Labor Day traditionally signals the end of summer and the beginning of the new school year. And this year, it’s also the kickoff of National Sewing Month. With our seam rippers held high in one hand and new fabric bundles clutched in the other, we salute the coming celebratory days of sewing.
This super-roomy duffle fills up to the brim then cinches down into a compact, easy-to-carry box shape. We added both carry handles as well as an adjustable shoulder strap. The strap can be completely detached, which makes the bag a good option for travel – no dangling strap to get caught on things. You’ve likely seen this classic style before. It reminded us of a vintage college sports duffle. Read on to see how we’ve demystified the steps to creating the zip-wrap-and-clip combo that gives the top of the duffle its signature silhouette.
These last months have rushed by faster than a new seam ripper through fresh cotton. We finally found a moment to take stock of this year’s Great Giveaway winners. Wow! We’ve sent out prize packages to fourteen lucky Sew4Home followers from eight different promotions. As always, thanks to everyone who entered. Find out who, from where, won what!
Want to know the long and the short of this classic technique?! Making an adjustable strap can seem like a magic rope trick with all the weaving and threading this way and that. But, it’s really quite easy and makes the strap so much more useful. Lengthen to wear cross body, shorten for a shoulder strap or to hand carry. The technique also works great for instrument straps. We show you the all the steps, using handy Dritz hardware.
I am a coupon clipper; I even keep the ones that spit out like some sort of crazy jackpot with my grocery receipt. They all end up in a kitchen drawer, which is usually where they are when I really need them. If I do manage to remember to bring them to the store, it's so hard to find the one I need, I often just give up. Our solution is this pretty Coupon Organizer & Wallet. It has seven pockets so you can sort coupons, frequent shopper punch cards, gift cards, and more into specific sections. Now they will be easy to find, and therefore, easy to use. Never pay full price again!
Clean and simple is usually Design Rule #1. But that doesn’t mean you can’t build beauty with the right combination of several special details. This adorable apron features: an empire waist, pretty piping accents, a double layer skirt, bouncy poms, and a unique oval pocket. Making it extraordinary is our use of fabric from the latest collection by master designer, Tula Pink. Monkey Wrench ships in September 2019, which means there’s a whole lot of colorful motif mischief coming soon to your favorite in-store and online retailers.
Hot pads and oven mitts are great, but sometimes can be overkill when all you need to do is 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.
Buttons, whether functional or just decorative, are a favorite element on Sew4Home projects, but we know you start rolling your eyes when you think about having to break out the needle and thread to sew on button after button. For some reason, button-sewing is stuck in our psyche as a dreaded, time-consuming task. We’re here to tell you that it need not be true! Read on to learn our favorite, super speedy, five-step process to perfect buttons.
If you share your space with a pet or two (or three...), you also share a certain amount of fur, dirt, and other messes we won't go into here. Fluffy and Fido know they're supposed to stay off the special chair, but that's only when you're watching. Thanks to YouTube, we know what really goes on when we leave the room. Protect your favorite furniture with an easy-to-launder pet throw. Yes, of course you could use an old sheet, but you sew and fabric companies make adorable pet prints. Shield your surfaces in style.
We’ve done a few yoga mat totes here on Sew4Home (links are included below), but sometimes you don’t need or want a full bag. You’re dressed and ready, and your minimalist spirit says all you really need is to sling your mat over your shoulder and go. This style of mat wrap is easy to find on retail shelves, but we’re willing to bet none of them are as lovely (or as clever) as ours. We’ve used gorgeous jacquard ribbon from Renaissance Ribbons on one side with standard polyester webbing on the other. All the brain-twisting, wrapping, turning, and securing challenges have been figured out, so you can put it together in a snap.