For sewing enthusiasts, getting through thick and thin has a whole different meaning, doesn’t it?! We have to be able to effectively stitch on a variety of fabric weights in order to take advantage of all the incredible project opportunities out there. For this gorgeous bucket duffle, we needed heavyweight power and precision, and we got exactly that with the new Janome Continental M7 Professional. We’ve had the machine in the Sew4Home studios for just a couple months and were excited to finally put it through all its paces on this trendy upholstery and canvas bag.
Clear glass vases… we all seem to end up with a cupboard full of them in various sizes. They can be quite lovely individually, but it can be difficult to use them in a grouping. In addition, because they are clear, you can see through to the floral arrangement’s stems and leaves, which may not be as pretty as you’d like! We have an easy answer: vase wraps. This is a Fast Fridays tutorial, so you know it will be quick and easy. And, even better, you’ll use just small cuts of fabric, interfacing, lining, and felt; also making it an excellent ScrapBusters project. We thought it would be the perfect touch for your Valentine's Day table.
When you're a kid, Valentine's Day is the perfect combination of giving and receiving. It's fun to plan and put together cards and treats for your friends and family; then it's a thrill to see what you get in return. The occasion is certainly auspicious enough to demand its own special carrying case. Ours is super cute thanks to novelty PUL (polyurethane laminate), fold over elastic, and plastic snaps. PUL looks great and wipes clean... a bit like kids themselves! The case is stabilized with an inner layer of cardboard - although firm foam or flexible template plastic would also work well. We designed three generous pockets so little fingers have lots of places to put important stuff.
This custom felt appliqué pillow 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. So even with all those curves, you can do it!
Ladybug, ladybug, fly away home. Our huggable ladybug pillow is so cute, you won't want her to fly away. Rather than traditional round spots on her wings, Louise the Ladybug sports ten pretty appliquéd white hearts. We also amped up the color by switching out the standard ladybug red for a jazzy hot pink. And, there's a hidden heart on her chest, proving she's filled with love through and through. Actually, she's filled with a 12 oz bag of Poly-Fil® Ultra Plush Polyester Fiber Fill, making her squeezably soft. You'll love our trick for making cord-filled tubes to create her sweet pom-tipped antennae. Louise originally appeared on Sew4Home in January 2014, and she continues to be one of our most popular stuffed toy patterns.
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! There are three custom machine embroidery designs included with this pattern: Henry the Hedgehog, Sally the Squirrel, and Francis the Fox. You’ll love the eye-popping colors and detailed embroidery, including those adorable French Knots on the mushrooms. Originally released as part of the Sew4Home Maker’s Club; this pattern is now available exclusively in the S4H Etsy Shop.
We’re proud to be able to bring you the latest news about Fat Quarter Shop’s 7th Annual Charity Quilt Along. We’ve helped promote previous quilting-for-charity events, but this year’s FQS sampler quilt is the prettiest we’ve seen to date! Bloom-Topia is a sampler quilt featuring Summer Sweet by Sherri and Chelsi for Moda Fabrics. It combines gorgeous historical blocks in fun, modern colors. Read on to find out how you can enjoy your favorite pastime while helping Make-A-Wish.
Mary Poppins had a spoonful of sugar to work her magic on room organization. You have your sewing machine and this project for super cute storage bins. Our round fabric baskets make picking up and putting away much more fun and colorful. The foundation fabric is a classic canvas in a solic color.The accent fabrics for the exteriors, appliqués, and linings are a mixture of décor weight and quilting weight cottons, which means the selection available to match your own decorating themes is huge.
"Give us the tools and we will finish the job." – Winston Churchill. One of the signs of a truly well-made project is that it looks nearly as good on the inside as it does on the outside. Finishing a project's inside raw edges will not only elevate the final appearance, it will also elevate your sewing skills to a new level. In general, the purpose of any seam finish is to prevent fray-prone fabrics from raveling beyond the seam, which would then leave a hole in your sewn project. It also helps reduce bulk on certain fabrics, such as fleece. And, finishing stitches always provide added strength to a seam and the fabric's edge. However, it's often only about the look, and most professionals recommend you finish fabrics that don’t even appear to require it.
You are a Maker! You create beautiful things with your own two hands. The medium in which you work may be different: from flour and salt to flowers and soil to floral print fabric and seams; but your dedication to expressing yourself is the same. Our Maker’s Apron is designed to hold whichever tools you use most in a lucky-thirteen set of pockets. And, the bib is detachable! It would be a fantastic vendor apron for craft fairs and farmer’s markets.