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Holiday Great Giveaway 2019 - Our Gift To You

Monday, 23 December 2019 1:00

THIS GREAT GIVEAWAY CLOSED 01/10/2020. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED.

We can’t imagine a better holiday present than all of you! So we’ve put together a little something to say, “Thanks for being the very best followers and friends.” This adorable box holds a few of our favorite things: fabric pre-cuts, thread spools, handy tools, and excellent notions – a little bit of everything to brighten up your sewing space for 2020… a new decade of sewing fun! 

Holiday Snowmen Catnip Toys

Friday, 20 December 2019 1:00

Documentation of the first snowman is unclear. According to Bob Eckstein, author of The History of the Snowman (yes... someone actually wrote a history of the snowman!), there are artistic depictions of snowmen dating back to medieval times. The earliest documentation he found was a marginal illustration from a 1380 work titled, Book of Hours found in the National Library of the Netherlands. Our little catnip snowmen are much more modern and designed as the perfect little pet toys to keep your kitties busy while you're outside building a real "jolly, happy soul."

Button Up Neck Cowl in Flannel and Fleece

Thursday, 19 December 2019 1:00

Across the US, winter seems to be hanging on tighter than the waistband of your favorite jeans after a few too many holiday treats! This warm-you-up neck cowl will get you through the wicked weather in style. It’s like a mini scarf that buttons around your neck. Ours is smooth flannel on the outside and soft luxury fleece on the inside. Toasty times two! 

Why Sew4Home is a Janome Exclusive Studio

Wednesday, 18 December 2019 1:00

We get asked a lot about our “favorite things.” Many of you are interested in what we choose and use on our projects, and we’re always happy to share. The most common questions are about sewing machines – probably because a machine is likely to be the most expensive item in your sewing space. However, it’s also likely to be the most confusing thing to shop for since there are so many options. If you’re a S4H regular, you know we’re a Janome Exclusive Studio. Recently, we noticed two things about Janome that you might have missed: they updated their slogan, and they got a very cool award. Both occurrences caught our attention because they underscore why we’ve always been so grateful to sew with what we feel is the best brand in the industry. Read on to find out why. 

Easy Banded Napkins + Napkin Ties with Beaded Letter Names

Tuesday, 17 December 2019 1:00

Napkins are a great project for beginning sewers and an excellent way for anyone to practice hemming. Adding a simple fabric border kicks them up a notch. We used the same trim on all our napkins, but it would make a fun mix-and-match table setting to use a different, coordinating trim on each guest's napkin. Our wide fabric napkin ties are a cute alternative to place cards with letter beads spelling out each name. At the end of the meal, everyone can detach their beads and use them as bookmarks, bracelets or hang them from a keychain. 

Round Potholder with Front Petal Pocket: Janome Circular Sewing Attachment

Monday, 16 December 2019 1:00

This project is designed to throw you a few curves. No worries though, we’re talking about beautifully curving circles and semi-circles, and we’re using a great sewing machine attachment to make it super easy to go round and round: the Janome Circular Sewing Attachment

30-Minute Bowtie Neck Pillows

Friday, 13 December 2019 1:00

These little bow-tie shaped neck pillows are super for proppin' up your noggin as you watch TV or read in bed... or do a little browsing on your favorite device. They're also great for supporting your neck while sleeping. This is one of our original designs and remains a perennial favorite. They have the perfect contour and softness to cradle your head and neck in comfort. In fact, this project comes with a warning: once you make one and share it with friends and family, you'll be on the hook to make many, many more. Good thing you can finish one in under an hour.

ScrapBusters: Soothing Scented Eye Pillows

Thursday, 12 December 2019 1:00

Here's a fast and inexpensive way to create a wonderfully calming gift - your own soothing spa-style eye pillows. Each one uses just small amounts of pretty fabrics plus a bit of trim. We opted for fun, colorful combinations, pulling our prints from a Jolly Bar bundle from Fat Quarter Shop - a perfectly sized precut for this project at 5" x 10". You could certainly also go with luxury fabrics such as satin and silk. A lightly scented filling of rice and flax seeds gives them the perfect weight and aroma.

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Vintage Style Reversible Sweetheart Apron

Wednesday, 11 December 2019 1:00

This apron is a Sew4Home design original, complete with a downloadable pattern that allows you to cut the main front and back of the apron as a single piece, which is what makes it reversible. You'll love the sweetheart neckline and matching mini-sweet pockets. And its kicky bottom flounce will have you skipping around your kitchen, just like when you used to twirl in your big-girl-fancy-party-dress... oh, don't even try to tell me you didn't do that! Did you know most scholars show "apron" as coming from the French word "naperon," meaning a small tablecloth? That seems a little undignified, but it's your bit of interesting garment history for the week!

Fast Bound Blanket in Embossed Luxury Plush and Velvet

Tuesday, 10 December 2019 1:00

Fast and easy. Soft and cuddly. Isn't that what we all want in a toasty holiday throw to ward off winter's chills?! Our bound luxury plush blanket has you covered. In fact, this project went so quickly, we actually forgot to stop to take pictures! Instead, we've included some helpful illustrations of the simple steps, as well as links to our two detailed tutorials on bias binding. We chose an embossed luxury plush but you could also use a solid color without texture. The binding is a velvet, which allows you to take the rich softness all the way to the edge.

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