When we're young, our parents are just our parents. Often, it's not until we're looking back over our shoulders or packing up boxes for an estate sale that we take a close look at their fashions and belongings and realize, "Wow... they were pretty stylin'." Today's stunning half apron design has a crisp, tailored look to it, and the Kaffe Fassett ribbons we chose from Renaissance Ribbons reminded both my sister and me of our father's favorite skinny striped ties, which he would wear with a starched white shirt and a suit coat on even the hottest days of summer. Indeed... he was stylin'.
These handy energy savers are great for both winter and summer. Right now, when ol' man winter is beating down our doors, they keep the heat in and the drafts out. In the summer, they're just as handy to help keep the cool air inside and the heat and humidity outside. They can also help reduce outside dust, noise, and odors. A Door Draft Guard would make a great housewarming (or "house-cooling" as the case may be) gift. But, remember, the filler can be quite heavy (we used dried beans). It would likely be easier to just wrap up the outer covering. You could then include instructions in the gift box on how and with what to fill the tube.
A circle has 360˚ – we all learned that in school, but we didn’t always learn how to use those 30 dozen degrees to create the angles that make up some of our favorite shapes. Our latest Sew4Home Cheat Card is the third installment in our Basics Shapes trio. It focuses on the most common angles used in sewing and how, with just a trusty protractor and some basic math, you can create your own custom paper piecing shapes, five and six pointed star appliqués, triangles, squares, pentagons, hexagons, octagons, and more.
As we roll into the final days before Christmas, we’re taking a moment to step away from our sewing machines to bring you something a little different – something we hope might become a new tradition for the holidays. We wrote a little story and designed a pretty book to go along with the adorable illustrations from Lil' Rascals by Chole's Closet – a 2011 fabric collection from Moda that we used a number of years back for a Storybook Bedroom project series (project links below). We offer the book below as a free download. Reading with the children in your life is one of the very best experiences you can give them… and yourself! We hope you enjoy sharing the adventures of Lil' Benny, who loses his blanket but finds some very special friends.
Embroidery turned a simple round, white pillow into a stunning statement. Our friends at Janome America sponsored this beautiful custom embroidery design, allowing us to offer it to you as a free download in the six major embroidery machine formats. The ascending and descending triangles simulate a rosy sunrise reflected in a cool mountain lake. We used the Horizon Memory Craft 15000 for our sample and also tested the design on the Memory Craft 9900. Both models stitched out the design with the incredible precision for which Janome is famous.
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.