One of my favorite characters in the Warner Bros.® series of cartoons was Witch Hazel, who debuted in the 1954 short, "Bewitched Bunny." Disney® had previously created a Witch Hazel, and she was kind of cool too, but not nearly as sarcastic or quite as much the fashion victim as the Hazel created by Warner Bros. animator, Chuck Jones. A major part of his Hazel's signature style included a wonderfully crumpled black hat. We think she would approve of our Dead Roses Halloween Witch Hat with its scrunched top, wilting flowers, and stowaway spider. Hauntingly hideous haute couture and one of our most popular Halloween projects ever – a true Sew4Home Classic!
Purple combines the calm stability of blue and the fierce energy of red, and is often associated with royalty, luxury, and power. We picked it as the featured color for our long and narrow zipper pouch, using it as a rich background for complimentary accent colors, like tangerine and kiwi, as well as familiar blenders, like pink and navy. One of the best ways to add a splash of multiple colors to a project is with ribbon. This cute pouch has a row of ribbons plus a ribbon wrist loop. Need more convincing on the power of purple? Here are a couple interesting facts to impress your friends: 1) Purple was the color of the first man-made dye. It was formulated in 1856 out of coal tar and called “Mauveine.” 2) Purple is the color of the highest denomination poker chip, worth $5,000.
Here at Sew4Home, we’re all about inspiration. And because we all respond to different visions, styles, colors, and embellishments.… the more ideas the better! We recently visited with our friends from Dritz Sewing at their headquarters in Spartanburg, South Carolina. There was inspiration around every corner, but we were especially excited to learn more about their Dritz® Lookbook series that debuted earlier this year and has already built to four fun issues. Each online magazine is chockfull of inspiring project concepts as well as great tips and innovative ways to use Dritz hardware. Read on to get a sneak peek inside our favorites, then use the handy links to click through to all the Books. They’re free!
Our designer barrel tote, with its detachable strap, uses beautiful Jacquard ribbons from Renaissance Ribbons to their best advantage: as focal point embellishments against a solid base fabric. They add just the right dash of drama. But don’t go overboard - too many ribbons is like too much whipped cream... sounds like a good idea at the time, then it smothers the taste of everything. Use them to accent not overwhelm.
It's time for a spot of tea. Did you know to properly brew a pot o' tea, you should first warm the teapot by swooshing a bit of boiling water inside it. Then, pour the water into your teacups to warm them. Add teabags for your preferred strength (from two to four for a standard four-cup pot). Fill the pot with boiling water, stir, and let the tea steep for about 4-5 minutes. It's during this steeping time when you can run into trouble with the tea cooling too fast. So, pop on a cozy to keep things toasty while the tea is steeping. It will also help keep your tea warm between cups. We offer free pattern downloads for the cozy itself as well as the cute teapot appliqué.
There are a lot of home décor projects that require cutting large panels of fabrics, such as curtains, throws, and tablecloths. When you're short on space, this can be a bit of a challenge. So here's a little folding-and-cutting trick to make it easier, faster, more compact ... and actually, more precise. Remember making paper snowflakes as a kid? You fold, fold, fold, and then cut, cut, cut. Same basic concept, but without the swiss cheese effect. Grab your rotary cutter and mat and let's slice!
Strip piecing is a fast and easy mainstay in the quilting cotton world, and it has become just as popular for other substates. We’ve used the technique for these bundle-y Cuddle® blankets. But rather than using only one-directional strips, we added our own S4H spin by mixing horizontal insets within the main vertical strips. Then, because Shannon Fabrics Cuddle comes in so many colors, textures, and naps, we kicked up the concept another notch by combining smooth and embossed Cuddle® fabrics so the blankets have a unique mixture of textures that make them extra cozy.
This large weekender tote combines some of our favorite fabric types: natural, nubby twill, soft faux suede, and happy gingham for a pop of color and pattern. It also has the perfect soft feel, which makes it extremely packable. Not so soft and slouchy that it puddles on the floor, but also not so stiff that it seems to stand at attention if you set it down. Fill it up for a weekend getaway. Take it with you on your weekend shopping excursions. Or use it to carry your sewing and craft projects.
One of the reasons Sew4Home came into existence was our desire to get new people interested in sewing. We wanted to prove sewing was within anyone's reach, even if you'd never even turned on a sewing machine before. It's why we're so focused on providing detailed instructions with helpful photos and make-no-assumptions steps. It's also why we make it a point to showcase the wonderful world of fabric, so you can see how easy it is to dip in and pull out one trendy look after another. You (and I do mean YOU) can create projects that are just as cool... if not more so, than what you find in those high end catalogs and über expensive stores. Just remember one word: confidence. These cute little ragged edge pillows are super easy and a guaranteed confidence builder. "Ragging" is seen most often in quilts and throws. In general, it means the fabric panels are sewn together so the seams show on the outside rather than being hidden on the inside. After washing and drying, the seams gently fray or rag, producing a softly distressed look and feel.
If you're anything like us, fabric stores are your personal wonderlands. Whether in-person or online, the colors and textures that surround you just scream for new projects to be made. Which got us thinking... if we love fabric so much, shouldn't we know more about it; like how it's made, and what is what? An educated shopper is the best kind, so we set out to better understand the differences between weaves of fabrics, and we're sharing our results.