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Designer Pillow Knock-Offs with Fairfield: The Classic Square x2-Crewel & Cotton

Tuesday, 06 August 2013 1:00

In our pillow perusal over the past weeks, the style we came across most often by far was the simple, square pillow. It's a style so easy to make, you could almost do it with your eyes closed... if it weren't for the stitching-over-your-finger part. The main challenges are finding a great fabric, then fussy-cutting that fabric to best showcase one or more dramatic motifs. However, neither of those things is really that much of a challenge. We located one of today's fabrics at a local chain retailer and the other at a small independent shop. The only difficulty: picking just two favorites from their large selections. Fussy-cutting isn't hard either; it simply takes a little patience and precision. We have an easy step-by-step tutorial. When a pillow is as basic as these, the insert is more important than ever. The Fairfield Home Elegance™ pillow inserts are our choice for the entire week, and we couldn't be happier about that. They have a 100% cotton, 300-thread count jacquard cover filled with a special 100% polyester gel fiber. The result is an exceptionally plush textured pillow with a high-end designer look and feel. These are the most elite and luxurious down-alternative pillows available. And, thanks to their super cushy inside, you can get that high-end, karate-choppable look. We used the best quality, brand new components (no stash stealing) and came in under $50 for the large pillow, under $20 for the smaller pillow; pretty slick savings over retail. See our pillow inspiration after the jump. 

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Designer Pillow Knock-Offs with Fairfield: Nautical Stripes & Grommets

Monday, 05 August 2013 1:00

What's the project everyone suggests when you start sewing? "Make a pillow!" What's the number one way to quickly freshen your home décor? "Make a pillow!!" And, what's the best way to get chic designer style for a fraction of the price? "Make a pillow!!!" Welcome to a new series with our friends from Fairfield Processing, the makers of Poly-fil® plus a full range of pillow inserts and quilt batting... all the best "soft stuff." Today is the first day of a week's worth of pillow "knock-offs" – showing you how easy it is to create the top looks for less. They do say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and when you can imitate for less and add your own special spin... all the better. We searched the web to find trend-setting luxury pillows from a range of high-end outlets, such as Anthropologie®, Neiman Marcus® and Horchow Home® among others. The options ran from $150 to $2000! And not a single one of them couldn't have been made by you! As with anything, you need to start with a good foundation. Our foundation throughout this entire week will be pillow forms from Fairfield's Home Elegance™ collection: their most luxurious choice for lounging. Our first pillow is based on a trio of designs we came across at Horchow Home®. We call this category: Cool Hardware and Embellishments. To create our knock-off, we used the best quality, brand new components (no stash stealing) and came in well under $50, saving nearly $180 over retail. See our pillow inspiration after the jump.

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Tailored Linen and Ribbon Half Apron with Renaissance Ribbons

Friday, 02 August 2013 4:00

When we're young, our parents are just our parents. Often, it's not until we're looking back over our shoulder or packing up boxes for an estate sale, that we take a close look at their fashions and belongings and realize, "Wow... they were pretty stylin'."  Today's stunning half apron design has a crisp, tailored look to it, and the Kaffe Fassett ribbons we chose from Renaissance Ribbons reminded both my sister and me of our father's favorite skinny striped ties, which he would wear with a starched white shirt and a suit coat on even the hottest days of summer. Indeed... he was stylin'. Our thanks to new premium Sew4Home sponsor, Renaissance Ribbons. They will be appearing regularly each month with a number of innovative ribbon projects.

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Re-imagine & Renovate - Wearables: Shirred Sundress

Thursday, 01 August 2013 1:00

Sometimes it's fun to not have to worry about learning a whole new project. Instead, why not take a favorite design and simply give it a whole new look? In other words: Re-imagine & Renovate! Like a fresh coat of paint, brand new fabric and a few little changes can make all the difference. The original project on which this R&R is based was a top; we've simply lengthened it to create a dress - we show you how to do the math below. And, we give the link to our step-by-step shirring tutorial. You have everything you need to create something totally unique. Open yourself up to a world of possibilities in both fabric and techniques; give yourself a little R&R!

