When the temperature dips or the wind flies, can chapped lips be far behind? This time of year, it can be difficult to keep your lips moist and protected from the elements. Your best defense is a good offense: constant swipes from your trusty tube of lip balm. I don't know about you, but I have tons of tubes of lip balm, however, there's never one nearby when I need it. So I end up buying another! Our mini key ring pouches are a Sew4Home Classic, and they make a perfect fast and easy gift for yourself as well as all your chap-lipped friends. They're also an awesome ScrapBusters project. Make several of these adorable key ring lip balm holders so you always have your favorite tubes on hand... and can stop buying more than you need.
If you're brand new to sewing, you might think a purse is too advanced of a project to tackle. Nope! With some clever cutting and careful stitching, this ribbon-accented bag is super cute and super easy. There are no complicated corners or closures. And, the main body of the purse is a heavy felt, one of the most forgiving fabrics for new sewers. Finishing at 11" x 11", it's also the "Goldilocks" of sizes: not too big, but not too small – just right. Great for those quick shopping trips when you want a lightweight shoulder bag. It would also make a wonderful gift... showing off your new sewing skills to friends and family who may still think a cool purse is "sooooo hard to do" (we'll never tell!).
If you’re a Sew4Home regular, you know we don’t traditionally present a lot of projects in the wearables category. Of course, there are all our super popular aprons and a few other easy items, but in terms of fitted garments, we tend to leave those to other experts. However, that doesn’t mean we don’t love to make things for ourselves in our spare time. And, yes, a) we do make things for ourselves (now and then) and b) we do have spare time (a wee bit), which is why we were excited to play with the My Double Deluxe Dressform by Dritz®. These beauties actually arrived at our studios a couple months ago, and we’ve been putting them through their paces, but saved our article until now in order to suggest that a Dritz® dress form just might be the perfect holiday gift for your favorite garment sewer – or yourself!
Gift card, credit card, business card; this three-pocket mini wallet holds them all. We used pre-cuts, but the real stars are the stunning Renaissance Ribbons. We’ve brought you news over the last several months about the Ribbon Lovers' Club that Renaissance Ribbons debuted this year. As a club member, each month a packet arrives at your door with five to seven one-yard lengths of exquisite ribbon. We created these clever pouches with the Club packets in mind. You can create multiple cases with a single one-yard length, mixing and matching with fabric scraps or pre-cuts you have on hand. They make a gorgeous gift idea.
What does a throw pillow want to be when it grows up? Probably a super soft body pillow that offers four and a half feet of huggability. These tall pillows are popular for crashing on the family room floor, relaxing (I mean studying) in a dorm room, and are well known for providing sleep support for pregnant moms. We loved the blanket style fleece patterns that are available now in super cozy fleece. They have a similar style to the famous Pendleton® wool blankets... but for a fraction of the price. Deep fringe at either end adds to the "lodge look."
There are lots of embellishment ideas out there, but for our money, it just doesn’t get much more fun and versatile than pom poms and tassels. If you’re a regular Sew4Home follower, you know we’re fans of both, and have already done our own step-by-step tutorials on making each. But we’re always up for learning new ways, and so were quite captivated with this all-in-one kit from Boye that makes poms and tassels in a huge variety of sizes. Our super creative friend, Michele Muska sent us the kit to try along with a bunch of samples she’s made using the tools. It’s an embellishment explosion!
Most sewing projects require at least a small amount of hand sewing. If you've left an opening in a seam to turn an item right side out, you may need to hand stitch the opening closed. Hems are often hand stitched. Or, you might need to hand stitch a facing in place. Whatever the task, a bit of hand stitching comes in... well, "handy." We've outlined the tools needed along with seven of the most common stitches. Simple drawings and steps show how to do each one.
Give the gift of relaxation with our scented spa set. All three pieces are made out of super soft Cuddle Dimple, Cuddle Three, and Velvet Cuddle. There’s a neck wrap to pull the stress from your shoulders, an eye pillow to soothe and calm, and a pretty headband to gently sweep your hair up and away in order to easily rest the neck wrap and eye pillow in place. We got the idea for making the set in luxury fleece from our friends at Fabric Depot. They alerted us to a very large shipment of Cuddle that has just arrived from Shannon Fabrics: prints, solids, textures, and more. Let's all say it together: ahhhhhhhhh ..... spaaaaaaaaaaa.
Tick tock goes the holiday clock, but there’s still time to give something you’ve made yourself. We’ve collected Twenty Terrific Gift Ideas to spark your imagination. Some you can whip out in an hour, others might stretch through an afternoon, but we searched to make sure they all fall into the easy-for-everyone category, plus most can be likely be made with stash fabric and supplies. Browse through the list and pick a few favorites to add to your last minute list.
Slice, stitch, tie, give. Just four steps to fast and festive (and reusable!) gift wrap solutions in wool felt with cotton accents. Pretty bows and belts keep things wrapped up tight. We planned three different sizes and styles from glamorous to whimsical to guy-friendly. Each is designed to be saved and used again as gift wrap, or in the case of the All Felt with Belt Closure & Boxed Bottom option, to be used as an every day accessory to carry papers, small devices and more – perhaps as a cool "drop in" folder for a larger briefcase.