Booster chairs are becoming more familiar in restaurants, but are still not commonplace. And if you and your kids like to visit friends and family who don't have children at home, you're unlikely to have many options other than the classic phone book to boost your child to table height. But wait a minute... who still has a big phone book?!! It's time to make your own portable booster seat in cute, wipe-clean laminated cotton with a sturdy yet lightweight Project Foam core, a resilient, affordable home décor foam option from Fairfield.
Pillowcases are fast and fun, and they make a great beginner project. We have lots of easy options in the Sew4Home Project Index, several of which we've linked to below, but we've also gotten a number of requests to demonstrate a construction technique known as "burrito style." It creates nicely finished seams inside and out with an easy roll-and-turn method. This project is another great topic we pulled from our You Asked 4 It list. We always welcome your emails with future suggestions.
"Give us the tools and we will finish the job." Winston Churchill. One of the signs of a truly well-made project is that it looks nearly as good on the inside as it does on the outside. Finishing a project's inside raw edges will not only elevate the final appearance, it will also elevate your sewing skills to a new level. In general, the purpose of any seam finish is to prevent fray-prone fabrics from raveling beyond the seam, which would then leave a hole in your sewn project. It also helps reduce bulk on certain fabrics, such as fleece. And, finishing stitches always provide added strength to a seam and the fabric's edge. However, it's often only about the look, and most professionals recommend you finish fabrics that don’t even appear to require it.
Caution! You’re entering the 3-D Zone – but you won’t need those dorky glasses… and I promise nothing will appear to fly out of the screen at your head! We’re working in 3-D with a new product from our friends at Indygo Junction: Fabriflair™. If you’re familiar with English Paper Piecing, you’re two-steps ahead already. Fabriflair™ is dimensional paper piecing. We’re delighted to have Fabriflair™ creator, Amy Barickman of Indygo Junction onboard with a Guest Tutorial. She’s sharing some of her favorite cutting and stitching techniques, and she has a discount coupon code for Sew4Home visitors to use on any of the five Fabriflair™ kits.
THIS GREAT GIVEAWAY CLOSED 07/24/17. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED. WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our under-the-sea week as we brought you the magic of the new TokyoMilk Neptune and the Mermaid collection by Margot Elena for Coats. As she herself describes it, “The collection can be paired and coordinated to inspire creations that are as pretty as you please, or as unexpected as you dare… an enchanted ocean awaits.” Never ones to hog all the fun, we're excited to be able to share some of this beautiful fabric with you along with some matching thread!
Sometimes, a very special fabric collection sometimes deserves very special shapes! We’ve created a pair of dimensional pillows in Neptune and the Mermaid. One is a brand new triangle pillow with pretty patchwork on one side and a custom octopus appliqué on the other side. Its pillow pal, completing the ocean theme, is our classic Starfish pillow. Make one or make them both. The brilliant colors and interesting shapes would be perfect as beach cabin décor or as toss pillows in a sunroom or covered patio.
It’s a duffle and a backpack in one! The drawcord top looks great and makes it fast and easy to load and unload the bag’s contents. Then, slip it on as a backpack for hands-free strolling to the beach (or river or park or....) and back again. We love all the clever fussy cutting we were able to do with our three Neptune and the Mermaid fabrics. Front and center is the vintage diver plunging into the ocean waves of the pocket panel. A bit more hidden, but nonetheless clever, are lining panels with their hints of a sly octopus. Margot Elena’s collection is so boldly brilliant and filled with such cunning motifs, you can tell your own little story within each and even project. In our seaside tale, Larry the lifeguard and his team of daring diving companions are racing to rescue sweet Sally who’s spilled her seashells by the seashore.
“Wait a minute,” I shout, pulling the phone away from my ear. “TokyoMilk? You mean like the hand cream I have sitting right here on my desk? That TokyoMilk? She’s doing a fabric collection for Coats? (sounds of screaming and phone dropping).” This is a reenactment of the excitement that ran through the Sew4Home studios when our pals at Coats told us about their latest designer collaboration with Margot Elena. Margot is the Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Margot Elena Companies & Collections. She is the design and marketing mind behind several cult-classic, niche beauty brands, including TokyoMilk, Lollia, Library of Flowers, and her newest creation, The Cottage Greenhouse. To her long list of accomplishments, she now adds: Fabric Designer. Today, you'll get to meet Margot through our interview and find out a little bit about the inspiration behind her first collection, Neptune and the Mermaid. You’ll also learn a few of her personal secrets to color mixing and matching, and discover why Margot never designs and drives.
Welcome to our wonderfully, watery world of mermaids, octopi, vintage bathing beauties, fantail goldfish, and more! We are celebrating a week of Neptune and the Mermaid by Margot Elena for Coats. Margot is the Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Margot Elena Companies & Collections. She is the design and marketing mind behind several cult-classic, niche beauty brands, including TokyoMilk. To her long list of accomplishments, she now adds: Fabric Designer. We were thrilled when Coats approached us about doing a series with this dynamic new collection. It starts today with our Elegant Fantail Kimono and Matching Obi Belt, incorporating three of the beautiful designs: Lost Atlantis, Age of Aquarius, and Anthemoessa. Just the names conjure up an enchanted ocean adventure.
It’s shirr magic! Elastic shirring creates a wonderful stretchy texture and is the perfect warm weather technique. It occupies the space between the simplicity of gathering and the intricacy of hand-smocking. We’ve gathered together links to our full step-by-step tutorial plus three shirring projects: a flirty little top plus a full length sundress for both big and little girls. We think you’ll find it fun to learn and easy to do.