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Cozy Kid's Roll-and-Go Nap Blanket

Tuesday, 08 August 2017 1:00


When we're little, we simply have no idea have wonderful it is to be able nap. I remember how hard I tried to keep my peepers open all day long, and my kids struggled against daytime dreams as well. If only we could sneak away for nap time now. Not to mention for a carton of milk and some graham crackers. This soft and sweet nap time pad with its own built-in blanket just might make afternoon slumbers a little bit easier. Believe me... everyone here at Sew4Home wanted to try out the sample when it was finished!

Ribbon Lovers Club from Renaissance Ribbons

Monday, 07 August 2017 1:00

Quality ribbons are little bits of beauty. In our Sew4Home studios, the go-to choice is Renaissance Ribbons. How would you like to get a package of these gorgeous ribbons every month… as well as fabulous project ideas for how to use them? Renaissance Ribbons has just launched their first ever Ribbon Lovers' Club! These are the breathtaking woven Jacquard ribbons for which Renaissance is famous. Read on to find out how you can get your own little bits of beauty each and every month! 

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Adjustable Slimline Waist Pack

Friday, 04 August 2017 1:00

Based on one of our most popular "fanny pack" style pouches, we’ve updated both the sample and the instructions to show you how to use lighter weight fabrics and the proper interfacing to get a stylish yet still stable result. We’ve combined quilting cotton with lightweight denim for the exterior plus a second quilting cotton for the lining. You may have just what you need already in your scrap stash! Add a decorative zipper and paracord pull as the finishing touches. Standard polyester webbing in a fun color is perfect for the belt with a parachute buckle to make it quick to adjust. There’s also a free pattern download so you can get a smooth bottom curve as well as easily slice the front panel into two perfect pieces. 

ScrapBusters: Passport Covers

Thursday, 03 August 2017 1:00

One of the top searches recently on Pinterest is for passport covers. We’ve also seen several versions for sale on Flash Sites and at other popular retailers. Everyone must be on the go! For something this popular, there needs to be a quick and easy Sew4Home version. We have you (and your passport) covered. Using faux leather for the outside and quilting cotton for the inside, our little folders protect your passport from dirt and keep it flat. Two interior pockets hold it open to the appropriate page, and a stretchy elastic band keeps it shut. 

Closing up a Seam with Hand Stitching: Pro Secrets

Wednesday, 02 August 2017 1:00

The majority of projects you encounter require at least a bit of hand stitching. Often, it’s the final seam closure after turning a project right side out. The goal is to make your hand stitching as invisible as possible. Although it’s tempting to rush through this last bit of stitching, the Pro Secret is to take a little extra time to create a clean finish. The most common (and quick) hand stitching choice is usually the Whip Stitch, but it doesn’t yield the best look. We recommend the Ladder or Slip Stitch.

Our Grandma Anna's Pretty Little Pillows

Tuesday, 01 August 2017 1:00

Our Grandma Anna was a waste-not-want-not kind of gal. In her tidy bungalow was a narrow closet she used to store her sewing supplies. It didn't contain much in the way of pristine yardage and packaged notions, but she still had plenty to work with – each item carefully organized into a small paper sack or recycled tin can. She would cut the "still good" parts from well-worn clothing, squirrel away every fabric scrap, snip off buttons, and hoard embroidery floss in lengths as short as 6". The amazing thing was how she could take these cast-off bits and pieces and turn them into something so very sweet and pretty. We're taking a page from Grandma's book with our set of five little mix-and-match pillows in natural tones and textures.

Mesh Beach Bag: Fun & Functional with Dritz Lettering & Hardware

Monday, 31 July 2017 1:00

Yes, the stores are already filled with back-to-school supplies, but I refuse to let go of summer. There are plenty of days left for fun in the sun! If you agree, our super cute Mesh Beach Bags are perfect for all the warm weather adventures yet to come. The mesh body lets sand and dirt sift out while at the same time allowing air to flow in and help dry out suits and towels. We used Dritz® Iron-on Letters to personalize our bags. Professional Dritz® hardware adds the functionality with an interior snapped pocket and detachable cross body strap.

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Canvas Laundry Hamper with Drawcord Cotton Liner

Friday, 28 July 2017 1:00

We’re comin’ clean! Or at least giving you the tools to make it easier to get those piles of dirty clothes off the floor, into a hamper, and eventually on their way to the laundry room. If you took out the garbage this week, you’ll immediately recognize the theory behind this cool two-part hamper: the exterior “box” provides the shell (and does it very handsomely if we do say so ourselves), and the interior bag is like a waste can liner, dropping in and folding over the top. Fill ‘er up, then cinch ‘er up and carry the dirties to the wash. We suggest sturdy canvas for the exterior and delightful cotton for the lining. Both of our fun under-the-sea appliqués are available as free downloads.

Large Tissue Box Cover with Monogram

Thursday, 27 July 2017 1:00

Ahhhhh... the beautiful flowers, blooming trees, and lush green grass of Summer. Oh, and the pollen, did I mention the pollen? Sunny days are not all sandals and ice tea. The warm weather can also bring the watery eyes and red noses of allergy season. Don't let it sneak up on you without a fashion solution; be prepared with a pretty tissue box cover to help distract you from the sneezing. We did a previous project for a cover to fit a tall square box of tissues, which was the first time we came up with the idea of using a Dritz® Home grommet for the tissue pop-up point. We're back with an option for a more standard rectangular box of tissues. We give you the steps and formulas to figure the dimensions for your specific box.

Sweet Bedside Caddy

Wednesday, 26 July 2017 1:00

Sleeping is one of my favorite things to do. I've never had any trouble falling asleep. In fact, I could probably doze off right in the middle of this sentence, given the opportunity. As much as I love it, I never get enough of it. So when I'm finally snuggled into bed, with the pillows just right and the covers tucked tight... that's when it happens. Where's the remote? Hey, I can't quite reach my glasses. What did I do with the magazine I was reading last night? Yes, there is a night stand at the side of the bed, but it's already covered with other important flotsam and jetsam, and there's not a square inch of space to spare. Solution: our pretty bedside caddy. It holds everything you need within arm's reach. Where you want it – when you need it. Sweet dreams!

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