for make-up and toiletries before, but never with a full zipper that allows the top to open up completely, giving you easy access to all your necessities. We used a fun Team Spirit zipper from Coats. At 26”, with separating plastic teeth, and in a dozen team color combinations, these zips are long enough, water-resistant enough, and bold enough to fit the bill. Open wide, fill to the brim, zip it up, and go! 

The S4H Maker’s Club - Exclusively at your Janome Dealer - Forest Friends Embroidered Towel Set

Monday, 10 December 2018 1:00

A fox, a squirrel, and a hedgehog walk into a kitchen. It sounds like the beginning of a joke, but it’s actually the beginning of a great project featuring three custom embroidery designs. This is the seventh project in our S4H Maker’s Club, available exclusively at participating Janome Dealers across the US and Canada. From bags to baskets to linens and more, S4H Maker’s Club members are creating clever projects and learning pro techniques. 

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Deep Dish Fabric Treat Baskets with DIY Gift Certificate Coupons: S4H Holiday Gift Guide

Friday, 07 December 2018 1:00

Sweets for your sweets look even more delicious in these beautiful baskets. Yes, I realize our photos do not feature homemade goodies, but I don't want to hear any grief about that... no one says sewing and culinary creativity must go hand-in-hand. Extra wide and just the right depth for cookies and candy (and more!); they are not too thick, not too thin... deep dish, like a good Chicago pizza. Our design ties with a big, pretty bow so there's no need for separate gift wrap.

Baby Bib with Patchwork Front and Terry Back plus Baby's First Christmas Gift Tag: S4H Holiday Gift Guide

Thursday, 06 December 2018 1:00

Cuteness alert! These fast and easy baby bibs are pretty and practical. The front is made from Jelly Roll strips. The back is absorbent terry cloth. And it’s all held together with an easy binding that turns into the tails that tie the bib in place. Download our free Baby's First Christmas gift tags to create an adorable holiday bundle. 

Mini Drawstring Gift Bags with Colorful Gift Tags: S4H Holiday Gift Guide

Wednesday, 05 December 2018 1:00

I used to spend hours on gift wrapping, channeling Martha Stewart to get the perfect artisan look with fresh greens and layered papers. Or maybe I dreamed that. Yep, I’m almost certain that was just a dream. I may not be able to live up to the magic elves that inhabit Pinterest, but thanks to this super cute gift bag pattern, I can hold my own. Our simple yet clever design results in a beautifully finished bag inside and out – no exposed seams, no elves needed. Plus, because you can use them over and over, they’re a green alternative to gift wrap. 

Fleece & Faux Fur Infinity Scarves with Hot Cocoa Recipe Card: S4H Holiday Gift Guide

Tuesday, 04 December 2018 1:00

Soft and warm – the two just go together. So that's just what we did! Our double-sided infinity loop scarf is super fast and fun. And, with so many great options in both fleece and faux fur, you can bundle up everyone. We used two printed, super cuddly fleece fabrics for one scarf. On the other, we combined a printed fleece with a faux fur that mimics curly llama. Both pairings are silky soft with a fluid drape that begs to be wrapped up tight. 

Classic Border Trim Pillowcases with Mini Welcome Placards: S4H Holiday Gift Guide

Monday, 03 December 2018 1:00

Do you have family and friends staying at your home for the holidays? Yes! Do you have time and money to make all new holiday bed linens for your guest room? No! Then simply change out the pillowcases. It's a super fast, easy, inexpensive way to add a little holiday cheer. Our instructions show you how to make two standard size pillowcases using just 1½ yards of main fabric and ½ yard of contrasting trim fabric. There's also a free download for two cute mini placards you can use to welcome your guests to their rooms.

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