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Fast Fridays: Luxury Sleep Masks

Friday, 03 May 2019 1:00

Sleep masks are more than beauty essentials. These small yet effective relaxation tools can help you get the light-free, restful sleep you deserve. This project is a three-in-one winner: quick and easy as part of our Fast Fridays series, an excellent ScrapBusters option, and a great gift idea for Mother’s Day, which will be here before you know it! Our masks combine pretty quilting cotton on the outside, with a sweet ruffle, and soothing Mulberry Silk Charmeuse on the inside. 

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Quilted Travel Duffle with Rolling Case Sleeve

Thursday, 02 May 2019 1:00

On-the-go just got a whole lot prettier! This beautiful duffle is made for travel. Pack it on its own or use the sleeve on the back to slip it over the handle of a rolling suitcase. Dritz hardware pulls it all together, allowing the design to include carry handles as well as a fully adjustable and detachable shoulder strap. Plus, a magnetic snap keeps the generous front pocket closed. 

Products We Love: Janome HP2 Foot and Plate Set for Precision Stitching

Wednesday, 01 May 2019 1:00

The new AcuFeed™ Flex Professional Grade Foot (HP2) and its matching Professional Grade Needle Plate from Janome have been gaining quite a reputation for their precision stitching. Well alrighty then… it’s time we took the set for a little test drive. Follow along to see how we put this specialty set through its paces, testing it on a challenging quilting sample (Drunkard’s Path) as well as a compact barrel tote. 

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Six Easy Ways to Sew a Straight Line: Specialty Presser Feet from Janome

Tuesday, 30 April 2019 1:00

A straight line. It seems like the most basic thing you can do when sewing. But we’re amazed by the number of comments and questions we get from S4H visitors who want to know how to do it better, easier, and more consistently. We don’t have any magical powers to make our seams and topstitching look great. What we do know is that using the right foot for the job is the real secret to a beautifully straight line. Because we’re an exclusive Janome studio, our specialty presser feet suggestions are from the Janome selection of accessories. Your machine manufacturer may have similar options for your make and model. In either situation, the recommendation is the same: investing in a specifically designed presser foot is well worth it. It makes the process less frustrating, you can finish a task quicker, and the results are more professional. 

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Now in our Etsy Shop: Quilted Sewing Machine Mat & Notions Caddy

Monday, 29 April 2019 1:00

Originally released as part of the Sew4Home Maker’s Club, this popular pattern is now available exclusively in our Etsy Shop. It’s a marvelous quilted mat that helps cushion the work surface for your machine and keeps your favorite notions and tools handy… and it does it all while looking cute as the proverbial button! 

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ScrapBusters: Full Circle Zippered Case for Sewing & More

Friday, 26 April 2019 1:00

This cute round zippered case falls neatly under our ScrapBusters heading since you need just a few bits of fabric and batting plus a zipper. It also qualifies for our You Asked 4 It category because quite a few of you spotted the full-circle zippered case we made for our original zipper-in-the-round tutorial, and you wanted to know how to put the whole thing together – with a lining. You asked. We answered.

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Traditional Hook & Ring Curtain Panel

Tuesday, 23 April 2019 1:00

One of our most popular window covering projects is our Classic Grommeted Curtain Panel. This sleek modern look works with a wide variety of decorating themes, but if you prefer a more traditional style, this Traditional Hook & Ring Curtain Panel may be right up your alley. Simple curtain panels are a fast and easy undertaking. There does tend to be a lot of fabric involved, but they are not complicated at all. We show the standard method to attach the hooks, but you'll also find a link to some of the innovative Drapery Tapes by Dritz that can make the job even faster. 

Feed Sack Big Bag: Dritz Belting and Hardware

Monday, 22 April 2019 1:00

Spring is upon us, and summer is waiting in the wings, ready to jump into action. It’s the time of year my family calls, “biggin’ out.” Stormy days are good for puttering around with little projects, but this is the season for biggin’ out with makeovers, home and yard remodels, wardrobe updates, and décor freshening. If you’re tackling a sizable project, you need a terrific tote. This amazing Feed Sack Big Bag is here to help. We turned once again to the wonderful new 1½” Belting and Hardware from our friends at Dritz to fashion a versatile carryall with room to spare. We took some inspiration from the heavy duty feed sack fabric of the early 1900s to create a look that’s nostalgically trendy and eye-catching but in a hardworking modern canvas substate. 

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Easy Breezy Tree Hugger Body Pillow

Friday, 19 April 2019 1:00

Is there an avid environmentalist on your gift list? Or, do you just want to celebrate Earth Day as every day? Then this Tree Hugger pillow is a must have. It's ever so much better than hugging an actual tree, which tends to be not only scratchy, but annoying to the woodland creatures living in the branches. Read on for the easy, breezy instructions. 

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