Re-imagine & Renovate - Wearables: Dreamy Sleep Shorts

Wednesday, 31 July 2013 1:00

At Sew4Home, we're way too busy coming up with great projects to participate in traditional R&R: rest and relaxation! Instead, here in our studios, R&R stands for: "Re-imagine & Renovate." It's all about putting a new spin on a favorite design, picking new fabrics, trims and notions to create a unique look. How you combine fabric in a project gives you an unlimited number of beautiful end results. The original project on which today's pretty PJ shorts are based was a Valentine's Day His & Her combo. Today, we've recreated just the "Hers" version with its pretty satin ribbon at the waist and kicky bottom ruffle. The Juliet fabric by Anna Griffin has a wonderfully soft palette and the ruffle/waistband fabric features a beautiful pearl finish. We show you how to make a pattern using an existing pair of your favorite shorts. Super easy, super comfy and super cute.

Elegant Quilted Table Runner with French Linen Trim from Renaissance Ribbons

Tuesday, 30 July 2013 1:00

Today's project shows you how the application of an exquisite ribbon can transform an otherwise simple rectangle of solid fabric into an elegant table runner. The ribbon we chose is a French Linen Trim from our friends, and new premium Sew4Home sponsor, Renaissance Ribbons! We added batting to soften the runner and increase its table protection abilities, then quilted the center in a wide diamond pattern. The ribbon frame extends beyond the edge at all four corners with pretty loops cut and turned to best feature the woven lavender motif.

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Re-imagine & Renovate - Wearables: Knit Beach Coverup

Monday, 29 July 2013 1:05

We originally designed and made this fun summer wrap using a beach towel. Today, we've recreated it with a swingy, soft knit in an eye-catching chevon design. That's the idea behind our R&R series: we Re-imagine and Renovate a classic design to come up with a whole new look. It shows you how each fabric has its own personality; and just like mixing flavors in cooking – different colors, patterns and textures in fabric always yeild a delicious, new style. Today's cute and casual throw-it-on swimsuit wrap is sized for an average adult. It finishes at approximately 27½" in length, perfect for our teen model, but you could certainly cut it longer or shorter as needed. The starting width of both the front and back panels is 39", which allows for a roomy drape, but again, cut it narrower or wider for your best fit. Most knits are quite wide (ours were 60"), so you have a lot of fabric with which to work. 

Ribbon and Faux Suede Soft-Touch Shoulder Bag with Renaissance Ribbons

Monday, 22 July 2013 1:00

One of our earliest supporters here at Sew4Home was Edith Minne of Renaissance Ribbons. We developed our own little mutual-admiration-society since we are transfixed by her gorgeous woven Jacquard ribbons, and she is taken by our unique project tutorials. Renaissance Ribbons is known throughout the industry for supplying some of the loveliest and most unique woven ribbons and trims available. A number of them are imported designs from France; many others are created by several of your favorite designers, such as Kaffe Fassett, Amy Butler, Tula Pink, Sue Spargo, and today's featured designer, Anna Maria Horner. We're pleased to announce Renaissance Ribbons has just become a premium Sew4Home sponsor! They will be appearing regularly each month with at least two innovative ribbon projects. We begin our new collaboration with a soft shoulder bag, embellished with the lush designs of Anna's Field Study ribbon collection.

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Comfy Pet Bed with Bolster Sides: Christmas in July with Fabric.com

Friday, 19 July 2013 1:00

All those christmas cats and holiday hounds deserve attention too during Christmas in July with Fabric.com. We browsed the fleece selection, which is both huge and available year 'round at Fabric.com, and selected two cozy coordinates to build our super comfy pet bed: a bright Christmas green and a rich leopard print. Our design incorporates four bolster arm pillows sewn into a flat base with a separate tufted pillow insert. We noodled on this one for quite awhile to come up with instructions that yielded a cool finished design that was also easy to assemble. So although any 3-D project is a bit more complex than others, this cozy pet bed is something we know you can do! 

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Gift Tote Trio in Small, Medium & Large: Christmas in July with Fabric.com

Thursday, 18 July 2013 1:00

No Christmas in July series worth its name would be complete without some sort of gift wrap solution. For this Series with Fabric.com, we've kicked it up a notch, making gift bag totes for the whole family in small, medium and large. These totes are done in bold, heavy weight fabrics that will look great from winter right through to spring. We picked strong graphics in colors outside traditional holiday reds and greens yet that blend with them beautifully. A sparkling bow or embellishment adds just the right touch of holiday pizzazz under the tree; remove the bow and you have a tote that's good to go for everyday use.  

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